Mark Davidson, Internet Sales & Marketing Professional?

Mark Davidson is, according to his Twitter tagline, an “Internet sales & marketing professional. I write a lot of things to amuse myself and others. On occasion, I even have deep thoughts.”

It appears as if all those “deep thoughts” may not actually have eminated from his own mind, but from three ghost-tweeters employed by Mark. Unfortunately, one of those writers claims to have been sacked by Mark…unfortunate as Mark also forgot to change his Twitter password.

e-Accident: Fax dead, e-mail seriously injured…middle-aged people confused

Have you any views on the introduction of a general ban on sending faxes in the enterprise? In this day and age, I feel it’s perfectly acceptable to expect someone to be able to receive an e-mail. As an enterprise, we obviously still need to receive faxes, but that can be handled by Exchange 2007 Unified Messaging as it stands. Sending outgoing faxes from PCs would require unnecessary expenditure, and I just feel that we should bite the bullet on this, do away with the actual machines, the analogue telephone lines they need, the toner and paper they use, and put this ancient technology out of our misery.  If someone needs to send a piece of paper or a signed document to someone, they can scan it and e-mail it.

<start of rant>To be perfectly honest, e-mail is on the way out too. It’s a middle-aged, middle-class way of communicating, equivalent to our parents writing letters. My kids all have e-mail, but they only use it to register on web sites, and never for communicating. In ten years time, how will we communicate with the next generation of customers? Twitter? Facebook? Bebo? TwitFace?  It won’t be by e-mail anyway.

And as for that noise the kids call music…<end of rant>

Answers on a postcard, please…

20Mb Broadband from UPC/ntl

As of today, UPC, the parent company of ntl and Chrous have announced their image new residential broadband packages.  The top package, which I have at home, was 6Mb/512Kb for €40/month.  The new package is 20Mb/1.5Mb for…€40/month.

Now that’s value!

Why Can’t I Google "()"?

I just tried to Google  the googlebracesphrase “exchange()”, but unfortunately Google (and Yahoo and Ask.com etc.) won’t process the brackets at the end.  I tried enclosing it in quotes and advanced searches, but it just won’t work.

I need to know!!!

Apple offering Safari to Windows users?

This mightn’t seem like too much of an issue, but having iTunes and QuickTime installed on my PC, I often get notified of updates for those products through the Apple Software Update.  Yesterday, I saw this:

safari

I have never had Safari installed on my PC (on my Mac Mini, yes), so I can’t see how I would “select the items you want to update” given that there’s nothing to update.

Correct me if I’m wrong, but if Microsoft tried this on another OS, we’d all be reading about the legal ramifications and EU competition commissioners spouting fire and the like.

Before you flame me, yes I can and did click on quit, but this update is always there and there’s no option to decline this update permanently.  I’m also sure that, buried deep in some EULA I agreed to ages ago, I gave Apple the right to do this.  It doesn’t mean I have to like it, and I don’t.

If I want Safari on my PC, I’ll go to apple.com and download it when I want it.  At this point in time, I don’t.

UPDATE:

Apparently, I can set an update to be “ignored”, but I still get this as a sly reminder that it’s not really ignored:

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SkyDrive – 5Gb Online Storage free

If you want 5Gb of free online storage, look at Windows Live SkyDrive from Microsoft, part of their Live initiative.

According to Microsoft:

  • 5 GB of free online storage, available from any computer with Internet access.
  • Create personal, shared, and public folders — you decide who has access to each folder.
  • Windows Live SkyDrive works well on any Windows or Macintosh computer with Firefox 1.5 or higher, or Internet Explorer 6 or higher.
  • All you need is a Windows Live ID account, and you can store private files of any type, or choose files to share with friends and family.

    It’s my virtual USB key of utilities.  Good price too.