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Small business survey

Posted by Michael Bloch in ecommerce (Tuesday January 8, 2008 )

Do you ever find that you dream about your business? Sometimes I wake up feeling like I’ve already done a day’s work! We’re not alone – 51% of small business owners reported experiencing sleepworking during a recent survey. (more…)


Alleged spam gang indicted

Posted by Michael Bloch in web marketing (Sunday January 6, 2008 )

11 men have been indicted in the USA for alleged spam related activities, including “Spam King” Alan Ralsky, who was listed on SpamHaus’s Top 10 Worst Spammers for some time. (more…)


Internet Explorer 8 on acid

Posted by Michael Bloch in web development (Saturday January 5, 2008 )

One of the biggest gripes of most web developers regarding Internet Explorer is its W3C standards compliancy and support issues. That seems about to change with Internet Explorer 8. (more…)


Browser wars statistics

Posted by Michael Bloch in web development (Friday January 4, 2008 )

It’s been a few months since I last checked, so I thought I’d take a peek at how things are stacking up in the browser wars. (more…)


Operator initiated live chat?

Posted by Michael Bloch in ecommerce (Wednesday January 2, 2008 )

Ever visited a site and a live chat window popped up inviting you to converse with a customer service operator? Did you appreciate the unsolicited offer of assistance? (more…)


Mandatory content filtering?

Posted by Michael Bloch in online world (Tuesday January 1, 2008 )

Australian Telecommunications Minister Stephen Conroy has announced plans to compel all Australian internet service providers to implement content filtering services in the interests of protecting people from “pornography and inappropriate material”. This will not be an opt-in service but opt-out. (more…)


Spam – 90% of enterprise email

Posted by Michael Bloch in online world (Sunday December 30, 2007 )

Spam statistics from data collected during the month of November 2007 show that spam continues to represent nearly 90% of the total email volume received by large enterprises. (more…)


RIP Netscape

Posted by Michael Bloch in online world (Saturday December 29, 2007 )

Netscape – the browser that pretty much started it all in terms of a user friendly browsing application, will no longer be developed or supported from February 1, 2008. Rest in peace, Netscape. (more…)


Offline spending vs ecommerce

Posted by Michael Bloch in ecommerce (Friday December 28, 2007 )

I remember a couple of years back a major Australian electrical goods retailer pooh-poohing the web as a channel for selling their wares. I think they are regretting that now. (more…)


Wayback Machine – Internet Archive

Posted by Michael Bloch in online world (Thursday December 27, 2007 )

Internet Archive is an online digital library of web sites, tracing back their history. It’s not only a wonderful tool for nostalgia, it can also help you in proving content ownership. (more…)