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Ask Slashdot: Little Boxes Around the Edge of the Data Center?

November 1st, 2012 11:44 admin View Comments


First time accepted submitter spaceyhackerlady writes “We’re looking at some new development, and a big question mark is the little boxes around the edge of the data center — the NTP servers, the monitoring boxes, the stuff that supports and interfaces with the Big Iron that does the real work. The last time I visited a hosting farm I saw shelves of Mac Minis, but that was five years ago. What do people like now for their little support boxes?”

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Wax Filling Was the Cutting Edge of Stone-Age Dentistry

September 21st, 2012 09:05 admin View Comments

Why Twitter May Have the Edge in Online Ads

June 12th, 2012 06:30 admin View Comments

For all their popularity, social networks have turned out to be barren soil for advertisers. Facebook famously has 901 million users, but it only saw $4.12 in revenue from each of them last year. Twitter has taken even longer to implement a business plan for monetizing its 140 million users. But as it reveals its strategy, it’s starting to look like it may have an edge over Facebook in selling ads online.

The problem with social network ads is longstanding and simple: People don’t click on them. MySpace users clicked on 4 in every 10,000 ads, hardly enough to make the site a profit machine. Facebook took a shrewder approach: mining user data to target ads, enticing users to like brand pages so that brands showed up in their friends’ news feed and, more recently, putting as many as seven ads per Web page.

But Facebook’s revenue growth hasn’t come without irking both users and advertisers. The membership cries out every time the company makes a new effort to collect ad-targeting data on users or slip corporate brands into news feeds. And advertisers are growing disenchanted. Some are frustrated with Facebook’s push to raise ad rates. Others, like GM, feel the ads aren’t worth the investment.

Twitter, too, has sparked its share of criticism. It has drawn ridicule from some writers because of its apparent lack of a coherent business plan. But the site has vowed to prove itself an ad “juggernaut” this year. It expects revenue to reach $260 million in 2012, reaching $1 billion in 2014.

During the past year, as Peter Kafka noted, the company has made it easier to embed graphics and videos, giving advertisers opportunities beyond the original 140-character limit; offering brands their own dedicated pages; and building campaigns for brands such as Pepsi and ESPN.

And this weekend saw the introduction of the sponsored hashtag, when Twitter commercials that ran during a televised NASCAR race included the phrase “#NASCAR,” which redirected to a sponsored Twitter page. Most press coverage of the campaign focused on the commercials themselves, but the potential is in how Twitter is experimenting with its platform to get brands to engage with consumers.

Twitter’s path to advertising success doesn’t look radically different from the trail blazed by Facebook: Offer a rich-media experience on a branded page that invites user interaction. But there is a key difference in Twitter’s approach that in time could give it the edge over Facebook.

That difference lies in the structure of Twitter itself: Most Twitter accounts are as publicly accessible as anything published on the Web. Facebook, by contrast, is designed to allow users to share updates only with select friends – an environment structured to allow for private conversations (albeit conversations that will be data-mined by Facebook).

The difference is subtle but significant. On Twitter, we are broadcasting to anyone with ears to hear. On Facebook, it’s more like a conversation at a private party. We’re comfortable with advertisements and brands in a broadcast context, but few of us would welcome them into our private conversations.

So while users have rebelled against too many sponsored tweets in their Twitter streams, they may be more willing to welcome sponsored hashtags. Twitter’s new approach invites analogies to such Internet dinosaurs as the early Web domain names and the old AOL keywords. Again, a more contemporary analogy is branded pages on Facebook, but at a time when people are tiring of hearing “Like us on Facebook,” a branded hashtag carries a lot more cachet.

Twitter made a shrewd choice in selecting NASCAR as its first sponsored hashtag. NASCAR is a well-known brand with broad-based appeal, but it’s also a brand synonymous with a sporting event itself. Anyone tweeting about a NASCAR race will be directing followers to a branded page. But it’s unclear whether that approach will work as successfully for other brands.

Which is to say, Twitter still has its work cut out before it can make money from big brands on its social network. But perhaps the most encouraging sign that its business plan is working is the lack of outcry from users. The company is successfully experimenting with ways to incorporate ads and branded campaigns into its users’ feeds without alienating them. As long as it can pull off that trick, Twitter will have a clear edge over Facebook in monetizing its social network.


Source: Why Twitter May Have the Edge in Online Ads

Blackjack Player Breaks the Bank At Atlantic City

March 22nd, 2012 03:20 admin View Comments


Hugh Pickens writes with a link to Atlantic writer Mark Bowden’s account of how one gambler has cleaned up against casinos: “[B]lackjack player Don Johnson won nearly $6 million playing blackjack in one night, single-handedly decimating the monthly revenue of Atlantic City’s Tropicana casino after previously taking the Borgata for $5 million and Caesars for $4 million. How did Johnson do it? For one thing, Johnson is an extraordinarily skilled blackjack player. ‘He plays perfect cards,’ says Tony Rodio. But that’s not enough to beat the house edge. As good as Johnson is at playing cards, his advantage is that he’s even better at playing the casinos. When revenues slump as they have for the last five years at Atlantic City, casinos must rely more heavily on their most prized customers, the high rollers who wager huge amounts and are willing to lessen its edge for them primarily by offering discounts, or ‘loss rebates.’ When a casino offers a discount of, say, 10 percent, that means if the player loses $100,000 at the blackjack table, he has to pay only $90,000.”

Source: Blackjack Player Breaks the Bank At Atlantic City

Hogwash: Top Mobile Designers Are Not Pushing Back Against HTML5

February 3rd, 2012 02:00 admin View Comments

Entrepreneur aficionado extraordinaire Robert Scoble posited a question on his Rackspace blog yesterday asking if there is push back against HTML5 by the top mobile designers in San Francisco. He cited new apps Path, Storify and Foodspotting as prominent examples of great apps with acclaimed UX that were rendered native languages as opposed to HTML5. Are top developers really pushing back against HTML5 or is Scoble once again a little too deep in his fantasy world?

path_timeline.jpgOne thing that often worries me when thinking about the San Francisco-based developer community is the fact that it is one giant echo chamber. It feeds off itself to a crescendo of memes, themes and rumors until no other reasonable arguments can be broached.

Scoble is often the mouthpiece for these developers. To be fair, Scoble and I have met and are friendly and I find him to be a fine individual but the classic argument against him is that he is the living personification of the edge case. He knows everybody, talks to everybody and does a respectable job of eating his own dog food. Companies and developers, with good reason, respect his opinion. But, the way he inundates himself with all the great innovations of the ecosystem, he sometimes misses the reality of development and utilization in the rest of the world.

With respect to Scoble, this HTML5 argument is hogwash.

Path won a Crunchie for best design. For those not in the know, a Crunchie is an award show for best startups, design and innovation in the tech community hosted by TechCrunch, VentureBeat and GigaOm. It is the yearly culmination of the San Francisco echo chamber and, while interesting, is not really followed by many outside of Silicon Valley. That is not to discount what Path has created. We have noted the splendid design of Path at ReadWriteWeb as well and it is truly a very well made app.

Path is an edge case scenario in the world of mobile app development. It integrates social messaging, location check-ins, photography and music recommendations into a sophisticated timeline (a “path”) that is endlessly scrollable and visually appealing. Path is the quintessential native app.

It would also be impossible in HTML5.

foodspotting.jpegThe limitations of HTML5 at this point are that it does not allow device access (to objects like the camera and location services), scrolling is often limited and multi-layered sound is very difficult to implement. See our recent coverage of the “HTML5 Developers’ Wish List” for a fuller understanding to the limitations of the spec. All developers agree that HTML5 is still a work in progress and there is great hope that the standard will be advanced to a degree in 2012 that many of the problems that inhibit mobile developers will be solved. The key concept to remember with HTML5 is that it takes the one true “killer” app, the browser, and enhances its functionality.

To say that the best mobile developers and designers are pushing back against HTML5 is outrageous. It is like saying that Web developers and designers (by far the most robust group of Internet coders) are turning their backs on the standard that is taking the browser to the next generation. This is simply not true.

Like Scoble, I also talk to top developers on a daily basis. Some of the most talented coders and designers I know are working on creating dynamic experiences in HTML5 for mobile devices. That includes developers from Sencha, appMobi, Zynga and other games makers, mobile cloud developers and third-party Facebook developers. All see HTML5 as a great opportunity and are fully embracing the challenge. Look at Facebook in particular. Nobody would suppose that its developers are not some of the tops in Silicon Valley. The company is working towards progressing HTML5 and the apps ecosystem around it with innovative approaches to what the mobile Web can do.

For me to believe that the “best mobile app designers” are pushing back against HTML5, I am going to need more examples than three edge case native apps that have very specific functions. There is so much more to the mobile Web than a pretty native app.

Source: Hogwash: Top Mobile Designers Are Not Pushing Back Against HTML5

U.S. Cellular Says iPhone Isn’t Cutting Edge Enough To Consider It

December 6th, 2011 12:12 admin View Comments

U.S. Cellular Says iPhone Isn’t Cutting Edge Enough To Consider It

December 6th, 2011 12:12 admin View Comments

Google+ To End Real Names Policy

October 20th, 2011 10:21 admin View Comments


bs0d3 writes “After months of Google+ being unsuccessful at taking the edge over Facebook, Google announces a new plan. Google executive Vic Gundotra announced yesterday that they will be ‘adding features that will “support other forms of identity,”‘ a major victory for security and privacy advocates. If Google+ gets rid of their ‘real names’ policy, they will finally be the social networking site that people will flock to when running away from Facebook.” JWZ is a skeptic; he describes as “premature victory” (and much harsher things, too) any rejoicing in the announced policy change, writing in part “My guess? I’ll bet they still require you to register with your ‘real’ name, but then they’ll graciously allow you to have a linked nickname or two, meaning they’re still fully prepared to roll over on you to authoritarian governments or advertisers at the drop of a hat.”

Source: Google+ To End Real Names Policy

Will Data-Crunching Give Obama an Edge?

October 12th, 2011 10:10 admin View Comments
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Adobe’s New HTML5 Design Tool No Threat To Flash

August 1st, 2011 08:54 admin View Comments


pbahra writes “It is a reflection of the huge interest in HTML5 as a possible alternative to Flash that Adobe’s launch of a very early preview of a toolkit for professional web developers immediately became a trending topic on Twitter. What has excited people is Adobe’s statement that Edge will, ‘bring animation, similar to that created in Flash Professional, to websites using standards likes HTML, JavaScript and CSS.’ Across the web some headline writers been almost apocalyptic. Beta News, for instance, talks of The Final Days of Flash while SlashGear says, ‘Adobe Edge HTML5 app could eat Flash from the inside.’ Many analysts, however, are more sanguine. ‘People have shown that you can do animation with HTML5, but it’s not nearly as well realized as with Flash,’ said James Governor, an industry analyst at RedMonk.”

Source: Adobe’s New HTML5 Design Tool No Threat To Flash