Social Shootout: Facebook vs. Bebo

Facebook     Bebo

Facebook vs. Bebo… fight!

Yup, it’s true. I’ve joined the masses and signed up for some social networking goodness. Not content with just one network, I’ve joined two (coz my mates are on both), hence this post from a newbie taking a quick look at Facebook and Bebo.

The contenders spout off
Facebook – “Facebook is a social utility that connects people with friends and others who work, study and live around them. People use Facebook to keep up with friends, upload an unlimited number of photos, share links and videos, and learn more about the people they meet.”
Bebo – “Bebo is the next generation social networking site where members can stay in touch with their College friends, connect with friends, share photos, discover new interests and just hang out.”

Bebo go on to say “Bebo ( is the largest social networking site in the UK, Ireland, and New Zealand, and the third largest behind MySpace and Facebook in the United States.” which I found interesting since I have no idea how big these sites are. Facebook doesn’t make any similar claims, but the New Zealand Facebook Network pushed over 40,000 members just today.

Click through for the rest of my comments and comparisons including screenshots…

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More than meets the eye

Went to see Transformers earlier this week with Russ and Tony, and I must say I thought it was awesome. The special effects were incredible and, bar one scene near the end, were integrated beautifully with impressive sound to boot.

Here’s a sneak peek of Optimus Prime in action…

Optimus Prime 

If you’re after a fun action film, see it while it’s still on the big screen. Your TV/DVD just won’t do it justice!

Fog, fog and more fog

More goodness from the NASA MODIS Rapid Response System,

This image gives you a clear look at just how extensive the freezing fog and/or low cloud has been in the lower South Island in the last couple of weeks.

Taken at 10:55am on 12 July, pretty much every major valley and basin is filled from the Mackenzie southwards (including most of Southland!)

Click through for the highest resolution image (5416×8120, ~10.6Mb)

Live and Let Die

And so begins Roger Moore’s stint as 007.

Live and Let Die (1973) is the 8th film in the saga and the first post Sean Connery. Perhaps that’s the reason I wasn’t too impressed, or it could just be the weak storyline…

The film moves away from Bond vs. SPECTRE and has James investigating the deaths of 3 british agents and facing off against an international drug lord, with the plot visiting New York, Jamacia and New Orleans. Notably absent from the film is a briefing by Q, a meeting in M’s office and a trademark martini in a casino scene. In a somewhat comical and misplaced addition, the climatic speedboat chase (which is long, too long in fact) includes a bumbling sheriff, who could have been plucked straight from the Dukes of Hazzard.

Several bond gadgets feature in the film, in particular a powerfully magnetic rolex watch with a rotating saw in the bezel, a bug detector and hairbrush morse code transmitter!

Also present were several one-liners in true James Bond style, the standout one for me being,

Girl – “I’m going to be completely useless to you”
Bond – “I’m sure we can lick you into shape” 😉

If you’re after a Bond film, I reckon there are better titles out there.

Funny Kangaroo

Fanboy Website Re-directs

Fanboys do some funny stuff sometimes. Try visiting one of these, – for the new version of Internet Explorer right? – all about that Linux-based OS right?

Er… No. 😀

Which side of the fence do I sit on? Browser = Firefox. Obviously. It is a superior browser afterall! Operating System = Windows. Yeah well, kinda have to really. If it wasn’t for my gaming and some necessary editing programs I’d consider running Ubuntu (which I have tried via a Virtual Machine under Windows). Besides the OS, I do rate and use a lot of open source and/or freeware apps. So yeah, a foot in each camp I guess.

The Mackenzie Basin and Otago Lakes in winter

Another pic for ya from the NASA MODIS Rapid Response System,

This time looking at the Lakes in the Mackenzie Basin and Otago at 2:45pm on Saturday 7 July, 2007. Yup, it’s winter! For those on a broadband connection (or very patient dial-up visitors!), click through for the highest resolution image… (5416×8120, ~12.5Mb)