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QR Code with Logo

I played around with adding a semi-transparent layer to the QR code for my business, Excellence in e-Education. It works for me, but I’m curious whether it the logo messes up the ability of some scanners to read the code. I use both the Barcode Scanner and QuickMark apps on the Droid to scan QR codes. Works with both of them. If you make the logo too dark, it won’t work. If you make the logo too light, you won’t see it. Sort of trial-and-error to get it just right.

 

Faster Adoption? Yes. Better? Not Yet.

Here’s a chart that compares the speed of adoption of the new big 3: Facebook, Twitter, and Google Plus (G+).

There are things to like about G+, but it’s way too early to predict is will be a Twitter-killer, or a Facebook-killer. For me, it’s currently getting populated by the same people who are in my Twitter and Facebook networks, with a few new additions in the mix. The last thing I need is for a third network to splinter the professional conversations that are already splintered between Twitter and Facebook. I might have a different opinion a month or two from now if it truly does become easier to filter messages to and from different groups of people (via G+ Circles), and still communicate with all the right people. Right now it feels like there are 9.9 million experimenters with G+, and .1 million true adopters. (Chart from Gadgetsteria)

Netflix Pricing – Oh, the Humanity

The new Netflix pricing plan is really absurd. I had a membership several years ago and didn’t really use it all that much. The family decided that we wanted to go with the streaming service and so we jumped back on the flixwagon about two months ago. During the first month, my family streamed 47 movies/shows. During the second month, our intake fell to only 29 movies/shows via streaming. Since the family spends most of the summer time at the cottage, we paid the extra $2 during the past month to have 1 DVD at a time to watch out there. We’ve watched 8 DVDs in that first month of mail service.

To recap. $8 in month one for 47 movies. $10 in month two for 37 movies.

Now they would like to start charging us $16 for those 37 movies that we watched this past month. Clearly, we need to find a different service where we can get our money’s worth.  < /sarcasm>