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The Nest Learning Thermostat

Posted by on Oct 26, 2011 in Technology | 0 comments

The guy that was behind the iPod has decided to make a home appliance sexy for the consumer. What home appliance do you think that is? The thermostat. Yes you read that correctly, the thermostat. Holy cow how he has managed to turn such a siff object that clutters walls in your home to something that is sleek, elegant and downright SEXY.

I want one!

Did I mention that it learns from your behaviour constantly and adjusts the temp based on your previous habits. Yea how awesome is that?

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What Microsoft Gets Out of the Skype Purchase

Posted by on Oct 18, 2011 in Technology | 0 comments

Microsoft just threw an enormous amount of money at the Skype messaging service.  More than $8 billion dollars.

To put that figure in context, Senator Kerry has recently proposed an infrastructure bank designed to offer loans to get infrastructure construction projects funded and off the ground.  An entire bank designed to jumpstart the national economy…and the Senator is asking for a seed fund of about the size of the Skype purchase.

Skype retailed for $3 million in 2005, and less than $2 million in 2009.  Microsoft’s purchase quadruples the price of the service less than 2 years later.  (Kudos to the investment group that made the investment in 2009). Microsoft is smart, right?  The brainchild of Bill Gates would not throw money around heedlessly.  So what are they doing buying Skype? It is not the current base of customers.  Some customers pay to use Skype for phone services.  Microsoft paid about 33 times more for these customers than what they are worth. It is not the current business model.  Skype has never made decent profit, although last year they posted a decent operating profit of $284 million, a figure that slipped to a $7 million loss once all the numbers were counted.

It is not the underlying design of the product.  I am no software engineer but my experience with the product is often frustrating.  From what is readily available online, others who know more are also concerned about the design of the service, citing difficult architecture and incomprehensible coding.

What justifies the big purchase?  A number of theories have been floated, including those offered by Microsoft.  These justifications include:

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  • A chance to integrate Microsoft’s base of Windows Live Messenger customers, all 300 million plus of them, into the Skype paying service.
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Google Rolls Out New Jumbo Site Links

Posted by on Aug 17, 2011 in seo, Web | 0 comments

So Google has officially started rolling out the new jumbo site links for all users. They now take up almost all of the space above the fold. What do you guys think? Will it make life harder from an SEO point of you? Are you seeing anything strange with the new site links?

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This could bring in far more branded search results, but at the same time, it could also stem your SEO efforts.

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Google Testing New SERP’s: Part 2

Posted by on Jun 30, 2011 in Web | 0 comments

I wrote yesterday about Google testing new SERP features. Today I started up my pc and went to Google (as I probably do about a million times a day) and was greeted with some more changes.

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I quite like the new look and feel and it seems to coincide with the look and feel of Google +. I also noticed today that Google.com.au doesn’t have instant, but google.co.za does. Found that interesting.

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Google Testing New Black SERP’s

Posted by on Jun 28, 2011 in Web | 0 comments

So it seems that Google is testing a new slightly different look and feel on their SERP’s. What do you guys think of this? I have only seen this on google.com.au and not google.co.za or google.com. I know it has been different for others, but I would really like to know if anyone is seeing this on google.co.za?

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