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Egads I’ve been Elfed!

December 10, 2007

Starbucks Advertising

November 16, 2007

I find it funny that Starbucks has chosen now as a time to start advertising its coffee on television. The company has advertised before but just not for the coffee according to CNBC. As you may know the company released poor earnings, slower traffic levels at stores and basically a full year of negative news.   From a marketing perspective the company is late, very late to the party. The time to start marketing is when things are good – ahead of the slowdown.

Open Handset Alliance and More

November 5, 2007

Another week and other massive avalanche of news in the communications space. The first item worth sharing is regarding Google shaking up the foundation of the mobile phone market. The funny thing is, editors and bloggers have been looking to find the Google phone for months and instead of it being somewhere, it will be everywhere.   If you missed it the company has launched an Open Handset Alliance which aims to open things up in the cellular communications space. Specifically the alliance is a total of over 30 companies working together to produce low-cost phones whose development is supported by advertising.

Pakistan in Chaos

November 3, 2007

How to Beat Your Wife Saudi Style

November 3, 2007

Although I try not to stray too far from communications and technology in this blog, I couldn’t help passing on these words of wisdom from Saudi author and cleric, "Dr." Muhammad Al-'Arifi on the proper methods and techniques on how to beat your children, animals and especially your wife.   According to Al-‘Arifi, “Beating in the face is forbidden, even when it comes to animals," he explained. "Even if you want your camel or donkey to start walking, you are not allowed to beat it in the face. If this is true for animals, it is all the more true when it comes to humans. So beatings should be light and not in the face."   As I read this article on Fox News, I kept waiting for a punch line like April Fools.

Happy Halloween

October 31, 2007

Swearing at Work

October 17, 2007

TMCnet Searches

October 5, 2007

I thought it would be interesting to see what people search on when they come to TMCnet. It should be noted these searches are on TMCnet proper which unfortunately at the moment does not include blogs.   These numbers should be taken with a grain of salt because if a search is embedded in a web link and that link is crawled repeatedly by search engine spiders you come up with a situation where numbers may be skewed. Be that as it may, it is worth sharing some of the information from the last month if for no other reason than as a diversion from more important pursuits such as doing your (and my) job.   1 Avaya No surprise here but shouldn’t Cisco be more popular based on company size and product portfolio? 2 Witness+Systmes I get the feeling this is one of those odd pages (with a typo by the way) that gets crawled repeatedly.

NY Times Goes Free

September 17, 2007

Two years ago I discussed how the New York Times would start charging for content. I gave the plan a 25% chance of working and said the company would change course in 18 months. Here is that blog entry.   I was wrong on one point. It took 24 months for the company to decide to go free.   What I have learned from my own experience is that people will pay for financial news online and independent product reviews from the likes of Consumer Reports.

Update on Flight Delay

September 12, 2007

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