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  • New Site: https://ipinfo.idstein-online.com

    Hi everybody,

    ever wanted to know a quick way to see, what your IP-Address is and where the web thinks you are located based on the IP? Check out here: https://ipinfo.idstein-online.com. The page is still under construction, but already does what it should do. Have fun!

    Take care!

    Markus


  • Who the f… is semalt.com?

    Hi everybody,

    When I recently checked my Google AdSense-account there appeared a site ‘semalt.com’ which seems to have displayed my adverts. After some googling I found out that it is obviously some kind of analytics page. However, I have neither subscribed to their service, nor do I have any connection to that page.

    So I am wondering what this is all about? Do they want to decrease my google ranking through having links on pages that are probably plain link pages? BTW, you need to have a username to access the page.

    Some tipps for AdSense-users:

    • Regularly check your account
    • Make sure, that you use the ‘Allowed Pages’-property on the properties pages

    Additional information can be found here:

    Dear google, some other questions – if I tell my adsense account to ignore views from that page, AdSense tells me that I won’t have revenues from that page – who is getting the revenues for that page then?

    If you have any knowledge of the nature of the services of semalt.com, please share it with us in the forum or add to the discussions on any of the pages I linked to!


  • Another Way to Watch UK-TV (BBC, ITV, etc) outside UK

    Hi everybody,

    Recently, I found another way to watch UK-TV outside the UK, and it even supports livestreaming of Channel 4 and Five (however, only the livestreams, no on-demand like IPlayer, 4oD or ITVPlayer are supported). This time, there is no need for a UK-Proxy or a VPN. Just go to www.filmon.com and you have a quite wide variety of UK-Channels available. Since it seems that they already had some legal fights with the broadcasting stations, I am rather positive that this will be an option that is available for a longer time.

    If you want an easier way to watch, try to set up XBMC. Then follow the instruction of the XBMCHub-Community (http://www.xbmchub.com/blog/2013/05/26/how-to-instantly-configure-xbmc-with-the-xbmc-hub-wizard-beta-addon/) and voíla, the ‘notfilmon’-addon enables you to watch live UK-TV.

    Unfortunately, XBMC does not yet support DLNA-streaming of the plugins, however that might change as it seems that this is already in development. (Well, yes, before you ask, I tried the Universial Media Server with the jumpy-plugin, but my Bravia CX-TV, 2011-model does not like it – it always gives an error message about not being able to read the list index, but it works with an Android device).


  • Is quantity killing quality?

    Hi folks,

    I wonder sometimes if in many years from now we will be called the ‘Generation Quality-Killer’. I just noticed that ‘The H’, one of the most current and best resources regarding IT-news, is closing down. And this really makes me wonder how a page, where billions of people are exchanging tritenesses obviously is making money and a quality site like ‘The H’ does not get enough revenues to survive.

    Somehow, we are living in very sad times and this does not only regard the Internet, but also to a lot of other products (planned obsolescence) or buildings. In 100 years, nothing our generation has created will be here anymore. Maybe, they will also call us the ‘Generation Forgotten’…


  • iGoogle Alternatives

    Hi everybody,

    Since Google is killing iGoogle in November this year, I have searched the net for alternatives. If you not yet have found what you are looking for as an alternative, you may look for these pages:

    http://www.ighome.com is currently my site of preferred choice. Especially if you do not want the look and feel of iGoogle changed, this may also be the site for you!

    The alternative I tried before, was http://www.netvibes.com, which offers a lot of possibilities, but has a quite different look and feel. Nevertheless, this may right be what you are looking for.

    Let me know, which one you prefer in the comments section – you might also help other people finding their alternatives!


  • Programme on Arte: TPB AFK

    Hi,

    Yesterday was ‘Internet’- and ‘Copyright’-evening on Arte (a German/French tv station), and after a documentary about Google books there was another documentary about the legal process against the ‘The Pirate Bay’-founders in Sweden. Unfortunately, it started quite late and I wasn’t able to watch it until the end (but, it could be watched again over the Internet: http://videos.arte.tv/de/videos/tpb-afk-the-pirate-bay-away-from-keyboard–7415440.html).

    First of all: Yes, I have quite some sympathy for these guys, and there are a lot of reasons, why Internet-sites like ‘The Pirate Bay’ work. However, I also respect the copyright, so yeah, it was definitely not right what they did. Nevertheless, I must add here some comments about the content industry, who really, definitely missed the train:

    • Most people do not want to use illegal sites (yeah, the content industry is right on that – I would not go into a supermarket and leave with stuff without paying)
    • Often, it is not possible to get a content on a legal way. And that is – in my opinion – the big miss-out of the content industry. They have the advantages of a globalized world (they can sell their films, music, etc. everywhere on the world), but they do not want their customers to have these advantages as well. If I hear a song on BBC Radio 1, I sometimes would like to buy the album of the artist (or Mrs. Markus wants the album). But I am not allowed to buy it on legal channels (if there is a release date in Austria, even if it is 3 months in the future, neither Amazon nor ITunes let me buy that album :-(). That is like going into a supermarket and seeing something, but not being able to buy it, because only the English or US-guys are allowed to buy that item – I would definitely try to steal it then.
    • So, in my opinion, the only option for the content industry is to realize that the future has already begun, that it is not possible to avoid people from watching a film around the globe on the same day, or to have an English language track, not only the localized ones.
    • Moreover, the local video rental shops died away during the last years, but it is not possible to rent a film over the Internet (yes, I know, there are sites like Hulu, but not in Austria or Germany), and if, it is often more expensive than buying the DVD.

    So, that’s just my 2 cents on this topic for today, I’m quite sure there will be much more on this topic in this blog later-on.