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Slashdot Dying Discussion

By hagrin - Posted on 05 August 2006

I usually don't get this fired up over a website, but a recent discussion about how Slashdot will fall in 2006 has really rubbed in a way that few stories do. I've posted a whole bunch of comments there and they are a good read for what a blogger actually posts on other sites.

At the crux of the issue is whether or not Slashdot is dieing from conspiracy theories, bad editors, bad stories and submitter spam. However, with very simple changes that are almost seemless to the end user, Slashdot can address these issues with minor changes and actually using the moderator points assigned to posters the correct way.

Check SERP Rankings

By hagrin - Posted on 05 August 2006

Wanted an easy way to check your SERP ranking for a specific term within the maor search engines? Well, egoSurf allows you to do exactly just that. You can enter a search term and then any number of domains that you want to check and then have your Google Juice score sent back to you displayed on a nifty speedometer like graphic. The query does take some time to run and I wonder exactly how running a lot of these queries could potentially penalize your site (or for black hats, how doing this to one of your competitors might penalize their site).

Dell 30" LCD vs. Apple's 30" Cinema Display

By hagrin - Posted on 05 August 2006

Slashdot hosts a great discussion concerning the Dell 30" LCD vs. Apple's 30" Cinema Display that was released on January 5th. Since the 24 inch models were basically the same technology, many readers dismiss the idea of getting a 30" monitor - something that I definitely wanted, but maybe convinced otherwise now.

For instance, a few key points are brought up in the discussion that seem hard to dispute. First, to actually run this monitor, you need a video card that does dual-link DVI connections - which also currently costs about $1500 US. Second, it seems Dell has a habit of overstating its monitor's specs. One reader, using a calibrator, shows that Apple's more modest numbers are accurate while Dell's numbers seem to be obtainable but only for seconds at a time and at a rate of possibly damaging the monitor. Lastly, many readers being up the cost effectiveness by going with a multi-monitor setup and also the benefits in usability. Personally, I have used a 3 monitor setup at work which is highly more efficient than using a single monitor setup which I have at home so I would have to agree with most of the Slashdot posters.

Yahoo!'s New Email Addresses

By hagrin - Posted on 05 August 2006

Yahoo!'s email system is now accepting newly formatted names that contain a dot before the at symbol. So now, you can regsiter your.name@yahoo.com - something you couldn't do before. I'm pretty sure this is a feature that Google does not offer currently so Yahoo! is offering yet another feature that its competitors do not have. Yahoo! consistently innovates yet the high tech, male dominated community seems to only notice the advances made by GOOG (heck, I'm to blame too - I have an entire category here dedicated to Google). Maybe it's time I start taking notice of Yahoo!

Windows Vista Minimum System Requirements

By hagrin - Posted on 05 August 2006

Over at Microsoft, they have posted the minimum requirements for Windows Vista. Of particular note, users will need a minimum of 512MB of RAM which is just obscene. When you compare this to the minimum requirements of Linux systems, you really can see the difference in minimilistic programming and bloatware releases that don't offer much in terms of innovation. Don't get me wrong, I'm a Windows users mainly these days, but requiring 512 MB of RAM makes me believe that there isn't a stron

Bill Gates on Search

By hagrin - Posted on 05 August 2006

Bill Gates offers his opinion on the current state of search and boy is it agreat read. Mr. Gates states:

Well, search is bad today. The average search takes five minutes. It doesn't really understand what's local versus what's not local. You know, you type in "pizza" it's going to tell you about someplace 1,000 miles away. It doesn't understand the context of are you trying to get advice for using the product or buying a product, are you an expert, do you want the historical data, do you want the most recent data, all of these things that can be done. And so search is not personalized right now, and we've been making some advances. We've been driving our relevance up and up and up, and we have this way of really slotting in third-party expertise and letting you do some programmatic things against search.

GNU Telephony Opens Up VoIP

By hagrin - Posted on 05 August 2006

GNU Telephony has released an open source VoIP stack to enable developers to create scalable VoIP solutions. What does this mean? This means that telephony applications can be developed freely possibly threatening the infrastructures already in place. A free, VoIP solution could mean the end to more traditional programs and methods of communication as the Internet is used more and more for phone calling. The future of telephony is in VoIP calling and the GNU Telephony project could open up free communications to the world.

Sew Your Own Linux Tux

By hagrin - Posted on 05 August 2006

Dammit, I knew I should have paid attention during Home Economics. Free-Penguin.org has published sewing instructions for everyone to make their own Linux Tux penguin. Wow, too cool (ok, maybe I shouldn't have said that out loud). Go buy your own sewing kit and some fabric and make your Linux Tux penguin today!

Hacking a Windows Network

By hagrin - Posted on 05 August 2006

I don't usually post links to mirrors, but since the main site is down Ethical Hacker has mirrored an article called the Anatomy of a Hack (Chapter 2), that's a terrific resource in penetration testing. The article looks at a Windows network and provides a step-by-step plan for planning out your own test. All network security enthusiasts should read this article if they don't know the steps and also those who do as a refresher course.

Top 10 Failed Tech Trends of 2005

By hagrin - Posted on 05 August 2006

Extreme Tech has posted their Top 10 Failed Tech Trends of 2005. Even though I highly don't agree with 2 or 3 of their selections, it's a good read.

They listed Gmail as a tech failure. How they could even say this is beyond me. Gmail has had some issues recently, but with 0 spam, uniqueness in the labeling system and ever increasing functionality. I am very satisfied using Gmail as one of my 3 primary accounts. In addition, with Greasemonkey scripts being created specifically for Gmail, Gmail's functionality increases almost at a daily pace.