Video: Young cast shine in ‘Izulu Lami’

first_imgIzulu Lami (My Secret Sky), the first feature film by Madoda Ncayiyana, won two awards at the 2009 International Pan African Film Festival in Tarifa, Spain in May, including the Best Actress award for 11-year-old Sobahle Mkhabase.Telling the story of two children who travel from the countryside to the city after their mother’s death, Izulu Lami features a cast of mainly young children who had never acted professionally before, discovered through extensive casting from the townships and informal settlements of Durban to the rural areas of KwaZulu-Natal.The film received standing ovations at recent screenings in Japan and Zanzibar, and was a hit at the 2009 Cannes Film Festival in France. Its had its South African premiere at the Durban International Film Festival in July before opening at cinemas countrywide on 17 August.Click arrow to view trailer.last_img read more

Page Views 2.0

first_imgrichard macmanus Tags:#business#web It’s funny that I posted post not long before the Scoble-leaving-Microsoftannouncement predictably blanketedTechmeme. Because reading Robert’slatest post about his decision made me think about the fundamental reasonwhy ‘Web 2.0’ is (dare I say it) in bubble phase right now. It’s the exact samereason the Dot Com bubble occured – Page Views… which in thisera leads to ads, but more on that in a minute.In myprevious post PlentyOfFish owner Markus Frind boasted about getting 500 million page viewsa month, more than Digg’s 200 million. But even small blogs are posting 6-figuremonthly page views these days – TechCrunch says it gets 3 million and Robertmentioned a video blog called Rocketboomthat gets 9 million per month:“Yesterday I was talking with Amanda Congdon, one of the co-foundersof Rocketboom. Her videoblog is nowseeing about 300,000 viewers a day. That’s, what, a year or so old? Did youknow that advertisers are now paying her $85,000 per week? That’s almost asmuch money as I made in an entire year of working at Microsoft.”So Amanda is making $4.4 million, at least, a year from advertising – on her blog.I presume that her hosting costs are pretty significant though, because she runsa video service. But still it’d be a very healthy profit.It just shows you the opportunities are out there to make significant moneyon the Web, which is – let’s face it – driving a lot of this ‘web 2.0’ mania. Ohit’s a bubble, for sure. But it’s funny that this page views model is at itsfoundation almostidentical to the Dot Com days (bubble 1.0). Drive as many users to your siteas humanly possible – that’s the modus operandi of all websites, web 2.0 or not.The main difference I can see is that in the dot com days, this rush for pageviews was a ‘land grab’ and there wasn’t as big an opportunity to monetize itwith advertising. The idea back then (late 90’s, early 21st century) was togather as many users as possible and then do an IPO – monetizing wouldpresumably come later. Which actually has worked out to be the case for thesurvivers (Amazon, eBay, Yahoo, etc). These days, 2005-06-onwards, the idea is very much to – you guessed it –gather as many users as possible. Only this time you can monetize them withGoogle ads, or your own advertisers/sponsors. You can go after a mass market(like PlentyOfFish) or a niche market (like TechCrunch). There are many more nicheopportunities, obviously. Either way, as, Rocketboom and allthe other success stories of this age are proving – there is big money to bemade with relatively small-scale operations. Robert Scoble and are after a slice of that action too – and goodluck to them (they’re both Web 2.0Workgroup members btw). I think all of us small bloggers or developers arelooking to grab that brass ring too. It’s all about the Page Views – always wasand probably always will be on the commercial Web. Well to alesser degree, it’s also about the RSS impressions – which are beginning to bemonetized too. In time I expect RSS impressions to be a ‘first class citizen ofcontent’ too, but for now it’s page views that are fueling the new bubble –again.The larger question is: can the online advertising business be sustained atthis level (which we got to thanks mainly to Google)? I don’t know, but a lot ofpeople are enjoying the ride right now – and there are too many brass ringopportunities still out there to get too cynical. Photo: Brian Oberkirch A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Related Posts center_img Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

Opera 9.6 Launches, Now Includes Magazine-Style RSS…Sort Of

first_imgToday, Opera revealed the newest version of their web browser, Opera 9.6. As always, the latest update includes speed and performance increases, but the update delivers several new features, too. The one new feature that we were really excited to try out is how Opera 9.6 deals with RSS feeds. In this latest version of the browser, you can preview your feeds in an attractive magazine-style layout. But what we really wanted to know is could read your feeds like this once subscribed?Magazine-Style FeedsIn Opera 9.6, a new feed preview feature has been introduced that turns any RSS feed into a magazine-style page where the articles in an feed appear as columns. (See image below). With the feeds laid out in this manner, suddenly RSS reading becomes accessible, understandable, and far less geeky than its acronym implies. Although heavy RSS users and techie folks will probably continue to use an RSS reader like Google Reader, a magazine-style layout is a great option for a light reader or someone new to RSS. A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Related Posts sarah perez Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Tags:#Product Reviews#web Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Previewing RWW’s FeedIn a way, Opera’s new magazine-style feature reminds us very much of how the Firefox extension, Feedly, operates. With Feedly installed, you can view your Google Reader feeds in an easy-to-read format while still being able to hop into your different folders. Of course, Feedly does so much more than just change the layout of Google Reader, but that’s a whole othertopic.The difference between Feedly’s magazine interface and what Opera does is that Opera only displays feeds in this manner when you preview them while deciding whether or not to subscribe. That’s disappointing. We were hoping that Opera would include this as a new option under the “Display -> View” settings in Opera’s built-in RSS reader, too. Unfortunately, those view settings have remained the same. Feed reading there is still an inbox-like experience, with feeds titles in one window and the articles in a second window. This familiar Outlook format works for some people, we’re sure, but to have the magazine-style option here as well would have been a nice treat. Other New FeaturesIn addition to the preview feeds feature, Opera 9.6 also adds other updates, including the following:Expanded Opera Link: Opera Link is one of the browser’s best features. With it, you have access to your data from any computer or mobile device. It synchronizes your bookmarks, Speed Dial, notes taken in your Opera browser, and personal bar. With the update to Opera 9.6, Opera Link now lets you take your favorite search engines and browser history with you, too.Optimized Opera Mail: Opera’s built-in e-mail client, Opera Mail, now includes “low-bandwidth mode” to retrieve mails even faster when bandwidth is limited. This is great for when you’re on the road and trying to use your air card in a bad spot where the signal isn’t very strong. Prioritized e-mail: Opera Mail has two new ways to manage e-mail conversations. Keep an eye on important threads and contacts by following them, or ignore less important threads and contacts with a single click. Looks like you can start to manage your information overload with this. Increased speed: Opera 9.6 improves the quick responsiveness and page loading of Opera 9.5.Improved fluency: Opera added support for Indonesian, Ukrainian, Estonian, Hindi, Telugu, and Tamil languages. 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

Cartoon: This User Has Been Suspended

first_imgA Comprehensive Guide to a Content Audit Tags:#Cartoons#Facebook#web Anyone who’s run afoul of Facebook’s, um, fluid rules for user behaviour can tell you it’s like a Kafka novel. (Remember the one where nobody would friend the giant cockroach? Shudder.)Here’s one of the latest lucky contestants: Social Media Today, a Web venture with an active presence on Facebook, was posting URLs twice a day, until one day they discovered they’d run afoul of the site’s rules and had their ability to post links blocked.So how often is too often? Facebook won’t say. How infrequently would they have to post to stay safe? Facebook won’t say.Look, I get that Facebook’s a private company and if I don’t like it I can just move somewhere else – although when you’re dealing with a platform that has 400 million users, half of whom log on in any given day, that’s a little like saying you can always go find yourself another human civilization.But there’s something wrong if we’re expected to treat Facebook like Dinsdale Piranha – forgiving them for nailing our heads to the floor because we’d transgressed the unwritten law. (Which law? “Er… Well he never told me that. But he gave me his word that it was the case, and that’s good enough for me with old Dinsy.”) Related Posts The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos rob cottingham More Noise to Signal. Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro…last_img read more

Comparing Desktop VMs In The Cloud

first_imgMany companies still need, or prefer having, traditional Windows or other desktop OS environments for their employees. For example, they may need to run applications that are not available as Web apps or using SaaS services. But you may prefer not to provision and administer the hardware. A growing number of companies are offering entire desktop VMs, OS and all, as cloud-based offerings. Think of them as desktops as a service. (As opposed to running a cloud on your desktop – see VMware Has New Micro Version of Cloud Foundry.) Reasons to use cloud-based desktops can include provisioning remote, mobile and contract/temporary employees, and branch offices; migrating to Windows 7; letting employees work from tablets and other mobile devices; and as one method of providing dataless, stateless user-side hardware. Having these services can also be part of a Disaster Recovery scenario, although this may not be a sufficient use case by itself. Let’s look at two such providers – Desktone Cloud and Virtuon vPresence Virtual Desktops. There are significant differences and important things to know before picking a provider.Pricing details Desktone starts at $39/month for a 1-CPU virtual desktop machine with 2GB RAM and 25GB of storage. Virtuon pricing starts at around $59 per user per month; VMs start at 2GB RAM, 30GB disk space, 15GB/month for data transfer. Options include Microsoft Office, web filtering, a Microsoft VDA license, and site-to-site VPN.Minimum number of desktopsTypical Desktone minimum deployments are at least 20 desktops. (According to the company it’s not cost-effective below this number.) Virtuon has a minimum requirement of five desktops, unless the customer already has Microsoft SA (Software Assurance) or VDA (Virtual Desktop Access) licensing, in which case they can purchase as little as one desktop per month. (Microsoft requires customers – and not the intermediary, such as Virtuon – have at least five SA or VDA licenses.)Daniel Dern is an independent technology and business writer, who has written one Internet user guide, and thousands of features, reviews and other articles for various technology and business publications, and was the founding Editor-in-Chief at Internet World magazine, and editor of His blog can be found at and he can be reached at [email protected] Desktone offers Windows 7, Windows XP, and Linux hosted VMs; Virtuon offers Windows 7 and Windows XP.Client-side requirements, access/display protocols and other detailsDesktone supports access via desktop protocols including RDP, Citrix HDX (which they recommend if you’re doing any streaming video or similar types of activity), HP RGS (Remote Graphics Software)(for CAD/CAM and other rich graphic activities; from a Chromebook or other HTML 5 browser.Virtuon supports RDP and PCoIP access, which can be from any desktop OS (Microsoft, MacOS, Linux), thin client, or mobile device that runs one of these.Other considerationsThe physical location of user in relationship to the desktop VM may matter, since the connecting network adds latency (delay). For example, a user in Europe connecting to a VM running in a data center in the United States would see about 180 milliseconds of added delay. Forrest Blair, CEO, Virtuon, Inc., notes, “Virtuon has data centers in both the US and Europe and allows customers to move VMs to the nearer center.”Both Desktone and Virtuon offer offline “local” mode for when no connectivity is available.Depending on what you’re doing, you may also want cloud-virtualized servers, and/or clouded data — and possibly from the same supplier. Related Posts daniel p dern Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Tags:#solution-series#Sponsored Resources center_img A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

A Look at Freshmen Running Back Production Under Mike Gundy

first_imgJeremy Smith – 20091516010.71––– RB – YearCarriesYardsAVGTDsReceptionsRec YdsRec TD Caleb Muncrief – 201214574.11––– Corey Bennett – 201212917.61––– Joseph Randle – 2010824525.52374271 With the news that Justice Hill could legitimately start coming out recently, we have been thinking a lot about how this running back situation is going to play out this season. Apparently a lot of you have as well. Reader Jon Jester sent me a terrific email breaking down all the freshman RBs who have played in recent memory. Here’s his email with commentary and a pretty chart.You guys keep the great emails coming!I promise I think about more than just the RB mayhem in Stillwater, but i found some stats on former freshman RBs at OSU in recent years and felt like I would pass them on. I guess our ultimate question is: Where will Justice Hill fit into this a year from now? Keith Toston – 20061066316.0610922 Joe Aska – 2011362.00––– Kendall Hunter – 20071076966.54101371 While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. Rennie Childs – 2013411894.614490 Michael Roberts – 200815422.80––– Desmond Roland – 201117955.60––– Jeff Carr – 2015361423.9111242 Julius Crosslin – 200417714.212260 Herschel Sims – 2011312427.821-1– *Ed. note: Chart has been updated to reflect the fact that Dantrell Savage and Beau Johnson were not freshmen. I have added in Herschel Sims and Caleb Muncrief. Apologies for the mistake earlier. You can check it against all the RBs from the Mike Gundy era here.A few thoughts on this.• Can you imagine a freshman and a juco transfer getting 100+ carries in the same season like what happened in 2006 with Toston and Savage? Holy smokes, OSU has come a long way in just a decade.• I’ve thought following their freshman years, respectively, that Carr and Childs had great years as freshman, and then I look at what Hunter/Toston/Randle did and I get all nostalgic about feeling what that was like to have a freshman have a season like that and know that we have three more years of that dude running the football for us.• Modern day OSU RBs have to wait for their shot behind the older guys which can be a good thing because it shows progression from guys that have been in the system (right?)• Joe Randle with almost equal totals of rushing and receiving yards, but he had 50 less receptions than carries. HB slip screen in its heyday.• Jeff Carr got in the end zone the most as a freshman RB since… Joe Randle.last_img read more