Archive for July, 2010

Firefox 4.0 catching up to Google Chrome

Saturday, July 17th, 2010

I’ve installed the beta of Firefox 4.0 and have to say I really like it:

  • It feels a lot faster. And when the new javascript engine lands in september it should even be faster
  • The UI is cleaner, it has tabs on top (for now only on Windows, but Linux should be there in the next beta)

On Windows Firefox actually visually resembles Google Chrome quite a bit. Furthermore in following beta application specific tabs will be added. If Firefox continues like this it can maybe stop the fact that people leave Firefox now and start using Chrome because it’s faster.

YouTube leanback to disrupt TV watching

Sunday, July 11th, 2010

Click here to watch embedded video if you can’t see the video above

After playing around with YouTube leanback that Google launched last week I believe that the concept has a lot of potential to disrupt the way we watch TV. If you look at it the general concept of YouTube leanback is a “TV watching web app”

I already was very enthusiastic about media players like Boxee because you can very easily watch videos from the Internet on your TV, see what you your friends are watching, subscribe to video feeds, when you are browsing you can add videos to your play queue so you can watch them later etc. etc..  All very cool features. However there is a disadvantage: you need to have hardware on which Boxee is running.

With YouTube leanback you just need to find a device that has a browser (and flash in the case of YouTube leanback but I’m sure you can also build something similar in HTML5). Since modern TVs and mobile phones have browsers you can basically take your TV with you if you use a “TV watching web app”

I expect more sites will come with a “TV watching web app”. Probably also an open source application will be made such that everybody can easily setup such a web app. Traditional cable (and satellite) operators will need to move into this because otherwise their customers will just need them for a bit pipe. Many of them will fail because  a “TV watching app” just does not fit them, because they don’t have the expertise and the business model should be such that it also fits the traditional business model they have which will lead to internal friction.

While changing cable operator is a hassle on the Internet it is trivial to use another web app. Because of its openness on the Internet in the end there will be just a few big TV watching web apps . At least far less than there are cable operators. It’ll be interesting to see how this all will work out.

GNOME Amazon Referral Fees June 2010

Sunday, July 4th, 2010

gnome-amazon In May 2010 the GNOME Foundation received the following Amazon referral fees

Amazon.com
$9.56
Amazon.ca$1,78
Amazon.de€78.66
Amazon.fr€1.03
Amazon.co.uk£22.71
Amazon.jp¥3,534

This totals to approximately $186 (down from $299 in April). Seems that somehow the .com store had a very slow month in June. Number of clicks was 30-40% lower and conversion rate was only 3% instead of 10% the month before.

Keep on spreading the plugins to friends and family

Below and in the GNOME Amazon Store you find the links to install the GNOME Amazon Search Plugin of your favorite Amazon store. NOTE the links below might not work if you read this post in an RSS reader, because it needs a javascript command to install the search plugin. Just install the search plugin by going to this post directly.

Firefox

SearchPlugin

Epiphany

For epiphany use the following smart bookmarks.

  • Amazon.com: http://www.amazon.com/s?mode=blended&search-alias=aps&tag=gnomesearchplugin-20&field-keywords=%s
  • Amazon.ca: http://www.amazon.ca/s?mode=blended&search-alias=aps&tag=gnomesearchplugin-ca-20&field-keywords=%s
  • Amazon.co.uk: http://www.amazon.co.uk/s?mode=blended&search-alias=aps&tag=gnomesearchplugin-uk-21&field-keywords=%s
  • Amazon.de: http://www.amazon.de/s?mode=blended&search-alias=aps&tag=gnomesearchplugin-de-21&field-keywords=%s
  • Amazon.fr: http://www.amazon.fr/s?mode=blended&search-alias=aps&tag=gnomesearchplugin-fr-21&field-keywords=%s
  • Amazon.co.jp: http://www.amazon.co.jp/s?mode=blended&search-alias=aps&tag=gnomesearchplugin-jp-22&field-keywords=%s