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Another addiction for the list October 22, 2006

Posted by britishbullblog in Emailing, General, Internet, Personal.
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I think I have officially become adddicted to checking my emails. I have heard about other people also being addicted to this, but I never thought it would be me!

It is down to a number of contributing factors. The first, I now have a couple of blogs and am always wanting to see if comments have been made. Secondly, I have now set-up my mobile phone so that I can check my emails when I’m out and about. So I now find myself always reaching for my mobile when I’ve got a few spare minutes to see if my inbox has a new visitor.

I guess there are worse things to be addicted to, but I nevertheless dislike the idea of being addicted to anything. I see addiction as a real sign of weakness.

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The world is getting bigger; your penis has to get bigger too. September 27, 2006

Posted by britishbullblog in Email Spam, General, Humourous.
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Received this as sp*m and it just made me laugh out loud. The stuff I usually get is so boring, but this one brightened up my sp*m folder no end!

Imagine if anyone actually ever read that and went ‘You know what they’re right, what can I do!’

Brilliant.

7 Continents Challenge – Update 3 September 15, 2006

Posted by britishbullblog in Geek, General, Internet, Personal.
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Well, here is the third update from the original post in this series of posts. After Lauro’s comment on Update 2 dated the 11th September I was expecting this third update to be posted a little sooner. However, it seems I have had a number of hits from the South American continent and can safely strike it from the list below:

1. North America
2. South America
3. Europe
4. Africa
5. Asia
6. Oceania
7. Antarctica

This now does just leave Antarctica, I really don’t know how I am ever going to get a hit from there! Anyone know someone that is currently doing research on Antarctica?!

7 Continents Challenge – Update 2 September 9, 2006

Posted by britishbullblog in Geek, General, Internet, Personal.
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Well, here is the second update from the original post in this series of posts. It seems someone has hit my blog from Kenya! Wohoo!! Thanks whoever you are! So, this just leaves 2 remaining continents.

1. North America
2. South America
3. Europe
4. Africa
5. Asia
6. Oceania
7. Antarctica

Blogvertising – Blog off or blog on? September 3, 2006

Posted by britishbullblog in Blogging, Blogvertising, Geek, General, Internet, Questioning.
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I watched the latest epsiode of the BBC News 24 show >Click and they discussed, all be it briefly, the issue of online advertising. However, in amongst the debate of pop-ups, overlays and paying search engines, they looked at the issue of blogvertising.

Blogvertising is basically when advertisers pay ‘respectable’ bloggers to endorse products. The question the programme raised was ‘Is this in the spirit of what a blog is?’ Tim Phillips, technology journalist was quoted on the show as saying

“The whole thing defeats itself. Either they don’t say that they’ve been paid, in which case it becomes a time bomb and it immediately self-destructs if it comes out that they’ve been paid to do it. Or they do say they’ve been paid, in which case they lose the respect of the community they’ve built up.”

The definition provided by the Oxford Dictionary of Modern Slang for the word ‘blog’ is –

An Internet website containing an eclectic and frequently updated assortment of items of interest to its author.

I have some reservations about this term for a blog. Whilst it would perhaps surfice as a very generic term to cover the majority of blogs, it does not go anywhere near to really defining the nature of blogs in their entirety. Some blogs are not just an eclectic mix of ramblings, but rather more focussed with their content.

If a blogger creates and develops a blog that is about something specific and then gains a significant readership as a result, does that not give some value to the opinions being expressed by the blogger. If it does, then wouldn’t it be of benefit to the readership if the blogger promoted products thet s/he felt were worth promoting? Well, no.

This is where blogvertising falls done as it does with all advertising when being endorsed. Why should you trust the opinion of someone that is getting paid to say something is great? Of course they’re going to say ‘yeah, this new mobile phone is the best’ because they’re getting paid a wedge to do so!

So, should bloggers be allowed to advertise and promote products via their blog? In my opinion, yes, what they do with their blog is up to them. If they do and readership falls, well, it was their call. If readers purchase products solely on the basis of an endorsement and it turns out the product sucks, well, they’ve learnt the hard way. Don’t by into products purely on the basis of advertising and I don’t me just endorsements, but any advertising.

Let advertising spark an interest, but then research the product, try it out if you can, ask other consumers what they thought of it. If you do this then you will save yourself a considerable amount of grief and money.

My advice is to become a discerning consumer, not a foolish one.

7 Continents Challenge – Update August 31, 2006

Posted by britishbullblog in Geek, General, Internet, Personal.
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Well, here is the first update from the original post in this series of posts. Overnight I have had a couple of hits from Oceania! So, this just leaves 3 remaining continents.

1. North America
2. South America
3. Europe
4. Africa
5. Asia
6. Oceania
7. Antarctica

UK Terror Alert Status August 30, 2006

Posted by britishbullblog in General, Government, Internet, Questioning, Terrorism, Websites.
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I came across this website (www.terror-alert.co.uk) via BritBlog and it struck me as completely at odds with my views on terrorism.

The website is a simple enough affair in that it essentially offers you a way of placing a badge on your own site that displays the current ‘threat level’ of a potential terrorist attack in the UK. This seems harmless enough, and it probably is, but it is the signal that this sends out which I find difficult to support.

I spent several months researching and writing about terrorism for my university dissertation. In my opinion I believe that whilst ‘one man’s terrorist can be another man’s freedom fighter’ there is no place for terrorist activities today.

Terrorism works on initiating and spreading fear, without fear the terrorists really are left powerless. It is for this reason that I found the website and its badge somewhat gauling. It is suggesting that we should always be informed of potential terrorist activity in order that we let it effect our lives in some way. I don’t care what the current ‘threat level’ is because I am still going to carry on with my life irrespective.

If anyone is interested why not just go to the Home Office website and see for yourself, there’s no need to have a live feed straight to your webpage, surely?

Do you want at least 2GB of free online storage? August 22, 2006

Posted by britishbullblog in General, Internet, Links.
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Of course you do!

Well, just take a look at this by clicking here.

I have been using it and it is absolutely great. 2GB of free storage to back-up whatever you want, music, photos, documents.

It’s really easy to use, I can’t recommend it enough.

Have a go now!

Note: if you use the link above then we will both get an extra 250MB of storage space!

7 Continents Challenge August 21, 2006

Posted by britishbullblog in General, Internet.
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The title of this post may make it sound more exciting than it actually is and certainly far more energetic and demanding. No, I’m not going to walk up the highest peaks of all the 7 continents in 30 days, nor am I intending to cycle across them.

No, instead, my aim is to get just one ‘hit’ on my cluster map from each of the main continents. I will edit this post when each continent has been successfully hit!

So the continents –

1. North America
2. South America
3. Europe
4. Africa
5. Asia
6. Oceania
7. Antarctica

I definitely think Antarctica is going to be a tricky one! However, if you know someone that lives on one of the remaining continents who wouldn’t mind taking a few seconds to give me a hit then I would be very grateful. Thanks.

Websites that changed the world August 14, 2006

Posted by britishbullblog in General, Internet, Personal.
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According to The Observer in a recent article titled ‘Websites that changed the world‘ they listed these 15 sites as those that have changed the world –
 
1. eBay.com
2. wikipedia.com
3. napster.com
4. youtube.com
5. blogger.com
6. friendsreunited.com
7. drudgereport.com
8. myspace.com
9. amazon.com
10. slashdot.org
11. salon.com
12. craigslist.com
13. google.com
14. yahoo.com
15. easyjet.com
 
The article doesn’t say how they came to select these fifteen, it could simply be someone’s subjective opinion. However, one point I did find interesting which highlighted ‘how casually we have come to take it [the internet] for granted.’ It has become such an integral part of our lives from business to pleasure that it is a wonder how we managed before. However, with it being such an organic creature I am looking forward to see how it develops over the coming years.
 
The websites that are currently (the list does vary over time) changing my world are –
 
1. google.com : always using the engine!
2. flickr.com : love this site.
3. any forum that I have used : they are just such a great resource.
 
I would be interest to hear what websites have changed your world?