Facebook, Is that a him or a her?

Facebook, one of the leading social-networking sites on the site, is fed up with trying to create new words for their users. Not the average user, but users that haven’t picked which gender they are yet. I know the question you might be asking yourself, “How do you not know your gender?” Well this question falls the category for newly gendered people or people that question there own gender (transsexuals).Facebook Logo

In recent weeks, the decision to make gender declaration mandatory has been passed and within weeks, Facebook users will have to declare which gender they are (or think they are). The problem with genderless users are that Facebook announces what people do when they do it. “Jeff has blanked. He is very happy.” When somebody is genderless on Facebook, they have to use they instead of he or she. The problem doesn’t seem very apparent now, but when used in a different sentence, the problem is obvious. “Jeff hates himself.” In the English language, there is no non-gendered word for himself or herself. So far, Facebook has been using themself. Themself is not a word, hence the problem.

My question is, “Does this really have relevance?” I mean shouldn’t we just accept people that do not wish to disclose there gender. I do not feel hurt by Facebook using “themself” and neither should most people.

Sound off and let your voice be heard.

Lazy People! Come and Rejoice, Let Us Build a Shutdown Icon!

Yup, that’s right! A shutdown icon…Now, I know that many readers are wondering, “Why create a shutdown icon? Windows has an icon in the start menu.” Well reader, that is true however, shutdown icons are for those lazy people that don’t feel it necessary to click the start menu before shutting down. So, here I give you: The Shutdown Icon Tutorial!

Step One

Go to your desktop and right click on some blank space. This is where the shortcut will be created. Next go to New and then to Shortcut. Once this is done, a new window will pop up to configure the shortcut about to be created.

Step Two

Next, a wizard will help users configure there new shortcut. This is where we name the executable file. For shutdown we will need to type shutdown -s -t 0 and then click next.

For other shortcuts (restart and log off) try these codes: shutdown -r -t 0 and shutdown -l -t 0

After that step, click finish.

Step Three

To change the apperance of the icon, right click the shutdown icon and click properties. Then under the shortcut tab, click change icon and then feel free to change the icon to whatever picture you might want.

[A cool prank would be to create a shutdown icon with the picture icon of a popular program like firerfox. When an unsuspecting user clicks on it, the computer will shutdown. Haha]

How Great is Firefox 3?

Mark from SecondStoryGamer.com asks,

How great is Firefox 3 eh?

Mark this question can be answered very easily. Its amazingly great. Today I finally got the chance to download the newest version of Mozilla’s leading Internet browser and boy was I impressed. To summarize the features of the newest Firefox, I put together a list of five different factors that make Firefox 3 insane.

Add-on Manager

The new add-on manager gives the user more options when customizing Firefox 3. Not only does the new Firefox give the user the option to change extensions and themes, but it also gives the option to disable the different plug ins that Firefox uses and allows the user to manually update their extension and themes. Is quick-time annoying you again? Boom! Disable it! No more grief from third-party plug ins.

Adaptable Interface

Firefox 3 introduces the possibility of increasing the image size along with the text size for users with seeing disabilities (or for users that just want to increase text or image size). This is great for people that used and enjoyed this feature in Firefox 2, except this time the image size also increases. If it’s hard to read the text, I’m sure it’s hard to see the images. Good job Mozilla, this makes browsing easier for all of us.

Another notable feature would be the ability to configure Firefox to launch different applications (web based) for specific links. When a user would want to email a webmaster about their site, the user would click the mailto link and up comes gmail. Pretty awesome!

Malware and Security Protection

Keeping your computer safe is one of the biggest concerns with the average computer user and Mozilla recognizes this fact. Protection of Maleware is key to the survival of your secure information and the new Firefox is better than ever with security. This is done by a little ‘button’ near the address bar. When the site is good and secure, the area will turn green and, if clicked, a window will pop up with the information about the site. When a site is reported as a phishing site, the button will turn red and warn the user. No more giving information to the wrong sources, I guess.

Smart Locations Bar

This is my all time favorite new feature of Firefox 3. By typing in the address bar, a user can bring up any page that is in its bookmarks or history by using a keyword. Can’t remember the exact URL of a cool site but only remember that it had video games in the URL? Type ‘Video Games’ in the address bar and it will remember the URL for you. Not only does the SLB remember the sites you look at, but it also remembers the most looked at sites. Remember that Video game site? Well the SLB site remembers that you checked it out five times today. When you type video games in the address bar, this is the first site that comes up since it was the most viewed page.

Increased Performance

Here is a graph to explain this feature:

These five features are not the only new features in Firefox 3. There are a few more notable ones as well. These include a better download manager, better ‘remember password’ manager, smarter bookmarks and native skins for different operating systems.

Hopefully these features will persuade everybody to try the new Firefox 3, if they haven’t switched already. I know, I would recommend it.

What the Heck is IHype and Why Do They Keep Commenting My Blog?

I was going through my spam comments the other day and I came across one pertaining to a site called ihype.com. The comment wasn’t bazaar or anything however, after searching the Internet about this site I noticed many other people got the same comment. Here is the actual comment.

The website ihype.com is about to launch at the end of this month. It’s a very cool idea, especially to bloggers.

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I found information about ihype.com on digg, on other blogs, and I even found the site itself (beta version and the real). Now, I only have one question. Is this site legit? Basically the site states that they discovered a new way for bloggers to get paid for blogging. This is done through companies who want advertisements created by bloggers. The ihype blogger would look at a list of products that they could write about and then would get paid via the amount of traffic that post (or maybe even blog) would receive. However, looking at the stats stated on their website, makes this site even more unbelievable. IHype says that bloggers could even make up to $10,000 a month which sounds a bit much to me. Here is the direct quote from the beta site:

Earn over $10,000 a month. Bloggers, web masters, site owners, experts and other online publishers can earn thousands a month reviewing and writing about advertiser products, services and more.

This sounds like a blog changing program to get into. The amount of money received from blogging can be ground breaking. Yet this also seems like a way to control what is being said over the blogs by bribing bloggers to just talk about these specific topics/products. Sooner or later, all blogs will just be out to make money by using services like the ones offer through ihype. All blog entries will be embedded with product placement and will not be based on real content. If anybody else has information about this site, please leave a comment below. Opinionated comments are also welcome.

Why Sites like Digg Don’t Work

I’ve spent a lot of time on the Internet, ever since I got it back a few years ago. I can’t even imagine how life would be without it. Since the ‘net was so embedded in my life, it was only a matter of time before I wanted my own space, a website to call my own. And with the creation of my site I wanted a way to publicize it to the masses. After pondering for a while I did what any other teenager would do when looking for information about a specific topic. I searched Google and found a cool website that would post my own posts to its site for many people to see. Of course, the website that I found was very useful and got my blogs many views (over 100 per post) however, these views were of no quality and lacked user activity. Many of blog users swear by this site however I am a different. Here are the four reasons why the website infamously known as Digg.com doesn’t work.

Digg users don’t click ads.

Ads seems to be the top priority when making a blog or at least the top priority would be to see the fruits of the webmaster’s hard labors. This can be done several ways such as by comments/feedback and by using ads to increase revenue. They have been using this method for years and yet it seems Digg.com has the opposite effect on websites and there ads. I do not understand why Digg users do not click on ads, but several studies have shown that Digg.com users do not click on ads as much as users that come from search engines. Maybe it’s because Digg users are just out for some quick boredom relief while search engine users are looking for answers and content. Also with the costs of servers and bandwidth being so high in today’s world, the traffic that Digg produces does not provide a way to repay these individuals that have invested money in their own sites to make them grow. This leaves me with the question, is it worth investing?

Digg traffic does not generate comments or a following for your blog.

After reviewing several front page Digg posts, can anybody remember the URL of the users they liked? Again the boredom factor comes into play here. Most Digg users aren’t looking for writers who want to voice their opinion about topics or who create reviews of a movies or a video games. Digg users do not want to follow a specific blog to keep up with the writer’s opinion. What do Digg users want? They just want to see what is popular that day on the Internet, which is fine but having this as a source of viewer generation will send a strong blog crashing to the ground.

Digg also creates a page on there own website for Digg users to comment. This also doesn’t boost the popularity of the webmaster’s site but only expands Digg’s own viewer count. I’ve read the comments on the Digg’s comment page for specific blog entries and yet if the actual blog page is brought up, they have no comment what so ever. Doesn’t that seem strange?

The “Digg Effect” brings in a huge amount of traffic and uses precious bandwidth.

For this point, I’m going to use a little equation (nothing hard, just try to follow along). Bandwidth = Money. Traffic = Bandwidth. I believe everybody knows what I am getting at. To run a website, webmasters have to sign up for a specific amount of bandwidth in a plan. Bandwidth is used to keep websites up and running. Webmasters that use sites like Digg increases invaluable traffic (meaning it does not create new members or comments) to their pages. If traffic = bandwidth and bandwidth = money, that extra traffic induced by Digg just cost their owners a huge amount of money. Not a good thing…unless wasting money is a good thing.

The best and most user generated Digg post about a topic is not always the one that reaches the front page.

I’ve seen many Digg posts and it never seem to amaze me when I see how stupid the human race can be at points. How does “Girl with Big Boobs doing the limbo” reach the front page? Obviously the title has everything to do with the clickability of the article and yet good quality posts seem to be buried under the crap that filters through that site, even if it has a good title. I’ve seen very good articles that only received one digg and yet are better than what is dugg on the front page.