Category Archives: Internet

Facebook, Skype keep Japanese citizens in touch

Facebook, Skype, and Twitter are proving to be the best way for people living in Japan to communicate as the nation struggles to deal with the effects of a massive 8.9 magnitude earthquake in northern Japan and subsequent tsunami.  At least 300 people have died in the disaster so far and there are more than 500 people missing.

Telephone networks were extremely congested so carriers like NTT DoCoMo are severely restricting incoming voice calls, particularly in the northeast which was hit by tsunami waves that reached 30 feet (10 meters) in height.  Subscribers say they have been able to  contact friends and family using DoCoMo, but not on other networks.  Residents say they can’t send text messages or make voice calls.  Carriers like Au and Softbank were also affected by the disaster.  NTT DoCoMo restricted its incoming telephone calls by up to 80 percent.

“Facebook and Skype are proving to be the best ways to stay in touch” said Brian Chapman a journalist living in Tokyo.  Chapman said a lot of people forced to spend hours walking home because subways don’t work can be seen talking on their mobile phones, but there are also long lines for every pay phone that functions.

HTML5, Silverlight headed to WP7 browser

Microsoft released on Wednesday a Firefox browser add-on extending HTML5-based video on the company’s Windows 7 OS.

The plugin enables Firefox users to play H.264-encoded video on HTML5 by using built-in capabilities of Windows 7, said Claudio Caldato, principal program manager for Microsoft’s interoperability team, in a blog post. Mozilla Firefox is a principal competitor to Microsoft’s own Internet Explorer browser.

Microsoft has already been offering a Windows Media Player plugin for Firefox, for watching Windows Media content, Caldato said. “This new plugin, known as the HTML5 Extension for Windows Media Player Firefox plugin, is available for download at no cost. It extends the functionality of the earlier plugin for Firefox and enables Web pages that that offer video in the H.264 format using standard W3C HTML5 to work in Firefox on Windows. Because H.264 video on the Web is so prevalent, this interoperability bridge is important for Firefox users who are Windows customers.”

HTML5 is an ongoing update to the HTML specification that adds capabilities for multimedia.

The extension is based on a Firefox add-on that parses HTML5 pages and replaces video tags with a call to the Windows Media Player plugin, enabling content to be played in the browser. Firefox in some cases might fail to play a video even if the add-on is correctly installed, because a page might use a call to canPlayType to determine if the browser can play H.264 content, Microsoft said in release notes for the extension. “Typically the check is done either using createElement(‘video’) or getElementsByTagName(‘video’) and then call canPlayType(‘video’mp4’). In both cases, the call will return empty string even if the Add-on is installed and the browser could play H.264 videos,” Microsoft said.

Also, the current version of the add-on uses Windows Media Player Plugin APis to control video playback, thus creating differences between methods and properties defined in the HTML5 standard and those in the Windows Media Player plugin. The company seeks to fix these limitations in the next limitation of the add-on.

Wikileaks cry for help:keep us strong!

San Jose, California-based PayPal Inc. has provided more information on the statement made this morning by PayPal Vice President of Platform Osama Bedier at Le Web 2010 conference in Paris, France. The company indicates that is decision to block the WikiLeaks account was ultimately theirs based on their Acceptable Use Policy. PayPal indicates that the WikiLeaks account has been suspended and restored twice in 2008 and 2009.

The move comes just moments after a series of DDoS [distributed denial of service] attacks by the Anonymous Group have already taken down various websites as part of its Operation: Payback, which aims to punish companies such as Amazon, MasterCard, PostFinance, and Visa — all of which have restricted controversial non-profit organization WikiLeaks from utilizing their services.

WikiLeaks is an international new media non-profit organization that publishes submissions of otherwise unavailable documents from anonymous news sources and leaks. Its website, launched in 2006, is run by The Sunshine Press. Within a year of its launch, the site claimed a database that had grown to more than 1.2 million documents.The organization has described itself as having been founded by Chinese dissidents, as well as journalists, mathematicians, and start-up company technologists from the United States, Taiwan, Europe, Australia, and South Africa. The Guardian newspaper describes Julian Assange, an Australian Internet activist, as its director.[from wikipedia]

Ungelivable:Chinese netizens create word to describe something terrible

“What is ‘Gelivable’ or ‘Ungelivable’? what do these two words mean?” These days, many  friends  asked me such a question.In the Beginning,I lookup my all dictionary but I can’t find this word out! Later, I find some information by the Internet, “So intelligent the Chinese netizens are! “,I can’t imagine this word is created in 8 days ago (05/11/2010) and made popular like crazy on the internet!

“Gelivable” means something is cool, or cooperative. And “ungelivable” means just the opposite.

“Gelivable” is a Chinese word in English alphabet, with its original form in pinyin “geili”. It used to be a regional dialect meaning something is cool or supportive. “Gei” means “to give” or “to be given.” “Li” means “ability” “power” or “force.” So together they mean “to give force (to)” “be capable of.” For example, when you are downloading at a speed of 1 TB/s, it is very “geili.”

But recently so the word “geili” is widespread across China now, probably because a re-dubbing of a Japanese animation is very popular. Most people think it depicted the plot vividly. So “geili” is now everywhere.

Some people, with nothing better to do, took the chance to translate it into English. Since “geili” sounds like “geli” with the “e” reduced to schwa, they invented the word “geli.” And Chinese does not have part of speech, so it can be a noun, a verb, an adjective or adverb at the same time. To fit into different part of speech, they created “gelivabe” the adjective, and “gelivability” the noun. Accordingly, there came “ungelivable” and “ungelivability.”

So who made this word, and what does the word actually mean (and come from).If you noticed, the word can made so popular in only 8 days, you can guess its not US, not UK etc, but China!Ya, a Chinese man Ouyang created  this word and it really went viral really really fast.

I believe I gave a more in depth review of the word.If  you visit Chinese forums or BBS or view some comments, it’s not hard to discover this word is widely used in the society!So use this word to impress your Chinese friends, and maybe they also don’t know this word, then tell them to come to this blog 😀

China internet users forced to choose in software row

Hundreds of millions of internet users must choose between China’s top internet chat programme and its best selling internet security tool.

They have been told they cannot have both, as a dispute between the two internet giants has escalated.The dispute has led to allegations of theft, involvement with pornography sites and even “doing evil”.China has the world’s biggest – and fastest growing – online population with more than 400m users.

Tencent’s statement

Tencent is making users choose between running its QQ messaging platform, China’s largest with more than 600 million users or Qihoo 360’s antivirus software.”We have just made a very difficult decision … We have decided that computers running 360 software will not be able to run QQ software,” the firm said in a statement.

Tencent, China’s largest Internet firm by market capitalization, and Qihoo 360, China’s top provider of free security software, have been involved in a tussle for more than a month accusing each other of bad business practices, such as spying, hacking and leaking users’ privacy.

Tencent shares fell 3.7 percent by the midsession break, underperforming the broader Hang Seng Index which was up 1.3 percent.

QQ or 360

In one corner of the ring is a company called Tencent. It runs China’s most popular instant messaging service, called QQ.It says it runs more than one billion QQ accounts.In the other is Qihoo 360, the maker of an antivirus tool that controls 70% of the market with software it gives away for free.The row started when Tencent encouraged users to download its own antivirus product.

Qihoo 360 responded by accusing Tencent of stealing users’ personal information.Then it got worse. There were allegations that Qihoo 360 was advertising on porn sites, that its software maliciously interfered with users’ QQ accounts.And other companies joined in to denounce the firm. Qihoo 360 responded by accusing them of “jointly doing evil”.Now the gloves are off. Tencent says it is withdrawing its QQ instant messaging service from 300m users of its rival’s antivirus software.

Qihoo has responded by advising its customers to switch to other chat providers like MSN.It says Tencent’s move could be disastrous, leading to an unprecedented outbreak of software viruses in China.Not surprisingly many internet users are furious, complaining the fight between two commercial rivals is now hurting them.

So now everyone is waiting to see what the users will do. Will they dump their antivirus software or their instant messaging account or both?

Microsoft Live Spaces Closing, Sends Users to WordPress

Microsoft officially close Live Spaces

From a business perspective, it’s a bunch of blogs migrating from one free platform to another. But from an infrastructure perspective, Microsoft’s decision to close Windows Live Spaces and offer its millions of bloggers an “upgrade” to WordPress.com has larger implications.

Microsoft announced its Live Spaces transition plan yesterday at TechCrunch Disrupt. Live Spaces users will have the option of migrating their blogs to the WordPress.com service from Automattic. Microsoft says it has worked closely with WordPress.com to design a seamless transition process. But despite Microsoft’s language about upgrades and partnerships, the reality is that Live Spaces users have six months to move their blogs or have them deleted.

Worepress:Welcome Windows Live Spaces Bloggers

WordPress published a blog “Welcome Windows Live Spaces Bloggers”,this blog revealed to us that Windows Live Spaces users will have the option to move their blogs to WordPress.com over a six month period , beginning today.

WordPress said:”We’re very happy that Microsoft chose WordPress.com as their preferred new blogging service for Windows Live users. It’s a sign of how strong WordPress.com has become, and credit for that goes to every one of you who’s been creating here.”

More Capacity for WordPress.com?

Microsoft has clearly decided that there’s limited upside to innovation in blogging platforms. In announcing its plans to shutter Live Spaces, it acknowledged that the platform’s features were falling behind the offerings at WordPress.com.

Still, it was a little disorienting to read Microsoft’s announcement that it was migrating millions of sites from Windows Server to a platform powered entirely by open source software, and describing it as an “upgrade.”

It’s likely that the Live Spaces migration will impact the Netcraft Web Server Survey, which tracks market share for leading server products. WordPress.com uses the nginx server, which currently powers about 5 percent of sites found by Netcraft, a state that figures to gain as Microsoft’s share declines.

Live Spaces’ demise also serves as a reminder that the free hosting services offered by the largest tech companies haven’t crushed competition, as was feared by some in the web hosting sector. “Four years ago I was fairly worried as every internet giant (Microsoft, AOL, Yahoo, Google) had a hosted blogging service,” wrote Mullenweg. “Now only Blogger remains, and is firmly in our sights.”

Now,let’s say goodbye to Spaces!