THE LARRY SANDERS SHOW

THE LARRY SANDERS SHOW

When I first saw The Larry Sanders Show, I didn’t find it funny. I just saw an episode here and there and I couldn’t realise the very clever humor inside that extremely original sitcom. How blind I was! Of course, now that everyone and their grandmother have ditched the canned laughters and are using single camera mockumentary style, The Larry Sanders show seems a little bit more “normal”. But still, there is genius in this show that made it age much much better than most other 1990’s shows. You could put it on TV now, and fans of Seinfeld, Arrested Development (should have been an HBO show, dammit!), Curb Your Enthusiasm, and The Office for example would just love it! And it’s actually surprising that out of its 6 seasons, they only released the first one on DVD. I guess whoever has the rights just want people to download the episodes from peer-to-peer networks…?

Yet again, another HBO show that I love.

3 Essentials to Internet Marketing Program Analysis

3 Essentials to Internet Marketing Program Analysis

When checking out an Internet Marketing program analysis there are 3 key elements a program should contain before you consider joining. You need an internet marketing program that provides tools, guidance, expert advice and on-going support.

1. Training

Does the program offer training? If not don’t even consider it, when conducting Internet Marketing program analysis. There are so many concepts and nuances to Internet Marketing that training is critical. You need a program that provides current training material. This industry changes all the time and it is important to be knowledgeable about the latest concepts and techniques.

The training materials should also be valuable, they should be pertinent to content and concepts that will make you successful. What different mediums is the training offered in, is it not just offered in document form, are there webinars and recorded sessions as well. The more variety here will indicate how much effort the program puts into it’s training program. And last but not least are the training materials easily accessible and available.

2. User Forums

Another valuable feature you should be looking for when performing internet marketing program analysis is user forums. User forums are a great barometer for how successful an internet marketing program really is. This is actual discourse with users of the program, their actual experiences, concerns and questions.

You want a program that has an active forum, with a good deal of participation and contributions. It is very beneficial for program newbies and more experienced marketers to share their insights and help each other resolve questions or queries they might have. You also want to make sure the forum is a searchable database, there will be lots of valuable information on all areas of internet marketing which you can leverage to help ensure your success.

3. Access to Program Founders/Experts

When doing Internet Marketing program analysis, one key element with a legitimate successful internet marketing program is if the founders of that program are truly experts in their field and are committed to ensuring your success. Typically this will translate into their active involvement in the program. The founders will be providing constant updates and support, usually via email.

They will also make themselves available for personal coaching. Where they will be active in the user forums and will also allow direct communication with them, again usually via email or some personal messaging medium. This is a very valuable support structure essential to your success. This not only indicates that you were not sold a bill of goods but that the founders are in this for the long term and truly want to see you succeed.

My home page will provide you with a great recommendation for one program to use as your baseline for Internet Marketing program analysis.

Ebooks– the Way of the Future?

Ebooks– the Way of the Future?

In yet another attempt to launch the idea of Star Trek style reading on the world, Sony has released the Portable Reading System, an electronic book reader sporting a new screen technology and capable of holding 80 books. It is a small device about the size of an average paperback, about half an inch thick, weighing nine ounces, and having a six inch screen. The release of this ebook reader is the first in several years, after makers the new technology found that it wasn’t catching on as planned. Although the Sony PRS-500 sports a new screen technology designed to mimic paper, its prospects sound doubtful at best.

The Portable Reading System’s claim to fame is its E Ink® technology, a mechanical system working in a similar manner to the flipping schedule display boards at train stations. Rather than using a liquid crystal display screen, as cell phones, laptops, and previous ebooks do, the E Ink® system uses tiny beads, black on one side and white on the other, to display text. The beads are rotated by an electric charge, displaying text with a feel that is allegedly similar to paper. With this system, a page can be displayed indefinitely without using battery power. The only operation that drains the battery is turning pages, which the PRS-500 can do 7,500 times on a charge.

Sony’s website claims that the reader can hold about 80 titles in its 64 megabytes of internal memory, convenient to be sure, but prompting the question of where these titles will come from. Sony suggests that users buy books from the CONNECT eBookstore™, at a price not much lower than the price of physical books. Short of doing that, one could load free public domain books onto the reader, using, for example, the project Gutenberg online library, taking advantage of the reader’s compatibility with a number of formats. However, as has been the case in the past, readers would quickly come up against a lack of reading material.

It is not that the technology to digitalize text does not exist. Google has recently built a gigantic searchable library of books from numerous academic libraries, using machines that can turn books’ pages, take pictures of them, and convert the resulting images into text. However, copyright issues have not been resolved, and the bulk of this text is unavailable to the would-be ebook owner.

As has been the case with other ebook readers before it, the PRS-500 may be doomed not to catch on. Several years ago, another company, NuvoMedia’s Ebook Gemstar launched a line of somewhat more primitive ebooks, hoping to start a new trend of space-age reading. It did not. Perhaps because of the lack of reading material, and perhaps because people just prefer the feel of an old fashioned book in their hands, Sony’s Personal Reading System is likely not to catch on.

5 of the Top Tech Cars of 2010

5 of the Top Tech Cars of 2010

According to CNET, the 5 best tech cars are the 2010 Audi S4, 2009 Cadillac CTS-V, 2010 Nissan GT-R, 2010 Porshe Panamera 4S, and 2011 Volvo S60.


The Audi S4 is a gas sedan with all the standard safety options. It also comes with satellite radio, MP3 sound system, and memory card slot. It has a security system and a trip computer with it. Optional equipment are back-up cameras, video entertainment system, media hard disk MP3 player, and DVD navigation system.It has good performance and gas mileage all together. Its engine is a 3 liter direct injection supercharged V-6. The price of it is about $45,900 with different options.

The 2009 Cadillac CTS-V is a gas engine with all standard safety options. It has satellite radio and MP3 CD and hard-disk system and USB connection. It has heated/cooled seats, security system, multizone climate control, and a trip computer. Optional equipment available are DVD navigation system and video entertainment system. It has a 6.2 liter supercharged V8 very powerful engine and handles very well with magnetically controlled suspension. The price starts at $58,000 depending on options.

The 2010 Nissan GT-R is a gas engine with all standard safety options. It has heated/cooled seats, multizone climate control, keyless start, and security system. Also, it has a trip computer and voice activated navigation. The suspension on it gives it racecar handling which isn’t good for daily life use. It has poor gas mileage but the 2011 model promises to work on these problems. It has a 3.8 liter V6 with twin turbocharged engine with 485 hp. This car starts at about $84,000 and has all options with it.

The Porshe Panamera 4S has a very well tuned engine, dynamic suspension, and a smart clutch. Among most standard options it also has parking distance sensors and rear view camera. It handles very well and has excellent cornering and is surprisingly a practical car. It has a 4.8 liter V8 direct injection engine and 400 hp with 369lb feet of torque. This price starts at about $93,000 depending on options.

The 2011 Volvo S60 is a gas engine with all standard safety options. It has satellite radio, MP3 sound system, multizone climate control, trip computer and a security system. It has assistance features like adaptive cruise control, lane departure and collision warning, and pedestrian warning. It is comfortable for sporty driving and for everyday driving as well. It has a V6 turbocharged engine with lots of horsepower. The price starts at about $37,000 depending on options.

Review of the Canon PowerShot SD630 Digital Elph

Review of the Canon PowerShot SD630 Digital Elph

While many people now have digital cameras, there are a few that still haven’t caught up. This digital camera is so easy to use that I would recommend it to anyone who thinks they are too old or too behind in today’s technological advances to use a digital camera. Yet despite being so easy to use, this camera still boasts many excellent features.

 

This camera is very cute and compact, but it is so much more than that. With 6 megapixels, you definitely have enough to work with later in cropping images and making decent sized prints (how often do you really need prints larger than 16 x 20 inches or so anyway?). The 3x optical zoom is enough for most uses (though unfortunately, you cannot add any attachments to give you more zoom). The scene modes are quite helpful too, especially for those not used to camera settings. This camera even has a movie feature so you can take a quick movie on the go without lugging around your bulky video camera (and yes, the movie feature even plays back the sound on the camera, how cool is that?). There are a lot of great features to this camera, but not so many that the features become overwhelming.

My favorite feature of the Canon PowerShot SD630 Digital Elph, was by far the 3 inch LCD screen. This screen makes it very easy to see what you’re doing. The screen takes up nearly the entire back of the camera (which unfortunately leaves no room for a viewfinder, for those of you who still want that feature). The font sizes on the menus are very reasonable though because of the large screen size (a huge plus for the older generation). And if the screen just isn’t big enough for you to see a small detail of the photo you just took, you can just use the camera’s zoom to zoom in on the picture you just took and see the details (and make sure the photo is clear before you walk away from your subject and lose the opportunity to try another photo later). Also, let’s say you take a variety of vertical photos and horizontal photos. This camera knows when a photo was taken vertically and automatically shows the photo in its proper orientation. A lot of cameras do that nowadays though, so this camera goes even farther

You want to make full use of that screen for vertical photos too? No problem! Just turn the camera vertically and the photo flips so that you can see it full size. I just love that! Canon ensured that this 3 inch screen would be as useful as possible for you.

The thing I’ve always loved about Canon cameras, are all the scene modes. Scene modes take out the guess work for shooting in various settings. Instead of actually having to know something about photography and switching the camera to manual mode, you can just use a scene mode. Taking a portrait? Use portrait mode! Want to take a photo at night? There’s a scene mode for that too! Taking photos of kids and pets? Use the “kids and pets” mode. While this camera doesn’t boast as many scene modes as the Canon video cameras do, it certainly has enough for the average user. In addition to the scene modes, you can just put the camera in automatic or manual mode as well. Manual allows you to change things such as the exposure, white balance (sunny, cloudy, fluorescent, tungsten, etc.), colors (your traditional sepia and black and white, and also things like adjusting for lighter or darker skin tones), and metering as well. While the manual features don’t compare to an SLR, there are probably many more manual features on this camera than on your old film point-and-shoot.

All the features in the world won’t help you though if the camera isn’t easy to use. This camera is definitely very easy to use. You just turn on the camera, decide if you want to take pictures, shoot a movie clip, or look at photos you’ve already taken. You can easily go through the list of scene modes or just shoot in automatic. The movie clip feature is also boasts several features. You can shoot movies at TV quality (640×480, which if you don’t have an LCD TV yet, appears very nice) or smaller as well for just posting short movies online. You can still change the white balance and the colors for videos as well. Looking at photos and movies you’ve taken is easy. Just flip through the images to what you want to see. You can even delete photos right on the camera (now there’s something you certainly never could do with your old film camera!). There’s really no need to even read the manual on this camera it’s so simple to use. The features tend to be pretty self explanatory as you’re going through the menus.

Of course, every camera has its limits. There were a few things I didn’t like about this camera or that I thought others probably wouldn’t like. This camera doesn’t have a viewfinder, which for me is not a problem as I always hated using a viewfinder. However, some people really like their viewfinder and have to have one instead of just having a screen. If that’s the case for you, there are still many digital cameras out there that have viewfinders as well. My biggest problem with it was that I’m so used to shooting with Nikon cameras, that I found the macro on this camera inferior. For most people, the macro on this camera is probably going to be just fine. If you’re buying this camera solely to take photos of flowers, insects, and small objects, I’d recommend something else. Another thing I found fault with, is that you’re not given any opportunity to add attachments. Even on point-and-shoot cameras sometimes I like to be able to add attachments such as filters. I suppose the color features in this camera are supposed to make up for the lack of any ability to add filters. However, if you’d really like to add attachments to your camera, I’d recommend going with something else. There are several cameras out there that do have threads to add attachments. Overall however, I found that this camera was a very good camera for the average user.

If you’re still afraid of digital cameras and don’t yet have one, consider this one. This camera is unbelievably easy to learn and use. Even if you’ve been using a digital camera for awhile now and you’re just looking to upgrade, this is a nice camera and should serve you well. This camera fits easily into your purse or pocket so that you can take it along for all of your vacations, family gatherings, and other events. There are enough features on this camera for it to be really useful, but not so many features that you’ll be overwhelmed. I would highly recommend looking into this camera if you’re considering buying a digital point-and-shoot.

Augmented reality on the iPhone

Augmented reality on the iPhone

This very useful AND sexy map application is one of the first augmented reality app on the iPhone, created by acrossair. Too good to be true? I’m waiting to see it available on the iTunes store before I believe they actually made it. Anyone know of another augmented reality app on the iPhone?

 

Reverse Spam?

Reverse Spam?

very few days, I receive an email asking me to “exchange links” with another website. Usually, they are emailing me out of nowhere and asking me to put a link from one of my sites to theirs. When I look at their sites, all they have is advertisement (usually Google AdSense), sometimes a little bit of fake content (but not often), and a few pages of links back to the people who link to them.

Google frowns upon this kind of websites, and they usually end up not getting any PageRank at all in the end. PageRank is the measure of how good your website is, based on who links it, and it is the basis of the Google algorithm. In short, the more incoming links you get, the better your site is supposed to be.

Now, I don’t want to spam people, but I would love to have more traffic going to my domain names registration service Z-Names.com. It is a very advanced service, with all the options the geeks need and a very powerful administration panel to control your domains. Meanwhile, it is very simple to use even for people who are not experts in web stuff and just want a domain name for their blog or their small business. It is backed up by eNom.com, one of the largest and most trustworthy registrars in the world, yet the prices are much much lower than at eNom. Actually, prices are similar to GoDaddy.com. And all you need in included in the price of the domain, including email and email redirections (if you want to use Gmail for example).

So, my idea is that instead of spamming people who don’t know me and ask them to put a link on their website, I will ask visitors of this site. That means *you*. It is not about Google, but about real people who refer real people. If you have a blog, or a homepage, or an email signature, or a Flickr account, or anything where you can link from, and you want to help me spread the word about Z-Names, you just have to put the line of HTML below and let people know. What is in it for you? Not much, but you will make the people who buy a domain name at Z-Names thanks to you happy. And all it takes is a link from your website.

Here is the link to insert:

<a href="http://www.z-names.com/">Cheap domain names</a>

If you add the link to your blog, please let me know in the comment, and make sure to post the link of your page too.

Thank you.

(N.B.: I am pretty sure there won’t be any comment EVER to this post, but if I don’t ask, I will never know…) :)

Google Apps Gmail + Google Toolbar

Google Apps Gmail + Google Toolbar

I have been using Gmail for years, straight from when it started, and I was redirecting my domains names to my main Gmail account. Then a few days ago, I decided to make the switch and start using Google Apps so that I would have all the services attached to my own domain. But the the default Gmail button on the Google toolbar for Firefox always go to gmail.com rather than my domain. Also, it opens to http:// rather than https://.

So finally I found online how to fix this:

Open the Options of the (latest version of the) Google Toolbar, go to buttons, select the Gmail button, click edit, then click the “use the advanced editor” link. It opens a page with the code associated with this button and you can change all the “http://mail.google.com/mail/” into “https://mail.google.com/a/yourdomain.com/”, save and close. This also changes which mail archive it will search into when you look for an email directly from the toolbar.

I didn’t find how to make my own domain open a blank email message when I click a “mailto:” link on a website yet. So far, it is always trying to open Gmail for my main Google account. If anyone knows how to fix this, please comment below. Thanks.

Wind Power: The Cutting Edge Alternative Energy

Wind Power: The Cutting Edge Alternative Energy

Wind power is 2006’s cutting edge of alternative energy compared to the cutting edge technology of 2006, solar power. There are at least a dozen U.S.-based companies that have a smaller version of the industrial sized wind turbines for the private sector that can be easily placed in anyone’s backyard.

This type of news is great for such owners as Andy Kruse founder of Southwest Windpower based in Flagstaff, Arizona. Andy Kruse teamed up with scientists at the National Renewable Energy Lab after raising $10 Million in financing to create a sleek 33-foot turbine that has a blade span of six feet that is designed to work in wind speeds as low as nine miles per hour. The Skystream 3.7 can provide up to 80 percent of a household’s electricity.

During the first couple of months of production there were 150 of the Skystream’s shipped at the whopping price tag of $13,000 each. While turning down numerous investors, Mr. Kruse is projecting $24 million in revenues for 2007. The revenues estimated for 2007 are based on the fact that worldwide people are taking heed to the uses of Windpower as a source of energy for home use.

Andy Kruse’s major target for marketing the Skystream is to those who live on large plots of land. This targeted group basically consists of 13 million Americans who are wealthy consumers who live on a half acre or more of the land.

The targeted market for Southwest Windpower could change dramatically if the newly elected Congress passes a bipartisan bill providing tax credits up to 30 percent of the cost of the wind user’s turbine. There are already states that offer such credits to users of wind turbines. Those consumers will also have the opportunity to sell any excess power to utility companies such as Xcel Energy.

Where Tax Credits or Rebates are Being Offered

The following states in the U.S. are already offering such credits or rebates: Wisconsin, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, and California.

The following countries allow consumers to collect credit or cash from their governments for excess kilowatts are: Germany, Spain, and Canada.

Peter Edwards, a partner at the Altira Group and investor at Southwest Windpower, sees more opportunities for makers, dealers, and installers of efficient batteries. These types of batteries are capable of storing excess wind energy for at least two days.

With more and more opportunities for wind turbines opening up across the U.S. and around the world, the ability for the average Joe to purchase their own wind turbines may not be that far out of reach.