Friday, December 31, 2010

Interview With Peter Vesterbacka of Rovio

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Swimming In The Cross Currents Of Religion

It's Christmas Eve, Friday Prayers, and Shabbat all on a single day today in Jerusalem. And I'm here with our family to soak it all in. We spent the day in and around the Old City and it was a...

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Do elite trappings create success? (Causation vs. correlation)

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This Has Got to Be a Mistake

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How Skype Could Make the Mobile Video Market Explode

Skype appears poised to finally launch a new mobile video chat service that should help propel mobile video conferencing into the mainstream. The communications platform is expected to unveil its mobile video offering at CES and has been recently teasing what the service could look like.

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Comic Sans Criminal

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Skype: We Have Not Been Banned in China

According to the People’s Daily, the official publication of China’s Communist party, Skype and all other Internet-based calling services — apart from state-owned China Unicom and China Telecom — are now illegal.

If true, Skype…

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How We Shared Content in 2010: Still More Facebook, More Email Than Twitter, MySpace Lives On

The link sharing service AddThis, which said this month that it's now tracking the interests of more than 1 billion people across the web, has published an infographic breaking down the most popular destinations for content shared through its little widget. Sites with an AddThis widget (like ours, above) allow readers to send pages of interest to friends through 300 different methods. What's the most popular way people share?

Facebook. Now more than ever, AddThis reports that Facebook's share of sharing grew from 33% last year to 44%. The company says that email, the second most popular method of sharing through its service, is 38% bigger than sharing on Twitter! And MySpace, though in sharp decline (down 27%), remains very popular. There are of course many different ways to share content, but these numbers from AddThis are quite interesting none the less. If you're not making it easy for website visitors to share your content by email, for example, you're probably making a big mistake.


One of several infographics the company released this year is below, click to view full size. Absolute numbers on this would be nice, but the company is unlikely to offer a full break-out for competitive reasons. Consider this a colorful snapshot of a changing world of media distribution.



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If an App Is Your Content Strategy, You Are Doomed

The enthusiasm iPad users had for magazine apps seems to be waning, according to some recent numbers that show sales of many apps slipping. Hopefully some publishers are starting to realize that simply having an iPad app doesn't qualify as a digital content strategy.

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What lies ahead: DIY and Make

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Thursday, December 30, 2010

Two-Stop Home Button

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The Most Popular Presentations of 2010 [REPORT]

Popular presentation-sharing website Slideshare posted its annual Zeitgeist summary Thursday, bringing some interesting data to the fore.

For instance, presentations written in Japanese have the highest average number of slides (42), women use fewer slides than…

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Sadly stuck with the status quo

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Xpert Financial Offers Start-Ups An IPO Alternative

Xpert Financial just announced today that it has gotten approval to open an electronic trading platform that will give companies capital and liquidity but without the requirements of going public. This could allow companies to stay private longer and further erode the IPO market.

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44% of Online Sharing Occurs Through Facebook [INFOGRAPHIC]

Sharing widget AddThis, which is installed on more than 7 million domains and reaches more than one billion users per month, released an infographic Wednesday with some interesting statistics about about our sharing habits.


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The Good, Bad and Ugly of Media iPad Apps

Here are some of the best and worst iPad apps from media companies and publishers, including some of the familiar names -- Wired, The New Yorker, Esquire -- as well as some less familiar ones, with what they are doing right and what still needs work.

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Bigger or smaller?

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Perfect Remixed

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Just looking

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? Emotional Rescue

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NYC Big Apps Version 2.0

Last year NYC ran a mobile and web app developer contest called NYC Big Apps. I posted about it and was one of a number of judges. The city and the participating developers thought it was a successful effort and...

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Indie Filmmaker Turns Snow Day Into Homage to Classic Cinema [VIDEO]

At least one person was being productive during the Great Blizzard of 2010 — filmmaker Jamie Stuart spent hours in the driving snow with his Canon 7D to create Idiot With A Tripod, an homage to Dziga Vertov’s…

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Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Clayton Morris: HP to Unveil WebOS PalmPad Tablets at CES

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The open road

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Mashable is Hiring and Other Job Openings in Social Media

If you’re seeking a job in social media, we’d like to help out. For starters, Mashable’s Job Lists section gathers together all of our resource lists, how-tos and expert guides to help you get hired. In…

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Blog Post: Drwtsn32 on Windows Vista/Windows Server 2008/Windows 7/Windows Server 2008 R2


Applies to:

Windows Vista

Windows Server 2008

Windows 7

Windows Server 2008 R2

I have been noticing a lot of IT Administrators and my fellow colleagues not fully utilizing the built-in post-mortem debugger.

In Windows XP and Windows Server 2003, when an application or service crashed, you would either get a Dr. Watson log (drwtsn32.log and user.dmp) or Windows Error Reporting (WER) log.
308538 Description of the Dr. Watson for Windows (Drwtsn32.exe) Tool

310414 How To Configure and Use Error Reporting in Windows XP


Since there is no Drwtsn32.exe on Vista/Server 2008/Windows 7/Server 2008 R2, we get to use the W.E.R.

You still receive the same "Event ID 1000" application error in the Application event log as you did with the legacy OS'es.

When an application or service crashes (a.k.a. access violation), there are multiple locations that you should check for a user mode dump (user.dmp)

If the crashing application is User Access Control (UAC) elevated, the dumps will be located at

C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\WER\ReportQueue depending on whether queue mode is set or not.

If the application is not UAC elevated (LUA), it will be at

Note:  Where UserProfileName is the actual user profile name.

The easiest method to look for the user mode memory dumps is to go down to CMD (run as admin) or Powershell
dir *.*dmp /s


dir *.*dmp /s

Note:  In Windows 7/Server 2008 R2, there has been an improvement on how dumps are collected. If the same application is crashing repeated, Windows 7/Server 2008 R2 optimizes so that it does not collect the dumps for the same type of crash more than once. This behavior is different from Windows Vista /Server 2008 where this was not the case. See and check out WER_SUBMIT_BYPASS_DATA_THROTTLING flag which changed the behavior in Windows 7/Server 2008 R2.

What if there are no .hdmp or .mdmp files?
You will want to tweak WER to collect the dmp files.

WARNING: If you use Registry Editor incorrectly, you may cause serious problems that may require you to reinstall your operating system. Microsoft cannot guarantee that you can solve problems that result from using Registry Editor incorrectly. Use Registry Editor at your own risk.

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\Windows Error Reporting\
Disabled (dword) 0 (hex)
LoggingDisabled (dword) 0 (hex)
ForceQueue (dword) 1 (hex)
DisableQueue (dword) 0 (hex)
MaxQueueCount (dword) 32 (he x)
    Note:  32 hex = 50 dec which is the default.

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\Windows Error Reporting
LocalDumps (Key)
DumpFolder (Expandable String Value) %LocalAppData%\CrashDumps
    Note:  System services is %WINDIR%\System32\Config\SystemProfile.
    For Network and Local Services, the folder is %WINDIR%\ServiceProfiles.

DumpType (DumpCount) 2 (hex)
    Note:  Where 2 is setting for a "Full Dump".
    For the details:
    Collecting User-Mode Dumps

Alternativerly you have all these other post mortem debugger:

More information:

Windows Error Reporting and the Problem Reports and Solutions Feature in Windows Vista

Collecting User-Mode Dumps

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Lady Gaga and me

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Nivea Unites Long Distance Couples Through Facebook Promotion

Courtney and Chris, a couple whose long-distance relationship has survived two years over four continents, will get to reunite on New Year’s Eve in New York’s Times Square thanks to a Facebook-based promotion from Nivea.

The couple

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How to organize a retreat

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Who's on your list?

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New Site Lets You Create Gift Photo Albums With Your Facebook Friends

The Spark of Genius Series highlights a unique feature of startups and is made possible by Microsoft BizSpark. If you would like to have your startup considered for inclusion, please see the details here.

Name: Keepsy


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? The iOS and Android App Economies

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A Taste of Its Own Medicine? 4chan Down Due to DDoS Attack

4chan, the infamously crude message board, is currently down due to a distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack and has been since the early morning hours according to the site's Twitter account. The attack comes just a day after similar attacks slowed down Bank of America's Web services.


4chan founder Moot announced that the site was down at 2:39 a.m. PST, saying "Site is down due to DDoS. We now join the ranks of MasterCard, Visa, PayPal, et al.--an exclusive club!" The site's Twitter account announced the outage in a similarly humorous style:


The 4chan status page lists several parts of the site as being up, but "Boards", "Post images" and "Static files" are all listed as down and the site barely loads after a minute or two. Even this, however, is changing over time with the intensity of the attacks. Geekosystem editor Robert Quigley ponders who could be behind the attack, asking if it could be Tumblr users still hanging on to the Tumblr/4chan battle of earlier this year. Quiqley goes on to wonder if it could be the banks themselves acting in retaliation or even 4chan itself.

It would be a move straight out of a movie to DDoS attack yourself, wouldn't it? What's the best way to prove your own innocence? Make yourself the victim.

We don't have any information on who is behind the attacks, but that would be some high drama right there. The safer bet, though, might be that supporters of the various sites that have been taken down by Anonymous are retaliating. We'll keep an eye out on 4chan's status page for an explanation.


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