I guess every executive’s PA must be starting to think about it at this time of year.What do I get my boss for his secret Santa?
The tie and cuff links won’t do. So last year. The colour-coordinated boxer shorts?Well, no. That suggests you know a bit too much about him.
So what on Earth do you get the kind of man who’s got everything – and who’s corporate-raided everything else?
Well, everything on a stick of course. The Verbatim Store â€˜nâ€™ Go Executive. Cool. Very cool!
Available in 8 to 64Gb with a rapid 200x write-rate. But he won’t understand that.Just tell him its real stainless steel. Did I mention it was cool?
Two UK boutique Internet marketing companies have announced they’re hooking up. GetUpdated, parent of Just Search, has just signed a letter of intent to acquire video content company Wooshii.
Wooshii acts as an on-line go-between for video makers to reach their target customers. Just Search provides Search Engine Optimisation services.
Internet Video is big business with Smartphones gaining better browsers, tablet devices appearing and TV companies looking to on-line to push their content. By grabbing the up and coming Wooshii and linking it up with Just Search, Getupdated have positioned themselves well to catch this expanding market.
Wooshii’s Fergus Dyer-Smith sees the move providing
…the marketing leverage needed for a broad commercialization of our unique video expertise and services.
Sometimes I despair at the appalling state of the UK’s broadband services. It’s truly horrific.
Here is an ex-state monopoly supposedly “competing” with a number of other providers, but what the public is actually getting is simply a re-badged service provided by BT.
The BT infrastructure is antiquated and decaying, virtually on its knees from years of under investment, yet being milked dry by greedy BT accountants.
UK customers in the meantime are being sold services by unscrupulous suppliers who’ve probably never been near a phone exchange, let alone have any network of their own.
But let’s just put the subject of BT’s steam-powered infrastructure to one side for a moment, I’m worried that BT may well be tilting the tables even more in their favour.
Imagine this. You own the exchange where all your competitor’s connections are housed. Who would know if you simply unplugged them for say, two minutes every now and then?
BT’s service wouldn’t have to be that good if the competition’s kept going off line, would it?
Sad to see Microsoft’s Chief Software Architect, Ray Ozzie leave the company this month. Ozzie created Lotus Notes, then Groove, which Microsoft bought out.
Ozzie was one of the good guys. Highly talented, well respected and Cloud orientated. Uniquely capable of filling the vacuum left by Bill Gates’ departure.
I doubt there is anyone following trends today who doesn’t accept the Cloud as our future. Nor who doesn’t realise that the restrictive and expensive desktop’s days are numbered. Anyone but Microsoft, that is.
I can imagine the frustration he felt as he battled against the cash-cow culture prevailing in Microsoft and its obsession with extracting every last penny from its customer base.
Ozzie was a CloudÂ visionaryÂ and tried to steer the desktop-obsessed Microsoft that way. Does this mean that Microsoft’s recent “we love the Cloud” stance is discredited?
Well, here’s my two-cent’s worth…