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SEO Oktoberfest 2009

October 5th, 2009 No comments

Too funny!  Take a bunch of the world’s best SEO  (Search Engine Optimisation) guys, put them in Munich at the time of the Oktoberfest, throw way too much money at the party and this is what you get!

SEOktoberfest 2009 – The Movie from Mike Rübesam on Vimeo.

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Apple Computer and secrecy

August 18th, 2009 No comments

An interesting piece appeared in the Sunday Times on the weekend – you can read it here.  It talks about Apple’s culture of secrecy and Steve Jobs’ illness.  Some very interesting bits and pieces.

It seems that Apple has such a strong culture of secrecy that they still (after 4 years) wont stock any books in their stores published by Wiley (who do the “.. for Dummies” series) because of  book written in 2005 – “iCon: Steve Jobs – The Greatest Second Act in The History of Business” which they tried to suppress publication of.

The secrecy extends beyond suppressing stories and draconian employee secrecy rules, to what migh well be regarded as deliberately misleading shareholders. Should Jobs (who, as far as the world is concerned, is Apple) have been allowed to conceal the seriousness of his illness? Warren Buffett, the greatest investor alive, doesn’t think so. “Whether [Steve Jobs] is facing serious surgery or not is a material fact.”

Another sign of secrecy gone too far might be the death of Sun Danyong, a 25-year-old employee of Foxconn, a Chinese manufacturer of Apple machines. He was given 16 prototypes of new iPhones. One disappeared. Facts beyond that get hazy, but what is clear is that Sun committed suicide by jumping from a 12th-storey apartment. Some say he killed himself because of the vanished prototype and, therefore, because of Apple’s obsessive secrecy.

Discussing the future of Apple without Jobs there is a feeling that it will not be as strong. “Apple will keep executing its current business plan,” says Philip Elmer-DeWitt, “which could go on for years. But it will be different in one key respect: with Jobs there was a guy at the beginning and end of every project who had the authority to say, ‘This sucks. Start over.’ Whoever replaces him may share his vision and job title, but he or she will not be the co-founder of Apple and won’t have the same authority.” I would have to agree with this.  Every technology project, in order to be successful, needs to have ultimate authorities to take the hard decisions.

The Times article goes on to speculate that Google and Apple could merge – a view that is not hard to share.  They are rapidly converging in a number of spaces. The key areas of convergence are, first, mobile phones. There is Apple’s iPhone and there is Google’s Android, not a phone in itself, but an operating system that can be used by other companies. Google also produce a web browser called Chrome, which competes with Apple’s Safari. And, most importantly, Google is working on a computer operating system, also called Chrome, which may well be a very serious competitor for Mac OS X.

Anyway – the article is well worth a read.

Asus Eee PC 1008HA Seashell

July 17th, 2009 1 comment

In a few words that’s my new toy.  And what a cool thing it is too!  Start with the size.  Fits nicely into a full overnight (overweek) bag.  Light.  Big enough to type documents and email on (sorry – the iPhone route wasnt going to cut it for me).

Really cool small netbook - all you need for on the road

Really cool small netbook - all you need for on the road

Please  take a trip to el Reg to read the full review.  I read it and wandered off on Tuesday to Tottenham Court Roadwith a fairly open mind.  I have used a Sony Vaio laptop as my only machine for years, but it has been getting slow and now the fan doesnt work so it is useless to travel with (ok at home on an external fan).  As a solution, given the credit crunch, I rescuscitated a PC that I had under my desk as my main machine and then sought a suitable travelling companion.

I liked a number of the Netbook type machines.  They all have small screens which is an issue – 10 inch is theoretically the largest although I did like the Acer 12 inch model.  After checking out the review on el Reg, however, I was less sold – particularly in view of the difficulty that I was having reading the review on the machine in the shop!  I liked the added screen real estate, but unfortunately the resolution we too ambitious for the screen size and my eyes complained.

Small and light

Small and light

A note on shopping on Tott court road for these things.  Dont feel shy to get the reviews up on the screen while in the shop.  Most of the assistants are failry moronic, so dont expect sensible answers from them (I heard  a few classics on Tuesday).  Watch out for special deals – one shop offered me the 1008 $15 cheaper but then to sweeten the deal offered the bag at £10 instead of £20 – the thing comes with a bag anyway.  Also, when they say they dont take Amex, walk for the door.  You would be amazed how fast they find a way 🙂

Anyway – the machine is fantastic.  160G hard drive is twice the size of my “full size” laptop, and the machine runs significantly faster than it!  So, a stripped down “low performance” netbook is in fact faster than a 3 year old top of the range laptop, and at £400 is a lot cheaper.

Gamblesurf – gambler’s reference and news

May 14th, 2009 No comments

Just a short note about another site by yours truly – Gamblesurf – that offers news, gossip and recomendations on the online gambling world.  Please pop by and visit at your convenience!