Month: December 2010

Scoble on everything beeing free mentality

Scoble wrote a very nice piece on the issue of “is it free?” mentality. It’s a mentality I tend to disagree especially these days that all the models have matured and we have seen the models (sell privacy or force ads allover the place). And yes Web is full with ads (and thank god I don’t know what web looks like since I use AdBlock since 2004). But for the rest of you who don’t use it, you must know you’ve never read a good article on a commerical page (aka: not wikipedia). So yeah I’m the bastard I can get it for free without ads, and you watch the ads for me. But that’s not true even in the web these days.

Take a look at zynga products over at Facebook. You cannot enjoy and play the game without inviting your “friends”. And when your “friends” start to run out, you’ll have to make new friends (invent new friends). Facebook now tries to detect “too much friends invention” and blocks you from doing it all in one minute.

Sarah Lacy also wrote a similar to the free mentality 6 hours ago

 

PS. the same mentality has been allover with Free Software (open source software). While a few times it is of high quality, most of the times it’s crap. Ubuntu is extremely nice for example but always is 2 years behind Microsoft, mainly because Microsoft has more money. And Ubuntu is the most funded Linux Desktop distro! I have personal experience with all these, and it has been proved to me by what I’ve seen, that if you’re doing it as a hobby it’s okay, but if you’re doing it of higher quality/professionally then you have to earn some money (basic incentive). Else you either abandon the free thing you’re doing or it always stays a hobby

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Chromium/Chrome to use google.COM to search

Finally managed to get Chromium (aka Google Chrome) to use google.com instead of my local google (in my case google.gr)

It’s a PITA as Google doesn’t respect the “use google.com choice in google.gr” or doesn’t respect the fact that my system and chrome is ALL in english (not sure where it understands .gr maybe via IP don’t know)

Had to rename Google search, make a new instead of {google whatever} wrote http://www.google.com/search?_AND_THE_REST_FROM_COPY_PASTE
in the URL section and it finally works.

ps. google.com is better than google.gr

A chinese Wikileaks

Americans just had what they call an “election.” Best we could tell it involved one congressman trying to raise more money than the other (all from businesses they are supposed to be regulating) so he could tell bigger lies on TV more often about the other guy before the other guy could do it to him. This leaves us relieved. It means America will do nothing serious to fix its structural problems: a ballooning deficit, declining educational performance, crumbling infrastructure and diminished immigration of new talent.

Always nice to read Friedman