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Who’s buying shares in your site?

Posted by Michael Bloch in online world (Saturday April 22, 2006 )

I was digging through some server logs today and came across a site that was selling shares in Taming the Beast.net at $150 a throw. The page also stated that there were 573 shares left. As you could imagine, I was a little curious as to what was happening and thinking that perhaps I should get in on the action; after all, at $150 per share, that’s a steal ;). (more…)


The web – an important part of life

Posted by Michael Bloch in online world (Thursday April 20, 2006 )

10 years ago, some people would stare at you like you had arrived from another planet and ask “The InterWhat???”. Today, it’s an important part of life for many – essential in fact. 44% of American adults now spend time online on any given day.

Everything from deciding (more…)


Free, earth friendly email service

Posted by Michael Bloch in online world (Monday April 17, 2006 )

As some of you know, I’m the Business Operations Manager of ThinkHost, Inc – a progressive principles based web hosting service powered by 100% renewable energy. I try to keep TTB and TH separate mostly, but we’ve just launched a project that I’d like to mention.

The project is CommunityMail.net; and like ThinkHost’s hosting services (and consequently Taming the Beast.net), it’s also powered by renewable energy. CommunityMail.net offers *free* email services that are also more environmentally friendly to the planet than its counterparts :). (more…)


VoIP awareness gaining

Posted by Michael Bloch in online world (Sunday April 16, 2006 )

Voice over Internet Protocol awareness has increased substantially since early 2005, with 47% of North Americans being somewhat familiar with the concept of VoIP, including the term itself, up from (more…)


Pump & dump – stock spam scam

Posted by Michael Bloch in online world (Monday April 10, 2006 )

Trying saying stock spam scam out loud really fast 5 times ;).

I’m sure that you’ve often received “traders alerts” and “hot stock tips” spam in your inbox. And no doubt you probably ignored them as I do. Even so, I’ve always wondered how these scams worked. As someone who is pretty ignorant of the stock market (more…)


To podcast or not to podcast?

Posted by Michael Bloch in online world (Friday April 7, 2006 )

While the term is now common and podcasting content can be found on many sites these days, like RSS webfeeds not so long ago, uptake appears to be rather slow – it seems only 1% of online households in North America regularly download and listen to podcast content according (more…)


10 years of Taming the Beast

Posted by Michael Bloch in online world (Wednesday April 5, 2006 )

An Outlook calendar alert popped up a few minutes ago; simply stating “10 years of Taming the Beast!”.

Yes, as far as I can track back, it’s been a decade since I started business – first in mobile PC hardware services (even though I had no car at the time – a story in itself), then evolving into the online world. How time flies. (more…)


Myspace – why so successful?

Posted by Michael Bloch in online world (Monday April 3, 2006 )

If you haven’t heard of MySpace by now or aren’t curious about it, I guess you don’t have teenage kids :). I’ve read that it’s now the 2nd most popular site on the web in terms of page views, even eclipsing Google. If you’ve seen some of the MySpace member pages, you may be wondering what all the fuss is about. (more…)


Steve Ballmer on parenting

Posted by Michael Bloch in online world (Saturday April 1, 2006 )

If you’ve read my newsletters etc. for a while, you’d know that I’m a bit of a Steve Ballmer fan – and that has nothing to do with Microsoft. It wouldn’t matter what company he was representing; I just admire (more…)


Now, where did I put that blog?

Posted by Michael Bloch in online world (Wednesday March 29, 2006 )

Ever had one of those days? I suspect the team at Google did recently when their blog was, what seemed at first, taken over by somebody else. This of course fueled rumors that Blogger had a vulnerability. (more…)