Archive for February 2nd, 2009

Before I tackle the main topic of this post which is photography, I would like to explain what led to this post.  It has to do with concentration, kids and television.

Yesterday morning, Abdiel—our grandnephew–came to our house to pay us a social visit.  Maybe I should correct that.  He came to our house to watch television.  The moment he got out of his father’s car, he dashed to the guest room, lit up the TV set and started watching the Flintstones show.

I went to the room to say hello, but he didn’t even noticed I was in the room.  He was inside the tube and all reality around him was literally obliterated.  Only the tube mattered.

I exited the room, returned and took a picture of a kid totally concentrated on a television show.  I’m sure it happens to children all around the world.  This is what I saw.  Later on, I’ll get back to photography.  Please bear with me.

Photograph of Abdiel rocking on a plastic dog, wrapped up in a sheet and with his eyes glued to the screen of the TV set.

First photograph of Abdiel rocking on a plastic dog, wrapped up in a sheet and with his eyes glued to the screen of the TV set.

Second photograph of Abdiel, but retouched or modified by my friend Michael Moore, a professional photographer.

Second photograph of Abdiel, but retouched or modified by my friend Michael Moore, a professional photographer.

Third photograph of Abdiel modified by Michael Moore recreating the effects of a masterpiece painting.

Third photograph of Abdiel modified by Michael Moore recreating the effects of a masterpiece painting.

Now let me explain what I mean by the magic world of photography.  I wanted the photograph to express a subject in total concentration on a television program.  To create that effect,  the highlighted subject should be the kid and the television set.  All the rest should be fuzzy and washed out.  This outer reality meant nothing to the child absorbed by the tube.

This is what Michael did with his photographic skills.  Notice how bright Abdiel and the television screen look against the  foggy surroundings in the second and third photographs.  The first photograph processed by me, barely blurred the scene,  but the desired effects I was looking for were not there.  I still don’t have the magic touch professional photographers do.

The third photograph stands out because it was successful in recreating a masterpiece painting.  Notice how Michael added color to the sheet.  It has that soft look of a painting and not the sharp details of a photograph.  The cherry on the cake were the different frames used.

If you are a serious blogger who wants to add images to your text content, learning photography is a wise decision.  I take this opportunity to thank Michael Moore for his dedication and support in preparing this post together with me.  I hope you have enjoyed the photographic morphing of Abdiel.   Good Day.

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New browser usage statistics are out for January from Net ApplicationsNet Applications accumulates data from 160 million monthly visitors to its network of hosted Web sites statistics.  It’s currently the most reliable source of information pertaining to Web browser’s market share performance.

Internet Explorer, which has been the market share king for many years now, has been falling steadily since the launch of Mozilla Firefox.

Firefox, on the other hand, has been growing continuously, reaching 21.53 percent market share.  Safari holds its strong third place spot, and sees increasing numbers as well at 8.29 percent.

The Mozilla Firefox Internet Web browser has continued to take market share away from Microsoft’s Internet Explorer.  A recent report shows that the Mozilla browser is growing so much, it could threaten IE8. The report was published by Net Applications which indicates steady growth for Firefox which could threaten the next version of IE.

According to the Web metrics provider, Microsoft’s browser market share has declined by more than 7.25 percent since March 2008. The browser held a 67.55  percent market share in January—its lowest in years.

Internet Explorer’s downfall could be as a result of a critical security vulnerability in November and December which took Microsoft engineers longer to patch. This vulnerability was serious enough that it allowed hackers to take control of a user’s computer. However, Microsoft confirmed that consumers didn’t report any successful exploit attempts to IE.

By contrast, Mozilla Firefox’s market share rose 0.19 of a percentage point from December and has climbed almost four percent since March 2008 to reach 21.53 percent in January.

Apple’s Safari browser has also been chipping away at Internet Explorer’s market share for months. Since  March 2008, Safari’s market share has grown more than two percent to a 8.29 percent share in January.

However, Safari’s rising market share is almost entirely due to the rising sales of Mac computers, which ship with Safari. According to Net Applications, the Mac operating system’s share of the computer market has risen 2.45 percent since March.  On the other hand, Microsoft Windows lost 3.31 percent during the last ten months.

Even Google’s Chrome browser, which debuted in early September, exceeded one percent for the first time in December. Among the world’s top five Web browsers, only Opera appears to be going nowhere. Opera’s market share has hovered around the 0.7 percent mark since February.  However, truth be told, Opera is doing extremely well in the mobile and gadgets domain, being a leader in those market segments.

These are the stats Net Applications published for January 2009:

Each browser has three figures. The first figure is January market share performance expressed in percentages, the second figure represents December market share also in percentages, and the third figure is the difference between January and December. Red means a decrease  and green an increase in market share for that particular browser.  Here we go.

  1. Internet Explorer: 67.55%, 68.18%, 0.60%
  2. Firefox: 21.53%, 21.34%, 0.19%
  3. Safari: 8.29%, 7.93%, 0.36%
  4. Chrome: 1.12%, 1.04%, 0.08%
  5. Opera: 0.70%, 0.71%, 0.01%
  6. Netscape: 0.57%, 0.57%, 0.00%
  7. Others: 0.24%, 0.26%, 0.02%

Netscape challenges logic.  Even though it has no customer support form AOL, it retains loyalists in  its camp.  I appreciate brand loyalty for a legendary software which paved the way for the rest of the browsers during the early days of the Internet.

In a nutshell, Mozilla Firefox and Apple Safari are the clear winners for January 2009.  Good Day.

Source:  Top Browser Share Trend – Net Applications

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Flowers on a wall in Malta. (Credit: Pizdaus, The House of Pics We Like)

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