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Lately, I’ve been a little busy, so I haven’t made any updates with this blog. Sorry for that.

I also have other blogs in which I could refer to you. Please take the time to visit The Human Side of Technology and My Information Technology. Whenever I have the chance, I would update these blog sites. Posts include tips on blogging, search engine optimization, web development, movie reviews and the human side of technology. Definitely a must read.

Sorry for the infrequent updates. Till next time. Yadda!

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81st Academy Awards Winners

Here is the full list of winners of the 81st Annual Academy Awards:

Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role – Penelope Cruz (Vicky Cristina Barcelona)
Best Writing, Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen – Dustin Lance Black (Milk)
Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material Previously Produced or Published – Simon Beaufoy (Slumdog Millionaire)
Best Animated Feature Film – Wall-e
Best Animated Short Film – La Maison en Petit Cubes
Achievement in Art Direction – Donald Graham Burt and Victor J. Zolfo (The Curious Case of Benjamin Button)
Achievement in Costume Design – Michael O’Connor (The Duchess)
Achievement in Makeup – Greg Cannom (The Curious Case of Benjamin Button)
Achievement in Cinematography – Anthony Dod Mantle (Slumdog Millionaire)
Best Live Action Short Film – Jochen Alexander Freydank Spielzeugland (Toyland)
Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role – Heath Ledger (The Dark Knight)
Best Documentary Feature – James Marsh, Simon Chinn (Man on Wire)
Best Documentary Short Subject – Megan Mylan (Smile Pinki)
Achievement in Visual Effects – Eric Barba, Steve Preeg, Burt Dalton, Craig Barron (The Curious Case of Benjamin Button)
Achievement in Sound editing – Richard King (The Dark Knight)
Achievement in Sound Mixing – Ian Tapp, Richard Pryke, Resul Pookutty (Slumdog Millionaire)
Achievement in Film Editing – Chris Dickens (Slumdog Millionaire)
Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award – Jerry Lewis
Achievement In Music Written For Motion Pictures (Original Score) – A.R. Rahman (Slumdog Millionaire)
Achievement In Music Written For Motion Pictures (Original Song) – A.R. Rahman, Gulzar for Jai Ho (Slumdog Millionaire)
Best Foreign Language Film – Departures (Japan)
Achievement in Directing – Danny Boyle (Slumdog Millionaire)
Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role – Kate Winslet (The Reader)
Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role – Sean Penn (Milk)
Best Picture – Slumdog Millionaire.

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Will Facebook survive despite of it just turning 5?

(Note: Original article is entitled “Facebook turns 5 — but can it survive?” by Simon Hooper from CNN.com)

A Web site started by a student as a way of staying in touch with friends celebrated its fifth birthday Wednesday as a billion-dollar business and a global phenomenon.

Mark Zuckerberg was 19 when he launched Facebook from a Harvard dorm in 2004. Within 24 hours, more than 1,000 of his Harvard classmates had signed up for the social-networking site and one month later half of those on campus had a profile.

Five years on, the Web site claims more than 150 million users worldwide while Zuckerberg, now 24, was named the youngest billionaire on the planet — with an estimated fortune of $1.5 billion — last year by Forbes magazine.

Writing in Time on Zuckerberg’s inclusion in the magazine’s 2008 list of the most influential 100 people in the world, Craig Newmark, founder of Craigslist, said Zuckerberg had created “a social network that not only reflects your life but maybe expands it.”

Along with sites such as MySpace and Bebo, Facebook has also been credited with bringing social networking into the mainstream, with politicians, businesses and celebrities jumping on the bandwagon.

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EU: Microsoft Violates Competition Law

(Note: The original article is entitled “EU: Internet Explorer harms competition” from CNN.com)

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) — The European Commission accused Microsoft Corp. Friday of violating competition law by including its Internet Explorer Web browser in Windows operating systems.

The executive arm of the European Union said it had reached the preliminary view that the company had prevented rival browsers from competing and had infringed EU rules on abuse of dominant position.

It said Microsoft had eight weeks to reply to the “statement of objections” it sent to the company, in which it threatened to impose a fine on the U.S. software giant if its preliminary findings were confirmed.

“In the statement of objection, the Commission sets out evidence and outlines its preliminary conclusion that Microsoft’s tying of Internet Explorer to the Windows operating system harms competition between web browsers, undermines product innovation and ultimately reduces consumer choice,” the EU executive said in a statement.

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Obama: The First Wired President

(Note: The original article is entitled “Obama poised to be first ‘wired’ president” by By Brandon Griggs from CNN.com)

As the first president-elect with a Facebook page and a YouTube channel, Barack Obama is poised to use the Internet to communicate directly with Americans in a way unknown to previous presidents.

Judging by Obama’s savvy use of social-networking sites during his campaign and the interactive nature of his transition team’s Web site, Americans can expect a president who bypasses the traditional media’s filters while reaching out to citizens for input, observers say.

“The rebooting of our democracy has begun,” said Andrew Rasiej, founder of Personal Democracy Forum and the techPresident blog. “[Obama] has the potential to transform the relationship between the American public and their democracy.”

During the presidential race, Obama’s campaign won praise for its innovative use of social-networking sites, including Facebook, MySpace and MyBarackObama.com, to announce events, rally volunteers and raise money. Facebook has more than 150 million active users, and the average user has 100 friends on the site, according to the company

Obama has more than 1 million MySpace “friends” and more than 3.7 million “supporters” on his official Facebook page — some 700,000 more than when he was elected in November. His campaign also has a database of almost 13 million supporters and their e-mail addresses.

Transition officials hope to transform Obama’s vast Web operation and electronic list of supporters into a 21st-century tool to help accomplish his goals as president. They even have a name for this ambitious effort: Obama 2.0.

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Chips get smaller, revenue gets smaller too.

(Original article: Shrinking chips, shrinking revenue By Brooke Crothers on Year in Review.)

The year began with a bang. Atomic in scale.

Intel rolled out the tiny Atom processor, launching the Netbook phenomenon. This is not your father’s PC processor: it’s very small and not particularly fast, but it’s very power-efficient. The mini notebooks, known as Netbooks, typically weigh less than three pounds and have screens under 11 inches diagonally.

Netbooks also signaled the arrival of the solid-state drive–faster, quieter, and cooler than the longstanding staple of PC storage, the hard disk drive. This also brought some extra scrutiny about the reliability of SSDs. The first high-profile use of a solid-state drive was the MacBook Air, launched in January.

Expanding on the “smaller is better” theme, Intel introduced its Centrino 2 brand, built on a 45-nanometer Penryn process with improved power efficiency.

While Advanced Micro Devices shrank chip geometries, it also focused on reducing the size of the company because of missteps and the consequent financial shortfalls. Emblematic of growing financial strains, AMD was losing the processor war to Intel. But not all was lost. Its ATI unit made gains on rival Nvidia in graphics chips.

Nvidia, not known for making small chips (but known for making very fast ones), wanted to ensure its graphics chip message was getting out and the chief executive launched into a diatribe against Intel. He alleged, in effect, that Intel makes lousy graphics silicon. But Nvidia was also on the receiving end of scathing criticism when it finally came clean about a longstanding graphics-chip defect. Hewlett-Packard, Dell, and Apple all issued warnings and fixes for laptops with the potentially defective graphics processors.

Intel, never one to shrink from competition, announced that it would enter, by 2010, the market for high-end graphics chips. The chip, code-named Larrabee, would give Nvidia and AMD something to think about. And that’s about all they could do since the chip–at least initially–was merely a paper tiger.

In October, serious revenue shrinkage began, starting with the memory chip industry. Micron Technology, the largest U.S. memory chipmaker, posted a $1.6 billion loss, and struggling SanDisk was targeted by Samsung for a buyout.

After persistent rumors, AMD finally split in two. AMD became a designer of chips, while the Foundry Company became the manufacturing arm. Abu Dhabi-based Mubadala Development Co. was slated to invest billions in the manufacturing operations.

The U.S. financial-crisis tsunami hit Silicon Valley, and its impact was felt in Asia as well. Intel saw the writing on the wall and inserted a heavy dose of caution about future revenue and the impact of the financial crisis into its third-quarter earnings statement. The fourth quarter, Intel said, could see consumers and businesses deferring purchases.

Meanwhile, Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co., the world’s largest contract manufacturer of chips, chimed in and said chip demand from PC makers was crashing.

One bright spot was an insatiable industry appetite for the Atom processor as the Netbook market grew beyond Intel forecasts.

There was a brief respite from the bad news when Intel announced its new Nehalem chip architecture in the form of the Core i7 processor. Gamers were ecstatic.

The year ended with a bang, too–as in, implosion. Chip companies will see two years of sales declines, predicts market researcher Gartner.

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Marketing and Designing Tips for your Website

Hi everyone! Just posting for the update I made with my Virtual Assistant Inc Blog with regard to marketing and web design tips.

Marketing your website needs to be done correctly in order for it to be successful. Here is an excerpt from the article.

Do I really need this for my website? My answer would be yes. The importance of Internet Marketing has increased throughout the growth and expansion of the Internet Itself. Plus, this is also one of the main reasons why one is building a website, to promote their products, services or organization. So what would be the use to create a site that would not be seen by its intended and targeted audience? This is why promotion of your webpages is one of the most crucial stages of web development and maintenance.

If you are interested, go ahead and check The Good Way of Marketing your Website.

There are also many things that needs to be considered in making the design for your website. I made a list of the tips on your website optimization and development. Here is an excerpt on the article.

How you developed your website contributes greatly on its optimization with the search engines and the success of your website with its marketing…

Always be sure to think about how you would react when developing and designing a website. Take constructive comments from other people especially those who know nothing about you.

If you are curios and interested, check out Design Tips for Web to be SEO Friendly.

Thanks!
Rod of the Future .(@_O)”

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