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Search engine to offer more privacy

Posted by Michael Bloch in online world (Sunday July 22, 2007 )

Search engine company Ask.com recently announced it will be implementing a new feature allowing searchers increased control over their privacy when running searches. (more…)


Australia takes Google to court

Posted by Michael Bloch in online world (Thursday July 12, 2007 )

In what’s said to be the first case of its kind in the world, The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (which enforces consumer protection and fair trading laws in the country) is taking Google to court. (more…)


Ad hominem comments & flaming

Posted by Michael Bloch in online world (Tuesday July 10, 2007 )

I’ve struck the term “ad hominem” a couple of times recently in blog threads that have degraded into flame fests and was curious as to what it meant. (more…)


Where Google isn’t big

Posted by Michael Bloch in online world (Friday July 6, 2007 )

Believe it or not, there is a country where Google isn’t big, in fact it’s hardly a blip on the radar. It’s not a little known state ending in “stan” with a population of three people and 2 million goats, nor is it a country with heavy censorship. In fact, it has a population of nearly 50 million and 70% of its citizens are Internet users. (more…)


Social network shakeup?

Posted by Michael Bloch in online world (Sunday July 1, 2007 )

Social network users aren’t the most loyal bunch of folks according to a recent survey, including MySpace members. This has ramifications for marketers – particularly those targeting specific teen/young adult groups. (more…)


Any ThemeStreamers still around?

Posted by Michael Bloch in online world (Sunday June 24, 2007 )

Ah memories. For some reason ThemeStream popped into my mind today. It’s hard to believe that over 6 years have passed since they closed their doors while still owing writers (including myself) collectively a stack of cash. Still, it’s an ill wind that blows nobody any good. (more…)


Recent articles on TTB – June 07

Posted by Michael Bloch in online world (Monday June 18, 2007 )

Only visiting the TTB blog or just getting the RSS feed? You’ve likely missed out on some articles I’ve published in recent times. Here are summaries of the articles I’ve written in the last month. (more…)


Online business and vacations

Posted by Michael Bloch in online world (Wednesday June 6, 2007 )

I grew up around small business, my Mom had a boutique and later on we had a bakery. The latter was extremely hard work for them both, so holidays were rare – luckily we lived in a holiday resort type town so we never felt we missed out.

Fast forward into the future and I’m working much like my Dad did during the bakery days in the online world – although much more comfortably I must say.

A “real” vacation in the popular sense of the term is increasingly becoming a foreign concept to me – to the point of it being downright strange.

How much quality time do you get away from your online business for vacations and what do you classify as a “holiday”? (more…)


Curious phishing ploy

Posted by Michael Bloch in online world (Thursday May 31, 2007 )

A question for the DNS boffins out there :). I received a phishing email posing as an eBay notification an hour or so ago. Nothing unusual there. The URL in the source code looked something like this 0x3a669dfd/etc/etc… (more…)


Thank you Akismet!

Posted by Michael Bloch in online world (Tuesday May 29, 2007 )

Somewhat of a milestone was passed on this blog today. When I logged into my WordPress admin interface, Akismet, the anti-spam plugin, announced to me: “Akismet has protected your site from 100,142 spam comments” (more…)