Archive | April 14, 2010

TwitterMCE – Twitter on TV from Windows Media Center – Review

I’ll never write myself tweets while watching TV, but reading the ones I follow might prove useful from time to time. I have been looking for a while for Windows Media Center plug-ins to improve my TV watching experience, and TwitterMCE from MCEZone seemed to be a rather useful one, so I went ahead and install it.

Description:

TwitterMCE will allow you to post tweets, view friends, followers, timelines, Read More…

For webmasters – how to test and optimize your blog / website speed

My blog is fairly new, low traffic and several days I noticed a significant increase in access time. I keep changing the installed plug-ins to tweak its appearance, I also played with accordion-style menus and, at some point, it became very slow. I started to look around for some tools to measure how fast it loads and test it against comparable blogs. The best tool I found is from Pingdom Tools.

The Full Page Test loads a complete HTML page including all objects (images, CSS, JavaScripts, RSS, Flash and frames/iframes). It mimics the way a page is loaded in a web browser.

The load time of all objects is shown visually with time bars. This tool helped me to double the loading speed by pointing me towards some code that I though I removed, but apparently I didn’t do a very good job at removing all the references to it and the server spent about 4.9 precious seconds looking for it. Read More…

Region Free / Multi Region DVD Players – Tutorial and where to buy

Let’s start by explaining what the DVD Region codes are, and why you would need (or not) a region free DVD Player.

DVD Region Codes are a a type of DRM (Digital Rights Management) technology created by Motion Picture Studios to control the release date, price, content for various geographic regions. Although is not mandatory, the DVDs can be encoded with one region code and it will only play on the DVD players sold in that specific region. While this capability might help the big studios to discriminate based on price/content/release date, it makes it harder for us to play imported DVDs that are just not released in our particular country, or, if you are an immigrant, the DVDs from your native country. Read More…