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Wednesday Quickie – Putting the new YouTube statistics into perspective

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News hit the interwebs today that YouTube is now serving up 4 billion video plays daily.  That number is simply incredible.

Now think of this: last year, YouTube announced that it had served up one trillion video plays in 2011.  With these latest numbers, and assuming that YouTube doesn’t grow any more popular throughout the year (which is highly unlikely), 4 billion plays daily equates to about 1.5 trillion plays for the year.  If YouTube doescontinue to grow, it is highly probable that the service will double the amount of traffic it did last year, eclipsing the barrier of two billion plays in 2012.

Double.  That would be amazing.

Tuesday Quickie – Linux kernel exceeds 15 million lines of code

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This article about the above mentioned news labels the event as a milestone – I wouldn’t be so sure, as 15 million lines in the kernel alone sounds kind of bloated to me.

Perhaps for their next trick, they’ll actually cut some of the fat out of the OS and get it back to its 2008 levels of 10 million lines of code?  That would be something to be even more proud of.

Wednesday Quickie – Motorised shoes = me want

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I think I just found the coolest thing at CES so far – just ignore the short distances it can travel and the fact that you’d probably have to carry spare batteries in a backpack with you.

These puppies go pretty fast and look trendy.  Check out Mashable‘s write-up for the full story on these things or Geeky Gadgets to see a video of them in action.

I’m impressed.

Wednesday Quickie – Michael Dell says PCs Are Better Than Tablets And Smartphones

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Spoken like a true sore loser in computing.

Here’s the funny part – Dell reckons that using the internet on a four-inch smartphone is like viewing sites through “a peephole”.

Uh huh. Just 16 hours ago, TheHindu.com posted the headline “Stay tuned for ‘a smart thing’ from Dell“.  I’m guessing this wasn’t it.

Business Insider has the full write-up.

Wednesday Quickie – US Pay TV CEO scares the hell out of a kangaroo by bringing it onstage

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Check out the full story at Gizmodo.

Now I pose to you this question: If you were that kangaroo and you had a big fat American guy holding you, looking like he had just eaten a whole horse, what would you do?  Stand and clap?

The fact of the matter is, even the wildlife in Australia knows not to trust a smiling man in a suit. We’re a smart country in that regard.

Sunday Quickie – The iPad was a dud this holiday season?

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That’s apparently the word from BGR, who posted an article pointing to ‘web traffic patterns’ suggesting that iPad sales weren’t what was initially expected. You can read the whole write-up here.

I’m awaiting a refuting article from John Gruber in 3… 2… 1…

Sunday Quickie – Google-Firefox search deal is antitrust red meat

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This is a really interesting article published by Forbes writer Scott Cleland which investigates the new deal between Google and Mozilla and points out how this could end up spelling big trouble for the search giant.

I found myself nodding along a fair bit whilst reading this and I’d thoroughly recommend it to you guys to check out as well.

Here’s the link.

Wednesday Quickie – Dell quits the netbook business to focus on “thin and powerful”

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What an epiphany.

It sounds like the guys at Dell realised that “thick and weak as piss” didn’t resonate well with consumers anymore. I’d be inclined to agree with that, too.

Now all Dell need to do is quit making regular notebooks as well and just focus on ultrabooks instead. Have you been to a JB Hi-Fi recently and seen Dell’s $1400+ product range? Their designs are so ghastly and off putting that I’m surprised they aren’t in a bigger pickle in computer sales than they are currently. They’re really that bad.

Tuesday Quickie – $1.7 million worth of Blackberry Playbooks stolen?

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So, you mean to tell me that someone stole 1.7 million Playbooks?

I’m sorry, but I couldn’t resist the opportunity to make light of the worthlessness of the Blackberry Playbook.  I’m willing to bet that RIM are secretly cheering the fact that they have finally found a way to get rid of these things and reduce inventory.

In fact, I wouldn’t be surprised if the delivery truck was left unlocked with the keys in the ignition on purpose.  If I were a co-CEO of RIM, I would be doing the exact same thing eight now. They are in big trouble with their unsold stock of that tablet.

Monday Quickie – Microsoft opens up So.cl to a limited number of students

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Sound familiar?

You’ve got to wonder long and hard just why Microsoft have even bothered to launch this service and whether anyone will even give two shits about it. Sure, there is the whole tagline about how it’s “for study groups” BS but I’m not buying that at all. If Microsoft have brought this project to life outside of the Microsoft Research walls, it means that they think there is a way that they can commercialise it.

I mean sure, Facebook is banned just about everywhere, but it wouldn’t take long for IT admins to add this service to the shitlist too.  Consider me officially skeptical on this one.

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