Sunday, April 19, 2009

Ads support free Internet services

I agree on the point of this article - How Free Product & Services survive. It is ads revenue keep free services survive.

Online advertising is an important link in Internet business food chain. It is like this diagram.

advertiser -> free service -> customer -> advertiser

If advertising is removed from chain because of ad block, then free media can not survive, we can not get free information from Internet any more. Let me ask this “Do you want to pay Yahoo for news and stock info?”. If you say no, then you can not refuse watching ads on Yahoo.

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Open Source Think Tank

Olliance Group and DLA Piper announce the 4th Annual Spring 2009 Open Source Think Tank coming March 1st through 3rd, held once again at the beautiful Silverado Resort in Napa, CA. (

This event is an invitation-only conference for CEOs, CIOs, CTOs, legal experts, investors and other senior executives. It will be a working conference and all participants are expected to actively contribute

Open Source Think Tank is the only by-invitation gathering for leading global experts to get together and work collaboratively on the issues facing commercial open source.

The invitation can be requested through Olliancegroup website.

Ads powered by Younexus is unobtrusive

The ads powered by is unobtrusive and peaceful. The plugin provided is a GUI window component with ads requesting ability. The ad window can be inserted as part of GUI and merges together with background. Younexus provides five ad window formats.
  • 120 x 600
  • 160 x 600
  • 320 x 250
  • 468 x 60
  • 728 x 90
The different ad window formats leave software developers choices to design user friendly GUI. The tips to design a user favourable GUI is to put ad window in the side pane, top right or bottom, the place where will not disturb the normal software use. In the mean time, the ad window should be noticeable. Otherwise you won't earn much money from ads.

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Advertising solution for software

Younexus ( provides advertising solution for software applications. This is good for freeware and shareware makers. For freeware maker who wants to do advertising, the difficulty are 1) it is hard to find stable advertisers. 2) ad roatation is not easy.

According to younexus website, they provide tools and plugin to enable software publish ads on GUI. It sounds like a very easy process.

Microsoft is going to make Windows phones

Two days ago, Microsoft announced new featured phone service with partners. Windows® phones will feature two new services: My Phone, to sync text messages, photos, video, contacts and more to the Web; and Windows® Marketplace for Mobile, a new marketplace that will provide direct-to-phone mobile applications and can be accessed from both the phone and the Web.

The news is here.

Stop spyware in the beginning

The idea is simple. If we do not let spyware to start, then it can't spy. Wenpoint Anti-Spyware tips lists some place where spyware can start itself. The article is here.

Windows XP has the following place for application to auto start when system runs.

  • start-up folder

  • registry

  • Initialization File

  • explorer.exe

Spyware can start itself in the above places. In my observance, most spyware start itself by adding an entry in registry.