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Started up as a side project and became the main deal very soon. If you haven’t tried it yet i certainly recommend that you do it soon. You can also ask me questions if you like.

You can find more information about it on their webpage or Wikipedia.


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June 23, 2010 at 12:10 pm

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My short review of HTC Hero

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I had the chance to look into HTC Hero and here is what i like and i dislike;


Great design matched with an ideal size. One of the most convenient phones i have ever used.

Interaction with the phone is really good. Great menus. Android is working really well.

Screen is nice. Trackball is OK.

Android Store is open for improvement. HTC Hero is a nice alternative for Iphone but no Iphone killer i am afraid.

Price is OK as well.

Easy to adapt.


The virtual keyboard is very small. Takes time to use properly if you have big fingers.

Only comes with one game.

The camera is not the best but this is a problem of all mobile devices.

The price is around 950 TL.

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January 29, 2010 at 7:06 am

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Golden Age

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Today as i was watching The Crucible i thought of the modern times. It was based on Arthur Miller’s play in 1950s. The events took place in Salem in 1692.

100 years ago women were never considered as the paramount figure of our communities. Their duty was to give birth to kids and raise them properly in line with religious books mostly.

Today women are very active in our society and i am very happy about this. The change in 100 years is amazing. It happened in a good way. (Surely there are places in the world where women are considered as second class citizens and sometimes withches.)

Look at the technology and the speed things are changing. The pace of techbology is 100 times faster than 100 years probably.

Healthcare on the other hand. Millions were dying of a plague several centuries ago. Now the population is skyrocketing. Not a good thing always but life expectancy is raising every year.

Human rights have become really important in the last century. Laws are adapted to the needs of modern times in many countries.

Crime is high and human nature is still trying to cope with the burdens of life.

Wars are not over and probably won’t ever be.

However i believe that with such change in the last century it is fair to call these times as a golden age. You never know whether you are at your prime as you follow better options all the time. I believe it is the same for humanity. Greeks never knew it was their golden age until it ended.

We will probably feel the same when hit by an unexpected catastrophy. Then we will say “Do you remember those times? ” I wonder when will this come and whether i will see it or not.

Note: In Civilization game series Golden Age of a civilization lasts for 20 turns, around 100 years. Sid Meier is an expert in those things.

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October 17, 2009 at 5:33 pm

5 Educational Startups to Watch

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According to Fast Company September 2009 Issue;

2Tor Inc.





are the starups to watch in online education programs. The magazine has 6 pages dedicated to this topic and it is a great article to read.

Facebook-like educational sharing sites will be more popular in the upcoming years replacing traditional educational systems.

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September 13, 2009 at 9:30 am

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Keeping sports events exclusive, How?

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Warning: Don't share it online

Warning: Don't share it online

I have just read several articles on new media policy of SEC(Southeastern Conference) in United States. As the Conference signed 3 billion USD TV rights deal with ESPN and CBS they try to keep the footage exclusive to their well paying broadcasters.

In order to do so they released this statement in the new policy rule book:

“Ticketed fans can’t “produce or disseminate (or aid in producing or disseminating) any material or information about the Event, including, but not limited to, any account, description, picture, video, audio, reproduction or other information concerning the Event.”

As you can imagine this means as a ticketed fan you cannot distribute your memory Picture from the famous victory of your team in Facebook, or tease friends in Twitter or send a Picture via Twitpic. The problem SEC faces today will be the problem of all broadcasters around the world in several years.

A keyword in SEC’s statement is competition to broadcaster exclusivity. Are Twitter, Friendfeed, Twitpic, Youtube competitors to broadcaster exclusivity is the question we need to adress.

Turkish Football Federation Marketing Manager Burak Gürkan says “This is definitely a conflict in regards to broadcaster exclusivity.” He adds “As a person I am pretty happy with technological advancements but as a marketing manager I can’t say that I am too happy with the rapid advancements in online sharing tools.” Gürkan concludes that “Broadcaster exclusivity is a must keep for all of us as all sports feed from broadcasters nowadays. I am not sure how to stop sharing live sport content on Twitter, Friendfeed or other social media sites but we must try our best”

For instance Youtube is trying to ban the videos of Premier League matches that are stored from TV broadcast. However there are loads of video sites that broadcast those goals in other sites. Premier League broadcasters are trying to stop these efforts in some way however a person can easily watch these goals almost instantly on the net.

One thing for sure is that the exclusivity you get on TV can not be guaranteed online. The audience, you try to attract to stadiums nowadays by all means, will soon be broadcasting the match you are being paid to be broadcasted tomorrow. As 3G is the new hype in Turkey more conflicts of broadcaster exclusivity will soon be discussed. Hopefully this time broadcaster of the Turkcell Super League, Digiturk will not try to ban Twitter, Twitpic, Friendfeed and other social media sites like they did to Blogspot a year ago.

One final concern to be addressed is; how can you stop people tweeting about the match they attended? Will there be stewards checking over your shoulders whether you are tweeting or not? Or will the operators block the EDGE, 3G or LTE networks around the stadiums? It is easy to write a rule on a ticket but harder to apply it in real life. Let’s rediscuss after we see some poor people that will be ordered to pay million dollar fees for the goal they enthusiastically recorded to share with their friends.


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August 18, 2009 at 8:32 am

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Venturi Eclectic

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The Venturi Eclectic – Electro Solar Car

30.000 USD

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July 28, 2009 at 8:04 am

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Wishlist Item No:1 WD HD Media Player

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Hasan told me about this thing. I had no idea about it. I follow hardware news but just missed this great device.

This media player from Western Digital will solve all my problems in regards to downloaded video content. 

I was too lazy to write movies or tv shows on cds and go out and buy instead sometimes. This device will help me watch all the movies in my 320 GB external disk.

Western Digital WD TV HD Media Player

The price is 100 USD on Amazon but around 200 USD here in Istanbul. I will buy this as soon as possible. I heard there is also one pirate version that helps you download at the same time as well. But i will go on the safe side in the beginning.

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May 1, 2009 at 11:34 am

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