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What’s your data worth?

Posted by Michael Bloch in ecommerce (Friday August 10, 2007 )

Ever had a hard drive crash with no backup then tried to get a quote from recovery specialists to retrieve the data? (more…)


Turn a textarea into a WYSIWYG

Posted by Michael Bloch in web development (Thursday August 9, 2007 )

If you’re running an application that requires users to have knowledge of HTML in order to apply formatting to their submissions and comments, this free utility may well be the answer for you. (more…)


Vacation autoresponder text

Posted by Michael Bloch in ecommerce (Wednesday August 8, 2007 )

I’ve just finished sending out the latest newsletter for Taming the Beast.net subscribers. It seems quite a few folks are still on holidays according to their autoresponders, lucky them :). There are some risks with letting people know you’re somewhere else having a good time though. (more…)


Designing for the iPhone

Posted by Michael Bloch in web development (Monday August 6, 2007 )

I realized something today, I’m likely the only regular web technology/marketing blogger in the known universe who hasn’t written a single word about the iPhone

…I can’t stand the isolation and non-conformity any longer. (more…)


Paypal Pay Later

Posted by Michael Bloch in ecommerce (Saturday August 4, 2007 )

PayPal has announced the launch of PayPal Pay Later, a service that allows merchants to offer customers promotional financing; i.e. a “buy now, pay later” arrangement. (more…)


A healthy market

Posted by Michael Bloch in web development (Friday August 3, 2007 )

Searches relating to health care information have become more common over the past 12 months according to Harris Interactive; leading the company to dub those who regularly look for health information as “cyberchondriacs”. (more…)


Email marketing and opting out

Posted by Michael Bloch in web marketing (Thursday August 2, 2007 )

It always amuses (or annoys) me to see the lengths that some advertisers will go to in order to keep my email address on their list while believing they are complying with the CAN-SPAM act. (more…)


Self destructing email

Posted by Michael Bloch in online world (Wednesday August 1, 2007 )

Ever suffered sender’s remorse, that is, sent an email and wished it would self destruct before the recipient gets to it or that you could somehow bring the email back and reword it? Now you can. (more…)


Email junkies

Posted by Michael Bloch in online world (Tuesday July 31, 2007 )

I used to think perhaps I allowed email to have too much control over my life until I read the results of this survey. (more…)


Silver surfers go high speed

Posted by Michael Bloch in online world (Sunday July 29, 2007 )

68% of all European “Silver Surfers”, who are those people online aged 55 or older, are now accessing the Internet via broadband and broadband adoption in this age group is increasing at a faster rate than the average European internet user. (more…)