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Search engines and user data

Posted by Michael Bloch in online world (Thursday September 7, 2006 )

I’m really in two minds about search engines handing over data to governments. On the one hand, there’s the issue of tracking down the perpetrators of heinous crimes; something that I’m all for. On the other, there’s the misuse of that information by those in power. (more…)


Smishing – phishing via SMS

Posted by Michael Bloch in online world (Tuesday September 5, 2006 )

Yet another “ishing” to add to the phishing family. Supposedly smishing first started happening a couple of months ago, in South Australia of all places – I guess the phishers figured out we’re fairly simple folk (ducks West End beer bottles thrown from all directions).

How does Smishing work? (more…)


Goodbye Steve Irwin, rest in peace

Posted by Michael Bloch in online world (Monday September 4, 2006 )

While not really related to the online world, I wanted to pay tribute to Australian Steve Irwin, better known as The Crocodile Hunter, who died earlier today local time after a tragic accident while diving. (more…)


Most popular blog posts on TTB

Posted by Michael Bloch in online world (Saturday August 26, 2006 )

The following is a list of some of the currently most popular posts on this blog for November 2006 in no particular order; based on the number of views. I’ll try to update the list regularly. (more…)


A closer look at MySpace

Posted by Michael Bloch in online world (Saturday August 26, 2006 )

There’s a lengthy but very interesting article about MySpace that’s just been published on CNN Money.

The article examines MySpace’s beginnings, delves more into the people behind the mega-site (Tom Anderson and Chris DeWolfe), the reasons for its stellar growth, revenue and investment data, plus an insight into where MySpace is heading over the next year or so. (more…)


Blogging jobs

Posted by Michael Bloch in online world (Thursday August 24, 2006 )

If you’re looking to make a few bucks from your blogging skills or need a blogger, you may be interested in a couple of new classifieds-type services recently launched focusing on blog related employment. (more…)


IT salaries – what are you worth?

Posted by Michael Bloch in online world (Saturday August 19, 2006 )

In the IT industry, the issue of salaries and what we’re worth can be hard to ascertain at times. It becomes especially challenging when a prospective employer asks “what type of salary range are you wanting?”. You may want the job badly, but you also want to be properly compensated for your skills (more…)


Internet killed the radio star?

Posted by Michael Bloch in online world (Friday August 18, 2006 )

“Video killed the radio star” was a popular song from 1979 by the British group The Buggles. Well, traditional radio is still alive but suffering a secondary blow courtesy of the Internet – and it’s certainly not the only medium suffering. (more…)


The online world and war

Posted by Michael Bloch in online world (Sunday July 30, 2006 )

A little off-topic, but eh, what the heck. This is just a rant, please feel free to totally ignore it.

As I sit down and munch on my Sunday lunch thinking about how tough life can be at times, courtesy of the online world I’m yet again reminded just how pathetic whatever problems I perceive I have actually are. (more…)


Before you click that link..

Posted by Michael Bloch in online world (Friday July 21, 2006 )

Ever run a search and seen some listings that you’re itching to click on, but something tells you that they could be sites containing malicious code? Perhaps you’ve been caught out before by clicking on a seemingly innocuous link only to find you land on a site that tries to install malware on your computer?

You can take some of the guesswork and danger out of your surfing with a new free online service (more…)