YouTube to share revenue with users

“We are getting an audience large enough where we have an opportunity to support creativity, to foster creativity through sharing revenue with our users,” Chad Hurley, co-founder of YouTube, said at the World Economic Forum. “So in the coming months, we are going to be opening that up.” These words herald great news for the millions of users who have been sharing videos on YouTube.

YouTube

“We are getting an audience large enough where we have an opportunity to support creativity, to foster creativity through sharing revenue with our users,” Chad Hurley, co-founder of YouTube, said at the World Economic Forum. “So in the coming months, we are going to be opening that up.”

These words herald great news for the millions of users who have been sharing videos on YouTube. This announcement will further motivate users to share more.
Details of renumeration haven’t been disclosed as of now.

Google had bought YouTube for $1.65 billion last November.

If you can’t see the video above then view it on YouTube directly.

Via. Video via Mashable

Software Saturday: µBook Reader

Though it has been a while since I read a book, I do try to catch up on reading whenever I can. For those who like reading on the PC, Project Gutenberg is an amazing source for getting a great number of books. These books are available in HTML and TXT formats besides others.

Though it has been a while since I read a book, I do try to catch up on reading whenever I can.

For those who like reading on the PC, Project Gutenberg is an amazing source for getting a great number of books. These books are available in HTML and TXT formats besides others.

uBook

Reading files in Notepad can be really painful. In such cases a specialized reader steps in. µBook Reader is one such application that can read HTML, TXT, RTF, PDB and PRC (not secure) ebook files. It can read directly from inside ZIP files, and supports BMP, GIF, PNG and JPG images.

The download is a mere 550KB. Unfortunately, the software isn’t free and the file you download is the demo. The license for the software is just $15. The price is justified for the features that the program offers you.

You can use the demo without any restrictions. Without a license, µBook will nag the user by going to the About page and/or stop Auto-Scrolling every few pages.

I haven’t yet purchased the program because I don’t read that much on the PC. But, it is definitely on my list of programs worth purchasing.

v0.9h [~550KB]
Other downloads

Adsense introduces ad placements

In a bid to improve performance of individual ad units, Adsense has introduced ad placements. In addition to creating a custom channel, you can now designate it to be available to advertisers. The screenshot above (from the Inside Adsense blog) shows you how to create / edit a custom channel and designate it to be an ad placement.

Google Adsense

In a bid to improve performance of individual ad units, Adsense has introduced ad placements.

In addition to creating a custom channel, you can now designate it to be available to advertisers.

Setting up Ad placements

The screenshot above (from the Inside Adsense blog) shows you how to create / edit a custom channel and designate it to be an ad placement.

You can assign keywords and descriptions for the unit to guide advertisers of their location on your site(s).

I’ve already assigned a few of my ad units for the same. I’m going to work on making them more descriptive. Let’s see how this works out.

Amapedia – The Product Wiki

Amazon has released a wiki exclusively for products. Titled Amapedia, it can be editted by anybody with an Amazon id. Amapedia is a community for sharing information about the products you like the most.

amapedia

Amazon has released a wiki exclusively for products. Titled Amapedia, it can be editted by anybody with an Amazon id.

Amapedia is a community for sharing information about the products you like the most.

Amapedia introduces an exciting new way of organizing products we call “collaborative structured tagging”. In a nutshell, it makes it easy for you to tag products with what they are and with their most important facts, and for others to search, discover, filter, and compare products by those tags.

Amapedia is the next generation of Amazon.com’s ProductWiki feature; all of your previous ProductWiki contributions were preserved and now live here.

The site isn’t much as of now. It does have a set of tags at the bottom, a search box at the top and featured articles in the center. You can also view Random Articles. But, since it has been labelled beta and is infact in its infancy should explain it.

Would be nice to see how this evolves. Will it provide really useful information, or will just become yet another haven for spammers?

Via: Read/Write Web

Fun Friday: Predict your Death

I’m not sure how much of a “fun” thing it is when a site tells you that you are going to die, but it sure is amusing to read about how you’re going to die. But that is what The Amazing Death Predictor does. All you have to do is answer a few questions and the engines sends out a prediction.

Techtites Daily: Fun Friday

I’m not sure how much of a “fun” thing it is when a site tells you that you are going to die, but it sure is amusing to read about how you’re going to die.

But that is what The Amazing Death Predictor does.

All you have to do is answer a few questions and the engines sends out a prediction.

The first one I received was:

Ajay: At age 60 you will start playing an online game and become so addicted that you starve to death.

Well, it describes me completely 😉

I decided to change things a little bit and go another result.

Ajay: At age 59 a truly fanatic fan of your spoken word works will stalk you and torture you for a period of weeks. After refusing to sign any more autographs, the fan will kill you.

I like the fan part 😉

Here are some others:

Ajay D’Souza: At age 74 you will be hit by a train while napping on the railroad tracks.

Ouch!

Ajay D’Souza: At age 59 too many imitation cheese based snack foods leads to a dietary condition which causes your life to end.

Sounds horrible.

Incidently the top two results are with the same information, which means you can spend a good amount of time hitting the Refresh button on your keyboard to check out all the predictions.

Do post and let me know how you are going to die …

Tip Thursday: about:blank saves bandwidth

about:blank as many of you will just open a blank page. By default Internet Explorer, Firefox and Opera are set to open up a webpage on connecting to the internet. Most of the time you won’t be interested in opening that default page.

Techtites Daily: Tip Thursday

about:blank as many of you will just open a blank page. By default Internet Explorer, Firefox and Opera are set to open up a webpage on connecting to the internet.

Most of the time you won’t be interested in opening that default page. The result is unncessary wastage of bandwidth. This gets severe if you are on a limited download plan with your ISP.

By using about:blank as you start page of your browser you’re ensuring that when your browser is opened you do not load any page.

Options screen in Internet Explorer 7

The above screen shows you the Options window of Internet Explorer, which you can access via Tools > Options.

Both Firefox and Opera make it easier for you to both maintain a home page as well as open the blank page when opening the browser. You can enter the homepage, but select to open a Blank Page whenever the browser is opened.

This is the setting I follow for bother the browsers 🙂

WordPress Wednesday: Patching UTW for WordPress 2.1

I still haven’t upgraded this blog to WordPress 2.1 because of a potential problem with Ultimate Tag Warrior on WordPress 2.1.

Techtites Daily: WordPress Wednesday

I still haven’t upgraded this blog to WordPress 2.1 because of a potential problem with Ultimate Tag Warrior on WordPress 2.1.
Tags would get deleted whenever a comment is added. Christine’s latest release too wasn’t able to fix the same.

082net.com has found a fix that has worked successfully for Donncha on his blog. I’ve applied the patch myself and will now be upgrading this blog to WordPress 2.1.

For those interested, modify ‘ultimate_save_tags()’ function on ‘ultimate-tag-warrior-actions.php’ about line 502:

if (isset($_POST['comment_post_ID'])) return $postID;
if (isset($_POST['not_spam'])) return $postID; // akismet fix
if (isset($_POST["comment"])) return $postID; // moderation.php fix

Update:
The above code will not solve the problem, because tags will disappear when comments are deleted or when you get a trackback. Please delete the above code changes, i.e. the last two lines of the above code.
Then around line 862, replace:

// Save changes to tags
add_action('publish_post', array('UltimateTagWarriorActions','ultimate_save_tags'));
add_action('edit_post', array('UltimateTagWarriorActions','ultimate_save_tags'));
add_action('save_post', array('UltimateTagWarriorActions','ultimate_save_tags'));
add_action('wp_insert_post', array('UltimateTagWarriorActions','ultimate_save_tags'));

with

// Save changes to tags
add_action('save_post', array('UltimateTagWarriorActions','ultimate_save_tags'));
if($wp_db_version < 3308 ) { // if lesser than WP 2.0
  add_action('publish_post', array('UltimateTagWarriorActions','ultimate_save_tags'));
  add_action('edit_post', array('UltimateTagWarriorActions','ultimate_save_tags'));
  add_action('wp_insert_post', array('UltimateTagWarriorActions','ultimate_save_tags'));
}

Thanks to Kirk for updating me about the changed fix. All credits for the new fix goes to 082net.com and Donncha for keeping us updated.
Also, Stephen has found an update on a bug that threw up 404 errors. It did effect me, but I hadn't given much of a thought about it.

Search Engines “nofollow” links from Wikipedia

With a change that is bound to effect millions of sites, all links on en.wikipedia.org articles will contain the rel=”nofollow”.

With a change that is bound to effect millions of sites, all links on en.wikipedia.org articles will contain the rel="nofollow".

This was stated in an email from Brion Vibber to the Wikipedia mailing list.

rel="nofollow" is used to tell search engines to not follow the link. This was an attempt to thwart link spam. However, this has been pretty much a failure.

I don’t believe in using nofollow either. WordPress has this inbuilt unfortunately and I will be implementing removing the nofollow from comments. Hey, I want my commenters to benefit.
The same is already implemented over at ajaydsouza.com.

I’m not sure how webmasters are going to react to this. Will they continue rewarding Wikipedia links or will they just use nofollow when linking to Wikipedia?

What will you do?

Via: Outer Court

Tool Tuesday: Virtual Drive Creator

At times you might like to have a drive mapped to a particular folder / subfolder. This situation could arise if say you copied the cotents of a CD on your drive and the setup requires to have be run from a drive directly and not via the folder. In such a situation the DOS SUBST command would be useful.

Techtites Daily: Tool Tuesday

At times you might like to have a drive mapped to a particular folder / subfolder. This situation could arise if say you copied the cotents of a CD on your drive and the setup requires to have be run from a drive directly and not via the folder.

In such a situation the DOS SUBST command would be useful. However, an easier way of doing this would be to use Virtual Drive CreatorTM which provides you with the needed frontend.

Virtual Drive Creator

VDC is a freeware program that lets you map an folder / sub-folder to a drive letter.

The VDC file to download is nice and compact and the installation is quick and easy. Using the program is extremely simple and easy to use, though they do include a Help file. All you have to do is browse for the path and select the drive letter you wish you assign, as shown in the screenshot above.

The virtual drives remain for as long as your system is running or until you choose to remove it using the program. If you wish to make the drives permanent so that they are retained even after reboot, you will need to purchase the pro version of this software for $14.95.

Quick, easy to use and light on the system, like I want my freeware programs to be. 🙂

Virtual Drive Creator [~400KB]
Virtual Drive Creator with VB runtimes [~1.3MB]

WordPress 2.1 released

WordPress 2.1 has just been released by the WordPress development team. I personally and I’m sure many others two were not very happy with WordPress 2.

WordPress

WordPress 2.1 has just been released by the WordPress development team.

I personally and I’m sure many others two were not very happy with WordPress 2.0 and several of the features it added. But, it was a major well received and easy-to-work-around-things-I-don’t-like release.

WordPress 2.1 has been released differently. You can vote on/post ideas to better WordPress and based on their rating many of the features have been implemented in 2.1.
This is also the procedure being followed for the upcoming 2.2 version due out on April 23.

2.1 has several additions both on a user point of view as well as a developer point of view, though I’ll like to see more detailed documentation on both fronts.
Technosailor’s Post looks into some of these details and the WordPress Dev Blog release post lists out al these features.

I’ll be making a more detailed post about the new features once I upgrade this blog, which should be once I confirmed the support of the plugins I have running out here. So, if you see anything going out of place, you know what’s wrong 😉
But, do let me know just in case.

And don’t forget to vote.