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Browser battles – statistics

Posted by Michael Bloch in online world (Thursday January 5, 2006 )

How did things shape up at the end of 2005 in relation to browser usage? My favorite resource for this, TheCounter.com shows the following figures based on over 68 million visitors for the month of December: (more…)


Micropayments – massive growth

Posted by Michael Bloch in ecommerce (Wednesday January 4, 2006 )

The number of Americans having purchased goods or services online that cost $2 or under has increased dramatically in recent years.

A survey by Peppercoin, a micropayments processor and Ipsos, a marketing firm states that almost 20 million Americans aged 12+ have made an online purchase of an item with a value of less than $2 over the past year (more…)


Content theft – a warning

Posted by Michael Bloch in web development (Monday January 2, 2006 )

In late November, I made mention of a sweep we were doing in order to locate reproduced content taken from Taming the Beast.net that was in breach of my copyright. To date, we have found over 200 infringements, with still more work to do. (more…)


Ecommerce doesn’t take holidays!

Posted by Michael Bloch in ecommerce (Saturday December 31, 2005 )

It’s been very interesting over the past week to observe the number of ecommerce merchants who have decided to shut down order processing/shipping between Xmas and the New Year.

Online businesses need to understand that the web doesn’t take holidays. Sure, a decade ago the average consumer expected companies to shut down and organized themselves around (more…)


Holiday online shopping summary

Posted by Michael Bloch in ecommerce (Saturday December 31, 2005 )

The most recent Goldman, Sachs & Co.,Nielsen NetRatings and Harris Holiday eSpending Report online holiday purchases (excluding travel) exceeded $30 billion in 2005. This represents an increase of 30% over 2004. (more…)


Men, women and the Internet

Posted by Michael Bloch in online world (Thursday December 29, 2005 )

Pew Internet & American Life Project has just released a huge report on how women and men use the Internet. Amongst the interesting results is the finding that young women (more…)


Telecommuting- are we there yet?

Posted by Michael Bloch in online world (Wednesday December 28, 2005 )

I have worked from a home office environment full time for just over 4 years now, thanks to the Internet. I had almost forgotten what it was like to commute to and from the city daily until (more…)


Notebook spiders

Posted by Michael Bloch in online world (Wednesday December 28, 2005 )

Usually when I write about spiders, it’s in relation to the search engine variety. On my last trip to the outback, a rather large example of the creepy crawlie variety (more…)


Email – aggressive clients

Posted by Michael Bloch in ecommerce (Tuesday December 27, 2005 )

It never ceases to amaze me how many people believe the relative anonymity of email allows them to be rude in their communications. If you’re involved with the customer service aspect of ecommerce (more…)


And so this is Xmas..

Posted by Michael Bloch in online world (Sunday December 25, 2005 )

My 36th Christmas, and as I have done for 2 decades, I try my best to ignore the day :). It’s a little unfair on the rest of the family I know; but as my loving partner says (more…)