July 04, 2008

Remove the link to our website?!?!

Back in June 2006, I blogged about a Masquerade ball I attended with my girlfriend and briefly mentioned the website I bought our masks from - fancydress.com

Two years on; early this June I got a strange email from the supposed webmaster of this site. It read as follows:

Dear Webmaster

We have discovered that you are linking to our website, www.fancydress.com, on the following URL:
http://blogs.warwick.ac.uk/campbello/tag/party/

Please would you remove the link to our website.  Will you please confirm by email that you have received this email and the link has been removed.

Kind regards,

Jeremy

Jeremy Morris
Angels The Costumiers

1 Garrick Road
London NW9 6AA

switchboard: 020 8202 2244
e: links@fancydress.com mailto:links@fancydress.com

I was perplexed as to why a webmaster would request the removal of a link to his website from my blog. He sent the same email today.

I really can't understand?!? I did not deflame the site neither did I make any complaint about the mask I got from them. This is all I had to say about the site on the post -

I got the masks from fancydress.com a week earlier but still wasn’t sure if I was going.

I have decided not to respond to the email but rather use this post as an avenue to ask the webmaster WHY I should remove my link to his site.


March 20, 2008

Do you want a £40 discount off an ACER Laptop?

Acer Laptop

For those of you thinking of buying a laptop, I've got a discount code from Play.com that would get you £40 off their already discounted laptops.

The laptops are available here on the Play.com and the code to enable the discount on the laptops is ACER40.

The laptop code is only valid for four Acer laptops and will expire at midnight on Wednesday March 26/3/08: 

  1. Acer Aspire 5720 / Core 2 Duo T5250 1.5GHz / 2GB / 80GB/ 15.4" / DVD-SM / Vista Home Premium / Laptop / Notebook
  2. Acer Aspire 5720 Z / Intel Pentium Dual Core T2310 1.46GHz / 2GB / 80GB/ 15.4" / DVD-SM / Vista Home Premium / Laptop / Notebook
  3. Acer Aspire 7720G / Core 2 Duo T5250 1.5GHz / 2GB / 240GB / 17" WXGA+ / DVD-SM / Vista Home Premium / Laptop / Notebook
  4. Acer Aspire 4920 / Core 2 Duo T5250 1.5GHz Santa Rosa / 2GB / 120GB / 14.1" / DVD-SM / Vista Home Premium / Laptop / Notebook

March 14, 2008

Awesome Robots (Transformer Action Figures)

I was browsing Flickr this morning and came across this album from reignfire. He seems to be a professional photographer that has an inclination for taking photos of his transformers collection. Really interesting stuff he has...  

Bumblebee 

Bumblebee

Soundwave with an iPod Touch 

soundwave-ipod-touch

OP Vs Meg 

OP Vs Megs

Megatron Revoltech 

Megatron Revoltech

Magnus

Magnus

Ironhide 

Ironhide

Bumblebee

bumblebee

Reignfire's Transformers Collection 

collection


March 13, 2008

Is Bebo cheap & Facebook Over–priced?

Writing about web page http://corp.aol.com/news/aol-acquire-social-media-network-bebo

bebo-facebook

AOL's decision to purchase social networking site Bebo, a UK based Facebook & MySpace rival for $850 million in cash was announced this morning. It has been the talk of the day and possibly the next few weeks in the tech webosphere.

While it is all well and good for AOL and the owners of Bebo, it does make me wonder about Facebook's supposed $15bn valuation.

With 67 million active users on Facebook and a valuation of $15bn (due to evil Microsoft's purchase of 1.6% of Facebook for $240m last year), each Facebook user is worth about $230.

Whilst Bebo's current $850m valuation and 40 million users makes each Bebo user worth a mere $21.

The disparity to me seems to be far too wide and makes me wonder if AOL got a deal of a life time or Facebook is far too over-valued.

Some might argue that Bebo’s user demographic is a younger bunch but does it justify a more than ten-fold price per user?

I know Facebook is quite an innovative company but don't assume Bebo is not equally as innovative, remember they pioneered innovations like the homebrewed drama - Kate Modern on their Open Media platform that has attracted over 25 million view; and don’t forget Bebo’s interactive online reality drama, “The Gap Year”.

So should Zuckerberg cash in quick? Or is it already to late?


March 12, 2008

Meet Africa's first Black Billionaire

Writing about web page http://www.forbes.com/lists/2008/10/billionaires08_Aliko-Dangote_64RI.html

Aliko Dnagote

His name is Aliko Dangote, and yes he is a born and breed Nigerian industrialist whose net worth according to Forbes is an estimated $3.3bn which stemmed from seed capital borrowed from his uncle.

And no, he is not a corrupted government official or former head of state; he is a pure capitalist business man that slowly built his empire over 25 years.

His name again.....Aliko Dangote

His empire includes the number one sugar production company in Nigeria & West Africa, a cement factory, refineries, real estate, petroleum distribution, agriculture and food production that includes a virtual monopoly on the production of pasta in Nigeria.

His was ranked #334 in Forbes World's Billionaires list.

I think the Dangote Group corporate website is in need of a major overhaul, and should consult me if they any help sorting them out ;)

Another black African billionaire... 

Note that another black African by the name of Patrice Motsepe also made Forbe's list at #503 with an estimated net worth of $2.4bn. He is a self made South African Mining magnate and has a very impressive profile.


March 11, 2008

The Ultimate Eco–Friendly Gadget – Solar Powered Laptop

Writing about web page http://www.nikoladesign.com/portfolio4.html

I love eco-friendly gadgets and this one ticks all the right boxes for me - a solar powered notebook concept by designer - Nikola Knezevic is absolutely awesome. It's slick design, detachable solar panel and the fact that it also comes packed with a GPS, internet access & a satellite phone makes it my fav concept gadget so far for 2008.

solar powered laptop

solar powered laptop

solar powered laptop

solar powered laptop


March 10, 2008

Internet Explorer 8 beta OUT

Writing about web page http://www.microsoft.com/windows/products/winfamily/ie/ie8/readiness/default.htm

IE-8-beta

For all you IE explorer lovers out there (if there are any) Internet Explorer 8 Beta is officially out, like IE 7's bugs were ever sorted out. It can be downloaded here


March 09, 2008

VW Polo Singing Dog TV Ad: Steve Winwood, "I'm a Man

Writing about web page http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9beQh1yH5uU

I love this ad, especially when the dog starts shaking. It makes me laugh everytime I watch it. Play it and tell me what you think (lol)

BTW if you like the track its titled "I'm a Man" by the Davis Group & Steve Winwood (I just got it off iTunes)

Spencer Davis Group with Steve Winwood live on stage in 1966, performing the original, "I'm a Man". 



March 07, 2008

Google Search Box with Search Results

Writing about web page http://googleblog.blogspot.com/2008/03/search-within-site-tale-of.html

Have you noticed Google's new search box feature? A mini-search box appears on search results of some large websites;

How it works... 

When you search for a major website (not product) Google presents  you with a mini search box as part of the result which according to Google:

increases their likelihood of finding the exact page they are looking for. 

google search john lewis

Although its been fully rolled out (on March 5th '08), some popular websites like Yahoo, Dixons & BBC don't seem to show up on search results. I however noticed academic & government sites like Warwick, Oxford, Transport for London & HMRC show up with the mini-search box

According to the official Google blog: 
This feature will now occur when we detect a high probability that a user wants more refined search results within a specific site. Like the rest of our snippets, the sites that display the site search box are chosen algorithmically based on metrics that measure how useful the search box is to users. 

Warwick Search Results



February 29, 2008

Are you tired of Facebook?

tired of facebook

Well I am tired of  Facebook....I'll explain why.

In the begining.... 

Before I joined facebook last spring, I dabbled into getting a MySpace profile. With multiple layouts, extremely long profile pages and random tracks playing on the background of every profile page, I just couldn't figure MySpace out. My romance with MySpace lasted for about 2 weeks and I left MySpace for the numerous artistes, DJs & teenagers that lurk the hideous site.

I have to say that, MySpace has been an exception to web usability principles and has surprisingly been a huge success in the social networking sphere.  Perhaps the other web principle of "content being king" holds true for MySpace and has been instrumental to its success. 

facebook-myspace

Let there be Facebook..... 

When I joined Facebook my incomprehension of social networking from my experience with MySpace were clarified. Usability was key to Facebook with clean easy to navigate layouts. The idea of networks was also novel and very useful for me to connect to old friends (I could find on Facebook) and my Uni alumni. At the time not too many people (at least in the UK) were on facebook and I loved its short-lived cult status. 

As facebook grew bigger with users and applications, things started to make no sense to me anymore. Some profile pages started to resemble the trademark clutter of MySpace profile pages. And then the guilt of snobbery I face very regularly of not wanting to acknowledge every 'friend request', 'poke'. 'wall post', 'event invitation' and 'random private message' is a constant evil I have to battle, and that because I am a private person. What put the icing on the cake for my disdain was Facebook's decision to display profile pages on Google search results.....Yes on GOOGLE SEARCH RESULTS!?! wtf?!?  What happened to privacy?!? Being discreet? All in the bin :(

Maybe I have become busier but I now visit Facebook for about 10 minutes every week or 2 weeks. Down from like 30mins - an hour a day, its just not what it used to be.

Here's what the Economists has to say about Facebook fatigue some of us are experiencing:

The number of Britons logging on to Facebook has fallen for the first time, according to Nielsen Online, an internet-metrics firm. In January, 8.5m unique users caught up with friends and colleagues, down by 5% from December. Facebook has added 712% more users in Britain since January 2007 and it appears that a natural plateau has been reached: Bebo and MySpace hit their user peaks in mid-2007. People may also be turning to more specialised sites, such as LinkedIn, a professional-networking site. America has already seen growth slacken.

I guess it'll be no more social network on the web for me....I'm more into social bookmarking with Digg and blogging at the moment. 


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