Archive for February, 2014

Multimedia Players

February 14th, 2014
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What features in your opinion should a HD multimedia player have? It can have a lot of features such as Ethernet, Wifi BG, digital and analog TV tuners, USB ports with USB host, an optical out, a lot of gigabytes of internal HDD, PVR function that would allow to record a video, RGB, S-VIDEO and HDMI output. As you see, the list of possibly features is very long, so basically you will need to decide what features are worth paying for. Most people would probably agree that the most important feature that makes some HD players so special is the ability to play almost every codec. There are a lot of codecs out there including avi, wmv, mpg, mpeg, mp4, asf, ts, ps, and many others. Taking into account that there are so many codecs available, having a device that can play nearly every codec can be really useful. Alternatively, if you just plan to play regular videos, then you may not want to spend a lot of money on a HD multimedia player at all. In any case, it is good news for consumers that there are better and better multimedia players on the market, because it should be getting easier to buy a multimedia player that you really want.


Who is Selling Your Pictures?

February 14th, 2014
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Sites like Flickr have been growing in popularity for the last few years. Taking photos and uploading them to sites like Flickr has been a hobby of many enthusiasts. Unfortunately, some people try to take advantage out of it, and are selling pictures taken from Flickr on sites like eBay. Usually, they claim that they are their own, which of course is not true. It is not easy to identify such people, and even if you are the one who took the pictures, it will not be easy for you to track each photograph you have made. Even if you are using some tool to detect duplicate images, it is easy to change the size of the picture by slightly cutting the bottom or right/left side of it. This way it should be impossible to track whether your photos are being posted anywhere else. Your best bet is to watermark your pictures.

Of course, if you are taking pictures simply for fun, then you are not going to lose any money because someone is selling your pictures. If would be a completely different situation if you were a professional photographer because people who downloaded your pictures from Flickr could undercut your prices very easily. That is because they would have no costs associated with downloading your pictures. I am not saying that sites like Flickr are a bad thing, but I am simply reminding everyone that it is easy for people to take someone’s work and claim it as their own.

Tech, Web

AdSense: Filtering Ads

February 14th, 2014
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More and more webmasters decide to implement ads on their websites. Those who make some money integrating Google AdSense on their sites have the possibility to chose the ads that they want to display. I think that every webmaster might benefit from this feature as it gives a lot power over the ads. As a result, it will help us avoid unwanted links on our sites that would otherwise appear. This especially applies to controversial bloggers and publishers that would rather not advertise contrary views. This might also apply to religious sites that do not wish to promote contrary beliefs. It would look silly if a Christian website would have many ads promoting Islamic websites. In order to give even more control over the ads appearing on our pages, Google released the Ad Review Center. It allows us to review ads placement-targeted to our websites, and this way ensures that those ads are relevant to our site.

One of the best things about filtering ads is that you can have the possibility to block ads that you might consider offensive. Many webmasters are already taking advantage out of this feature and I think that is a great thing.

Biz, Web