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Monday 29 December 2008

Data costs threaten social networking sites

Recently I wrote about the closure of free video-hosting services at both AOL and Brightcove. I suggested that no free hosting service can be relied on to be around forever, or even a year from now in the current economic crisis.

Today the Daily Telegraph reports that social networking sites, such as Facebook, face a ‘data cost crisis’, as advertising revenue declines from a position that wasn’t exactly lucrative in the first place.

Research by the consultants Deloitte suggests that the cost of storing electronic data ‘has soared to more than $100m (£68m) a year for larger sites, as users increasingly want to upload memory-hungry photos and videos’.


Filed under: Net & technology — GS @ 3:47 pm
Wednesday 30 May 2007

Sackville Park village fete (video)

Sunday afternoon was the final day of the Queer Up North arts festival and a village fete was held in Sackville Park. There was a cake judging competition, stalls and a great punch and judy show.

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Filed under: Fun,LGBT,Manchester,With video — GS @ 1:03 am
Monday 21 May 2007

Strange grey blur and circles on photographs

These are three photographs that I took on 11 February 2004 at about 6pm. At the time I thought they were rather odd and sent them to a few friends. Now it seems that other people have experienced strange circles and ‘orbs’ on digital images, so I thought I would publish them with some information.

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Filed under: Photography,Strange — GS @ 12:29 pm
Wednesday 16 May 2007

Photographer loses image library in fire — how safe is your audio and visual data?

As a photographer myself, I broke out into a cold sweat reading how this poor man lost most of his image library in the Lever Street fire. Equipment can be replaced but unique transparencies, negatives and digital images can’t be.

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Filed under: History,Manchester,Photography,TV & film,Video-making — GS @ 9:59 am
Sunday 13 May 2007

Help needed after the fire in Lever Street, Manchester on 30 April

On 30 April, just four days after I wrote about the Basement Social Centre in Manchester city centre and said what a unique and absolutely spiffing place it was, a huge fire ripped through a building to the rear of it. (more…)


Filed under: Buildings,Documentary,Manchester — GS @ 11:14 am
Thursday 10 May 2007

Data collection by United Utilities’ foreign call centres

Recently I mentioned how I called United Utilities and was asked for my date of birth for ‘data protection’ reasons. I refused to give it and they wouldn’t discuss my water bill.

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Filed under: Crime — GS @ 11:19 am
Sunday 29 April 2007

In the news

Good manners to be taught in schools

Scientists demand inquiry over Wi-Fi

Birds and bees are hit by phone waves

Britain becoming a Big Brother society, says data watchdog

April was the hottest in 350 years

Online sales ‘will hit £78bn’

Deluge of complaints on minimum wage abuse


Filed under: General — GS @ 3:55 am
 
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