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Kontain — Share your life

Kon­tain — Splash 20080919, orig­i­nal­ly uploaded by stechico.

It seems that the Swedish firm, Fi1, has “re-designed, re-tooled, re-devel­oped and even re-named” their 2‑year old project Pro­pod, and have re-launched it today as Kon­tain2.

Kon­tain is a free web­site for you to blog and share your pho­tos, videos and audio with friends, fam­i­ly, even beau­ti­ful strangers.

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  1. Fi deliv­ers pre­mi­um inter­ac­tive ser­vices and media plat­forms. From offices in New York City and Stock­holm, Fi has worked with and con­tin­ues to attract world renowned clients. In 2007, Fi was the first inductee into The FWA Hall Of Fame. []
  2. Kon­tain is the cre­ation of Kon­tain LLC, a whol­ly-owned sub­sidiary of the award-win­ning inter­ac­tive firm, Fan­ta­sy Inter­ac­tive, Inc. (‘Fi’). []

Action Method by Behance

Action Method — Splash 20080916, orig­i­nal­ly uploaded by stechico.

In a recent announce­ment, Behance unveils its new prod­uct called Action Method (AMO). They have spent the past year design­ing and devel­op­ing the new plat­form for pro­duc­tiv­i­ty and project man­age­ment.

The sys­tem is based on the “Action Method” and the design of our paper prod­uct line, but the tech­nol­o­gy itself is rev­o­lu­tion­ary. Now being beta-test­ed by a select group of peo­ple and teams, AMO is a web-based appli­ca­tion that offers a rad­i­cal­ly dif­fer­ent approach to man­ag­ing projects and col­lab­o­rat­ing with oth­ers.

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Comcast Bandwidth-Capping Notification and Solution

With news from dif­fer­ent tech/in­ter­net-focused sites writ­ing about band­width-cap­ping, I final­ly have received an email from Com­cast. They seem to be updat­ing their AUP which most­ly adds a clause to whats con­sid­ered “exces­sive use of [their] ser­vice”. Here’s the email:

Dear Com­cast High-Speed Inter­net Cus­tomer,

We appre­ci­ate your busi­ness and strive to pro­vide you with the best online expe­ri­ence pos­si­ble. One of the ways we do this is through our Accept­able Use Pol­i­cy (AUP). The AUP out­lines accept­able use of our ser­vice as well as steps we take to pro­tect our cus­tomers from things that can neg­a­tive­ly impact their expe­ri­ence online. This pol­i­cy has been in place for many years and we update it peri­od­i­cal­ly to keep it cur­rent with our cus­tomers’ use of our ser­vice.

On Octo­ber 1, 2008, we will post an updat­ed AUP that will go into effect at that time.

In the updat­ed AUP, we clar­i­fy that month­ly data (or band­width) usage of more than 250 Giga­bytes (GB) is the spe­cif­ic thresh­old that defines exces­sive use of our ser­vice. We have an exces­sive use pol­i­cy because a frac­tion of one per­cent of our cus­tomers use such a dis­pro­por­tion­ate amount of band­width every month that they may degrade the online expe­ri­ence of oth­er cus­tomers.

250 GB/month is an extreme­ly large amount of band­width and it’s very like­ly that your month­ly data usage does­n’t even come close to that amount. In fact, the thresh­old is approx­i­mate­ly 100 times greater than the typ­i­cal or medi­an res­i­den­tial cus­tomer usage, which is 2 to 3 GB/month. To put it in per­spec­tive, to reach 250 GB of data usage in one month a cus­tomer would have to do any one of the fol­low­ing:

* Send more than 50 mil­lion plain text emails (at 5 KB/email);
* Down­load 62,500 songs (at 4 MB/song); or
* Down­load 125 stan­dard def­i­n­i­tion movies (at 2 GB/movie).

And online gamers should know that even the heav­i­est mul­ti- or sin­gle-play­er gam­ing activ­i­ty would not typ­i­cal­ly come close to this thresh­old over the course of a month.

In addi­tion to mod­i­fy­ing the exces­sive use pol­i­cy, the updat­ed AUP con­tains oth­er clar­i­fi­ca­tions of terms con­cern­ing report­ing vio­la­tions, news­groups, and net­work man­age­ment. To read some help­ful FAQs, please vis­it http://help.comcast.net/content/faq/Frequently-Asked-Questions-about-Excessive-Use.

Thank you again for choos­ing Com­cast as your high-speed Inter­net provider.

On their FAQ, this will prob­a­bly be one of the most asked/searched one:

How does Com­cast help its cus­tomers track their usage so they can avoide exceed­ing the lim­it?

There are many online tools cus­tomers can down­load and use to mea­sure their con­sump­tion. Cus­tomers can find such tools by sim­ply doing a Web search — for exam­ple, a search for “band­width meter” will pro­vide some options. Cus­tomers using mul­ti­ple PCs should just be aware that they will need to mea­sure and com­bine their total month­ly usage in order to iden­ti­fy the data usage for their entire account.

But those who have done a search on “band­width meter” will only find “speed tests” rather than a log of current/past “true” band­width. Even if they find a good “band­width meter”, it’s hard to keep track if they are on a net­work of mul­ti­ple users. How­ev­er, don’t fret.

I remem­ber read­ing up on this a cou­ple of weeks back. This is most­ly for those who can install DD-WRT. If you have a Linksys router, you’re in luck as most of their mod­els can be updat­ed to run this mod/hack. Any­ways, click here to read up on the Life­hack­er arti­cle on how to mon­i­tor your month­ly band­width with your router.

I hope that helps, and good luck.

Apple Shines The New iPod Touch

Not to be out­done by the new col­or­ful and sur­pris­ing­ly thin iPod Nanos, the sec­ond gen­er­a­tion iPod Touch made its debut as well in Apple’s Sep­tem­ber 2008 Spe­cial Event enti­tled “Let’s Rock”.

So what’s so dif­fer­ent, a new body. The new iPod Touch looks like it came from Quick­sil­ver’s board. It def­i­nite­ly got some ideas for the iPhone 3G’s con­tour, but its shiny and made from pol­ished stain­less steel. I won’t be sur­prised if we see Apple comes out with this cha­sis on the iPhone 3G in the Win­ter (pend­ing the sale of the new iPod Touch of course).

Oth­er new fea­tures are:

Not­ing the built-in wire­less sup­port for Nike+, this sucks if Apple can’t just push a firmware update for iPhone 3G own­ers. I won’t nec­es­sar­i­ly be run­ning with an iPhone as its freak­ing just too much to wor­ry about and a dis­trac­tion, but it just makes sense and a good­ie for all Apple fans alike.

In terms of price-point, if com­par­ing with the pre­vi­ous one, the new iPod Touch starts at $229 (8GB mod­el) and is def­i­nite­ly worth the upgrade if you are look­ing to have the fea­ture-set of the iPhone 3G w/o the phone. Now, if being com­pared against the iPhone 3G and bas­ing on the fact that you are also look­ing for a phone, I don’t think its a good buy. Oth­er than the sub­scrip­tion fee to a mobile car­ri­er, the only fea­ture that the new iPod Touch has over the iPhone 3G would prob­a­bly be its built-in wire­less inte­gra­tion with Nike+ (for now). With that said, if in the sit­u­a­tion I just stat­ed, I would still get an 8GB iPhone 3G over this new iPod Touch.

Apple Introduces New iPod Nanos

Apple Intro­duces New iPod Nanos, orig­i­nal­ly uploaded by stechico.

Apple intro­duced its new fourth gen­er­a­tion of iPod Nanos today in 9 fla­vor­ful col­ors. Here are the fea­tures that set it apart vs. its pre­de­ces­sors1:

  • Col­ors of course! Sil­ver, pur­ple, blue, green, orange, yel­low, pink, (PRODUCT) RED and black.
  • Built-in audio record­ing fea­tures.
  • Genius tech­nol­o­gy” which auto­mat­i­cal­ly cre­ates playlists from songs in your music library that go great togeth­er, with just one click.
  • UI/UX improve­ments with the help of the accelerom­e­ter. This allows it to behave like the iPhone/iPod Touch between switch­ing from Por­trait to Land­scape modes.
  • Improved 24 hours of music play­back or four hours of video play­back.

I just won­der if its still nec­es­sary to buy the Nike+ piece since this new Nano now have an accelerom­e­ter built-in. If any, they should mod­i­fy the Nike+ piece to work with an iPod 1GB+ Shuf­fle; which will be tempt­ing for me to buy and use when run­ning. Bet­ter yet, just a stand­alone Nike+ piece that can sync on its own to the Nike+ site.

  1. Para­phrased from Apple Insid­er arti­cle. []