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4381  Why We Are Here / Traffic / G has moved 'Block This Site' link out of the serp on: May 09, 2011, 11:38:02 PM
You can still block via a blacklist, but it is not so easy to do.  You have to click through to a blacklist page for your account.  They also ask for a reason (optional).
4382  Why We Are Here / Hardware & Technology / Re: iPad 2 apps on: May 09, 2011, 11:05:21 PM
>will always use a laptop or desktop, and these are not even close to replacing them

Absolutely. These are machines for heavy reading and light input.  If I had to do development on this thing, I'd blow my brains out due to frustration.  Besides, they don't have ultraedit for iPads --I checked.

Right Colin, I'm thinking Asus is the one to watch.  The tablets have decimated their netbook turf and they are going to have to be aggressive in order to recapture market.
4383  Why We Are Here / Hardware & Technology / Re: iPad 2 apps on: May 09, 2011, 08:00:48 PM
I have a regimented daily reading list of about 20 sites that are on the browser Quickstart/Speed dial page.  Of these, five or 6 require login.  Icab can be set to memorize and recall form data and also custom gestures. By setting these, I have to do very little typing within my routine. Combine that with instant access, I can breeze through these 20 (plus the secondary articles that are down the reading tree) very quickly --my sessions are **noticeably** quicker than on the laptop w/ chrome. (As in; Damn! I'm finished already?!?)  I usually do 3 sessions per day.
4384  Why We Are Here / Hardware & Technology / Re: iPad 2 apps on: May 09, 2011, 07:23:30 PM
>hell freezing

True. But I'm not a fanboi yet. Well, not in the usual sense.

>heavily using an Apple product

I bought it for "always on, instant access" and it is performing like a champ in that regard.  But it is extremely convenient in a few other ways, too.  Like the Smart Cover, which is a pretty damn clever accessory and makes the ipad even easier to have lying about always at the ready.

However, the OS and its many limitations just plain sucks (compared to XP) and it's only due to Icab that I've managed to make a real work machine out of this thing.


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It has cut a full half-hour off my daily reading routine.  It's already bumped the resident netbook off the breakfast table.

4385  Why We Are Here / Hardware & Technology / Re: iPad 2 apps on: May 09, 2011, 06:37:18 PM
Icab on Ipad 2 can toggle to the YouTube app and load the video (in H264 codec) without closing the browser ...sort of a fake multiprocessing workaround.  When on the page containing the Youtube video, pull down the Action Icon (right arrow icon on upper left) and the context menu will show YouTube App.  When finished viewing, double-tap the Home button on the Ipad and then click the Icab icon to return to where you were in your browsing session.


Goodreader app, which seems to be some sort of Swiss Army knife app for Ipad, opens zip files and has a file management system.
4386  Why We Are Here / Water Cooler / Re: Do we have any moms here? on: May 09, 2011, 06:24:56 PM
>I have definitely pretended to be a woman online a few times.

You need to hear CredactedR's story.  He pretended to be 14 women (at once) in AOL chatrooms. ...On a bank of 14 different machines.

>link

Or, in the above case, over $10k/day.
4387  Why We Are Here / Water Cooler / Re: Do we have any moms here? on: May 09, 2011, 12:20:25 AM
>moms

nffc
4388  Why We Are Here / Web Development / Re: Sites and iPad on: May 08, 2011, 08:37:35 PM
>I don't think that's exactly what's being suggested is it?

No. I'm suggesting that sites should give me static pix or a slideshow with flash as an option if they've sniffed the ua and see that I'm flash-capable.  Frankly, with a few rare exceptions, I think flash is only for the designers who want that tv commercial look.
4389  Why We Are Here / Web Development / Re: Sites and iPad on: May 07, 2011, 03:19:08 PM
>flash

There are enough iPhones and iPads out there now that a site owner must **seriously** consider reliance on flash to be a detriment to overall traffic.  I have also seen several study headlines that seem to confirm that iPhone and iPad user demographics are higher income AND tend to buy more online per capita.  I tend to agree with that supposition.

Case in point:  Try shopping for high-end home decor items online on an iPad, say, Hunter Douglas metallic vertical blinds.  These types of sites tend to be almost exclusively flash driven and, by doing so, they are killing off some of their best prospects.  I can tell you for sure that one site lost a 4 digit vertical blind sale because I got pissed off over flash.
4390  Why We Are Here / Water Cooler / Re: RepRap Open Source 3D Printing on: May 06, 2011, 12:16:52 PM
I have been watching the diy 3d printer market develop for about 2 years now.  This one seems to be the most viable currently.

http://store.makerbot.com/makerbot-thing-o-matic.html

>web front end

There are already a few out there. I first ran across them about 2 years ago ...probably on boingboing or etsy if anyone is interested.  Most make design-your-own jewelry or whatnots using high end printers.  They can print metal materials!
4391  Why We Are Here / Water Cooler / Re: Any UFO interest? on: May 06, 2011, 03:41:56 AM
Earth hosting the only intelligent lifeforms in the universe??  pffftt! The odds would be off the charts on that.  That said, I can't say that 'they' are likely to be humanoid nor travel in (what are now somewhat conventional) space vehicles. And what about time considerations?  As eons go, the entire span of our existence passes in an instant. The same goes for 'them.'

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I read last week that part of SETI was shutting down due to lack of funding.
4392  Why We Are Here / Hardware & Technology / Re: iPad 2 apps on: April 27, 2011, 02:41:47 AM
I'm posting this from the Zaggmate.  It's nice little gizmo.  The good news is that the arrow keys work.  The delete key is really a backspace key, though.

The user experience is kind of weird.  Since you don't have a mouse or glide pad to position the cursor you still have to reach up and click buttons or scroll.
4393  Why We Are Here / Web Development / Re: How do you choose a project? on: April 26, 2011, 10:08:01 PM
The lowest-hanging fruit that has some sort of spark to it.
4394  Why We Are Here / Traffic / Re: Significant Google Algo Update on: April 26, 2011, 07:27:36 PM
>Demand Media: "at this point in time, we haven’t seen a material net impact on our Content & Media business."

" by mid-April, with the full suite of Panda updates in place, Demand was feeling the pain. As of April 16, it accounted for only 0.34 percent of Google’s downstream, a 40 percent decline from the start of 2011.

Some individual Demand sites are doing even worse than that, with Answerbag, a questions-and-answers site, being the hardest hit. Its Google referrals are down 80 percent. Meanwhile, eHow, Demand’s largest and most important site by far, is down 29 percent; it now accounts for 0.29 percent of Google’s downstream."

"Other content farms have taken it on the chin as well. Mahalo’s Google traffic is down 78 percent, Associate Content’s is down 61 percent and Examiner.com is down 51 percent."

http://blogs.forbes.com/jeffbercovici/2011/04/25/google-traffic-to-demand-media-sites-down-40-percent/
4395  Why We Are Here / Monetization / (user+(iPads|iPhones))*(merchant+FLASH) on: April 21, 2011, 01:59:08 PM
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