Snakes on a plane

Posted by Dave CollinsDigital Marketing

If you've spent any time online in the last year, you'll undoubtedly have come across the phrase “snakes on a plane”. If you're still unsure as to what the big deal is, head over to the Seomoz blog and read a detailed posting that talks you through the whole phenomenon. Here's the short version: Snakes on a Plane is just … Read More

The seven versions of Vista

Posted by Dave CollinsDigital Marketing

So, not only have Microsoft returned to being somewhat cagey about Vista release dates (the latest statement says it will ship “when it is available”), they've also added to the confusion by releasing a matrix that explains how to upgrade, and to which version. Trying to talk you through it is not going to help, so you'd better have a … Read More

Learning from BlogHer

Posted by Dave CollinsDigital Marketing

As some of you may know, the BlogHer conference took place last week. On the surface, this is a get-together of women bloggers of all kinds, covering all topics. This year, it appears that there were quite a few men in attendance, too, and one of them more well-known was Robert Scoble (previously of Microsoft fame). Over at the Scobleizer, … Read More

Google your way out of traffic

Posted by Dave CollinsDigital Marketing

The latest from Google: real-time traffic information for your mobile phone. Essentially, it's a new function of Google Maps for Mobile, which lets you find a destination on your phone and then choose the “show traffic” option. The map is then highlighted red if there's a traffic jam, yellow if there is some congestion, and green if the roads are … Read More

Yahoo and Symantec join forces

Posted by Dave CollinsDigital Marketing

Somewhat surprisingly, the search engine and the antivirus giant have joined forces for a new marketing venture. Ars Technica writes: “Symantec will offer its existing product, the Norton Internet Security Suite, as a 30-day trial download from Yahoo. The product will be branded “Norton Internet Security provided by Yahoo!” and will be available through the Yahoo web site as well … Read More

Perspective and your competition

Posted by Dave CollinsDigital Marketing

Thanks to Dirk Paessler from Paessler AG for this thought-provoking article: “I'm so tired of seeing so many products with the same features that nobody wants. It's bad enough to let feature requests from users get out of control, but when we start adding features just because our competitors have them, we're all screwed.” Well worth a read. Ignore the … Read More

Prepare for Zune

Posted by Dave CollinsDigital Marketing

Microsoft have now confirmed what most people have been expecting to hear: they are indeed developing their own portable music device, and it will be out by the end of the year (That reminds me of several other Microsoft products, can't think why.) Called Zune, the device is rumoured to play music, videos and games, although the focus will lie … Read More

MySpace horrors

Posted by Dave CollinsDigital Marketing

We don't often mention MySpace on this blog, but as you all know, it's fast becoming one of the most popular destination on the web. It doesn't hold much interest for me personally, but I still think it's worth being aware of the risks – and I'm not just talking about the predators preying on children and teenagers. No, what … Read More

SIC photos

Posted by Dave CollinsDigital Marketing

As you may know, I was in Denver last week, attending the Shareware Industry Conference. As usual, it was a useful, enjoyable and exhausting event, and I had the pleasure of meeting many old friends and new acquaintances. If you're interested in seeing what it was like, here are the photos: Our own photos Sharon Housley's photos Greg Weir's photos … Read More

The Twelve Principles of Windows

Posted by Dave CollinsDigital Marketing

On Wednesday, Microsoft announced that they will be following 12 main principles when developing the Windows desktop platform. Based around three main areas, these principles all focus on choice, opportunities and interoperability. Mainly, this appears to be about things that Microsoft learned in their well-known antitrust battle with the government. Microsoft now claim that they have “learned the importance of … Read More