First YouTube Awards – Results

YouTube have announced the winners of the first YouTube awards yesterday.

Ask a Ninja Video

Not surprisingly, Ask a Ninja came out tops in the Best Series category. Two other YouTube videos that I remember as being very good, but forgot about during voting time was Here it Goes Again in the most creative category, and Kiwi! in the most adorable category (I still feel for the sweet thing)

Now all we are waiting for is the first pictures of the awards themselves.

360 gets beefed up

What was just a rumor yesterday has been confirmed, Microsoft will be releasing the XBOX 360 Elite version (but only in limited stock format ~100 000 units).

So what makes the 360 Elite so special from its premium partner; well the 120 gigabyte hard drive (as opposed to the normal 20 gig), and the HDMI enabled output and connectivity, and the cherry on the top: the 360 Elite is Black!

Early guestimates are indicating that this will upset some of the early adopters of the current 360 models, but with only limited numbers, I foresee great difficulty for most people to get one even if they can afford the $479 price tag.

[Originally spotted at Engadget]

Google gives Backgrounds

For all the users using the personalized Google homepage, they now have the option to customize the background with a theme. It seems Google finally realized that people like to make things there own, even though the plain white background has been fine for most users for almost a decade now.

My personal favorite out of the currently six available themes : Sweet Dreams

[Google Blog entry]


Not a day after I listen to a TWiT podcast almost entirely about Twitter, and about 20 minutes after I read an article about the huge uptake of Twitter, does Tom, one of my close friends, invite me to it.

I feel a bit like a sheep. With a MySpace account (Which I never use), a LiveJournal account (which I should update more often), a Blog, a Virb Account, a Flickr account, a YouTube account and a Digg account…

Ok, I’m not part of every single Web 2.0 social network available and I AM part of the web 2.0 generation, so it is sort of a given that I belong to a few of these sites; I mean, feeling a little like a sheep following the flock didn’t stop me from joining the club. Maybe I should start my own social network, maybe my idea will take off and make money for me too.

Thanks to Leo for warning me about the mobile phone bill… before I activated the feature in Twitter.

Google on both sides

Google makes big news two days running; on one side being sued for copyright infringement, and the second for assisting users privacy. Here is my breakdown of the two articles:

Viacom sues YouTube (and Google) for copyrighted video clips

Viacom inc. (the owners of MTV and comedy Central) is suing YouTube (Google) for $1 billion claiming copyright infringement.  Aside from this being a ridiculous amount of money it will also put the Digital Millenium Copyright Act (DCMA) ‘safe harbor’ clause under the microscope.

YouTube has so far not implemented any copyright detection systems into it’s video service, but has always removed copyrighted content at the request of the owner timeously, even when Viacom labelled some videos copyrighted ‘Viacom’ when in fact they belonged to other parties.

Google seems firm in it’s stance that they and YouTube are within their legal rights with regard to copyrights.

Google Privacy move

On the flip side of the coin, Google has been praised by privacy groups for it’s move to make users search information anonymous. Currently Google keeps user search information (IP address, cookie info and search string text) indefinitely; with this announcement Google says that any information that they have no legal obligation to keep (like say ‘how to Commit Murder’) will be anonymised after 18 to 24 months.

Currently the only criticism of this move by the web search engine is the time that they do keep the information.

For me, Google seems to own my life, a little anonymity wont hurt a bit.

Il Divo in Johannesburg

Watching the Il Divo interview on Carte Blanche last night reminded me that I wanted to post about the their concert I attended a couple of weeks ago with my fianceé.

Now that a couple of weeks have passed, I do not think I would do the group justice by writing a full review, suffice to say that it was a great performance, the guys have excellent voices, and for the Coca-Cola Sundome (known for its bad accoustics), the sound and show was great.

One of the few performances I would see again.

Current Music: Red Jumpsuit Apparatus – Face Down

Current Music: Red Jumpsuit Apparatus – Face Down

Hey girl you know you drive me crazy
one look puts the rhythm in my hand.
Still I’ll never understand why you hang around
I see what’s going down.

Cover up with make up in the mirror
tell yourself it’s never gonna happen again
you cry alone and then he swears he loves you.

Do you feel like a man
when you push her around?
Do you feel better now as she falls to the ground?
Well I’ll tell you my friend, one day this world’s going to end
as your lies crumble down, a new life she has found.

A pebble in the water makes a ripple effect
every action in this world will bear a consequence
If you wade around forever you will surely drown
I see what’s going down.

I see the way you go and say your right again,
say your right again
heed my lecture

Do you feel like a man
when you push her around?
Do you feel better now as she falls to the ground?
Well I’ll tell you my friend, one day this world’s going to end
as your lies crumble down a new life she has.

One day she will tell you that she has had enough
its coming round again.

Do you feel like a man, when you push her around?
Do you feel better now as she falls to the grown?
Well I’ll tell you my friend, one day this world’s going to end
as your lies crumble down, a new life she has.

Face down in the dirt she says, this doesn’t hurt she says I finally had enough..

I love this track right now 🙂