Posted by: theovalich | May 21, 2009

And… we’re back!

After 37 hours of being off-line, we have completed the switch from Hopkinsville, KY to Los Angeles, CA. Our new hosting service isn’t afraid of serving tens of thousands of readers and we hope that you will enjoy the service – this time, on a quad-core server with 4GB of memory, SSD drive and a 100Mbps line.

Currently, DNS Records are still being changed, even though our site is already accessible toome, but we expect that by the end of the day, DNS Records will be refreshed on all ISPs.

Visit www.brightsideofnews.com and enjoy the latest analysis, news, reviews and rumors from the best industry in the world. Thank you for your patience.

Posted by: theovalich | May 20, 2009

BSN* temporarily offline, server switch under way

As you noticed, BSN* temporarily went offline on May 19th, 2009 at 07:15AM PST. Unfortunately, the hosting service we used so far [IXhosting/eCommerce and their dedicated server business WebHosting.biz] unilaterally shut down our server due to host link overload. Given that we announced the server switch to the current hosting provider, we view their one-sided act as a hostile behavior towards our business. This was done with no previous warning and I’ll leave that matter to the business and legal services that we deployed to protect ourselves.

We’re now moving Bright Side of News* to a company that offered us service and comes with a credible background, with multiple 100, 10 and 1Gbps links and is the host to large ISPs and .com domains on the West Coast. Given the time needed for the DNS address change, we probably won’t be available until the weekend. We apologize for any inconvenience caused by this unprofessional behavior, but we are powerless to change the service sooner.

If you are planning on starting a new business, be vary of webhosting services out there in order to avoid becoming a victim of your own success. BSN* became a 3mth average Top 200K site on Alexa.com in 55 days and reached Top 50,000 sites on Quantcast. Our former hosting service did not liked that and probably prefers to use 300-visitor-a-day blog owners in their success stories instead of serious business such as ours.

The announcement given on the old BSN* still stands – we are going to bring version v1.0 next week, featuring HD galleries and more importantly, HD videos. With a stable and professional service at our new provider, we believe that the availability issues will be the thing of the past. Thank you for your patience.

Posted by: theovalich | April 13, 2009

Making the right design calls

Taking a look at the blog this morning brought a smile on my face, since the counter dinged exactly 160,000 visitors. After the launch of Bright Side of News, time just flew by. I will be using this blog for several experiments from now on…

Recently, I met with a friend of mine and we had an interesting discussion regarding decisions a person has to take when designing a website. Just like the paper magazine, there are numerous considerations to take… in this case we decided to go with 1050 pixel wide resolution because we felt it is the right resolution to go for the world of today, where most users use widescreen displays and large resolutions.

His case in point was valid: numerous netbooks feature a resolution of 1024×600 and those users will be left behind… technically, that was true, but the design offered way to reduce the size by one notch. But basic design had to stay above the 1000-pixel wide. Second point, about numerous users using 800×600 was… inaccurate, to say the least. While making our design call, we all followed stats such as Steam Hardware Survey, and numbers there were clear.

Looking back at these three weeks, our stats show that without any doubt, people moved on. These are the stats for our site for first three weeks, just as a preview to something that we are doing:

What is the profile of your average tech reader? One thing is sure - he uses a widescreen display.

What is the profile of your average tech reader? One thing is sure - he uses a widescreen display.

As you can see, 83.2% [first 76.8%] of BSN* readers use a screen wider than 1050 pixels, 9.36% use sub-1050 resolution, and we have 7.41% that use alternative resolutions – not shown in this pie-chart, 3.17% use 800×600 pixel resolution, while the remainder goes to the Cellphone browsers such as iPhones and Blackberries.

But what was interesting was dominance of widescreen displays: just like Steam’s survey, more than 60% of all readers use a widescreen display. And Dell really sold a gazillion of those 24″ displays ;)

Posted by: theovalich | March 27, 2009

Blog hits 150K mark, BSN* passes 10K mark & issues update

Looking at the blog today, I felt warm at heart: since its launch on October 15th, 2008, this blog clocked 150,000 unique visitors and got as high as 369,267 rank on Alexa and 321,068 on Quantcast. For a tiny blog written by a single person, I could not be happier.

At the same time, similar thing happened on the new site… we clocked more than 10,000 visitors in mere days after the launch, even with all the issues that happened with our provider – DNS resolve issue, e-mail server issues and so on. But now, things are getting on track and we should be out of the woods, as far as our server is concerned.

Lack of updates in the past several days was mostly due to issues that happened on BSN*. Will amend this weekend ;) I am also pretty active on Twitter, so you’re welcome to follow me and comment on stories – twitter.com/theovalich .

Posted by: theovalich | March 23, 2009

The wait is over! BSN* is now live..

Ever since I left TG Daily, a lot of industry connections asked me what were my plans for the future. After a brief stint over at Jon Peddie’s Research and the recession that well, didn’t exactly work in my favor – I decided to launch a website on my own.

But, the goal of the project was not just a website… if I experienced something, that is the need of this industry for open communication, from manufacturers to consumers and back. This industry made its naming conventions so confusing that even the best of us get confused… enter Bright Side of News.

With this project, whole team of people gathered in a bid to make something different. We hope that we will succeed in our quest. As far as this blog is go, I will not shut it down… I will put my ramblings here and there, and link to stories to our main site, so keep it in your RSS readers.

The time has come for the rollout...

The time has come for the rollout...

But for now, I invite you to visit the Bright Side of News. Site is in web beta status, currently at version 0.4. This has nothing to do with content, but with programming features. We will load the stories during the week, and as of today, it is business as usual… by weeks’ end, there will be around 60 stories on the site… ;)

We plan to gradually put more and more features and put v1.0 (and remove version markings) in the next two weeks. We simply had to launch to see how the server will handle the load and did we pull a Windows Vista or a Windows 7 ;)

The site has impressive numbers of lines of code (over 200,000 lines), and we will use our own-developed BSN* Live CMS as a platform for our current and future publications…once that we have BSN* Live CMS into mature and rounded development phase, you can expect something in the way of WordPress, but this time, using platforms developed by Microsoft.

Once that v1.0 is live, you’ll know why we decided to go with Microsoft technologies.

Given the fact that I haven’t slept for two days, I am paying special regards to Kenneth from VikingReviews, who was the first to capture that we went live. In case that you eat danish rather than speak it, you can see the translation here.

Within next three years, speeds we achieve to access the Internet are going to kick into the high gear. 4G LTE is without any doubt, going to launch the revolution of mobile Internet. Downloading speeds of 100 Mbps and 50 Mbps upstream is more than enough to stream Blu-ray video in highest possible bit-rate, and we’re talking about streaming on a cell phone.

So, if 100 Mbps is something that we can expect in a year or two, why should we bother with the deployment of expensive fiber-optics cabling that (currently) achieves only 20/20 or 50/50 Mbps, if you’re lucky?

Good old copper wire proved its invaluable status – I am writing this while being connected to the Internet using 20Mbps stream coming down through 43-year old telephone installations (yeah, I do have those three-pin large connectors), but it seems that copper-based networking standards aren’t dead yet.

Networking wizards at Swedish telecommunications giant Ericsson came up with improvements that are nothing else but breathtaking. Researches at the company managed to introduce couple of new technologies to VDSL2+ protocol. Key feature is now “crosstalk cancellation” and “line bonding”… Crosstalk Cancellation works by looking for any presence of noise on the line and increasing the signal strength and is the main culprit why your home will have Internet connection in excess of 500 Mbps (62,5 MB/s). If your house is withing 500m from the modem pool, that is.

And now wait to hear “analysts” and “experts” who are saying that Internet will collapse. Get a decent internet connection before crying loud, guys’n’gals.

Posted by: theovalich | March 19, 2009

Microsoft releases IE8: Last gasp or a fresh start?

Ever since Microsoft overtook Netscape, its position on the browser market never looked so pale. IE is still used by majority of users world-wide, but market share started to slide with the launch of Mozilla Firefox. Opera is holding its also-ran position (and leading the mobile internet market), Google’s (unpolished) Chrome and Apple’s Surfari are only beginning to nimble the market share, but expect an explosion to happen in the next year.

Browser wars are back, and they’re back in full strength: who is going to win? Mozilla Firefox leads the market share of alternative browsers and in some countries, such as Germany – enjoys leading market share. Google’s Chrome came out of beta, and then returned to beta status within the same year (1.0 beta becomes 1.0 – and 2.0 beta arrived this week) , while Apple made great progress forward with more stable and mature Safari. Version 4 is currently the leading browser in recently released Peacemaker, browser benchmark from “The Flying Finns” (Futremark).

So, what is Microsoft doing? Releasing its last internet browser based on current Internet Explorer technology. IE8 is the default web browser for Windows 7, but it is removable due to the completely new browser engine coming in late 2010.

IE8 was released some hours ago, and this version of “Exploder” will have to hold the fort for Microsoft until the next-gen technology debuts. If you want to try IE8, head over to official Microsoft’s Internet Explorer 8 download page or go to alternative sites such as TechPowerUp! or Softpedia.

Posted by: theovalich | March 18, 2009

Catalyst 9.3: ATI now loves Folding@Home

Back in late October, I wrote a piece where I took some 24 cards and did a test run using couple identical work units and saw that a $49.99 GeForce 9600 GSO (now known as the GeForce GT130 inside those new Mac Pros) is beating the living daylights out of ten times more expensive 4870X2. This brought a lot of attetion and the company started to address the issue.

ATI’s poor performance in Folding@Home client was mostly due to different hardware capabilities of Radeon X1K, Hd2000, HD3000 and HD4000 series. But after couple of months of hard work on code optimization, ATI managed to crack into the big league, performance-wise.

Today we received the answer a lot of Folding enthusiasts awaited for so long… after making multi-GPU possible on Catalyst 9.2, the latest 9.3 version brings new version of ATI Stream and AMD Display Library SDKs, significantly raising the performance of F@H client.

If you fold and use an ATI card, don’t think – go and download them. If you are enjoying yourself with Windows 7 Beta (for some odd reason, version 7033 works better on my system than RC 7058 – why Microsoft, why you always have superb betas and then SNAFU the final verson?), you’ll be pleased to hear thatas of this month, Catalyst for Windows 7 are entering monthly refresh schedule.

Now, if there is one person who believes Microsoft that Windows 7 is coming out next year, wake up and start preparing for this summer. ; )

Posted by: theovalich | March 17, 2009

OLED set to arrive in 2011

DisplaySearch, market research subsidiary of analyst giant NPD released a report titled “OLED Lighting in 2009 and Beyond: The Bright Future”.

This piece analyze trends in market adoption of panel development. According to DisplaySearch, OLED lighting market will take off in two years from now, during 2011. By 2013/2014 timeframe, revenues should reach as much as six billion USD, but more important – market adoption should follow suit due to favorable pricing.

Key feature of OLED lighting is the fact that it will enable creation of multiple-usage products, such as mirror or windows with integrated displays… such as one the picture below.

2011: Coming to the bathroom near you

OLED-powered products coming to the bathroom near you...in 2011. We really won't be able to miss ads in restaurants, theaters and so on.

Treehugers and alike should like the fact that power efficiency of OLED lighting vastly improved, to the point where it is able to beat majority of backlighting technologies on the market.

Companies that will launch mass production of OLED backlit panes in 2011 are GE, Konica Minolta, Lumiotec and OSRAM. Philips will launch mass production during next year, taking a whole year ahead of its competitors, while Far Eastern manufacturers will follow in 2012-2013. All in all, life in Minority Report is coming sooner than most people expect.

Posted by: theovalich | March 16, 2009

AMD to release Phenom II 955: 3.2 GHz at only 1.25V?

While reading through excellent Phenom II scaling article on Madshrimps, we encountered a very interesting line.

According to Madshrimps, Globalfoundries is working hard on improving its existing process nodes and the results are very encouraging. Thanks to engineering experts over at Abu Dhabi-powered Dresden foundry, AMD will be able to release Phenom II 955 processor.

Phenom II 955 allegedly works at 3.2 GHz, with working voltage of only 1.25V, down 0.10V from Phenom II 920 and 940. If all things work out, P-II 3.2 GHz just may be the ticket for the upcoming launch of AMD 800 series of chipsets. We’re not sure is this processor will be market as the Black Edition model or not. AMD has a policy of not commenting on unreleased products, thus treat this as a rumor.

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