Thursday, September 30, 2010

September 2010 earnings breakdown

Overall it was third best month this year. I do not know if it is possible to beat results from the beginning of the year during last quarter. SS result are almost identical for last 3 months, far from April's best performance. 123RF revenue keeps declining for 4th month. DT has 2nd best result and 4th month of slow increase. FT was able to rebound strongly after August disaster. IS without ThinkStock results is on the same levels as before. SXP growing slowly for last 4 months since they started posting results again. Veer posted earnings from Dash For Cash program which were good enough to give them second place this month. YM posted some earning too, maybe they will do better during holiday season. All others are not worth mentioning.
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Sep Sep/Aug
SS 44.41% 100.96%
Veer 13.22% 384.62%
DT 9.52% 119.75%
123RF 8.13% 78.52%
FT 7.65% 245.28%
YM 5.89% 1559.00%
IS 4.65% 55.15%
SXP 3.21% 113.33%
CSP 1.43% 253.33%
BS 0.57% 75.00%
CS 1.32% 1400.00%

It looks like I hit a bottom in June. For last 3 months earnings has been growing slowly. Hopefully last quarter will be at least as good as first one.
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Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Reception problems with Verizon

Couple months ago I moved from Cupertino to Mountain View. In my new apartment I could not make a phone call so I decided to change cell carrier from AT&T to Verizon. It seems like instead of zero bars I got one. So making calls is not possible either. I am stuck with them for next two years so I had to by their Network Extender so we can use our phones at home. Just in case of emergency I also got us land line, you need internet and electricity to make calls so it would not not work if we got some disaster. Land line should have higher survival potential :-)

The second part of the story is my workplace reception. AT&T worked great there, while it is a dead zone for Verizon. I can barely send text message. I was wondering why all other carries could work in this area while "nation's most reliable" network is completely dead. It looks like Verizon got only 2 cell towers in whole South Bay. Wonderful, even T-Mobile got more :-(

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You can visit CellReception site to check what are locations of cell towers in your area.


Friday, September 17, 2010

Image spotting

It looks like one of my images from Fotolia was used on French job board ad for kindergarten teacher :-) That's what I can guess from Google Translation of this page.

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Tuesday, September 14, 2010

webOS 1.4.5 available for Verizon Pre Plus

As usually I have learned about update from third party site, Verizon does not have any updates notification in place. Searched their site, searched Palm's release notes page and nothing. I downloaded it this morning at home while I was still on my WI-FI and in network extender range. It took more than advertised 15 minutes but update was non-problematic so far.
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I do not know if GPS issues are resolved so I used GPS Fix before my morning bike commute and it seems like nothing is better than it was before.


Monday, September 13, 2010

AlienBees Vagabond Mini Lithium

I have noticed that AlienBees announced next generation of portable power source. Vagabond Mini Lithium is small and lightweight. weighing just 3.5 pounds including quick-change high capacity lithium battery. The unit additionally includes a light stand mounting mechanism and a convenient carrying strap.The product utilizes the very latest LiCoxNiyMnzO2 lithium battery chemistry to provide extremely high power density and elimination of battery sulfating and poor efficacy that plagued previous battery-operated systems using heavy and inefficient sealed lead acid batteries.

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Thursday, September 2, 2010

August 2010 earnings breakdown

Overall slightly worse than previous month, maybe 5% less. Top 3 are staying on the same positions. SS is first, also slightly worse than in July. 123RF is below this year's average while DT keeps basically same level for last 3 months. IS after few month of growth starts sliding down. FT got worst month this year. SXP came back from dead, still weak but soon might be better than FT. So far ThinkStock experiment is not very optimistic. SXP produces 1/3 of what it used to do before Getty acquired them. Finally all others combined are less then SXP. On the side note, Veer results are shown but it is effect of using free credits given to me in promotion. I purchased my own photos :-)
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Aug Aug/Jul
SS 55.23% 97.24%
123RF 13.00% 73.32%
DT 9.98% 102.78%
IS 7.27% 83.10%
Veer 4.31%
FT 3.92% 56.54%
SXP 3.56% 157.89%
BS 0.95% 200.00%
CSP 0.71% 63.83%
FP 0.47%
YM 0.47%
CS 0.12% 20.00%

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