Online storage has increased, decreased, then increased again in popularity over the years. When Google dropped Gmail on us, hacks appeared that allowed one to use the free gig of storage for more than just email. Aaron Levie noticed a need for a good online storage medium, and the result is Box.net. Gear Live tested the service out a while ago, and came away impressed. Box.net is much more than just storage space for your files. We got a chance to chat with Aaron about how Box.net came about, its current features, and where it is headed in the future. Click here to download the MP3, or you can just subscribe to the Gear Live Podcast feed.
Voices: Aaron Levie, Edwin Soto
Length: 20:04, 18.8 MB
Listen | Box.net Interview
Gamespot is reporting that Ninja Gaiden Black will hit stores in September for the low price of $29.99. Gamespot found this by doing a simple search of upcoming price lists on EBGames.com pointing to the price of the title. Gamespot not beliving the price to be correct, decide to make a call to Temco for confirmation if this price was right. Temco confirmed it was correct and also promised that it would not just be a cheap remake of the XBox classic Ninja Gaiden, but rather a full re-envisioning by Team Ninja with improved graphics and even more action then before. For those you who can not wait for Ninja Gaiden Black, you can buy Ninja Gaiden at a video game store near you - however, it will cost you $39.99.
This list notifies the reader of ten mistakes often made in web design. After giving it the once over, I can easily say that I agree with pretty much everything said here. The big one here, as far as I am concerned, is leaving the price off of a product page. I can’t tell you how many times I have been thoroughly frustrated with a product site not listing the price of something I was interested in, instead pointing me towards a sales representative phone number. At that moment, they lose my business. Check out the article, which also lists the top 10 web design mistakes for years past as well.
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If Forrester’s is correct - and they usually are - it appears that 64% of U.S. advertisers are willing to would advertise on blogs. While that is an excellent piece of news, get this: 57% of these advertisers are also interested in buying RSS ad space. With the recent release of Google AdSense For Feeds coupled with this news, it appears that RSS is ready to take the jump into the realm of profitability.
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During my normal interweb travels for the day, I came across a service that many are calling a “must-have”. Backpack is an ingenious organizational tool that is very customizable. There is no download or installation required, as all data is housed on their servers. You can use it to keep track of inventory, plan a meeting or business trip, or even use it for brainstorming. Uploaded files can be integrated into your outline, keeping everything together. Even better, you can share these outlines with others. If there is an important date you need to be reminded of, Backpack will send you an email or text message (or both if you prefer) the day before. I will be taking a closer look at the service over the next few days, but until then check out their hefty example page.
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We all know that being listed in the major search engines is essential but getting listed in the DMOZ should also be high on your site promotion to-do list. The DMOZ, also known as the Open Source Directory Project (ODP), is a human edited directory of web sites which is freely available for anyone to download.
If you haven’t heard of DMOZ, it’s because few people use it directly. The vast majority of people who use the DMOZ directory do so via sites like Google and Yahoo. In fact, Googles entire directory of sites is the DMOZ directory. Not only is being listed in the DMOZ a way to increase the traffic to your site(s), it also provides a good link back with a high PR which will in turn increase the PR of your site(s).
If you are looking to have Google spider your site in a more efficient fashion, Google Sitemaps is your answer. Just release by Google, the Sitemaps service allows you to submit an XML index of your website which Google will use to index your content. This take a lot of the guesswork out of Google’s end of things. Do note that Google Sitemaps is a supplement to, not a replacement for, its normal indexing service. The result of using the service will be greater indexing and exposure of your site on Google, provided of course that your content warrants it.
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What the hell? Johnny Swing is one crazy fella. This man constructed a chair out of quarters, after all. If that doesn’t suit your fancy, he also has a sofa made of nickels as well as another made completely out of empty jars. Am I missing something here? There are going to be a lot of unhappy vending machines out there by the time this man is done - and good luck finding any change you happen to lose in this one.
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So the rumors were true. Apple did indeed announce today that they are ditching IBM in favor of Intel. But now what? This heralds a total architecture change — are we going towards a more “PC-like” build? What is to come of the technology that Apple has so prided themselves on? Many Mac geeks are distressed over the announcement at Keynote today that Intel and Apple are indeed teaming up, and as a friend of mine aptly said “It just doesn’t sound right. Or feel right.” He’s right. It just doesn’t. The whole Mac scene is buzzing about this shocking announcement, after days of everyone shooting down the rumors as “media garbage.” A step backward? Or maybe a keen move ahead that none of us can anticipate, slim though that chance may be. However, it is only a few hours following the announcement, and that is far too early to tell what that tricky old Steve Jobs may have up his sleeve. Let’s hope it’s an ace, because this is starting to look a little ugly. Yikes. As one anonymous game developer said:
This is the death of the platform. Unless Apple integrates DirectX, the port time would only decrease by roughly 33%. We really only spend about a 1/3 of our times AT MOST on Endian issues (ie, byte-swapping). The rest of the time is spent converting DX and Windows OS calls to OpenGL and Mac OS. The big problem is that for the next few years, developer time will increase. You now have to make sure the software runs on two completely different architecture sets. We’ll still have to do all the byte-swapping mess for the older PPC Macs. So say a game today takes 12 months to port. That time will be increased to probably 14-16 months, simply on the basis of having to do additional testing and debugging on the Intel architecture.However, Andrew Welch of Ambrosia Software provides a counterpoint:
If you can run Windows games on a Mac, will it kill Mac gaming and the need for ports? Yes and no. If you have a machine that will dual-boot under Windows, it’s certainly possible that some people who might not have purchased a Mac due to lack of games (or what have you) may now do so. They will be able to dual-boot the machine. This may result in developers not wishing to spend the money to port games to the Mac, certainly. But people who prefer one platform over the other will always rather not have to dual-boot, just as folks still clamor for native Linux games, despite the dual-booting ability.The death of the platform? Or a slick marketing maneuver? Only time will tell. In the meantime, let’s not get carried away worrying. Read More | Inside Mac Games
Ever since iTunes unveiled their music video section (free music videos you can watch via streaming media in the iTunes player) it’s been frustrating to have to wait for the videos to buffer before watching them. Another irritation is that you can’t watch the videos in full-screen, even if you have Quicktime Pro. But can it be done? As always, we have your hookup.
You see, digging through the web doesn’t help – the instructions out there on the Internet are rather vague and half of them don’t work. Trust me – I’ve tried. The only viable solution seemed to be to use a video capture program but then you generally won’t have audio — defeating the purpose of a music video. It seemed like a lost cause, that is, until now. On his website “A Warm Gun,” Seattle web designer, tech blogger and self-proclaimed Mac geek Ian Adams details for the world exactly how one should go about this suprisingly simple (albeit slightly unintuitive) proccess, in language that anyone who is familiar with MacOSX should be able to understand. It’s so easy once you get the directions right! All you need is an AppleScript, a few videos you’d like to save, an Internet connection and some spare time. Be sure to give it a try, this is one hack that Mac users shouldn’t miss!
Save iTunes Videos to your Desktop | awarmgun.net