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Aussies sucked in by Nigerian scams

Posted by Michael Bloch in ecommerce (Wednesday August 20, 2008 )

It’s hard to believe that the old Nigerian (aka 419 or advance fee fraud) scams still do so well; but they are and costing Australians around $36 million a year. (more…)


Live Search new backlinks tool

Posted by Michael Bloch in web marketing (Tuesday August 19, 2008 )

Links from quality sites are so important in search engine optimization as they act as “votes” for the page they link to. Besides, that, it’s always interesting to find out who is linking to you. Live Search recently launched a new tool to make backlink hunting a little easier. (more…)


Retailers reaching out to bloggers

Posted by Michael Bloch in web marketing (Saturday August 16, 2008 )

There’s an interesting story on Internet Retailer about how some companies are reaching out to bloggers. (more…)


All you zombies

Posted by Michael Bloch in online world (Friday August 15, 2008 )

Apologies to The Hooters – great song, love 80’s music :). Panda Labs latest report on spam states that over 10 million zombie computers across the planet on any given day are spewing out spam and malware infected emails. (more…)


Beware of breaking news spam

Posted by Michael Bloch in online world (Wednesday August 13, 2008 )

I’m a bit of a news hound and like to know about events as they happen, but recently I’ve been getting rather odd “breaking news”; purportedly from major news services. (more…)


Kudos Team Kerio!

Posted by Michael Bloch in online world (Monday August 11, 2008 )

Unashamed plug here for the good folks who produce Kerio auto/air notebook adapters who have provided me with an outstanding level of customer service over the years. (more…)


Naming your PDFs

Posted by Michael Bloch in web development (Sunday August 10, 2008 )

At the end of each week, I clean up my desktop as usually there’s no more room for any icons. I take a slash and burn approach – and sometimes good stuff gets deleted. (more…)


Search engine use survey

Posted by Michael Bloch in online world (Saturday August 9, 2008 )

The number of people using search engines daily has increased from around one-third in 2002, to just under 50% this year. (more…)


Shady SEO services

Posted by Michael Bloch in web marketing (Thursday August 7, 2008 )

If you have engaged the services of an SEO (Search Engine Optimization) professional and have no idea what they are up to – watch out! (more…)


Computing in the cloud

Posted by Michael Bloch in online world (Wednesday August 6, 2008 )

It seems we’ve come full circle. Before the PC, computers were usually dumb terminals hooked into a networked mainframe. Sound familiar? (more…)