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A personal website is all about alternating between creating and promoting content. People create content in order to attract traffic and the traffic provides feedback and motivation to create new content. The two activities reinforce one another, eliminating one or the other results in an abandoned website. There is no point in promoting a website if the results of the promotion cannot be assessed. Gathering data about the visitors and recognizing patterns in that data…

In this article you will learn how to install Kodi 17.6 on FireStick or Fire TV in short time. Here you will also get to know how to install Kodi 18 Leia. But Krypton 17.6 is better than 18 Leia. The Leia 18 version of kodi is not bug free yet. You can go through this version if you are not worried about bugs. Amazon Fire TV/ Stick is good at streaming videos and is…

Ever since Google Chrome’s introduction, every other web browser has been enviously aping its user interface minimalism. Firefox has gotten on the tabs in the title bar bandwagon, switched to a Chrome style status bar, and turned the menu bar into a menu. Internet Explorer has gone even further, and merged the tab bar with the address bar. Minimal user interfaces are clearly the vogue in the web browser world but has the user interface…

Over the years Sun Microsystems has been extremely apprehensive of Linux, and x86 based servers. Sun did recognize cheap x86 hardware as a threat long time ago, but the company didn’t know what to do about it. Sun was afraid of entering the x86 market as the margins in the x86 market were not healthy, and such a move would have cannibalized its high-margin UltraSparc business. After the dotcom bubble burst, Sun made a number…

In recent times the software industry has come under a lot of pressure from open source developers. Open source software (OSS) has the tendency to persevere and continue attacking a market in spite of failure. This characteristic is precisely the prerequisite for success in the software business. Consequently, OSS is the most unsettling competition to the software industry. The success of Linux has emboldened open source developers, and people are now openly questioning the viability of…

Sometimes an excellent software product comes to market, gets rave reviews, and then disappears. This happens regardless of a clear need and want for the product. The problem is not specific to any particular software domain; BeOS, and Lotus Improv were both great products but seem to have nothing in common apart from being good ideas that failed. Lotus Improv introduced a radical spreadsheet metaphor, and although BeOS was not as revolutionary it too brought plenty of good ideas…

A cascade in Minesweeper (Windows version) occurs when a single click uncovers many adjacent squares. A cascade can expand and uncover large portions of the board. Understanding the cascade algorithm is not only interesting from a programming point of view but can also provide a slight advantage when playing the game. Inferring the behavior of the cascade algorithm just by playing Minesweeper is fairly difficult. However, it should be obvious that a cascade occurs only…

In the well-known story “The Library of Babel” author Jorge Luis Borges envisions a library that contains all possible books of 410 pages. The library (Library of Babel) contains all books that have ever been written and also includes all possible books that can ever be written. The library is not limited to books that make sense. It stores all books consisting of any combination of a 25 symbol alphabet. On first thought it seems that a digital implementation…

Google always had excellent search engine indexing technology, but Google’s search technology by itself never generated profits for the company. Google’s profitability comes from its search technology combined with text ads and an ad placement mechanism that allows advertisers to bid for the placement of their ads (bid-for-placement mechanism). From a profitability perspective, the bid-for-placement mechanism is as valuable as Google’s indexing technology. In the absence of the bid-for-placement mechanism, ad pricing can at best…

Google always had excellent search engine indexing technology, but Google’s search technology by itself never generated profits for the company. Google’s profitability comes from its search technology combined with text ads and an ad placement mechanism that allows advertisers to bid for the placement of their ads (bid-for-placement mechanism). From a profitability perspective, the bid-for-placement mechanism is as valuable as Google’s indexing technology. In the absence of the bid-for-placement mechanism, ad pricing can at best…