Internet technology and marketing

July 25, 2011

Flash

Flash is software that enable you to produce animated visuals for a website.  However Flash does not work as well on mobile devices. 

Flash takes a longer amount of time to load.

Flash sites do not do well with search engine optimization.  It is difficult to “read” a Flash page.

Should you do flash?  What do you think?

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December 7, 2010

Chrome

Filed under: google — Tags: , — webcubic @ 11:25 pm

Google Chrome will be enhanced to improve its speed with a project named “Crankshaft”.

Recent statistics indicate that this browser is used by 120 million users.

September 21, 2010

IE 9 Beta

Filed under: internet technology — Tags: , — webcubic @ 11:10 pm

IE9 Beta Cons
The interface isn’t finished.

They’re going for the minimalist UI look that’s popular in browsers these days, with a definite air of Chromeishness to the layout and just a hint of Firefox musk to balance things out. It’s a good direction to go in, and I have high hopes that the final product will be nice indeed.

In this version, the address bar is quite cramped due to being stuck in between the navigation buttons and the tabs.

IE9 Beta Pros
IE9 shows improvements. Most of them fall into “playing catch-up”, but in one big, important area, Microsoft has managed to grab a competitive position. Though Firefox barely beat them to being first, IE9 is in a pretty strong position with hardware accelerated graphics.

In Microsoft’s FishIE Tank test, IE9 was able to maintain 36 frames per second with 1000 fish.

Full-screen browsing, also known as Kiosk Mode in some circles.

Internet Explorer has come a long way.

June 8, 2010

Be careful of fraud

Filed under: website content, websites — Tags: , , — webcubic @ 7:17 am

There is a new term “cybersquatting” that applies to a scam.  The scam is when someone  uses the domain name of a familiar company and launches a copycat site to deceive online shoppers.  Not exactly the same domain name but one that is very similar.

Common characteristics of such sites

  • You should carefully inspect the domain name.  Assume that even a very slight change from the company’s name and normal website indicates an attempted scam. That includes extra words, such as TiffanyonSale or SterlingTiffany and anything but the usual .com or .org ending.
  • Customer service telephone numbers are normally bogus and others connect to fax machines so you can’t reach anyone.  Avoid any website that has no posted phone number.
  • Check out the domain name to make sure the right company owns it.  You can do a “whois”. Take a look at the suffix.  If the name sounds right but it uses the suffix of a foreign country it may be a scam.

Be careful that you don’t become a victim of a scam.  Not every bargain is a bargain.

April 11, 2010

Internet via mobile

Filed under: internet technology — Tags: , , — webcubic @ 7:25 pm

In a recent article in the Los Angeles Times, there was mention of Internet usage on mobile devices.  It said that within five years, there will be more users accessing the Internet than personal computers.

January 4, 2010

Browser usage

Filed under: google, internet technology — Tags: , , — webcubic @ 6:27 pm

A recent report published at http://www.tinyurl.com/y8owdft showed IE to have the largest share of the browser market.  IE was followed by Firefox, Chrome, and Safari. You will notice that Chrome is now the third most popular browser.

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