A few mixed things

* I added two new pictures on my Zoto. Please let me know if you would like a Zoto account so I can refer you (I receive an additional 100 MBs of space per referal). They offer 2 GBs of space as a starter and their support staff has being great so far to me.

* According to Alexa, Digg is now more popular than Slashdot.
* OSNews is a bit down lately, it needs more original articles.
* OSNews’ mobile stats haven’t really change in two years…
* …500 unique mobile visitors & 2,500 pageviews daily represent about 1% of the overall stats.

* I lost 9.5 lbs in two weeks — my diet is working so far.
* I experience withdrawl syndrome for some foods, e.g. bread.

* “The 4400″ sci-fi show fills up its IMDb discussion front page in 3 hours time.
* “Lost” did it in 20 minutes.
* “Invasion” needed 3 days to do the same.
* ABC did the right business decision to cancel the show — much to the dismay of its fans.

* Palm needs to get their shit straight and offer these features on their upcoming PalmOS phones:
– WiFi (easy to add)
– Skype and SIP VoIP (difficult to add)
– AA and smaller/better browser/UI fonts (so-so easy to add)
– GSM/UMTS versions (easy)
– Video calling VGA camera (difficult)
– 2MP camera with flashlight (easy)
– Removal of the external antenna (easy — already done)
– A2DP/AVRCP/Printing BT support (so-so)

* Keanu Reeves did not seem very intelligent on Jay Leno’s show last night.
* Hugh Jackman is the sexiest entertainer around.
* Do you hear that Mr McConaughey?

* I am thinking of going to Apple’s WWDC. Haven’t decided yet.
* Same goes for LinuxWorld, also in August.

* My brother in Greece bought some goldfish.
* They are bound to be dead by the end of the week…

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Jacques wrote on June 13th, 2006 at 9:28 AM PST:

“OSNews is a bit down lately, it needs more original articles.”

Not only this, but it should focus on OS, not “everything that happens in the IT world”… because right now, most stories are also on Slashdot and vice-versa. Original content in general would help.


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Eugenia wrote on June 13th, 2006 at 9:34 AM PST:

Sorry, but you are mistaken. It was our clear vision from the beginning that OSNews would report on ANYTHING tech-related that it’s interesting enough. If we had restricted OSNews to just OSes, the pageviews would have been even lower. Only a few geeks are interested in “operating systems” per se. And a few geeks are just not enough, neither the only kind of visitors we want. This is clearly stated here and I am getting really freaking pissed explaining the same thing over and over now for the last 5 years.

But yes, original content is what skyrockets the traffic stats. Original reviews, interviews, editorials are usually linked by other sites and so traffic goes up. That’s how we got OSNews from 700 page views in Aug 2001 to 275,000 4 years later. I think we have being slashdotted over 40 times so far, /. has helped us immensely.

Today, OSNews serves about 250,000 pages per day on average. It has being in almost a stand still for 1.5 years, since original content got reduced. The editors don’t have the time to write original articles every day and so reader content is much appreciated when submitted.


Damien wrote on June 13th, 2006 at 10:42 AM PST:

Eugenia, try this book for dieting, has worked wonders for my wife.


JC wrote on June 15th, 2006 at 1:43 AM PST:

* OSNews’ mobile stats haven’t really change in two years…

I have to say OSNews is one of the best formatted sites I’ve view on my mobile phone (S60 based). I don’t know if you’re serving up a different stylesheet, or if Opera just renders it well, but it does look really nice on a mobile.

Shame that more sites (CNN, BBC) don’t do similar things.


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Eugenia wrote on June 15th, 2006 at 1:53 AM PST:

If you read some past posts on this blog you will see how we do it: we autodetect mobile browsers and we serve a specialized version (no CSS). :)


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