Infoblog.us – Check out my new blog home!

Hey everyone, my primary blog has changed. MSN has a really bad policy of blocking words and content that they find objectionable. WTF right??? This is unacceptable. So I am switching to Blogspot (blogger.com) where I will have the liberty to express my thoughts using any words I choose. Plus, MSN Space sucks under Firefox, and my readers do use firefox (my serlf included). I emailed with support and they basically told me to have my users use IE to get the ‘full benefits’ of LIVE Spaces. So with no further delay…

I will no longer be posting here. I am now blogging here.

URL: http://www.infoblog.us

RSS Feed: http://www.infoblog.us/feeds/posts/default

Check it out!

I’m no longer here…. Check out my new blog home…

Hey everyone, my primary blog has changed. MSN has a really bad policy of blocking words and content that they find objectionable. WTF right??? This is unacceptable. So I am switching to Blogspot (blogger.com) where I will have the liberty to express my thoughts using any words I may choose. Plus, MSN Space sucks under Firefox, and my readers do use firefox (my serlf included). I emailed with support and they basically told me to have my users use IE to get the ‘full benefits’ of MSN Space. So with no further delay…

I will no longer be posting here. I am now blogging here.

URL: http://www.zxocuteboy.com

RSS Feed: http://www.zxocuteboy.com/atom.xml

Check it out!

Salary Trends for Usability Professionals Against the Number of Websites Online

Above is the salary trend for Usability Experts, as you can see for the last 6 years the salary of these Experts have not changed much, we can say that it stayed almost the same.

On the other hand for the last 6 years, there were around 32 million new websites went live, and around 82 million new domain names were registered. (see below)

No wonder there are so many not-usable (useless?) websites on the internet, eventhough number of websites going online is skyrocketing every year, there are still very few demand for Usability Experts. This problem should be addressed properly, websites especially corporate websites should be designed properly and companies should hire Usability Experts to check their websites. Website usability might not be direct contributor to the company’s profits but it is an important element for company’s success. As for e-commerce sites the usability is the crucial element in their business since all the sales are done online, the website should be usable. Otherwise if a customer does not know how to go about buying a product on a particular website then this particular company has failed in providing a user-friendly-usable website to its customers. Unfortunately there are still many e-commerce websites that do not pay attention to usability.

What do you think? Comments? (Sorry for the registration requirement for commenting, will address that soon).

Sourses:
www.useit.com/alertbox/salaries.html
news.netcraft.com/archives/web_server_survey.html

LG XNote: thinnest laptop ever

Related Entries:  Hot Topics : Personal Computers


The battle for slimmest cell phone has been going on for some time now, but the war on thickness has now spread to the laptop market with this, the "thinnest ever" 0.8-inch-thick LG XNote T1 laptop. Featuring a 14.1-inch screen, DVD burner, and Intel Core Duo processor, the ultra-slim notebook has more packed in than you might expect from such a small package. While probably not cut out for serious gaming, the XNote would certainly run standard Office and Internet applications well and look great doing it. Of course, LG is based in Korea, so it will be coming out there first, but keep your fingers crossed for some love stateside, albeit inevitably expensive love. If you just can’t get enough of thin things, this is sure to be the perfect compliment to your Motorola RAZR, iPod nano, and eating disorder. — Adam Frucci

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Tech Briefs: Palm OS back, dot-tripple x dead, more

Palm is expected to announce its newest Palm OS-based handheld next week, its first since October 2004. Said to be called the 700p, the new device will be the first Palm to connect to high-speed EV-DO networks since the company started designing organizers using Windows Mobile as well as its own operating system. It isn’t yet known on which carrier the 700p will be available. … ICANN, the group that creates domain names for the World Wide Web, voted today to not add a .xxx Internet suffix for adult Web sites. The triple-x domain was pitched as a way to make it easier for people to avoid adult content online, but many conservative politicians claimed that it would legitimize pornography. … Google announced four new services today: Co-op, Trends, Notebook, and Desktop 4. Co-op, arguably the most interesting feature, allows users to "tag" Web sites with topic labels for easy filtering. For example, if you searched for "Unreal Tournament" in the computer and videogames section, you could filter the results by reviews, screenshots, or demos to get to the specific info you wanted. There are only a limited number of subjects available at the moment, but Google plans to expand the service in the near future. — Adam Frucci

YouTube: Mobile Video Uploads

Our friends and colleagues at sister site Lifehacker tried uploading a video to the YouTube video sharing service via a cellphone, and they tell us it worked beautifully. YouTube just rolled out the mobile upload capability, where you can easily e-mail cellphone video clips to the site.

It looks like a fairly well-developed routine, where you can set default privacy levels and categories in two separate profiles. For the launch, YouTube is supporting mobile video uploads from Cingular, Sprint, T-Mobile and Verizon.

Product Page [YouTube via Lifehacker]

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Warner Bros. to Use BitTorrent to Distribute Movies

The BitTorrent
peer-to-peer system as for warez, right? Not according to Warner Bros.
Entertainment Group, which signed a deal to start using BitTorrent this summer
to distribute movies and television shows. According to BitTorrent officials,
the Warner moviemakers are fascinated with the filesharing technology. The
company plans to release movies on BitTorrent the same day those titles are
shipped on DVD. Says Kevin Tsujihara, president of the Warner Bros. Home
Entertainment Group:

"If
we can convert 5, 10, 15 percent of the peer-to-peer users that have been
obtaining our product from illegitimate sources to becoming legitimate buyers
of our product, that has the potential of a huge impact on our industry and our
economics."


But we’re thinking these movies and TV
shows will be so completely wrapped up in DRM it might be a problem unraveling
it all once you get them onto your hard drive. The movies and shows will
reportedly be available for as little as one dollar, but even at that low cost,
it’s still going to be hard to compete with free.

BitTorrent
inks studio distribution deal
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