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Friday, 3rd July 09:15

Pirate Bay site sold to game firm

File-sharing site The Pirate Bay has been sold to a Swedish gaming company.

Global Gaming Factory (GGF) has paid 60m kronor (4.7m) to take over the site from its founders.

Once it has taken control, GGF said it would start paying copyright fees for the movies, music and games linked to via the site.

In April, The Pirate Bay owners were found guilty of promoting copyright infringement, fined 30m kronor and were sentenced to one year in jail.

New owner

The four men behind the site, Frederik Neij, Gottfrid Svartholm Warg, Carl Lundstrom and Peter Sunde, said they planned to appeal against the sentence

The Pirate Bay is one of the most well-known file-sharing sites on the web. Many people use it to find copyrighted material such as TV shows, games and music tracks. The Pirate Bay does not host any of the pirated material itself.

"We feel that we can't take The Pirate Bay any further," Mr Sunde told the Swedish news agency TT. "We're in a bit of a frozen situation where there's not much happening and there are neither people nor money to develop things."

Half the money GGF will pay for the site will be in cash and the remainder in shares in the company.

"We would like to introduce models which entail that content providers and copyright owners get paid for content that is downloaded via the site" said Hans Pandeya, head of GGF in a statement.

"Content creators and providers need to control their content and get paid for it," he said.

GGF has not released details of how it will charge for the content downloaded via the site. The Pirate Bay will be handed over to GGF in August.

It is not clear how the deal affects the Video Bay - a video-sharing site set up by the people behind The Pirate Bay.

GGF specialises in software that helps run and maintain PCs used in cyber cafes and gaming centres.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/technology/8127050.stm

 

Thursday, 2nd July 20:55

Twitter followers 'can be bought'

Twitter users who lack an audience for their messages can now buy followers.

Australian social media marketing company uSocial is offering a paid service that finds followers for users of the micro-blogging service.

Followers are available in blocks starting at $87 (53) for 1,000. The biggest block uSocial is selling is 100,000 people.

USocial said businesses and individuals were queuing up to use its follower finding service.

Find and follow

Leon Hill, chief executive of uSocial, said the company finds potential followers by searching Twitter and working out what individual users are interested in. It also profiles where people are so it can more closely match users with those they might want to follow.

USocial then sends messages to potential followers telling them about the new Twitter user they might want to follow.

"It's up to the user to follow them or not," said Mr Hill. He added that uSocial continues to look for followers until the specified number had signed up.

USocial has about 150 customers that had bought followers and had another 80-90 campaigns about to roll out.

A broad range of clients had signed up to buy followers, said Mr Hill including educational organisations, companies and marketing firms.

"A woman who runs yoga classes is one of our clients," he said. "So are some religious organisations including one man that just wants to get the word out about God."

"Twitter started as a way for just friends to keep in touch," said Mr Hill. "As with any social media site once they get big, every business or marketer jumps on the bandwagon.

"It's an excellent marketing medium," he said.

USocial estimated that each follower on Twitter was worth about 10 cents a month to a company that got them to sign up. The money would be made from adverts and sales on websites that followers click through to.

Robin Goad, a research director at Hitwise who has analysed Twitter growth, said businesses were definitely starting to sign up to the micro-blogging service.

"At the moment, it's mainly media and internet content businesses," he said. "Transactional companies are struggling to find a way to drive real pounds and dollars from it.

"Companies are building up as many followers as they can and trying to monetise them in the future," he added.

The growing commercial use of Twitter was presenting the network with a few problems, said Mr Goad.

In particular, he said, Hitwise was starting to see the hijacking of hashtags - labels that bring all the messages about a subject together.

In late June, furnishings firm Habitat used tags associated with protests in Iran to attempt to drive people to its site. The firm has since apologised for its actions.

Some Twitter users were also starting to send out messages that are only about a product or service - effectively spam, said Mr Goad.

"Twitter is becoming one of the key viral channels," he said.

Twitter might cope better with the creeping commercialisation than other social media sites, he said.

"It's interesting in the way it has developed," said Mr Goad. "Hashtags and re-tweets have developed organically rather than been designed from the top down.

"One advantage it has over other services is that it can change quickly if hashtags become a polluted medium and it might keep one step ahead of the spammers," he said.

"We've yet to see people defecting to the next big thing."

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/technology/8130456.stm

 

Wednesday, 1st July 08:05

Firefox 3.5

Downloaded and automatically updated to Firefox 3.5. This is the full production release to the general public. So far so good. Watch this space for more news.

Firefox 3.5 can be downloaded from here.

Alternatively, firefox webpage here.

 

Thursday, 3rd June 15:17

Windows 7 - Change size of desktop icons

Windows 7 desktop icons by default are set at middle size. Presumption for touch screens - this is a big thing for Windows 7.

To change the size of desktop icons do the following:

1. Right button click on empty part of desktop;

2. Select View;

3. Choose from one of the following: 1. Large icons, 2. Medium icons or 3. Small icons;

 

Friday, 29th May 07:30

LOGAN-it has started Tweeting

LOGAN-it has started tweeting. Go here to see the latest.

 

Sunday, 24th May 20:30

SyncToy - Alternative method to synchronise your files

Upon trying to use the built-in synchronisation with Windows Vista Home Premium, it failed at the first hurdle. This feature is not available for this version of Windows Vista. Problem: Files need to be synchronised with XP computer.

 

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The ability to sync with network folders is not included in Windows Vista Starter, Windows Vista Home Basic, and Windows Vista Home Premium.

 

In comes SnycToy 2.0. This program installs with ease on Windows Vista. Setup folders on the Vista system then create a sync link between the created folder and shared folder on the XP system. Bingo we have a working synchronisation. One big advantage of this over Offline Files is the system doesn't crash when syncing.

SyncToy v2.0 can be downloaded here. Yes it is free from Microsoft.

 

Friday, 22nd May 15:30

OpenOffice 3.1.0 Installation

Installation of software went OK. We now have a working version of Open Office on test machine.

First sign of problems - unable to open Excel 2007 file - ARGGH.

 

Friday, 22nd May 10:30

PartImage Testing

PartImage part of the SystemRescue CD. This is a linux platform which lets you access your MS Windows computer when it is not bootable. Extensive set of tools contained within the CD. So Why PartImage?

PartImage is a tool which takes image of your system at that time in present. Example uses are if you are unsure whether your system will become unstable once you install a new program. Take an image - save to another partition. Boot into windows and test. If all fails then restore from image.

 

Thursday, 21st May 14:00

Windows 7 Testing

Currently testing Windows 7 RC1 and . . . which you can download from here.

 

Thursday, 21st May 09:45

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