Sunday, April 29, 2007

The New Cyber War

In the last year, Web search has become one of the hottest markets on the Internet. Many companies are furiously developing advanced tools and techniques that will index the Web more effectively and so, they hope, draw visitors.

As the top destination site for online searches, Google fields more than 150 million worldwide queries every day. When a visitor types a keyword into the search field, its Web servers send the request to an index server, which identifies Web pages containing words that match the query. Document servers with the matching pages deliver links to the visitor in less than half a second, according to Google's site.

In addition, Google invented a methodology called PageRank,which is one of Google's recipes for calculating the popularity and relevance of Web pages based on the number of other pages linking to it.
This stated, it looks clear that a good placement is everything for a website.
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Saturday, April 28, 2007

When it is too small...

Do you live in Los Angeles or Beverly Hills?
Do you live nearby?
Or do you just want an excuse to be in those very nice surroundings?
The reason/excuse could be to change your figure, to get more beautiful and more sexy.
To please your husband or just yourself. To find a new woman on the mirror and a smiling face in front of you.
Ever thought ofbreast augmentation?
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Their anesthesiologists are medical doctors to ensure the highest level of comfort and safety during your procedures. They can really offer the latest approaches to breast augmentation and use cutting edge technology in all they do.
The reasons to do it could be many.
Either you want to enhance your appearance and your self-confidence,or you need to, because of serious illnesses or trauma.
Whatever the reason, the approach must be the right one.
And that is what they offer: discuss them with a plastic surgeon.
The best reason for breast augmentation is if you are looking for improvement, not perfection. The best candidate is the woman who is physically healthy and realistic in her expectations.

Our virtual World

"Whenever somebody complains about "the lies that George Bush & Co. told to get us into the Iraq war" (as Frank Rich did in The New York Times on Sunday), I wonder how those lies compare to the lies that the American public tells itself every day -- for example, that we could run America without oil from the Middle East, or that hybrid cars will save Happy Motoring, or that we can have an economy without producing anything of value."
James Kunstler

There is one word that is the explanation of all.
One word that has become so popular that many think its meaning to be the Internet.
That word is "Virtual World".
There everything is possible.
And we live in it most part of our day.
It is there, in our computer screen.
The secret?
Just "pretend".
Pretend that "we could run America without oil from the Middle East, or that hybrid cars will save Happy Motoring, or that we can have an economy without producing anything of value".
Let's pretend that what happens didn't happen, let's have the "news on demand" so that we read just what we are interested in.
Nothing too brutal or unpleasant.
And this virtual world is getting everyday more real than the real one.
Mr. Kunster, just "pretend" and it WILL be.
And if you happen to wake up, pretend that you didn't.

Come to Paradise Islands

When I think of Paradise I think of Hawaii.
When I was a very little girl they showed a commercial of a soap on TV.
They showed the wonderful beaches of Kauai, the see, the palm trees ( they said the soap was made with palm oil from Hawaii)and that sweet music in the background.
They also had a competition: if you bought that soap you had the chance to win a trip to Hawaii.
I remember I used to look on the map to see where Hawaii was and to dream to be able to be there one day.
Traveling at that time was outrageously expensive and Hawaii islands were so far away...
Needless to say I became addicted to Palmolive soap and every time I sent the card I hoped it was the lucky one.
Needless to say it was a dream and as such it was for a long time.
But later in my life I had the chance to be there, and it didn't disappoint me.
On the contrary, I must say it is the most beautiful place I saw in my life.
If you do not live as far as I do, you have the wonderful chance to go to the website of Kauai Ecotourism Vacation Rentals and have a look.
They have wonderful places to rent, where you can live just like in Paradise.
There you can be sure to find the sun 356 days a year, so you can plan your vacation whenever it fits you.
And the prices are quite affordable, especially for European tourists.
If your currency is the Euro you never had a better moment to make a wonderful vacation for a bargain price.
A house with a pool, close to the beach for $475! (Euro 346!)

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As it pleases Google...

Search engines have long generated the same results for queries whether the person searching was a mom, mathematician or movie star. Now, who you are and what you're interested in is starting to affect the outcome of your search.

Google Inc. and a wide range of start-ups are trying to translate factors like where you live, the ads you click on and the types of restaurants you search for into more-relevant search results. A chef who searched for "beef," for example, might be more likely to find recipes than encyclopedia entries about livestock. And a film buff who searched for ...

The Wall Street Journal

When I look for sweets I usually find web pages and commercials about candies and cookies "click to buy".
Never recipes.
Probably because I am not a cook...or for other hidden reasons?

A portrait of an artist

Russian Artist Victor Lysakov

In a portrait you do not see the model, you see the artist.
And this is particularly true in the case of Victor Lysakov.

"At first glance, my modern expressionistic work might invoke a startling reaction – curiosity, mystery and even fear. But I dare you to conquer your fear – my paintings should not be scary; they merely depict life. "

He paints the life he sees.
He says he paints motifs of creatures, figures, animals and nature. "I prefer vibrant, unmistakable colors". I do not see vibrant colors, I would define them alive thanks to the contrast with a much darker background.
He says you can have a starting reaction, even fear.
I do not feel fear, I love his animals, I find them full af a sweetness that comes from a delicate figure, sad eyes, which make me feeling a mist of tenderness and empathy.
"Life is difficult for an animal. Life is sad, but nevertheless we must go on and live"
That is what they say and that is what Victor Lysakov's soul says.
" My paintings depict life". And I agree with your vision of life.
He has a style so gorgeous that it conceals the subject and expresses his view of life.
For when his work is finished it has, as it were, an independent life of its own, and may deliver a message far other than that which was put into its lips to say.

Beauty has as many meanings as man has moods. Beauty is the symbol of symbols.
Beauty reveals everything, because it expresses nothing. When it shows us itself, it shows us the whole fiery-colored world.
Beauty is what we like, and we like what we can feel.
I like your work, Mr. Lysakov

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Friday, April 27, 2007

For the lucky ones

Yes, for the lucky women with a slim figure and a big breast.
I am not too young, I belong to the Twiggy generation.
Twiggy was a model with big eyes, a very thin figure and no breast.
And every girl of that time wanted to look like her.
I was exactly the opposite. Like a real Italian girl I was not too tall, had a nice figure, but such a big breast that I hated it.
Every nice sweater I bought didn't fit me and since in the seventy's fashion was like today, very small and made for slim and no breasted women I felt so frustrated.
Luckily now a day big breast is very fashionable and girls like me (I am no more a girl, but I feel like one)can find at Eris the right kind of blouses and dresses that make them looking just right and sexy. And compared to my times it is so easy to buy them. Just sitting in front of a computer, looking at the big selection and choosing what you like best.
If it doesn't problem, you can easily return or exchange it.
For new customers there is a 20% discount on the first purchase.
And if you are the Twiggy type?
Sorry for you, but there are wonderful padded bras.
If you are not, you can pretend, and Eris clothes won't betray you!


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Mobile Companies Sued Over Ringback Tone Patents

A patent suit was filed Wednesday against eight mobile phone companies, including AT&T Inc., Sprint Nextel Corp., T-Mobile USA Inc. and Verizon Communications Inc., alleging the various companies' ringback tone products infringe two patents.

Greenville Communications LLC filed the complaint in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Mississippi. It claims its patents are infringed by a variety of mobile phone companies and their products, specifically the tones that callers hear when they dial a mobile phone.

The patents in suit are U.S. Patent Numbers 5,321,740, titled "telephone marketing system," and U.S. Patent Number 5,428,670, titled "communications marketing system." The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office issued them in 1994 and 1995, respectively.

The complaint lists the allegedly infringing products, including Verizon's Ringback Tones, T-Mobile's CallerTunes, AT&T's Answer Tones, Alltel Corp.'s Axcess Ringbacks, and Sprint and Boost Mobile LLC's Call Tones.

British mobile company Vodafone Group plc and German Deutsche Telekom AG were also named as defendants on the suit, though their allegedly infringing activities were not outlined in the complaint.

Greenville Communications claims that the defendants should have licensed the technology, and says the infringement is willful and deliberate.

"Defendants' infringement of Greenville Communications' exclusive rights under the '740 and '670 patents will continue to damage Greenville Communications, causing irreparable harm for which there is no adequate remedy at law, unless enjoined by this court," the complaint said.

Greenville Communications is seeking a permanent injunction against the infringing products, compensatory damages, treble damages, attorneys'
fees and court costs.

Representatives for Alltel, Sprint, AT&T and Vodafone said they had not yet been served with the complaint and declined to comment on pending litigation. The other mobile companies did not return requests for comment Thursday.

Amanda Ernst

Problems with drugs?

Drug addiction is more a psychological than a physical problem.
Social factors have a major influence on which individuals have access to various drugs, and social attitudes determine which drugs are acceptable for casual "recreational" use, which may be used for relief of tension, and which are prohibited.
The nature of a society often determines the kinds of tensions induced in its members, as well as the kind of behaviors that are viewed as socially acceptable.
Sometimes the use of a drug may become identified with acceptance of the values of particular groups within a society, and individuals may participate in drug-using behavior as a way of symbolizing their group affiliation.
Cultural attitudes toward addicts and alcoholics and the legal or medical complications of drug use further increase the drug user's difficulties in obtaining realistic gratifications and simultaneously foster his return to an environment (the local bar or group of heroin addicts) where he is accepted, where the drug is available, and where its use is acceptable and has been repeatedly reinforced.
These are the reasons why the ones who have problems with drug addiction need a serious drug rehab program.
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Will IPTV kill SatelliteTV?

"What can satellite TV and satellite radio expect next year?
How about more competition ...
More VOD From Cable - And a lot of that on-demand content will still be free to subscribers. Also, more VOD titles will be local in nature, and take aim at niche audiences. With VOD, the satellite TV guys could find it hard to compete
effectively with cable incumbents.
Watch Out for Small Telcos - Some small and medium-sized telcos are delivering video, along with advanced broadband and voice services. These small telcos also are in rural areas, satellite TV's current stronghold."

There are two things on the satellite providers' side: quality and mobility.
Yes you can offer mobility with WIFI, but what about quality?
If you, once, listen to satellite Radio, you will not be able to listen to a normal one...The crystal clear signal compared to the noise of normal radio music...

The same with TV.
But in this case, since TV is mostly consumed on a comfortable couch, the Internet could be a real threat to satellite.
I say could, because right now satellite providers can still sleep.
The stamp format of YouTube cannot compete with the HD images of Satellite.
Yes, YouTube offers something else than the Satellite doesn't: self made content, interactivity.
If I was up there I would begin to watch out...

Can you charge for IPTV?

"Again, I'm talking about IP transport, not about services like TV. Just the transport by itself.

IP connectivity is one of the purist commodities. You can't differentiate yourself except by selling more, you can't afford any fine grained billing and even then can't assure the packets won't accidentally ride a competitors infrastructure and we need it as a public good."

You are right, you cannot charge Video packets or voice packets, because you cannot differentiate them.
You can differentiate in base of the bandwidth consumed.

But: "If you follow this one step further you come to a very stark conclusion those who don't have their own infrastructure have a major advantage over those that do.

If we do not allow collusion between the content providers and the transport providers then owning the facilities is a major competitive disadvantage.

We've seen this in VoIP but the large capital expenses and cellular income has kept this stark reality from being too obvious."
Bob Frankston

In VoIP the content belongs to the person who uses the service.
In IPTV or VOD it doesn't.
And somebody HAS to pay to see it. Unless they kill copyrights (difficult).
The only way is YouTube.
Customers' owned content.
But that has nothing to do with traditional TV. Or Cable TV or VOD.

YouTube is like VoIP. You use the Internet for transporting your own content.
And you just pay for transporting it. On the base of the bandwidth you consume.
That is why you have a stamp size format and mediocre quality. (for now)
And that is why Cable TV and Satellite TV IS STILL a very good business. (as long as it lasts)

A competition upside down

Can you believe that there is a website where you can win something with the LOWEST bid?
If you don't, please checkbid4prizes and you will see black on white (better: colors on a black background) that it actually exists.
Not only, you can also play and if you are lucky enough to be the worst you can win!
What would I do if I won?
First I have to win, and that is not so easy.
Of course the game is reversed and sometimes it is easier to be the best than the worst...
But, admitting that I did, well, it depends what I win.
I tend to be generous with the things I do not like or need and be extremely selfish with what I like.
So, unless it is really something unusable, I guess I would keep it for myself and enjoy it.
There is nothing you enjoy more than the stuff you get as a bargain.
At least for me.
If I spend a lot of money to buy something I like, deep in my heart there is always that subtle pain for having spent too much.
The opposite if I can get something for less.
Then the joy is double. Because I bought it and because I paid little for it.
So, I guess this is definitely my website.
I can try as long as it takes to get something for cheap...

Bandwidth costs in the future (IPTV)

Bellsouth provided some estimates of bandwidth costs in the future as video on demand and high-definition video becomes more common on the network. "Internet" traffic is a very small part of the future bandwidth requirements. Voice/VOIP is completely lost in the noise.

This is a bit of a mental exercise because it assumes everything will be unicast across the backbone. In reality, no one is designing their networks that way (not cable, ilec, clec, wireless, etc).
Todays average residential broadband user consumes about 2 gigbytes of data per month, Kafka estimated, which costs the service provider about $1. As downloading feature films becomes more popular, they might consume an average of 9 gigabytes per month, costing carriers $4.50.

The average IPTV user will likely consume about 224 gigabytes per month, he added, at a monthly cost to carriers of $112, a giant leap from the less than $5 attributed to Internet use. If that content were high-definition video, the average user would be consuming more than 1 terabyte per month at a cost to carriers of $560 per month.

Sean Donelan

Thursday, April 26, 2007

A new start in bookkeeping

I find the routine bookkeeping extremely boring.
And also quite tiresome and time consuming. But now you can easily send your invoices using email and .
It is a web-based service which helps you to accurately invoicing your customers and tracking payments.
You do not need to download or install anything, you do not need to know how it works or how it should work.
You just need to do it, the way everybody likes it: fast and easy.
This is especially made for small businesses, the ones that cannot afford to have secretaries or a special team to deal with the burden of accounting.
This is made for freelance professionals, Graphics and Web Designers, Architects,
Independent Contractors and many other businesses... and it is the product of real life experience, made by people who had the need to find the solution of the overbearing burden of accounting themselves.
Who better than the ones who experienced it can find the solution?
Good ideas come from people who see the problem.
The application is currently available as a free trial.
With it you can already test most features of the software.
You can begin writing your invoices and sending them via email, accepting payments online, using your logo on your invoices, tracking them, setting customer specific pricing and many other features.
So, if you belong to the category of people who hate losing time and money, I am sure it pays off to try it...

IPTV and Bandwidth

If you only wanted carrier IPTV service, your set-top box would get IP access to the carrier's local video servers, not the Internet.
If you only wanted carrier voice access, your ATA would get IP access to the carrier's local voice servers, not the Internet.
Its no different than today if you ordered cable TV service, but not cable modem service. Or order telephone service, but not DSL Internet service.
People would be buying access to different "virtual" networks. You could buy access to the video network, the voice network or the Internet network. Just because you buy access to one of the networks, doesn't mean you get access to all of the bandwidth on the physical circuit.
If you don't buy/use the carrier's voice or video service, the Internet service is effectively the only service on the DSL access link, so QOS just acts as a bandwidth limiter based on the access rate you bought. In that case, there is nothing to "prioritize" beyond a few link management messages.
The carrier could offer "burstable" Internet access up to the link rate, but would people understand what happens when they use more bandwidth than exists on their access line when they are sharing bandwidth among all the services instead of reserving fixed amounts of each service?
Tech savvy people may understand they have a total of X-Mbps of bandwidth. When they turn on 10 HD video streams, will they be surprised if they see macroblocking. Other people probably will call their service provider to complain their TV doesn't work or they aren't getting the full X-Mbps downloads at the same time as watching HD Sports on their TV.
In the near term, under-promising so you can over-deliver seems a safer path.

Love Letters

Do people still write love letters?
Some do and some don't.
I pity the ones who do not.
Because there is just one thing better than receiving a love letter and that is writing it.
May be the deepest love is the one we dream, not the one we live, and we see the person we love as the reality of our dreams.
That is why a love letter is the best gift to the one we love and to ourselves.
Because we live with it all the emotions and feelings we are very often unable to express in other ways.
Since I was a little girl I used to write letters to my mother.
And she still keeps them.
I told her all the things I was not able to say, but very much wanted her to know.
Later I loved to write to my husband too.
And he loved to read my letters. People who are unable to express their feelings with words miss the best part of loving and sharing.
A love letteris the best way to say "I love you".
And if you do not know how to write, read what you find in this romance website.
May be you'll understand what I mean when I talk about love letters.

The outbreak of IPTV's war

IPTV is the concept of using TCP/IP as a transport for digital television, usually so that it can travel on the same physical infrastructure as already existing IP traffic. The next big thing in television could be a technology borrowed from the Internet. IPTV (the ''IP" stands for Internet protocol) will let users choose from a vast variety of video entertainment, available on demand through a simple piece of wire. Telephone wire, to be exact, because phone companies -- not cable TV firms -- are leading the way.

Cable companies could adopt IPTV technology as well. But for telephone companies the technology offers the first chance to sell TV services. It's also an opportunity for Microsoft Corp., which is providing much of the underlying technology, to become as powerful in entertainment technology as it is in software. IPTV could shake up
the cable industry in the same way that voice-over-Internet phone systems have roiled SBC's own voice telephone business.
Already, about a million people use IPTV systems, mostly in Hong Kong and Italy.

In related television news, it looks like the squeeze play is underway against the satellite industry. The telcos, such as AT&T, have generally partnered with a satellite company in order to offer television service. Now that they're getting into the game themselves, these partnerships are dying. Pressure is also coming from the cable companies, which are getting onboard with Cablevision's plan to move the DVR into the headend.
This kind of pressure from the cable companies, combined with the price war which could ensue between cable operators and the telcos, will certainly make it harder for satellite to compete over the next few years. Whether they can carve out a niche and remain a viable proposition remains to be seen, though it should be noted that satellite is not sitting still waiting for the axe to fall. DirecTV, for instance, has been pondering plans to roll out broadband services of its own, and satellite can still claim to offer a higher-quality picture than cable (in most cases). IPTV, though it could spark a price war with both services, won't be coming to most cities for some time, so satellite should have a few years of breathing room before the squeeze is on in earnest.

Talking about Credit Cards

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Protocols: SIP

SIP stands for Session Initiation Protocol.
The protocol has been designed with easy implementation, good scalability, and flexibility in mind.
The protocol is used for creating, modifying and terminating sessions with one or more participants. By sessions,we understand a set of senders and receivers that communicate and the state kept in those senders and receivers during the communication. Examples of a session can include Internet telephone calls, distribution of multimedia,multimedia conferences, distributed computer games, etc.
Two protocols that are most often used along with SIP are RTP and SDP.The RTP protocol is used to carry the real-time multimedia data (including audio, video and text).The protocol makes it possible to encode and split the data into packets and transport these packets over the Internet.
Another important protocol is SDP, Session Description Protocol, which is used to describe and encode capabilities of session participants.
SIP has been designed in conformance with the Internet model. It is an end-to-end oriented signalling protocol which means that all the logic is stored in end-devices (except routing of SIP messages).
The end-to-end concept of SIP is a significant divergence from a regular PSTN Public Switched Telephone Network) where all the state and logic is stored in the network and the end-devices (telephones) are very primitive.The aim of SIP is to provide the same functionality that the traditional PSTNs have, but the end-to-end design makes SIP networks much more powerful and open to the implementation of new services that can hardly be implemented in the traditional PSTNs.
SIP is based on HTTP protocol.
HTTP and is probably the most successful and widely used protocol in the Internet.
SIP tries to combine the best of both. SIP is used to carry the description of session parameters.The description is encoded into a document using SDP. Both protocols (HTTP and SIP) have inherited the encoding of message headers from RFC822.The encoding has proven to be robust and flexible over the years.
SIP entities are identified using SIP URI (Uniform Resource Identifier).A SIP URI has the form of a domain name part, delimited by the @ character. SIP URIs are similar to e-mail addresses and it is, for instance, possible to use the same URI for e-mail and SIP communication. Such URIs are easy to remember.
SIP network contains more than one type of SIP element. Basic SIP elements are user agents, proxies, registrars and redirect servers.
Internet endpoints that use SIP to find each other and to negotiate a session’s characteristics are called user agents. User agents usually, but not necessarily, reside on a user's computer in form of an application.This is currently the most widely-used approach, but user agents can be also cellular phones, PSTN gateways, PDAs, automated IVR systems and so on.
SIP allows the creation of an infrastructure of network hosts called proxy servers. User agents can send messages to a proxy server. Proxy servers are very important entities in the SIP infrastructure.They perform routing of a session invitations according to invitee's current location, authentication, accounting and many other important functions.
Stateless servers are simple message forwarders.They forward messages independently of each other.
Stateful proxies are more complex. Upon reception of a request, stateful proxies create a state and keep the state until the transaction finishes.
Most SIP Proxies today are stateful because their configuration is usually very complex.They often perform accounting, forking and some sort of NAT traversal aid and all those features require a stateful proxy.
Communication using SIP (often called signalling) is comprised of a series of messages. Messages can be transported independently by the network. Usually they are each transported in a separate UDP datagram.
Although SIP messages are sent independently over the network, they are usually arranged into transactions by user agents and certain types of proxy servers. Therefore SIP is said to be a transactional protocol.
A transaction is a sequence of SIP messages exchanged between SIP network elements.
A transaction consists of one request and all responses to that request.
In a traditional telephone network, the infrastructure consists of large telephone switches which interconnect with each other to create the backbone network and which also connect to customer equipment (PBXs, telephones).While the internal network today is based upon digital communication, links to customers may be either analogue (PSTN) or digital (ISDN).
A similar construction is now considered by a number of telecom companies for IP-based backbone networks that may successively replace parts of their overall switched-network infrastructure.
Two types of gateways are used at the edges of the IP network to connect to the conventional telephone network: signalling gateways to convert SS7 signalling into IP-based call control (which may make use of H.323 or SIP or simply provide a transport to carry SS7 signalling in IP packets [SIGTRAN]) and media gateways that perform voice transcoding. Some central entity (or more probably, a number of co-operating entities) forms the intelligent core of the backbone, the Media Gateway
A number of protocols have been defined for communication between Media Gateway Controllers and media gateways. Initial versions were developed by multiple camps, some of which merged to create the Media Gateway Control Protocol (MGCP).
One particular protocol extension currently discussed in the IETF is the definition of a protocol for communication with an IP telephone at the customer premises that fits seamlessly with the Media Gateway Control architecture. Such a telephone would be a rather simple entity, essentially capable of transmitting and receiving events and reacting to them, while the call services are provided directly by the network infrastructure.

Wednesday, April 25, 2007

Once we had the NEWS

Never like now news has become entertainment.
And the good entertainment, the one people like, is that which involves themselves.
Either as writer or just commenters.
"Those of us in so-called old media have also learned the hard way what this new meaning of networking spells for our businesses. Media companies don’t control the conversation anymore, at least not to the extent that we once did. The big hits of the past were often, if not exactly flukes, then at least the beneficiaries of limited options. Of course a film is going to be a success if it’s the only movie available on a Saturday night. Similarly, when three networks divided up a nation of 200 million, life was a lot easier for television executives. And not so very long ago most of the daily newspapers that survived the age of consolidation could count themselves blessed with monopolies in their home cities."
Forbes 90th anniversary

Once we had the NEWS, where somebody wrote, possibly in good English, what was happening or had happened or what he thought right to say.
Now "Fundamental trust in your users is the only way to have a successful relationship with them."
Translated in common words: let the people talk, because that is what they like, that is why they read, that is what creates sales.
Better or worse?
As in everything there is something better and there is something worse.
But one thing is for sure: there is something more and that more is that News is not anymore a monologue, but it is getting more and more a dialogue, which is very good...

Every man has the right to happiness

What you find everywhere is warnings regarding the climate changes.

"Greenland ice sheet is likely to melt, leading sea levels to rise by 7m (23ft) over 1,000 years.
The poorest countries will be most vulnerable to these effects."

"The thing that is perhaps not so familiar to members of the public... is this notion that we could come to a tipping point where change could be irreversible," BBC Radio 4's Today programme.
And I could go on. What they fail to say is how we can do something against it.
Alternative energy IS NOT enough.
A change in life style would mean a dramatic change of the way we consume and the way we consume is the basis of our economy.
Not only you cannot afford to consume less, you cannot even afford to consume the same.
Every year there must be an increase, as if we could consume more and more.
It's getting a stress.
Soon we will be obliged to consume what we cannot consume, or to pay for what we cannot consume.
"The world today depends on fossil fuels to meet over 80 percent of its energy needs, a simple fact of the way the industrial world has grown up. But dependence brings with it major challenges: rising demand because of economic growth and new consumers; the global distribution of resources; growing concerns about environmental impacts of energy production and use; and the timescales associated with transforming how we produce, deliver and consume energy."
And then:
"All this places the United States and the world at an energy crossroads.
Meeting the world's hunger for energy without fundamentally altering the global climate, increasing geopolitical tensions or causing serious economic dislocation begs for, indeed requires, new technology solutions.
There is, however, no simple or single technology option."
I would say there are not many options, at least not enough for the growing demand of energy.
The only alternative I see is the lowering of the demand.
Just consuming less.
And that doesn't necessary mean that our economy has to downgrade.
It's just that we have to consume "services" and not "hardware".
That we need quality that lasts and humans that make it last.
Like some years ago.
Do you remember?
When a suit lasted many years and once in a while somebody repaired it.
Just like the hair dryer, the fridge, or the TV.
We didn't need one every six months, because the old one was good enough for many years.
And we also didn't have the problem of disposal of garbage, because we didn't produce that much.
We didn't need to go shopping every day for a new tool, a new pair of shoes, a new washing machine.
That doesn't necessarily mean that technology has to stop.
What has to finish is this belief that men are on this earth to consume all the resources in a lifetime, leaving nothing to the ones who come later.
We consumed more in 100 years than what our predecessors consumed in the other million.
Life can be nice also if you do not own the latest car model or the latest technical gadget.
I would say it could even be better.
We could work less, produce less and enjoy life more.
"Every man has the right to happiness" isn't that written somewhere?

Tuesday, April 24, 2007

In the war among Giants, the smart customer should win

This morning I happened to read a very interesting post from Tom Evslin.
Very interesting post for me, because he was talking about a project I had in 2003 and went unnoticed (or almost) and now Time Warner proposes it exactly has I had ideated it.
I called it VoIP WIFY community.
My website is still there:

WOIP Community WIFI

quite outdated and naive, but the substance is that.
Later I added a second one:

WOIP Community

that in my opinion was even easier and cheaper to realize and would have allowed to exchange the bandwidth for Call Termination.
This one was not copied, because it was not anymore a War among Giants, this time the only revenue would be on the customers' side.
It id is Time Warner versus Cellphones' company, it is extremely interesting, if it is Normal people versus Telecoms' monopoly IS NOT a good idea.

Too bad normal people are not able to make fuss enough to be known and reach their goals.

Sunday, April 22, 2007

Crossing the threshold

As search engines, ISPs, and other Internet-connected enterprises collect and archive increasing amounts of data on our activities, it is inevitable that governments and other entities will come to view that data as ever more invaluable aids in accomplishing their particular agendas, for good or ill.

In most cases this data is kept voluntarily by the various services, though around the world moves toward government-mandated data retention are rapidly being pushed, mainly in the name of law enforcement.

Often people don't have a clue as to how much information is being kept regarding their search and browsing activities. Google's announcement of a new "Web History" feature -- allowing Google users to track not only their Google searches but also most of their other Web browsing activities, will likely have the positive benefit of clearly demonstrating to people just how much data really is being collected--bringing this out into the open, as it were.

Users who don't log in to Google accounts, who block Google cookies, and who don't use Google Toolbar shouldn't be tracked beyond normal Google search usage log entries (the subject of recent Google privacy policy changes aimed at taking an initial positive step toward anonymization of that data after a defined time period).
Of more concern with Google Toolbar is whether or not most users ever bother reading the privacy policies so as to be informed about the data being collected, particularly users for whom the toolbar was pre-installed or installed by someone other than the user.

Google, Yahoo, and others have all been in the spotlight for providing foreign governments with data on particular users. In the last few days, Yahoo has been sued by the family of a Chinese man being imprisoned for years based on data turned over by Yahoo. The suit asserts that Yahoo is complicit in his arrest and claimed torture.

Ultimately, all of these organizations make a demonstrably true statement to explain their actions -- "We must obey the laws in the countries where we operate." Absolutely correct. No question about it. You want to play ball with somebody else's ball, you play by their rules.

But in the Yahoo case, an additional comment by their spokesman caught my attention. He noted that they simply hand over data when ordered,they don't know what it's used for, and usually never hear about it directly again. In other words, they simply obey orders.

That statement might have perhaps slid by if I hadn't recently been watching the fine old 1961 film "Judgment at Nuremberg" -- where characters on trial used almost the same words to describe their actions and rationalizations in a different context involving arrests, torture, and worse.

This is not to directly compare the current situation with corporate complicity in Nazi Germany, but only to point out that actions have consequences, and those consequences can result in suffering, pain, and even death in some parts of the world, a universe away from our glowing screens and merrily typing fingers.

Which leads us inevitably to The Questions. When do we cross the threshold beyond which it is ethically inappropriate to "play ball" in certain locales by rules that can have repugnant effects on individual lives, despite our services bringing very significant benefits to large populations in those areas? At what stage should "business as usual" take a back seat to these ethical concerns?

These are not simple questions; the calculus of ethics is not always straightforward in the modern world, as much as we'd like to think it was.

But I believe that we're rapidly reaching a point in the development of the Internet where such questions must be addressed, and it's inevitable that they will be -- either by the involved firms themselves, by government legislative and other actions, or both.

When it comes to collecting and turning over data that can result in real harm to real people, "We were just following orders" -- even as the admitted cost of doing business -- seems unlikely to be a tenable response for much longer.

Humanity-- and the continued flowering of the Internet and its wonders -- will depend on the answers.

Liberally taken from Lauren Weinstein

Seeing what you shouldn't

Have you considered that someone could be reading what's on your monitor from a few rooms away? It's unlikely, but possible, as work by Cambridge University computer security researcher Markus Kuhn shows.
A radio antenna and radio receiver - equipment totalling less than £1000 - is all you need.
Back in 1985, Wim Van Eck proved it was possible to tune into the radio emissions produced by electromagentic coils in a CRT display and then reconstruct the image. The practice became known as Van Eck Phreaking, and NATO spent a fortune making its systems invulnerable to it.
If everything is just right, you can pick up signals from some distance. "I was able to eavesdrop certain laptops through three walls," says Kuhn. "At the CEBIT conference, in 2006, I was able to see the Powerpoint presentation from a stand 25 metres away."

Saturday, April 21, 2007

Is it time to buy a new computer?

1) A bad power supply ($50-$75 generally) could make your system do all kinds of wacked out things. It might cause it to crash unexpectedly, never truly start up, or it might even get most of the way into windows and then suddenly freeze. I generally suspect the power supply when someone tells me about a multitude of problems (like your system is doing all those things you mentioned and not just one of them) as it will cause different things to happen at different times.

2) Failing hard drives ($50-$75)could show itself as corrupt data, the system wanting to boot into safe mode, random system freezes, or even the Blue Screen of Death (BSOD). Now while all of these sound similar to the problems of a failing power supply the differences are there, but unfortunately unless you are a computer tech, you might not pick up on them. There are diagnostic tools you can run against your hard drive, but that would be a discussion for another day.

3) The RAM (memory) in your system has "gone bad" (about $100). While this is a less likely scenario it can happen and will again cause all sorts of different responses. As with the hard drives there are diagnostic tools to use to test your system memory.

4) Video card isn't working ($60). This is one of the easier items to detect as you will SEE what it is doing. When a video card fails it generally is fairly evident as your display will no longer show anything, or the text becomes all garbled.

5) Motherboard or CPU is beginning to fail ($200+). This one would most likely be a definite death sentence unless the system was less than a year or so old. However, this could be one of the toughest items for the casual user to determine as bad so it isn't too easy to make this call.

6) No bad hardware, just a tired old operating system (Free - maybe). Windows is a bit of a fickle operating system and over time it tends to deteriorate just from normal use. Installing and removing programs leaves traces of old software that can build up to quite a nasty mess. If you are diligent about backing up your data (you ARE right?!?!) then you could put in the disk that came with your computer and "wipe" it clean. If you have a name brand system (Dell, Compaq, Gateway, etc) then most of those have disks (you may have had to burn them yourself) that will restore the system to exactly the way it was when you first brought it home. BEWARE though that these disks do NOTHING to save your data, if you put the disk in and just run it without making sure you have everything copied off your system that you need, then you WILL lose your data.
The bottom line is what do you want from your computer. Were you wishing (when it was still working "OK") that it was a little faster, or that it had this or that feature? If so then you probably want to look at something new. If it was handling all the tasks you wanted from it then maybe getting it repaired is a better alternative. Just as there are many possibilities to why your computer is doing something wrong, there are multiple factors into deciding to just replace the whole thing.

Hope that gives you a little guidance in making a decision. Just remember that somewhere around 70% (that number is made up by me, but if anything I would expect it to be low) of the computers out there are NOT utilized to their full potential and most 5 year old computers are still way more than capable of doing what most people need from them. Just like with a car, they need a little maintenance from time to time as they won't run indefinitely when ignored. Doing some routing servicing could get you several more years out of what you already have.

Greg Hicks

Google Video DRM

With the introduction of its new copy-restriction video service, Google has diverged from its corporate ethos. For the first time in the company's history, it has released a product that is designed to fill the needs of someone other than Google's users.
Here's how the Google Video DRM works: when you download a restricted video from Google, it locks that video to your account and software player. Every time you want to play the video, your player has to communicate with Google to determine whether you are currently permitted to play it; if the player doesn't get the answer it's looking for, it won't play the video. The specifics of how this works aren't available -- Google hasn't published any details of how the security is implemented, committing the cardinal sin of "security through obscurity."

The video is encrypted (scrambled), which means that it is unlawful for competitors of Google (or free/open source software authors) to make their own players for the video, even if they can figure out how to decrypt it.
Other DRM vendors, like Apple, have threatened to sue competitors for making players that can play their proprietary file-formats.

Why Has Google Done This?
The question is, why has Google done this? There's no Google customer who woke up this morning looking for a way to do less with her video. There's no Google customer who lacked access to this video if he wanted it (here's a tip: enter the name of a show or movie into Google and add the word "torrent" to the search, and within seconds Google will have delivered to you a link through which you can download practically everything in the Google DRM catalog, for free, without DRM -- although it may be illegal for the person you get it from to send it to you).

That's not to say that there's nothing problematic about getting your video through Google this way. But the problems of the inability of the entertainment industry to adapt to the Internet are the entertainment industry's problems, not Google's. Google's really good at adapting to the Internet -- that's why it's capitalized at $100 billion while the whole of Hollywood only turns over $60 billion a year.

But once Google starts brokering the relationship between Hollywood and their audience, this becomes Google's problem too, which means that all the absurd, business-punishing avenues pursued by Hollywood are now Google's business, as well.

It appears that the main reason Google got involved in DRM was to compete with Microsoft and Yahoo, both of whom have created online video stores with movies and shows from major entertainment companies. These companies demand that their works be locked away in wrappers that restrict users in ways that have nothing to do with copyright law and so if you want a license from them, you've got to play ball, even though no customer wants this. You can't exactly put your offerings online under a banner that says, "Now with fewer features!"

This Time, Google's Users Don't Come First
This isn't the first time Google's had a major industry demand that it design a product in a way that didn't put Google's users front and center.
As documented in John Battelle's excellent book The Search, there was a strong push on Google in the early days to adopt graphic advertising banners for the site. All of Google's competitors were doing it, making a fortune at it, and no one wanted to advertise via text-ads even though its users clearly found them them less invasive than graphic banners.

But Google hewed to a brilliant and successful strategy of never putting a supplier's need above its searchers' needs. This, more than Google's controversial "Don't be evil" motto is the true force driving its most successful offerings. Google refused to graphic ads and only accepted ads from suppliers who shared its view of how to deliver a quality service to its users.

Abandoning this is a terrible idea and one that's exacerbated by design decisions in Google's DRM technology. The outcome is a Google service that opens the company and its users to unprecedented new risk.

Liberally taken from Richard Forno

Query on PayPerPost to Acquire XYZ

PayPerPost, the global Internet "advertising on blogs" company, for approximately $.. billion (not known) in up-front cash (not clear yet), plus potential performance-based consideration has acquired the famous company XYZ.
The acquisition will strengthen PayPerPost's global marketplace and payments platform, while opening several new lines of business and creating significant new monetization opportunities for the company.
The deal also represents a major opportunity for XYZ and PayPerPost to drive traffic, advance its leadership in Internet advertising market and offer posties worldwide new ways to make money in a global online era.
XYZ and PayPerPost will create an unparalleled ecommerce and advertising platform for advertisers and bloggers around the world.
We still do not know what it really is (at least I didn't understand), but following the past it won't be something hurting PayPerPost.
The only question mark is: Will it be convenient also for bloggers? Or for a few of them?
In this jungle and hard competition world you cannot survive if you are not a wolf or close to it.
It is a challenge, but it is also a big stress trying to be always on top.

"An acquisition is a sheep and two wolves deciding on what to have for lunch.
Success is a well armed sheep contesting the results of the decision."
Patrizia Broghammer

Friday, April 20, 2007

Training for cyberspace

To most of the hundred millions of computer users around the world, the inner workings of a computer are an utter mystery.
Users expect information technology (IT) professionals to help them with their needs for designing, locating, retrieving, using, configuring, programming, maintaining, and understanding computers, network, applications and digital objects.
But the reality of what users, students, and professionals find differs markedly from what they expect. They find poorly designed software, complex and confusing systems, crash-prone systems, software without warranties, surly customer service.
And this is where a good training comes into the scene.
Especially if done at a high level like the one at the Open Technology Group.
Their courses are delivered using a unique method of blended learning, which utilizes a combination of industry recognized instructional materials, and their own in-house developed materials.
Their PHP training is both flexible and affordable. The courses are taught by experienced PHP MySQL training instructors.
They combine industry recognized materials and their own course guides.
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For further information you can complete a form or give them a call and one of their PHP MySQL training enrollment specialists can answer your questions.
So, if you belong to most of the computer users, and want to find the solutions that bring clarity to technology, now you know where to go.

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Wi-Fi theft

Police target the hacker next door

Lee Glendinning
Wednesday April 18, 2007
The Guardian

They hunch over laptops in their cars on neighbourhood streets, tapping into other people's wireless broadband connections for some free time online, and are fast becoming criminals of the internet age.
Wi-Fi theft leaves no fingerprints and keeps its distance, but thousands are at risk because they don't adequately password protect their wireless accounts.

Using the strong broadband signal of the neighbours may seem relatively harmless but it can now result in a criminal record.

In the past month two people have been arrested for using other people's wireless connections without permission in Worcestershire, in what are believed to be among the first cases of their kind. A man was spotted by residents using a laptop while parked in his car outside a house in Redditch.
In an unconnected incident, a 29-year- old woman was arrested following a similar incident, also in Redditch, earlier in the month.

They received a caution for dishonestly obtaining electronic communication services with intent to avoid payment. . .

Full story at: Technology Guardian

The importance of being insured

Insurance has come to stay as a part of our daily life (and our daily expense).
Our house is insured, our car is insured, our dog is insured, our children are insured...why not us?
Why not protecting the one you love making sure that if something happens they will be able to go on living?
And if besides that you can find also a life insurance that gives you advantages when you live and insures you if you die, what could be a better investment for your money?
Many of us who have asked for a mortgage are obliged to have a life insurance to cover the risk of the mortgage and very often it looks like wasted money, one expense more for our restricted budget.
Why not making a good investment out of it?
Ever heard of Whole life insurance?
Whole life insurance policies offer features other than basic death benefits. Owning a policy is almost like owning a home. You can earn equity with your insurance policy. The longer you have it, the more equity you can earn. You can even use your whole life insurance policy to receive cash or to borrow money against it.
These whole life insurance policies provide owners with a permanency that is not available with most kinds of insurance. It can be very comforting to owners to know that their policies cannot be canceled as long as they pay their premiums.
Where to find it?
At Washington Life Insurance you can find all the details about it and also about Term life Insurance, you can get Life Insurance Quotes , know how much it is going to cost you, compare costs and decide.
All sitting in front of your computer and taking all the time you need to decide.
Why rushing and signing for the wrong Insurance when you have the chance to see what better suits you?

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Stopping the hypocrisy of advertising

We have finally come close to it: stopping the brainwashing.
But as we see this approaching we also see how the old world is struggling to die, it is a matter of too much money to just say: we are finished.
The new motto is: the old advertising is dead, let us find a new one.
Now they begin to talk about: Check out: The Path to One-to-One Marketing: The Evolution of Behavioral Targeting.
And the hypocrisy goes on: "Yahoo!'s mission is 'to connect people to their passions, their communities, and the world's knowledge.' If we succeed at this mission then everything we do improves the lives of consumers. We know we are getting it right when consumers come to Yahoo! and stay here in droves."
That is in poor words: let's forget the mass brainwashing, let's concentrate on the individuals.
Thanks to the Net we know everything of this guy, where he lives, what he likes, what he wants, how much he earns, how much he saves and how much he spends.
Let's brainwash him in the right and sophisticated way.
Let's create in him the need for what we sell, let him be one of our new clones.
"But those that definitely work to improve people's lives tend to make money more easily. When the money is the byproduct of the work and not the reason for it, it is easier to sustain one's career."
Let's explain what the RIGHT life should be, what he should eat and what he should do.
Then we supply all the information’s to be WHAT he is aiming to.
In principle we work to improve his life, to answer his needs.
Too bad he really wouldn't need what they want to sell, but he is PUSHED to need it...
And then:
"Old isn't always bad, but new isn't always good either. There's an element of destruction in much of the technology in terms of disintermediation of business models (which is potentially threatening to thousands of jobs and millions of dollars) and destruction of our social fabric as we know it (teens who only communicate in text, the breakdown of family time around the TV, and the pervasive role of new media in our lives)."
That is the point.
If advertisement goes back to be what the word means: "telling the others about one product" the loss of the need of the "Middlemen", means the loss of thousands of well paid jobs.
One can easily advertise oneself and more than anything the customer can "choose".
Even if this is in a limited way.
If we consider the power of Search Engines like Google we realize that there is no real freedom of information.
But we are on the way...
People of the World the time has come: no man is born a slave, let's keep our brain as clean from shit as possible.

Thursday, April 19, 2007

Buy a piece of heaven with less than what it would cost a garage in London...

Yes, it is definitely right.
Not only that the price of a garage in London is outrageous, but that you can buy a piece of heaven with £30.000 and a bigger one with pool for less than £100.000.

Where? At North Cyprus Property you can find all the details and more.
For example you buy today and next week you can go and live there.(Yes you can also have a wonderful already furnished home)
On their website you can see 360 degrees rotating camera views, photographs and a plan of your dream house.
And the blue sky with sun most part of the year comes for FREE!

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Wednesday, April 18, 2007

About copyrights

I agree that copyright owners deserve fair compensation.

First, I believe that most copyright does not create new wealth as do inventions. Generally copyright only shifts wealth from one pocket to another.

I have known many top inventors. Dr. Damadian (MRI), Wilson Greatbatch (Pacemaker), Gordon Gould (Laser), Gertrude Elion (Leukemia treatment and other inventions), and Jim Fergason (LCD) to name a few. The value of those inventions are incalculable. What is a movie or song worth to society? Is there any comparison?

Second, I think that the priorities are backwards. Copyrights have very robust protections, protections which have steadily increased while the ability to protect patents is much more limited.

Third, I think that the term of protection for copyright is far too long.
Most certainly copyrights deserve protection for a long enough period to give a reasonable return. How about twenty years or the life of the author, which ever is greater? The Mickey Mouse bill really was outrageous. DRM is outrageous.

Forth, I believe in fair use for both patents and copyright (i.e. research).
The problem is that the copyright interests are attempting to force people to pay again and again for the same work. They are trying to kill all fair use.

Fifth, copyright interests are impeding innovation, not based on the merits but with abusive litigation. And many of the bigger copyright interests are campaigning to weaken inventor's rights while at the same time overreaching with their own rights. Copyright owners should be chasing infringers not crippling new technology. As an inventor I had to punish those whole steal, not those who licensed. I expect copyright holders to live by the same standards. Just as we do not punish people for what they might do, we should not punish the public at large for what a few do.

I am deeply disturbed by the actions of companies like Apple and their iPod.
The truth of the matter is Apple is not a great innovator today. They did a good job of packaging others inventions and of marketing, but they really did nothing to advance the collective arts.

I also do not understand why anyone would by music which is locked in a propriety format. I sure will not. When I pay for a product I do not expect to be forced to watch commercials as is the case with DVD. I rarely go to theaters anymore because they force me to listen to deathening commercials.
I can and will do without products like these. Besides, most of movies are drivel.

I do not mind paying for rights, but I will only do so once for any given work. I will not purchase products which unreasonably restrict my ability to use those products. I will not purchase software with copy protection.
I have a right to make backups and if I cannot backup one product I look for an alternative. I will not pay for subscription software unless there is valuable and constantly updated data which merits ongoing payments.

Ronald J Riley, Exec. Dir. Ronald J Riley, President
InventorEd, Inc. Professional Inventors Alliance

The Importance of linking

Links are the most important issue to get a good Page Ranking.
Of course they can mean a momentary success of a Blog or Web page.
The rest is up to you.
The link is what makes your site among the firsts, the content is what makes it staying there...
Now, you made a nice Blog or Website and you are sure many would like it, how to find those many?
You submit to as many search engine as possible and then wait.
In the meantime you should try to find good links.
What are GOOD links?

As you can find in "There is nothing better then a link embedded in content. Why? because the search engines have created sophisticated algorithms that now consider link location to be a primary factor in how quality a link is. Links located on sidebars or footers do not have the same weight as links embedded in content."
That is where sponsored reviews come in.
Besides, the links are not listed in a separate page,(Search engine Robots have come a long way)but embedded in the text, and possibly in text that matches your content.
Because Search engines have got quite sophisticated and they also look at the topic of the page they are listing.
So a link that concerns a different matter has no o little value.
While every review is written from scratch from the blogger and talks about YOUR SUBJECT, is permanent, is interconnected and is notified via RSS.

In this way you get not only a permanent link, but also a review of your site.
This is what builds what they call a "viral market".
I post, you read and somebody else talks... and if your product is good the trick is done!

Monday, April 16, 2007

The sins of our fathers

As 33 year old with a high IQ and no future, I just want to thank the baby boomers for totally and completely fucking over what could have been the greatest country ever.
The whole time I was growing up no one ever said anything about oil. No one ever said anything about foreign manufacturing.
No one ever said anything about non-linear population growth.
No one ever said anything about Topsoil.
No one ever said anything about illegal aliens.
No one ever said anything about preparation for anything that might come our way. No, the sad truth is that the boomers grew up in unprecedented wealth and security and blissfully burned more oil, energy, topsoil and whatever else you can regretfully burn than any generation since the beginning of known history.
These are the assholes who told us to "get good grades" and everything will be awesome. Guess what dad, no amount of straight A's are going to help when the shit hits the fan.
You just enjoy your retirement in the million dollar piece of shit house you own. And when the illegal aliens and poor white trash are tearing this country a new one in the next civil war, you just pat yourself on the back and tell yourself that you were a great parent.

Posted by: halfnelsonchoke | April 15, 2007 at 05:57 PM

My grand father woke up at four in the morning to prepare the tools to begin working at six.
During his lunchtime break, he went into the nearby river to choose the right stones to build a new piece of the old house.
He worked hard and survived two wars.
He left a factory to his son who had nothing better to do that bringing it to bankruptcy.
There is always one generation that builds and another that wastes.
That is why the world has gone on IN SPITE OF...

What to do when you need help with any kind of addiction

When do you need addiction treatment?
When you talk about addiction, people usually think of drugs like Heroin or LSD.
But there are many other addictions, even more dangerous, because not acknowledged.

Drinking addiction is one of them.
And it is fearfully increasing among the young ones.
In many discothèques for a marketing reason drinking is at a flat rate, that encourages the customers to drink over the limits.
This is hugely damaging the health and in the worst case scenario even causing death.
The first step in every case of addiction is acknowledging that there is a problem and looking forward to solve it.
Usually bad habits are difficult to stop and in case of addicting substances the only way to get rid of the problem is trusting professionals.
But how to find the right solution?
At you can find all addiction treatment options, addiction counseling and a list of addiction treatment centers.
You can call o fill a form with your data and you will be called back.
They assist individuals and their loved ones in finding all the different treatment options available, the best treatment program for your individual needs.
Their experienced staff members are well informed on the options and can assist you.

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Dreams are what our life is made of, aren't they?

"we’ll need to fund the transport as physical infrastructure rather than as billable services..." Bob Frankstone

I think the whole matter depends on it.
If we see (as it was born) the Internet as mainly "transport" or "connectivity" there is no need to talk about Net Neutrality or Scrapping the Internet.

It is a network where you can have your share depending on the bandwidth you are using and paying for.
It would be absolutely perfect if everybody could share the same amount, but there is nothing like a free lunch and of course nothing like a free bandwidth.
But reducing the Internet to a connectivity network is already making the most democratic space on this earth.

And why not leaving space also to billable services?
Services on a transport network.
This is where the money, the revenue, the jobs come from.

The only problem I see is the fact that, being the Internet the mirror of our world, there will always be the ones who make huge profits monopolizing certain services.
But also in that, the Internet is still the most democratic place on this world, where one man company can build an empire.
It's the only place left for the "American dream".
And Dreams are what our life is made of, aren't they?

Let your money work for you

What is the reason why to become a Capitalist?
The fact that your "Capital", your money will work for you, and you won't have to work, or at least not too hard, to live the life you like.
You'll have more time to do the things you like to do, to enjoy your family, and why not? To make more money to work for you...

Compare online banking interest rates, savings accounts features and find a new savings account or checking account that earns more interest with and you will know where your money can make the best profit for you.
What about a 6%, no monthly fees, no minimum balances?

I guess it pays to make a visit...

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Sunday, April 15, 2007

Net Neutrality is like freedom: a useless thing when you have an empy belly.

"In a much celebrated remark, a senior Bush administration aide told journalist Ron Suskind: "When we act, we create our own reality. And while you're studying that reality, we'll act again, creating other new realities." But with the democratisation of publishing, creating new realities is now a game that everyone can play."

And that is when Google comes into the scene.
We have a saying "No leaf moves unless Google wants it."

And it is dramathically true.
You can create as many realities as you want and like, but if you are not indexed, how can the OTHERS know?
Net neutrality is a great thing.
It is like freedom, the most important issue of our life.
But what do you do with freedom with an empty belly?
The same as you do with Net Neutrality when nobody hears your voice on the NET.

It is not important the NEWS, what is important is WHO lets you know about the NEWS.
That is WHERE the power is and where Net Neutrality is worth nothing.

Saturday, April 14, 2007

Doubleclick's Ad Exchange

The New York Times writes:

The new DoubleClick advertising exchange will bring Web publishers and advertising buyers together on a Web site where they can participate in auctions for ad space.

David Rosenblatt, the company�s chief executive described the exchange as a mix of eBay and Sabre, the airline reservations system that travel agents use. The service will let advertisers see information about what competitors bid for particular ads, in the same way that eBay shows visitors past bids. And it will let publishers try to ensure that they sell their ad spots at the highest possible price, the way that airlines try to do with the seats they sell.

Friday, April 13, 2007

Daycare Bear where needs meet providers

Are you looking for a Daycare center for your children?

Do you need:

1)Daycare center / preschool
2)Non-profit daycare center
3)Family / home daycare
4)Babysitter / nanny
5)Occasional daycare center

You'll find all at DayCare Bear, the US Childcare Providers Information Network.
Just fill the search with all the details and you'll certainly find what you're looking for.
Or are you a Childcare Provider?
You can register for free in the same Network to fill all the openings!
Daycare Bear is the intelligent way to bring together parents and childcare providers.

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Are you looking for money?

Most people use a broker to arrange their mortgage.
But how to find the right one?
The Internet has changed the mortgage world.
Once you usually looked for the help of a local broker to arrange a home loan, today you can use one living thousands of miles away, while comfortably sitting in front of your computer.
And that makes it not only easier, but also cheaper and faster.
But how to find the right one?
On Personal Home Loan you can find a huge list ofMortgage Lenders, the best rates and a mortgage calculator.
You just have to fill the searching calculator with your personal details and you will find the best rates. provides access to the leading national and local mortgage lenders and brokers.
A mortgage broker will typically work with several lenders to find the best rates and deals and will be able to find you a lower rate than if you went to your local bank.
Nevertheless it is important to remember that brokers are paid by adding on a fee to the loan, so when shopping around you must find out what fee they charge.
Usually an online broker is cheaper than an offline one because of the reduced cost due to a simplified application process and lower cost for office space and personnel.
Online mortgage brokers are connected to lender databases that are updated in real time. This allows them to give you a near instant quote and process the application very quickly.
So, if you are looking for a loan or mortgage be sure to contact a good number of mortgage brokers and find out what lenders they have on their panel, their fees, all other fees (such as solicitor, valuation, etc) and turnaround time.
It pays to spend some time doing this, and remember: never rush into signing anything until you know the facts and have had a good shop around.

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That is why segmentation is not always good

Yesterday I went to the Super Market because I badly needed eggs.
I bought:

1) Eight geranium plants because they were in special offer and the RIGHT color for my balcony

2) Five bars of chocolate because it was a long time I didn't please myself, I guess since I bought a "non friendly" electronic scale.

3) An Easter colomba because it was one third of the original price and it is good to have a slice (or two) for Breakfast.

4) Four frozen pizzas because a pizza is what comes at your rescue when you do not have the palest idea what to cook...

Needless to say I came home without eggs, because I completely forgot about them.
I will have to go to the Super Market again tomorrow (may be they have other good special offers)

That is why I do not think that segmentation is such a great idea.(besides the fact that I have less opportunities)

Addressed to a Penis Owner

We are not anti-penis. In the feminine experience the penis can add the finishing touch to satisfaction, but it is not sine qua non.
No, indeed.
We have been brainwashed into paying more homage than is due this particular attachment of the male anatomy, and far too much has been made of its rise and fall. The fact that we admire a Greek statue no less when the penis has crumbled off should be sufficient proof that male beauty does not depend on this unique feature. Freud, of course, was wrong when he claimed that women suffer from penis envy — it is the men who do.
Sadly, a man without a penis is no man at all in our culture, and in male mythology the penis distinguishes a valiant man from a timid one.
We do appreciate a lusty penis when it knows its place. Penis owners should keep in mind that a well-trained penis is a joy to hold and cuddle.
If it knows a trick or two, so much the better. A well-behaved penis is indeed woman's best friend, but we object to those mindless penises that indiscriminately push their way in and out of our folds like sewing machines.
We suspect that the penis culture is a male invention from an earlier age when fertility was tantamount to the survival of the race.
Understandably, then, the penis is still an important showpiece, and while it also adds much gratification to its owner, it offers comparatively less to the fulfillment of female desires.
If this comes as a shock to you, penis owner, please look at yourself from the female point of view. What is natural to you who handle your penis many times a day, is quite unnatural to us.
To us, the penis is a foreign object. I think that no man knows how alien his rod is to the girl who is confronted with it for the first time, when she is told to stroke it, to lick it, to like it.
We know neither the power that comes with owning this tool nor the fear of losing it. Since we don't have anything as obvious and as embarrassingly untrustworthy in our love-making paraphernalia, we share your concern for its ups and downs, so much so that we have obliterated our own needs for gratification.
We are not trying to diminish your appendage, but we want to enlarge upon those parts of you that have been unjustly ignored.
These are the parts that are essential to our pleasure: your hair, your eyes, your lips, your tongue, your chest, your thighs, your voice, and — most importantly — your hands. It is no accident that our stories have celebrated these greater assets.

Liberally taken from Women's own erotica

What makes the best business partner?

1) Good credit rating

2) Good customers' portfolio

3) Good working skills

4) Good availability

5) Good future vision

All this is like pretending that a good writer is somebody who knows how to write, who has good writing skills, who knows where and how to publish his books.
All this IS important, but not all this makes a good and mostly a successful writer.
Therefore, the best business partner is not always the best businessman.

You need skills, you need knowledge, but you need a natural disposition to be a good businessman.
You need to like what you do, you need to live what you do, you need to make others liking what you do.
You need to know when to be serious and when to laugh; you need to know when to talk and when to listen.
You need to know what the others are going to think or to do, you need to understand, you need to convince, you need to be a friend without loosing control, in a few words, you need to make your customers liking and trusting you.

All this comes naturally or does not.
And if it doesn't you'd better choose another job.

PS. May be somebody like this won't be the BEST for making a lot of money, but you will certainly have fun having a business with him, and that IS WHAT COUNTS IN LIFE!!!

Things to know when you have some money to invest or you need money from somebody who has money to invest...

DIY is a great thing, we have a saying: "fatto da te, fatto per tre" (done by oneself is like done by three).
That is NOT always true, at least without knowing all what you need to know...
Would you put wall paper on a wall without the minimum knowledge of how to do? (I would, but the results are what they are...)
So why investing or borrowing money without the minimum knowledge of how to?
The Internet is such a treasure to become if not experts at least a little bit more professional about what we do.
There is a blog about loan consolidation where you can find very good articles about what to do and how to do when you have money or when you have no money.
I like it because very often you realize that what you thought as good suddenly doesn't look so good anymore, and they explain how and when in such a way that you can completely change your mind about it.
I found particularly interesting the article "Reasons why Homeownership is for suckers" where they explain why buying a house making a mortgage is not the best of investments. They list all the false assumptions and traps one can fall in.
In principle is like believing that one can loose weight without dieting, without exercising, without efforts.
Everybody should know by now that being thin is a life commitment and nothing comes cheap, not even a mortgage and even less a house.
But it is nice to believe it, it is nice to dream and we are very often so willing to believe what we like.
That is why reading the truth once in a while is useful.

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Why blogging?

"Most of us blog with a purpose. We want to share our outlandish political beliefs with the world. We want to network with other professionals in our fields. We long for an opportunity to share our lousy poetry with other angst-ridden teens. We can’t wait to let other cat lovers see the latest hi-res photos of Mr. Fluffypants. We want to sell something.

We have a purpose and we have a particular audience in mind as we compose our posts."

What about blogging for blogging, writing for writing, writing for talking and talking for communicating?
We ALL write our posts with the hidden hope somebody will comment.
Just say hi, or hallo, or I like, or I dislike or even fuck off.
Just say something, so that I can answer something else and you can comment again and this Magic thing will happen.
Black on white, one letter after the other to make a word, many words to make a sentence and many sentences my thought and then your thought and so on...

We blog because we like to and because we want and like to communicate.
About politics, about food, about cats, about sex, about our life.
About what it doesn't really matter.
It matters there is somebody who reads and writes back.
That is the magic of blogging, that is the magic of the Internet, that is the Magic of life.
Since the first hiccup to the last grasp, we , we ALL want to feel we are not ALONE.

Thursday, April 12, 2007

All what you can dream to get just opening a Bank Account...

What about a bank accounts that offers:

1) Banking. Interest and fee free for the first 100£ (may be they know you'll borrow more than that...)
NO monthly fees. Commission free travel money.

2) Worldwide family travel insurance. Savings (10%) on holidays and cruises.

3) UK and Ireland luxury hotel breaks (–50%). Savings on wine, magazines, gifts, motors and much more (it pays to have a look). Legal helpline.

4) Ecotricity. That stands for clean electricity.Games, Fair trade fashion, flowers (and even trees), books...

That is what the Privilege account offers.
With a monthly subscription of 12£ you can upgrade it to a Privilege Premier Current Account and you can have much more.
More free overdraft, exclusive mortgage deals, discounted personal loans, travel credit card, higher interests and so on...

And of course you can have a basic account, a standard account, and the Internet Banking.
You choose what suits you best.
What do YOU think?
I personally think that I regret living in Italy, but I'd better check, may be they have branches even in my country...

The reality behind the dream

"Cellular companies have been hampered by their inexperience as middlemen between consumers and producers of music, videos and other content. Their high-speed networks can't yet guarantee constant connections. And equipment is expensive.
What's more, the price of the content provided by cellular companies remains steep."
With special offer on top of special offers listening to music or watching TV on a cell phone is still, and will be for long, outrageously expensive.
And outrageously stupid too.
Even though stupidity wouldn't be a barrier, the cost will.
Paying slightly more to have the same wouldn't be a problem if that is a status symbol, paying a lot more for the same is a problem even if it is a status symbol.
Because it is the symbol of the status of being very rich.
In other words, if the mass cannot afford it, it cannot become a mass market product.
The cell phone network doesn't have enough bandwidth and the bandwidth it has is too expensive.

A cell phone is a physical tracking device

Every mobile phone, whenever it's turned on, is *already* a physical tracking device. *EVERY* mobile phone. Even when idle, phones periodically transmit "registration" messages to the base station so that the network will know where to deliver an SMS or inbound call message. (This is why airlines require phones to be completely shut off in flight; it's not sufficient to simply avoid making calls to prevent transmissions.)

In the old analog days, low user populations and lack of automatic wide-area roaming sometimes made it practical to "flood" paging messages over a network so that mobile registrations were not necessary. But flood paging has long become impractical in digital cellular networks.

Cellular networks have a perfectly legitimate need to know where you are, at least to the nearest cell sector, so they can do their job. The recent addition of GPS reporting to E911 calls increases the positioning accuracy still further.

And this is what's so problematical. Location data, like so much other personal data necessarily collected in the routine operation of modern communication networks, has both benign -- lifesaving, even -- and harmful uses.

At least the content confidentiality problem has an effective technical defense (end to end encryption) even if it isn't widely used. But there seems to be no such technological defense against the abuse of cellular location data. Your only choice is to turn your phone off, preferably by removing the battery, when you don't want to be tracked. If you turn it on, even for a moment, the system will again know where you are.

Another alternative is to forego a cell phone in favor of a one-way pager, if they're even still available. But should you answer a page, even with a pay phone, you could in principle still be tracked unless you encode your pages.

Phil Karn

How To Tell If Your Cell Phone Is Bugged

If you're not on a call, and you hear a continuing rapid buzz-buzz-buzz in nearby speakers that lasts more than a few seconds and gets louder as you approach with your phone, well, the odds are that your phone is busily transmitting, and bugging is a definite possibility.
Note that this particular test is much less reliable with non-GSM phones that use CDMA (e.g. Sprint/Verizon phones), since CDMA's technology is less prone to producing easily audible local interference. This strongly suggests that CDMA phones may be preferred for such bugging operations.
A variant form of CDMA (called "WCDMA") is used for the high speed data channel (but not the voice channel) on new 3G GSM phones. Since voice could theoretically be encoded onto that channel as I mentioned above --which would be harder to detect than the main GSM voice channel --this is a technology that will bear watching.

Most of this applies to bugging in real time. If delayed bugging is acceptable, there is another approach available that would be more difficult to detect -- record ambient audio from the phone mic and store it in the phone's memory in compressed form, then upload it en masse later.
Modern phones have plenty of available memory, especially ones with cameras, mp3 capabilities, and the like. The processing requirements of a delayed bug would probably be beyond the capabilities of some low-end phones, but even most entry-level
phones are relatively powerful these days.

When the recorded audio was uploaded all of the transmission factors mentioned above would come into play, but since the transmission time would be shorter this would be harder to detect. Probably the biggest giveaway to this type of bugging would be battery drain, which would typically be quite considerable even in a voice-controlled recording (VOX) mode. So, my comments above about unusually poor battery performance would be especially applicable in this case.

The odds of most people being targeted for bugging are quite small.
But it's always better to know the technical realities. Don't be paranoid, but be careful.

Lauren Weinstein

Wednesday, April 11, 2007

You pay for what you get...

What better offer than paying JUST for what you get?
And that is so important when you talk about SEO.
The usual way is: you pay and we do what we can.
Of course they promise the best, but if you do not reach what they promise?
Sorry...may be it is your fault and so on...
But with search engine optimization company you pay for performance. That means that it is simply the best model to ensure you get the improved search engine placement you want and don't wind up paying a Seo company for non-results.
You pay for the listing in the three most important Search Engines: Google, Yahoo! and MSN. If you do not reach a top 10 placement it is free!!!
I bet it is one of those few times in which one is happy to pay...
You are almost sure that your website will get the exposition you need to sell more or to be known better or whatever.
Their monthly fees are based on the number of top 10 rankings they get for their clients. Minimum of 10 top 10 rankings per month or that month is free. Of course competitive keywords are more than welcome!!
And it is better than a pay per click.
You do not have to pay for the number of customers, just for your placement.
You can choose the plan that suits you best and decide. Then you just wait...

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Free will and a pair of shoes...

"The place you buy your shoes has been decided by the search engine, and the search engine was been decided by the browser, which has been decided by the operating system, which has been decided by the computer.
If those things are kept independent, it's working. But if a company gets into a very strong position of having a vertical supply through the market, and has all these things tied up together, then your choice of shoes is dictated by your choice of computer."

Anyway my choice of shoes was never so independent as it looks.
First I had to see what Armani decided was fashionable that year, then what my friends decided it was "in" that year, then what my parents decided how much I could spend for a new pair of shoes and if I needed one, so in the end I couldn't really talk about "free will"...

No links, just bids

Among many ways for listing a website the best is the one that follows the users' rank.
No meta text, no links, no payperplacement.
You are the first if you are the most voted.
That is the concept that Big, a highly promoted web directory, follows when listing a website.
The bid for position.
The top 10 listings are shown on the homepage and top 20 on the top links page. All listings are permanent.
How does it sound?
To me it sounds good and fair.
You can also find the latest links and the recommended sites.
It pays to give it a try, may be you can be surprised finding what you wouldn't with another search engine...

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