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New Direction

Oct 01, 2013 in Personal, Web

Ok,

Due to overwhelming response from the four people that I work with, I will begin posting on my site again. Topics will range from general Lifehacks, Protips, and random investment advice I may or may not have just figured out.

For today’s topic, I will speak on books. Now for those who don’t really know me, I don’t really read books a lot but when I do it isn’t fantasy. I like to read to learn new skills, get ideas or history. (N.B. I do read/explore on the internet a lot). Today at work I was introduced to Tuebl.ca

Tuebl.ca is the The Ultimate Electronic Book Library

Tuebl is a database that allows authors or randoms on the internet to distribute copies of their books for free without going through a publishing agent. It is a missionary project of the Komptismist Church of Idaho and is a thus a non-profit organization. They donate money to literacy related programs all of the world and help bring new content to regions that may not be supported by the main publishers.

The Best part is the Tuebl supports ODPS, which allows for cloud storage and querying of data directly by applications without have to visit the website.

iPhone – Clients (Megareader, Shubook and Marvin)

  1. Install Client
  2. Go to “Download Books”
  3. Click Edit
  4. Add “http://www.tuebl.ca/catalog” to the “Other Catalogs” section.
    If there is an option to selet OPDS as the catalog type, please do so. Otherwise you should be done!

Android (Moon+)

  1. Click the “net library” link
  2. Click “Add new catalog”
  3. Type “TUEBL” for Catalog Name (optional)
  4. Type http://tuebl.ca/catalog for Catalog URL

 

On your PC if you don’t use Calibre…Start. It is an application that organizes your books, and can act as a server hosting you private versions of the books your library remotely.

 

Without Wax,

Thiago

Techie’s versus Non-techs… battle of Google versus Yahoo!

Feb 16, 2008 in Web

So a friend of mine, and I were recently having a discussion over who uses Yahoo! after the recent bid by Microsoft. Our conversation consisted about how all of us use Google, and we were wondering who uses Yahoo!. Obviously somebody does because they enormous traffic.

Well he recently pointed me to this link, but I think that the data is flawed.

First: The data only shows circles, based on the number of people who have spent $500+. The size of the dots could be drastically different if, it classified people by the amount they spent online instead of the particular group they belonged to. For example, people that have spent $100, $200, $500, etc. Then you can come to the conclusion, that higher spending  users use X search engine. There have been numerous studies that have shown that more affluent members of society click on less ads. So while ‘richer people’ may use google, they may click on less ads since they are more likely to be able to differentiate an ad from a search result.

Second: I think it boils down to technical versus non-technical. Yahoo! is a portal, it is not only a search engine but a news source, and a place to chat. Yahoo! provides content. Google doesn’t. I think the real story here folks, is that technical people want a search and use google. They have other sources for news, chat whether it be facebook, Reddit, Digg, Technorati or their news feed. Yahoo! is more of a jack of all trades, than the google search king.

Third: Based on my previous point, I believe Yahoo to be a gateway for new users. People who are just starting on the internet use Yahoo…why though? Well because as mentioned earlier, Yahoo provides content and for people who don’t know a plethora of websites, it is the good. It may even be the ‘internet’ for those users, but once they expand and their knowledge of the internet grows; I think the services that Yahoo provides are less of an incentive to use the site.

Evolution of the Internet

Jan 31, 2008 in Web

Early 90’s:

Population: Compuserve and AOL ruled the ISP world and a bunch of static pages existed.

Money: People thought of the internet as some cool place to go and waste time. No possible way to make money other than brand recognition.

Speed- These are the days of 14.4 and 28.8kbps dialup modems. Where pages used to take minutes to load and Geocities pages rocked…which is a huge overstatement.

Late 90’s aka Tech boom:

Population: Growing fast, almost like a bacterial colony. Everyone I knew was getting the internet. Internet is still a North American Phenomenon. Search engines are picking up, but results are often far from relevant. Static pages or administrator entered content are the norm.

Money: Everyone thought the Internet was the secret to get rich. Investors everywhere proceeded to overfund and overvalue every company that was remotely tech. Business plans were optional as long as you mentioned the word Internet.

Speed: There were voices of broadband springing up in communities all over North America, finally the speed people need to make the internet useful. Napster and P2P sharing starts taking over the world, RIAA starts to complain and begins suing college students.

Post Nasdaq Meltdown:

Population: New craze takes over with user generated content and dynamic web pages. Python, Ajax, and Ruby are the new languages to learn. Google Maps puts AJAX and Web Application online.

Speed: Broadband is widespread in North America and adoption is fast around the world. Fiber to the home, is the new trend to come.

Money: Right after the crash, all investors started tightening their grips on their wallet. All technology startup have sound business plans, and the level of funding has come down dramatically from their sky-high levels.

Trends for the future:

Social networking and client generated content will take over admin generated content. Software as a service is the new trend defining the web. Make the tools and let people use them, while being targeted by advertising. Digg and Reddit, or similar sites will take over as a major source of news. It replaces the editor, which is personal beliefs, with the tastes and interests of millions. Service improves.

Why Reddit and Digg are still beta?

Jan 05, 2008 in News, Web

If you haven’t heard of Reddit or Digg they are social networking news sites that in my opinion have the potential to break down traditional news. They don’t have the overhead that many media outlets have and also don’t have to rely on the personal tastes of one editor to find out what is good or bad news. The idea is that people submit articles that they personally like and then others vote the article up or down if they like it. You get points for recommending articles that other people also liked and these points give you more recommending power per se when you post another article. Now I am going to talk about the problems and how this can be solved. (more…)