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Larry, Sergey: what has become of you?

Posted by Michael Bloch in online world (Saturday February 2, 2008 )

Apologies to Pink Floyd and Vera Lynn. Larry Page and Sergey Brin, the original Googlers seem to have been eclipsed by their own brand and not all that much is heard from them directly these days. So what are they up to? (more…)


Shareholders and tech companies

Posted by Michael Bloch in online world (Friday February 1, 2008 )

I’m really glad I kept out of the stock market. I’m thinking it’s on par with heroin dealing at times given the level of greed involved. It just doesn’t seem sustainable and the knock on effects of fickle, greedy shareholders and crack smoking analysts can be horrid. (more…)


Backing up – remember TNO

Posted by Michael Bloch in online world (Tuesday January 29, 2008 )

With so many big name companies offering oodles of what appears to be reliable online storage for nix or next to nothing – be it for email, photos, software etc.; it’s easy to be lulled into a false sense of security. 14,000 customers of a major ISP received a rude shock recently. (more…)


Just for fun – Pocket Geek

Posted by Michael Bloch in online world (Friday January 25, 2008 )

It’s Friday and time for a little fun with this interesting Flash game, sure to appeal to anyone who’s worked with developers and programmers. (more…)


Phishers getting desperate?

Posted by Michael Bloch in online world (Tuesday January 15, 2008 )

I just received a note that my World of Warcraft account had been suspended due to “Involvement in online trading activities”. I’m not a World of Warcraft member, nor have I ever played the game. Looks like the phishers are getting desperate. (more…)


Blogging can be a risky business

Posted by Michael Bloch in online world (Saturday January 12, 2008 )

I was just reading about a terrible incident where a Chinese blogger was beaten to death by city inspectors for filming a confrontation with villagers. It’s an extreme example of some of the risks of blogging, but by no means isolated. Blogging can be a risky business wherever you live. (more…)


Front-running and domain-tasting

Posted by Michael Bloch in online world (Friday January 11, 2008 )

Have you ever searched for a good domain name, found one available, gone to register it a few minutes later only to discover it’s just been registered? This may have been a case of front-running; a practice that’s been in the spotlight lately due to accusations against a high profile registrar. (more…)


Business communications survey

Posted by Michael Bloch in online world (Thursday January 10, 2008 )

It seams that even tho spull and grandma chocking is avvailable in jist about evry werd prosessing app; 60% of all written business communications contain one or more grammar or spelling errors. (more…)


Mandatory content filtering?

Posted by Michael Bloch in online world (Tuesday January 1, 2008 )

Australian Telecommunications Minister Stephen Conroy has announced plans to compel all Australian internet service providers to implement content filtering services in the interests of protecting people from “pornography and inappropriate material”. This will not be an opt-in service but opt-out. (more…)


Spam – 90% of enterprise email

Posted by Michael Bloch in online world (Sunday December 30, 2007 )

Spam statistics from data collected during the month of November 2007 show that spam continues to represent nearly 90% of the total email volume received by large enterprises. (more…)