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Buffering – problems with videostreaming online

Have you ever experienced the buffer problem when you stream video online? You watch 10 seconds, and then you have to wait another 20 seconds to watch a few seconds more of the video. Not the best experience.

A few years ago the Norwegian comedians Bård Tufte Johansen, Harald Eia and Atle Antonsen made a very good sketch about the subject buffering.

The video is well worth a look. Norwegian audio with English subtitles.

The History of Microsoft – 1999: The Series Finale!

I’ve been watching most of the The History of Microsoft episodes. It’s very interesting to watch, but the series is now come to an end. The year is 1999.

1999 was the year Internet Explorer 5.0 got released. It’s amazing that it took a whole 10 year to get to version 8 of IE. We got Office 2000, which I still use and it works perfect for my needs. We also got Windows 98 Second Edition, I still have an old computer running on it. ’99 was also the year of The Matrix, one of the best movies ever made. It was also the first movie I bought on DVD.

If you haven’t watch all the episodes of The History of Microsoft, go to channel9.msdn.com and download them, it’s well worth a look.

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Review: The IT Crowd v3.0

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I really liked season 1 and season 2 of The IT Crowd. I’m happy say that season 3 is as good as the previously seasons. We’re still following Moss (Richard Ayoade), Jen (Katherine Parkinson) and Roy (Chris O’Dowd) in their everyday life as IT people. If this crowd can work in IT, everyone can.

Here’s the episode titles of series 3:

  1. From Hell
  2. Are We Not Men?
  3. Tramps Like Us
  4. The Speech
  5. Friendface
  6. Calendar Geeks

My favourite episodes are The Speech where Moss and Roy convince Jen into belive that the Internet is in a small black box. Friendface is also a great episode. It’s a parody on Facebook. Real fun.

Here is the text from the backcover:

Whilst Reynholm Industries boss, Douglas, is spending the pension fund on gold flakes in the water supply, the dysfunctional IT department – Moss, Roy and Jen – build up the courage to face the frightening world of people who somehow communicate without using a keyboard.

As well as the usual bickering, time wasting and incompetence, the co-dependent trio become the victims of sexual harassment, create a fundraising nude erotic calendar, confront the builders from hell and join a social networking site.

In addition to six good episode you also get this:

  • Audio commentary w/Graham Linehan
  • An Interview with Graham
  • Original Title Sequence Animatic
  • Deleted Scene 1: “Look After Yourself”
  • Deleted Scene 2: “Roy’s Sex Life”
  • Cracking the IT Crowd
  • Set Tour
  • Out-takes

If you liked the previously seasons of The IT Crowd, you will like this one. If you like British comedy, this is the show for you, start with season 1. The IT Crowd is highly recommanded!

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Use Twitter on Commodore 64

Do you have an old Commodore 64 laying around? Dust it of, buy a MMC Replay and download BREADBOX64. And you should probably take a look at Johan Van den Brande homepage. All this will make you Twitter on the good old C64.

Johan Van den Brande is the man behind BREADBOX64. He says that the software will work on both emulators and the real thing. Why you should use the C64 for twittering is up to you. But it’s cool, and from the YouTube-video he uploadet, it looks like it works to.

WordPress 2.8 Baker – available for download

The new version of WordPress 2.8 Baker is now available for download. The new version have 180 new features, changes and upgrades, and over 790 bugfix.

Here is a video from WordPress.org, showing some of the highlights of the new version.

Here is the highlights of the new version, check out WordPress.org for a full rundown of all the new features.

  • New drag-and-drop widgets admin interface and new widgets API
  • Syntax highlighting and function lookup built into plugin and theme editors
  • Browse the theme directory and install themes from the admin
  • Allow the dashboard widgets to be arranged in up to four columns
  • Allow configuring the number of items to show on management pages with an option in Screen Options
  • Support timezones and automatic daylight savings time adjustment
  • Support IIS 7.0 URL Rewrite Module
  • Faster loading of admin pages via script compression and concatenation

How to use Google Adsense in WordPress blog

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Have you tried to earn some money on your blogging? Well, a lot of people do try. Some bloggers can earn a lot of money, others not so much. And I’m in the second group. But it doesn’t hurt to try to have some ads on your blog.

This small guide is to help you place Google Adsense ads in your WordPress blog hosted on your own domain. The easiest way is to go to the Appearance menu on the left and select Widgets. Here you add a new widget to the sidebar of the Text-type. Copy the code for the ad that you got in Google Adsense and past it in the new Text-widget. That’s it.

You can use one of the plugins found at WordPress.org. I haven’t tested any of them, so I can’t say how they are.

If you want to have full controll or just want to do it the hard way, then you edit the code your self. There are three temples you should consentrate on (found in Appearance – Editor). The files are archive.php, index.php and single.php.

At the top of each file, you will find a code similar to this:

1. <?php get_header(); ?>
2.
3. <div id=”content” class=”narrowcolumn”>
4. [YOUR CODE HERE]
5. <?php if (have_posts()) : ?>

You place your Google Adsense-code on  line 4 (remember that the number shall not be written to the php-file, it’s only for illustrations). This will place the ad at the top of the page. I usually place the add in a p-tag:

<p style=”text-align: center;”>[YOUR CODE HERE]</p>

I do this to center the ad in the blogpost and to give a bit of space around the ad.

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You can also add the ad to the bottom of the page. Each of the three mentioned php-files have this code at the bottom:

<?php endif; ?>
[YOUR CODE HERE]
</div>
<?php get_sidebar(); ?>
<?php get_footer(); ?>

And you see where you have to place the code. You can also put an ad between the post and the comment. To do this, you have to look for the following code at the bottom of the single.php file:

</div>
[YOUR CODE HERE]
<?php comments_template(); ?>

The picture bellow shows you how it will look.

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You can offcourse use ads from other associates-programs. remember that you can only use three Google Adsense units/page.

You have to test what placement gives you the best income. Try, test, fail and try again.

If you need more information on Google Adsense, you can take a look at ProBlogger.net. If that’s not enough for you, take a look at Amazon.com. The search for google adsense give you over 600 book titles. Also a relevant keyword in all this is AdWord.

I hope this was helpfull. If you have comments or experience you want to share, please feel free to do so.

I also found a YouTube-video of AdSense optimization where it talks about the placement of ads, well worth a look.

The people behind The Pirate Bay convicted

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The four people behind The Pirate Bay, Peter Sunde, Fredrik Neij, Gottfrid Svartholm Warg og Carl Lundtrøm was convicted in Stockholms tingsrätt (Stockholm District Court) today. They was sentenced to one year in prison and to pay 30 million Swedish Krones. The verdict will be appealed. So we haven’t seen the last of this yet.

Peter Sunde held an online press conference after the verdict, which you can watch bellow.