Hi guys! Merry Christmas! This is a wonderful holiday, one of the best of the year, in my opinion. Everyone, in a certain sense, is tired of the New Year celebrations, and now is the time to relax and gather our thoughts, because it is time to start work on the eighth day. Before going to bed, I decided to write a short text with the results of the year in order to encourage and inspire everyone to new achievements.
In 2013, we released a new version of the site with a responsive design, launched columns with digests of news, games and applications, added antivirus scan of files, improved the visual editor and wrote thousands of interesting publications.
If in 2012 our site was visited by 13.8 million people, then in 2013 it was 24.8 million, and we cannot but rejoice that we are showing an increase of almost 80%, which is pretty good for a site that has already turned five years, because the year before last, the 2012th year there was an increase in attendance was only about 40% per year. In December, the monthly audience exceeded 3.3 million people, which opens up new opportunities for all of us.
To reveal these opportunities is our main task for 2014. The team continues to expand and now consists of six people. I am sure there will be many interesting things. A new version of the site will appear, of course, not earlier than the summer, but in the work we want to increase the pace many times and cover many new interesting directions.
Let us now move from our local successes to global ones. 2013 was held under the banner of Android’s total dominance, the psychological mark of 80% of the global smartphone market was overcome. At the same time, the pace of development, it would seem, decreased, instead of the expected 5 and 6 versions, we got 4.3 and 4.4, however, the characteristics of iron continue to grow like children in village milk.
In 2013, with the number of readers of Treshbos from Android devices, it overtook desktop visitors. People began to use tablets and smartphones more actively. It is also joyful that Internet Explorer showed a decline, and if in January its share on the Treshbox was 3.77%, then in November it fell below 2%, and now it is holding at 1.85%.
At the same time, in 2013, advanced games began to appear on Linux, which is only worth the summer release of Dota 2. Now it’s not at all necessary to pay Microsoft to play games, and I’m sure this pleasant movement will continue in 2014 - Steam is on its way out OS and game consoles from Valve based on Linux. According to all forecasts, by the end of 2014, without exception, all significant games will be released on Linux, which is good for all of us, because what could be better than gaming on a secure free system, and not on any hacked, infected Windows XP ZverCD and so on similar hells.
We first saw two new iPhones at the same time, enjoyed the new flat visual style of iOS, witnessed the defeat of Nokia and the end of the button era in the history of phones. Now you can’t buy a QWERTY-smartphone (Blackberry in distress doesn’t count), but second-generation touch-sensitive operating systems Sailfish OS, Firefox OS and Ubuntu Phone have begun to bloom. And if the latter has not yet reached the buyers, then the first devices on Firefox OS and Sailfish OS are already on store shelves in some countries.
Thanks to Edward Snowden, we were convinced of the obvious - the US governments and their allies are watching us all, intercepting data on networks, injecting backdoors into equipment, encryption algorithms and in the most sinister ways violate the privacy of personal correspondence and invade privacy. Now no one has any doubt that everything that is left on the Internet will live its own life and no longer belongs to you.
I remember this year with more serious attempts to control the Internet - in Russia, a law came into force according to which copyright holders can seek pre-trial blocking of sites at an IP address. So far, this applies only to films, but music and programs are next in turn. I am sure that this is a dead end and the future lies in the free flow of information. Some, perhaps, will not agree, because then the authors supposedly have nothing to live on, and money is needed to make a good movie. However, as far as I know, the ingenious Balabanov made the film "Brother", which cost ten thousand dollars, while Galustyan and the company spent 4 million on a hat called "Vegas Ticket", so it’s not the lack of money, I’m sure the main problem of the Russian cinema in particular and Russian authors in general. I hope that common sense will triumph in Russia, just as he won in the ban on pederastic propaganda.
It is joyful that, despite everything, we look with confidence tomorrow - at least 3.3 million people a month in the world who need interesting information, it’s great that there is someone to work for. This is the most pleasant feeling that haunted me all of 2013, and does not leave for a second.
Love each other, strive for kindness and do not overeat, because gluttony is a sin! Merry Christmas!