Instant Rails 1.3

April 25, 2006

Rails is an outstanding rapid web-application development framework. It help by far simplify the time and prerequisite to web riders. Now you even have a quick gun to accelerate the installation and usage of Rails. That's Instant Rails. The below is the release information for its latest release 1.3. Read the rest of this entry »

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Will RSS steal away your page view?

April 21, 2006

When we had dinner for CCClub Beijing gathering yesterday evevning, I suggest Billy adding RSS feed to the web site. Billy told me his thinking that RSS might steal away much pageview of the website and thus lower the readers' stickiness.  I don't think so.

When you prepare to roll out your RSS feed, you must be thinking those feed readers might won't click to the "original page", so that your page view will be eroding.  It seems to be a reasonable thinking. But my first question is why you run your web site?  second question is why so many web sites are hurrying to advertise their RSS feed?

If some of your RSS items always won't bring your subscribers to further clicking, there might be two reasons: your content is just not absorbing enough, and the content is just enough at that moment. For the first case, of course it's not the fault of readers. You need to better your content or they are not your reader objectives, ie. wrong subscription without hurt to both parties.  For the second case, you have succeed in getting to your goal : to broadcast your message, why not further waste your bandwidth and adding server load.  You lose nothing but those sterile pageviews.

Rather, RSS might bring something good that you overlook. RSS feed by far ease the accessibility and readibility. As a result, your message will reach more desktops than just staying at your web site.
Buddy, just go RSS. It won't steal your page view and erode your reader stickiness at all. It will do good.


ISP Rise Against P2P Users

April 17, 2006

There are pungent comments, criticism, satire, etc to those ISPs and telecom operators on their blocking, filtering and even passive attitude to P2P, from all over the internet. However, from the stand of ISPs, they have a lot of broken-hearted story to tell to their subscribers, shareholders, and those regulatory authorities. It seems that the earth has been divided into two camps: one is P2P pros, one is the P2P cons. But who is the judge ?

See an absorbing discussion named ISP Rise Against P2P Users at slashdot.org. The below is some excerpt…

bananaendian writes “Spencer Kelly from BBC’s Click program writes about the emerging backslash against high bandwidth P2P users. Apparently it has been estimates that up to one third of internet’s traffic is caused by BitTorrent file-sharing program. Especially ISPs who are leasing their bandwidth by the megabyte are more inclined to resort to ‘shaping your traffic’ by throttling ports, setting bandwidth limits or even classifying accounts according services used. What is your ISPs policy regarding P2P and is it fair for them to put restrictions and conditions on its use.”

ISP: Backslash
P2P: Forward slash. Riposte.
ISP: Touche. QOS Packet Filtering!
P2P. Lunge. Encryption!
ISP: En guard. Subpoena compliance.
P2P: Aahaaah! Ubiquitous Mesh Networks.
ISP: Arrrgh! [dies].

Where is BadAnalogyGuy when you need him?

Hello, Dad? I’m in jail.


First lawsuit on P2P infringing on copyrights at China

April 14, 2006

The first lawsuit on copyrights infringing by P2P software at mainland, China, was reported yesterday.

Kuro is a web site company providing music share services with their P2P based software. According to its website logo, it provides downloading and sharing of more than half a million MP3 pop songs and other music, using a software named Kuro, which is reported to be developed by a Taiwan software company.

A music and culture company at Shanghai, Busheng, claimed that Kuro illegally spreads up to 59 songs, owned by them, without any payment and even notification.

P2P is a sort of excellent technical model to allow mass file downloading and sharing. The number of P2P based applications is keep a rocket growth, along with strong law dissention. A couple of countries are legislating to regulate the development and application of P2P sharing and downloading. In greater China region, first law suit on BT (the most famous file sharing software based P2P) was reported at HongKong at last year, where the defendants were sentenced guilty and put into prison for 3 months.

Although the P2P sharing companies are often harassed by legal issues, but nobody would like to overlook their potentials to impact the Internet. A recent acquisition report of VeryCD by Google betrayed the background business value of such P2P sharing platforms. VeryCD is the central government of the new-rich P2P sharing platform – eMule, where you can find numerous movies, songs, books, and other electronic media, sharing by those millions of eMulers.


IM reviews at IM Watch

April 12, 2006

There are flooding IM clients waiting for your choice, isn't it? But which one do you like? which one fit your interests the best? I believe you must not have time to review them on by one. In fact, even if you have time, you just won't like to do that. 🙂

IM Watch is doing that for you. It lists out and reviews almost each one you have heard of, (except the most popular one at China – QQ of Tecent,) covering Gtalk, Skype, GAIM, AIM, Unyte, Gizmo Project, Chatzilla, Psi, PhoneGaim, Yahoo Messenger, …..

For a more comprehansive collection of various IM clients, see Betanews


RBOCs split internet traffic into managed and unmanaged

April 4, 2006

The attitude of those telco companies towards new P2P applications is very sensitive and abuzz, not only those two fix line telecom operators in China, but also other telecom giants, such as AT&T, Verizon and Qwest are pondering and evaluating what the P2P will bring to their networks. See the following article from LightReading.

RBOCs Wait & See on P2P

AT&T Inc.(NYSE:Tmessageboard), Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE: VZmessageboard), and Qwest Communications International Inc. (NYSE: Qmessageboard) don’t have hard, fast policies in place to deal with consumerpeer-to-peer traffic. Despite the hype about P2P traffic volumes on carrier networks, these phone companies say they're fine to watch and wait for now.

One network operator CTO is even skeptical that P2P really causes as much congestion in networks as has been hyped. (See P2P Fuels Global Bandwidth Binge.)

In separate conversations with leading technology executives from three of the four largest carriers in the U.S., Light Reading has learned that even while the industry is abuzz over P2P traffic, the big boys don't see it as stopping up their networks… yet. They are, however, quick to draw a distinctionbetween their proposed TV services and the other stuff that traverses the open Internet.

"I think the view that we're looking at is: You have managed services and you have unmanaged services," says Chris Rice, AT&T's executive VP of network planning and engineering. "Peer-to-peer services are unmanaged." Read the rest of this entry »


Net neutrality concerns and China’s Telecommunication Act

March 30, 2006

CNET reported public, drastic debate of the Net Neutrality, and careful considerations of a bill at backside, among stakeholders. As the representatives of the new voice from internet, those giants, Google, Yahoo, Microsoft criticized that the Net Neutrality bill might bring unpredicted potential demage to the internet users, while leaving a loophole to those triple-players or tradional operators who own and operate the internet transmission services. A good blog post pointed out what the world will become if the net neutrality is killed off:

In other words, customers might only get to run applications approved by the carriers. Not only would that result in dramatically higher costs for consumers and businesses, but many speculate it would seriously hamper innovation.

Of course, there must be a long way for the Net Neutrality into a real bill, but this kind of argument will help improve the maturity,integrity, fairness, will eventually benefit the end users.

At China, the anticipated Telecommunications Act is not enacted yet, under longer than 25 year's tough development. The Act, at its draft stage, according to the MII, will be finalized at 2006. It was said the reason for continuously postponing was the uncertainty of the convergency of three networks (telephone, vedio, and data). Comparing to the openness and public participation reflected by the above report, we might better our legislation process to let more people and experts, enterprises involved.

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