The importance of being honest…

Posted by Dave CollinsDigital Marketing

…or at least scrubbing your hard drive. This is a story that's been receiving a fair amount of attention in the UK media recently. A certain young man bought a laptop on eBay, waited two months for it to arrive, and when it finally did, he discovered it was broken. Incensed, he contacted the seller and demanded a refund, which … Read More

Want to work for Google?

Posted by Dave CollinsDigital Marketing

I'm sure many people dream of working for Google – personally, I'm tempted by the free, scrumptious lunches if nothing else. Well, now you can, because they're looking for new people for engineering, sales, marketing and more. As long as you are, well, exceptional, the job is yours. By exceptional, they mean skipped three grades in school, learned Lisp at … Read More

Google fights bird flu

Posted by Dave CollinsDigital Marketing

I have to admit, I didn't see this one coming. In the fight against bird flu, experts are turning to computer imaging to prepare for the arrival of bird flu in the US. “Since the beginning of the year, experts have also been using Google Earth, which combines satellite imagery, maps and the company's search engine to span the globe. … Read More

Bank provides online customers with anti-virus software

Posted by Dave CollinsDigital Marketing

Barclays, a UK based bank, have signed a deal with Finnish firm F-Secure, buying 1.6 million licenses of their anti-virus software. The software will be provided free of charge to all of Barclays' online banking customers. The way I see it, the real winners are F-Secure. To be frank, the banking customers should be using software that's safer and more … Read More

The worst products of all time

Posted by Dave CollinsDigital Marketing

We all love a good Top 10 or Bottom 20 list, and PC World have put together a great one. This list – The 25 Worst Tech Products of All Time – is a regular techy hall of shame, and should provide you with some serious emphatic nodding as you find yourself agreeing with it all. Great entertainment. In the … Read More

Changes ahead

Posted by Dave CollinsDigital Marketing

Due to time constraints, this blog will now be updated three times a week rather than five. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays will still provide you with the marketing news and software rumours you love. I suspect you'll survive!

Google and Dell sign the deal

Posted by Dave CollinsDigital Marketing

There has been much talk about this particular relationship, but now they've gone ahead and made it official. In the future, Dell PCs will have Google software installed when they leave the factory. The software will include a Google toolbar and a co-branded homepage. Hmmm. Of course, this is not great news for Microsoft. But is it really necessary for … Read More

No more jpegs?

Posted by Dave CollinsDigital Marketing

On Wednesday, Microsoft introduced a new image format which they hope will replace the jpeg. The new format is called Windows Media Photo, which doesn't exactly roll off the tongue. I'm hoping the acronym will be .wmp, pronounced wimp. That would be mildly entertaining, for a while. So why would we want to stop using jpegs? Apparently, the main benefit … Read More

European software patents

Posted by Dave CollinsDigital Marketing

In the ongoing saga of software patents, the European Commission now appears to have made quite a turnaround. Last year, they declared that the European Patent Office would continue to grant software patents that made a technical contribution. This was done despite the fact that the European Parliament had voted against the legalization of software patents. Now, the commission have … Read More

Jim Allchin interview

Posted by Dave CollinsDigital Marketing

News.com features a fairly long and in-depth interview with Jim Allchin, Co-president of the Platforms and Services Division at Microsoft. The subject, of course, is Vista. When asked how comfortable he is that the current target for Vista's release will be met, he replied: “I'm feeling OK”. Hmmm. Hardly the most reassuring answer, is it? Anyway, if you're a Vista … Read More