In January 2011 I tried my hand at prediction. Let’s see how that worked out then: eBooks will become relatively normal. It will begin to feel a little silly to purchase products that require cutting down trees, chemicals, huge plants, toxic inks and expensive production and shipping. eBooks are cheaper, fast to obtain and just […]
Urgent couriers are sending the wrong message with this sign-up form. If things are really so urgent, then why waste my time filling out this oh-so complicated form? A better way is to ask for the absolute minimum information required, and do it at the appropriate time in a transaction.
One email, no reminder and BOOM. All of our 139 Lingopal applications have been removed from all of the global iTunes stores. Apple is a cruel master – and we’ve been offline for a five days now trying to sort this out. The latest is that it will take yet another 48 hours to sort […]
Let’s have a go at fortune telling – no cookies involved. eBooks will become relatively normal. It will begin to feel a little silly to purchase products that require cutting down trees, chemicals, huge plants, toxic inks and expensive production and shipping. eBooks are cheaper, fast to obtain and just as easy to read, except […]
AllAboutTheStory.com is offering a full journalism scholarship to the biggest and best web event in New Zealand – Webstock. Webstock’s cool – and has a host of awesome and famous foreign and local speakers. In their own words: Webstock 2011 will be the mostest bestest scientifically proven amazingest conference ever. In the history of the […]
Here’s Fishpond‘s latest email to me. I like the company a lot, and they are justifiably doing well, but I find it difficult to buy anything from them as I’ve moved increasingly into an electronic world. In September last year I purchased the latest Kindle, which is smaller, faster and a lot lighter than my […]
Sunday news is traditionally a bit softer than weekday news, but today I noticed a bunch of, shall we say, softer headlines. So I decided to browse the popular news sites and copy a few of the more delightful leads and headlines. So meet a selection of headlines from 8pm on this Sunday night. Each […]
Yet another classic Stanford undergraduate story. Google releases Google Instant, and so Feross Aboukhadijeh creates YouTube instant. Try it. Very shortly afterward Feross received a tweet from YouTube CEO Chad Hurley offering him a job. That’s smart – other students have stuck it out and formed companies – like Google itself. More on Venturebeat To […]
Column number five for Fairfax is now posted online at Stuff. The columns are printed in the Businessday section of the Waikato Times, Dominion Post and Christchurch Press. Fine papers all. We are working to get them all online in a Stuff blog. It’s hard, really hard to reduce roaming costs as they are based […]
Another scam today, this time from SMSbargain.net. I have no idea how I got there but somehow this page opened up in my browser (despite pop-ups being blocked). I’m pretty sure I was not on a New Zealand based site, but the ad is targeted towards NZ: <update – I found this ad later on […]
A great daily deals experiment by MightyApe kicks off today – a marathon. They selling 3500 items, but deals are valid for only 10 minutes. I assume, and I hope for their sake, that the prices will be ridiculously cheap. Here is the first installment. Nice simple design. We shall see.
A few of us* founded Groupy Deals earlier this year, and we went live over Queens Birthday weekend. It’s going really well. Check out the GroupyDeals business site as well. *Groupy Deals was founded by Scott Kitney, along with Andrew Hunt, Fay French and myself. Groupy Deals is following in the footsteps of Groupon – […]
It’s early days, but the team at interest.co.nz must be happy that their new site is now up and running. It’s running on a much better platform so they should be able to tweak it a lot in response to readers. And tweak they will need to do. Sadly for me the site has taken […]
A very clever move by WSJ.com, who have introduced a way to eek more money out of subscribers. It’s WSJ Professional Edition – and which professional cannot resist having their employer pay the $25 extra per month to get these extras: Frankly those extras should be included with the WSJ subscription, and this is simply […]
Been to this site recently? Not many have. Just 6500 visitors a day visit Autotrader, a lot less than the over 140,000 per day average that visit Trade Me Motors. Autotrader lost because everything was just too hard and too expensive. Their business practices were inherently expensive and unfair to dealers, and the process was […]