Archive | August, 2010
August 13, 2010

Adsense Changes?

Just noticed this morning that adsense is displaying adverts in a very different format:

Adsense Layout ChangeSo it looks like some kind of hybrid between the normal text ads and the link units

This was probably announced somewhere, but I haven't had a chance to go digging and / or keeping up with all the changes in the "wonderful" world  of PPC

Anyone else noticing this?

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August 11, 2010

Last Exit To Nowhere Sale

I've bought a few tshirts from Last Exit To Nowhere in the past..

The designs are very cool, so their sale caught my eye. Worth checking out if you are film buff and into tshirts.

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August 9, 2010

Reasons Your Spam is a Spam

If you want to tell me why I'm getting an email (newsletter) that's fine. It's actually quite helpful, as I could easily forget how I ended up subscribing myself to a list or if I ordered from somewhere...

However putting this kind of text in your email footer is one sure fire way of getting me to list you as a spammer:

DISCLAIMER: This message is not "SPAM" because it contains our identification and unsubscribe instructions. This message was offered to you for one of the following reasons: your email address has been selected from a database that you have subscribed, your email address was made public by you; you have requested to receive the offer; you are a partner of our company; your email address is in our database as a result of previous correspondence.

There are so many things wrong with that disclaimer that it's almost impossible to know where to begin.

The ones I "love" are:

"it contains our identification and unsubscribe instructions"

Um .. ok... so? That doesn't mean anything at all...

The one though that really gets me is the "your email address was made public by you"

That is both hilarious and scary

(And just in case you're wondering - I got two copies of the same spam to two addresses that aren't published anywhere .. )

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August 8, 2010

More Fun Social Media Tshirts

Despair have released a new social media inspired tshirt and updated one of their existing designs.

Both tshirt designs are obviously influenced by FourSquare, so here they are:

stalker-badge.gifAnd the updated social media Venn diagram ...


More info on their site - and yes, I ordered both already!

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August 7, 2010

Business News – Blacknight Takes First Position

According to HosterStats Blacknight is now market leader in domain hosting in Ireland.

That's pretty cool :)

Blacknight Signage

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August 4, 2010

More XKCD Genius

This is so true:

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August 4, 2010

Google Decides To Annoy Trademark Holders (Again!)

Google, like many big companies, runs the risk of falling flat on its face one of these days. There is only so much that they can hope to get away with before things take a turn for the "worst" (ie. against them)

Google has always had an "interesting" relationship with IP holders and has been embroiled in several legal battles in Europe (and elsewhere) over the last few years.

This time round, unfortunately, they are relying on an ECJ decision to remove a lot of their restrictions on Adwords bidding. From September 14th it'll be "open season" on trademark bidding.

Google, of course, refer to it as an "improvement" for their users - hardly surprising as they'll be able to make more money from it.

Expect to see more court cases surrounding this, as the area is complicated (to put it mildly) and Google's decision has some rather interesting ramifications

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August 2, 2010

BBC Revamps Sherlock Holmes – But Only 3 Episodes?

Sherlock Holmes is one of my favourite fictional characters. I've read all the novels and short stories - most of them more than once. I've seen a lot of the TV and cinema adaptations. Some have been good, others not so much.

The BBC is currently showing Sherlock. Their interpretation of Conan Doyle's character transposes Holmes to the 21st century. His sidekick, Watson, is a veteran of the Gulf War.

The first two episodes were both excellent. While some people may not like the idea of a  Holmes in 2010, I for one loved it.

What I don't "get", however, is why they only ordered 3 episodes.

3 episodes of any tv show is incredibly short. In many cases you'd expect a 3 parter to be possibly the dramatisation of single novel.

So what is BBC playing at?

Why are they teasing us with good quality drama like this only to pull it away from us after a mere 3 episodes?

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