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The virtual workplace disconnect

Posted by Michael Bloch in online world (Tuesday May 13, 2008 )

Working from a virtual office can isolate you somewhat; even from your fellow online workers. There’s an increased risk of dehumanizing the workplace as we fly headlong into an increasingly “always on” and online world. (more…)


Spare a few bucks for Burma?

Posted by Michael Bloch in online world (Thursday May 8, 2008 )

The scale of the destruction from the cyclone that hit Myanmar (Burma) a few days back makes Hurricane Katrina look rather tame in terms of human misery. Upwards of a hundred thousand people have likely perished and over a million have been displaced – many of these people won’t have anything to come back to and were struggling as it was before the cyclone hit.

They need our help. (more…)


Yet another domain name scam

Posted by Michael Bloch in online world (Monday May 5, 2008 )

Like I always say, if only scammers would put all that effort into good.. here’s the latest scam to hit my inbox; domain name owners beware. (more…)


March US Internet Usage Statistics

Posted by Michael Bloch in online world (Friday April 18, 2008 )

Some interesting statistics were recently released by Nielsen Online; here’s a quick roundup. (more…)


Beware Adwords Phishing Scams

Posted by Michael Bloch in online world (Monday April 14, 2008 )

Phishers, those who attempt to defraud others by posing as a provider or supplier in order to gain credit card details or access to services, have started leveraging the popularity of Google Adwords for their nefarious activities. (more…)


Very truly yours

Posted by Michael Bloch in online world (Wednesday April 9, 2008 )

The recent to and fro between Yahoo and Microsoft over M$’s possible acquisition of Y! has been pretty much background static for me – just another day in the life of the online version of corporate cancer – ho hum. However, a letter from Jerry Yang and Roy Bostock to Steve Balmer had me smiling. (more…)


Scrolling AdSense Ads rollout?

Posted by Michael Bloch in online world (Wednesday April 2, 2008 )

I was just looking at one of my sites that runs AdSense and noticed two arrows in an AdSense block – scrolling arrows. (more…)


A moment for Iraq

Posted by Michael Bloch in online world (Thursday March 20, 2008 )

A little – well very – off topic, but an important anniversary to remember IMHO. 5 years ago, the first bombs of the US led invasion rained down on Baghdad – a so-called “shock and awe” exercise. A quick victory was expected, but it became more of a “mock the flawed” war. But it really hasn’t been a laughing matter. (more…)


Assassination email scam

Posted by Michael Bloch in online world (Saturday March 15, 2008 )

Wow, seems a friend of mine has put contract out on me and if I don’t pay the hired gun 15k, the hit will go ahead. Here’s an example of a scam asssassination email I received a couple of days ago. (more…)


How many sites do you visit?

Posted by Michael Bloch in online world (Thursday March 13, 2008 )

In this increasingly online world, we’re consuming an incredible amount of media. I had quite a shock after checking some stats on how many sites I visit each day. (more…)