Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Google new look, Google new layout.

Yesterday I paid attention on Google's new look. It is now looks more like a Web 3.0

I cannot say I really impressed, but also cannot say anything negative. I would say I like it, and I will call it Google's refreshing look.




















Also found another interesting search results from Google (picture of Danny Sullivan):

















I see this comes from profiles.google.com
Whoever not really understand what I'm talking about, I referring to the black top menu as well as new look of search button and some colors on left side menu.
I also checked on internet if people already responded on that change, and was really impressed, yes they did. People already don't like Google's new look/layout.

But my question: who cares? Will it impact SEO or search results? No! This is what I care about.

Sunday, June 26, 2011

Netflix in Canada and how much bandwidth it consumes

Netflix allows to watch TV shows & movies online or streaming to your TV via Wii, Xbox, PS3 & many other devices. It cost only $8 a month, compared to $70 that main cable/satellite companies charge.
Once you register for Netflix services, you can watch movies and selected programs on many devices, including ipods, ipads, iphones, android OS phones and many other smartphones.

Netflix provides pay in advance service, or in other words prepaid service. I registered with Netflix about 6 months ago and was really impressed from:
  • quality of streaming
  • price
  • big selection of movies
With the time I found that selection of movies is big, but movies are old or lets say classic movies. There is no new releases of high demand Hollywood movies. Most of the movies offered on Netflix are low budget, unknown or old/classic films. Usually such movies you can buy CD for few bucks in Blockbuster.
Another problem I found is bandwidth. Yes, Netflix service consumes a lot of your internet bandwidth. I found if you watch 3 movies a day, you will consume 100GB of your bandwidth. Since most of Canadian ISPs offer services with cap on bandwidth, the average bandwidth cap is about 70G, meaning you can afford to watch only one movie a day, assuming you using your internet connection not only for Netflix. Since I'm on unlimited DSL Internet service with WebTelecomm, that was not an issue for me, but for most Canadian consumers it will be.

So, if you are fan of classic movies and have good internet connection with no bandwidth cap, Netflix is for you, you will never find such service cheaper than $8 CAD a month.

Saturday, June 25, 2011

TeamViewer - Remote Access and Support over the Internet

TeamViewer - Remote Access and Support over the Internet

TeamViewer connects to any PC or server around the world within a few seconds. You can remote control your partner's PC as if you were sitting right in front of it.

I just installed it on my PC and on Sony Ericsson running Android 2.1. Very nice, I really impressed from this apps.
It is easy to operate and setup just took few minutes.
I tried it from my smartphone and it is working! Well, all is so tiny on smartphone, but in "emergency" you can connect and do what you need to do.
From PC it is totally different story, you see all naturally. I tried their web interface connecting to my computer. Now I can connect to my PC at home from any place, and from work bypassing all FWs..

I found small BUG on smartphone, when I connected to my PC from my PC, it started looping screens endless. So I guess TeamViewer developers should fix this by detecting endless loops.


But in general, TeamViewer great, very impressive application.

Monday, June 20, 2011

The Google +1 button for websites is here! Help your users promote your content.

Help your users promote your content

As you may know, people can already +1 your site on Google search to highlight your content to their Google contacts. We know users aren't always familiar with sites they first see in search results, and may want to recommend them after their visit. You can now make it even easier for them to do so by integrating the +1 button with your content. As a result, this makes your pages stand out in Google search, which may increase CTR on paid and organic search listings.

All you need is to implement a short string of code where you want the +1 button to appear on your pages

Copy and paste the following code into your site: 

<!-- Place this tag in your head or just before your close body tag -->
<script type="text/javascript" src="https://apis.google.com/js/plusone.js"></script>

<!-- Place this tag where you want the +1 button to render -->
<g:plusone></g:plusone>

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Boston Bruins wins Stanley cup - my traffic is down

It is really good news to Boston Bruins, who won Stanley cup tonight, beating Vancouver Canuck.
But this is not good news for me, most of my websites lost traffic, because people watching the game and celebration right after.

The good news that NHL playoffs are done, and now I expect the business as usual.

Hey, stop watching TV, search internet and post free classifieds!

Friday, June 3, 2011

Moving from Ads by Google to AdChoices

Today I noticed that on English version of Google Ads (AdSense) showing AdChoices instead of Ads by Google.

I found explanation for that on AdSense blog: http://adsense.blogspot.com/2011/03/new-in-ads-notice-label-and-icon.html

You've probably noticed that AdWords ads appearing on your site have a special "i" icon that expands to an "Ads by Google" label in the bottom corner of the ad. Users who click this label are taken to a page where they learn more about online advertising and the ads they've seen. Giving users clear notice about the ads they see is a high priority for Google and for many in the online advertising industry at large.

We'll soon start to change our in-ads notice icon to a new icon that expands to an  "AdChoices" label. These notifications were developed by the online advertising industry’s Self-Regulatory Program for Online Behavioral Advertising to more proactively give users notice and choice about the ads they see. With the change from our "i" icon and "Ads by Google" label to these new notifications, we hope to show our support for this cross-industry initiative, and to increase our users' understanding about ad choices through adoption of an icon they'll see on ads across the web.


This statement was made on Monday, March 21, 2011, and as per Google they will roll out this change in a few weeks, i.e. in the beginning on April, and on English versions only.


Read more about Google AdChoices here.