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55% of blogs are active

Posted by Michael Bloch in online world (Tuesday November 7, 2006 )

According to Dave Sifry’s most recent State of the Blogosphere report, over half of all blogs tracked by Technorati are classified as active, i.e. they’ve been updated at least on one occasion in the last 3 months. There’s also a wealth of other interesting blog statistics in Dave’s report as always. (more…)


The free lunch online

Posted by Michael Bloch in online world (Monday October 30, 2006 )

It was often said there was no such thing as a free lunch. It’s just something that we understood. I believe the web has changed that somewhat; particularly given the wide range of free lunches now available and so many companies wanting us to sit at their table. You can have a free bite here, a free bite there…

But when things go wrong, who should pay for the antacid?.. (more…)


Social network saturation?

Posted by Michael Bloch in online world (Friday October 27, 2006 )

MySpace and Facebook lost visitors in September, according to Nielsen/NetRatings and some news services are reporting this as a seasonal downturn, the market becoming saturated or that people just have gotten over social networking.

I tend to feel there’s a very different trend occurring. (more…)


Defending your reputation

Posted by Michael Bloch in online world (Monday October 23, 2006 )

What are people saying about you online? If you’ve been around the web for any length of time, chances are you’ve ruffled someone’s feathers along the way and they’ve fired back in a public manner. (more…)


Internet “addiction”?

Posted by Michael Bloch in online world (Thursday October 19, 2006 )

Imagine a few days without the Internet. Does it send shivers down your spine? Do you break into a cold sweat, dive under your desk and begin rocking yourself gently? You’re probably not alone.

“Hi, my name’s Michael and I’m an…” (more…)


Online business – stayin’ alive

Posted by Michael Bloch in online world (Wednesday October 11, 2006 )

Stayin alive.. not the Bee Gees song, nor the concept of keeping your business alive. I mean keeping yourself physically alive whilst making your mark on the online business world – a world so enticing and intense that it tends to have our asses glued to the seat for umpteen hours a day. (more…)


New “green” social network

Posted by Michael Bloch in online world (Wednesday October 4, 2006 )

Ever been labeled a tree hugging hippie? Into political activism, social justice or green business? If you’re a lefty, a tad left of the middle, or just have a genuine concern about our society and the state of Planet Earth, this new social network may be for you. (more…)


Family 2.0 and the Internet

Posted by Michael Bloch in online world (Wednesday September 27, 2006 )

The results of a survey of over 4,500 families from 16 countries during July and August by Yahoo and OMD regarding technology and its impact on the family unit have been released.

So what was discovered about “Family 2.0” in relation to their Internet consumption? (more…)


Anonymous, portable browser

Posted by Michael Bloch in online world (Friday September 22, 2006 )

Torpark, from Hactivismo, is a new portable browser claimed to keep a surfer’s identity private. Based on Mozilla Firefox, it comes as a pre-configured application and requires no installation. It’s small enough (around 28 megabytes) to fit and run on a USB stick. (more…)


50 years of hard drives

Posted by Michael Bloch in online world (Tuesday September 12, 2006 )

When I started fiddling around with hard drives and computers in general over a decade ago, I had very little cash. The best I could get were second hand 20 megabyte MFM/SCSI drives that were around the size and weight of a house brick – at times I had to run them outside of the PC casing. Needless to say, it was quite a messy affair.

I distinctly remember the rather loud sound of kerchunk, kerchunk, kerchunk as the drive heads read the platters and thinking how wonderful it would be to own one of those new-fangled 180 megabyte Conner drives which cost around $500 at the time :).

Back then, I felt like I was dealing with some of the earliest hard drives around; but the first hard drive was actually rolled out 50 years ago – September 1956. (more…)