I was downloading some great web2.0 icons from WebDesignerDepot.com but was not able to proceed with my download until I had to join their RSS. I thought it was creative, even though I found it a bit forceful.
Here is how they have done. Download links were password protected, and they have placed the “password” in their RSS posts.
The password could only be seen at the end of every post on RSS feed (see below).
Actually, I didn’t mind signing up for their RSS because the blog is excellent. Therefore, I believe this tactic will work well on blogs that have good content and not so much on the blogs that have poor content. Because subscribing to good blogs is not a big deal for many users.
So, that’s one way to increase the RSS subscriber count.
Here is some laws to take into consideration when developing a software:
It always takes longer than you expect, even when you take Hofstadter’s Law into account.
Adding manpower to a late software project makes it later.
People under time pressure don’t think faster.
The ninety-ninety rule
The first 90% of the code accounts for the first 90% of the development time. The remaining 10% of the code accounts for the other 90% of the development time.
Worse is better (New Jersey style)
Describes how a seemingly “inferior” product can be better from a user perspective. A limited but easy-to-use software may be more popular among users than a “better”, more comprehensive one.
Software is getting slower more rapidly than hardware becomes faster.
Source: pingdom blog
This is what swine flu (h1n1) does to the friendship
Since getting hdd media player with 650GB of disk space I have been doing some large data transfers. But Windows operating system does a terrible job in transferring large files especially to external hard disks. It hangs, it prematurely terminates the transfers, files get corrupted… you name it.
One way to do large file transfers is using MSDOS’ xcopy command, but it can get troublesome using MS Command Prompt especially when you do not know the commands.
Luckily there is a better way. FastCopy (freeware) (see screenshot) does the same what xcopy does, and even faster. Since it doesn’t use the cache of OS at all, other processes (applications) won’t be affected (i.e become heavy or hang) by the transfer.
It can also verify the copied files making sure that you do not have the corrupted files.
Since finding it I have been using it extensively and so far it’s doing a great job. Highly recommend it.
Download: FastCopy v1.98
TinEye is an image search engine that employs image identification technology rather than keywords – you upload sample image (or give URL of the image) and the search engine will find for you images that has the similar shapes, concepts, characteristics.
The results can be the same image, modified version of the image or a different image altogether as seen below. Also, the naming of the images do not really matter in this case as long as they match in appearance.
If you want to see more examples of search results, see cool searches page.
Additionally they have iPhone app which allows you to search for products using your mobile phone’s camera. Just take a picture of the product to start searching for product info and reviews. Cool Stuff!
Google Analytics is a great service and it’s used by many. One of the features that I like about Google Analytics is – sharing your reports with others.
Sometimes advertisers or potential partners would ask for your blog’s/website’s traffic statistics. And in this time of fraud and forgery, screenshots won’t simply do it. They want to see the real, live statistics. So, in this kind of situations G.Analytics’ “share reports” feature is a great solution.
Sharing your reports is easy, can be done in 3 simple steps.
1. Login to your G.Analytics account and go to your overview page of your reports. At the end of the page you will see a link “User Manager”, click it.
2. Next page will show you the list of emails (people) who have access to your reports. If it is your first time, you will only see your own email. Click on the “Add User” link.