It’s that time of the year when I choose my "Digital Product of the Year." Past products are TiVo and the Costa Coffee makers that ubiquitously populate UK service stations.This year I choose the British Gas Hive at Home automation system. Installing this has allowed me to control the heating system in my house whilst I am on a beach miles away. It’s a great piece of kit accessed from Android or iOS. It has also stopped the more lilly-livered members of my family from ramping up the heat or water temperatures when I am out. As a result of my control of the energy expended, these weaklings have been forced to put sweaters on. Consequently, this system has saved me some considerable wedge! On the downside, I thought I was one-up on my mates with Hive. Then one of the more techie blighters installed the rival Google NEST system which it seems remotely controls temperatures at room level (Hive currently has one temperature control point). Something for me to aspire to in 2015 unless BG can up spec The Hive! Go for it British Gas...
The dnjournal 2014 list of top domain name sales is out. I am nostalgic, frustrated, chuffed and incredulous (is this actually possible without drugs?). From my first UK commercial website in 1996 (nostalgic!) I have had 3 rules for name value. Must be: 1) Made up of recognisable words; 2) Less than 8 characters; 3) A .com I thought this last rule was dead given the proliferation of suffixs but the list (chuffed!) says NO. So, why am I not a domain name millionaire (frustrated!)? And why has no one bought my goldsure & beingsure domain names for mucho bucks? (Incredulous!)
The log files of my website show that my "Theory of Balls" page has been found by a visitor who typed in "theory of success in life" into @Google. Even though I am ranked 8 slots behind #Aristoltle #Plato I think this is bit of a 'win' don't you? SEE HERE It has been some time since I had a win on Google. In the early days of adwords I ran campaigns and became a Google case study (SEE HERE). Since the Big Agencies took over eCommerce the 'Don't Be Evil' mob have forgotten the little guy
Occasionally I come across a piece of creative that I just love. The latest #Android "be together, not the same" ad campaign is one of these. I may have been influenced by seeing it just as my Nexus phone seamlessly and automatically downloads and installs Lollipop Android. While the ad may be referring to iOS, not all Android installs are the same. @Samsung @LG and others 'fork' their phones and the result is a bloatware overlay that is one reason why sales of these are falling. Today, Android is such a sweet phone operating system that extras are not needed. Well done Google!
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