What? No RSS?!

Scoble blasted a member of a marketing team deep within Microsoft recently when he asked Scoble for some tips and freely admitted that his team didn’t even use RSS feeds on their site.  His post was mistaken for a rant about the necessity of having RSS on a site but as he pointed out, it isn’t just about RSS.  It is about having an interactive site that draws and retains traffic and these days this really only happens when your site has interactive features like RSS.  Given that a lot of traffic comes from bloggers, it becomes more and more important to make sure that the content on your site keeps bringing them back and you don’t achieve that with a static, feed-less site.  This is something I am learning with one of my projects and also why I am going to be restructuring that site soon.
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New products, lower prices from Telkom

I didn’t think I’d see this happen so soon! Telkom has announced new broadband products at lower prices. Telkom will be dropping its prices for its ADSL offerings and will introduce a 192kbps ADSL offering at a more reasonable price of R329 per month. The price of its 512kbps HomeDSL offering will drop from R680 per month to R599 per month and users will also receive 5 free sessions at Telkom’s new T-Zone Wi-Fi hotspots.

Although the cost of a broadband connection is still relatively expensive, this is very encouraging indeed!

Update:

The Communications Users Association of South Africa has commented on these developments. As I initially thought, they caution people not to enter in Telkom’s 24 month contracts too quickly. The prices are still high and we can probably expect further price cuts as competition intensifies. Keep your options open.

“We also urge consumers to be cautious of signing any 24-month contracts which include ‘free’ modems, as it is likely that competitors will offer counter products, and at increasingly competitive prices,?? says Webber.

On the face of it, the average businessperson and consumer should not really care which company wins in a competitive environment, just as long as they are able to obtain broadband offerings at internationally competitive rates.

“However, we seriously doubt if the monopoly would be in the least bit interested in reducing its fees for broadband offerings without the presence of new and significant competitors.??

He points out as an example the fact that Telkom’s latest HomeDSL 512 price point is now exactly the same as that of one of its wireless competitors.”

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Intel unveils new class of Pentium 4s | CNET News.com

CNET News.com has reported that Intel has unveiled a new class of Pentium 4 processors which will support 64-bit operating systems and applications:

Intel introduced a line of Pentium 4 desktop chips Sunday that
contain 2MB of secondary cache, twice as much as current Pentium 4s, as
well as technology from its notebook line that’s designed to cut power
consumption. Larger caches, a pool of memory located on the processor,
generally improve performance.

 

  The four chips included
in the new 600 series of Pentium 4s range in speeds from 3GHz to
3.6GHz, and all of them feature an 800MHz bus. The top-of-the-line 660
Pentium 4 sells for $605 in quantities of 1,000, while the 630 sells
for $224.

Intel also unveiled "another member of the Pentium 4 Extreme Edition processor family, which
runs at 3.73GHz and contains a 1.066GHz bus. These chips are used
inside computers for gamers and serious hobbyists.
"

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Google … beware the Dark Side!

A little while ago, Steve Rubel of Micro Persuasion wrote about a new feature in Google’s browser toolbar that uses a feature called ‘Autolink" which performs a similar function to Microsoft’s SmartTags:

Google today launched a new version
of its toolbar that employs a new feature called Autolink that turns
non-linked content on Web sites into hotlinks back to Google properties
and other sites. Gary Price writes

For example, say your browsing a web page with numerous
addresses on it. AutoLink will turn each of those addresses into direct
links to the Google Maps database.


In addition to addresses, it will also add links for ISBNs, package
tracking numbers, and vehicle identification numbers. This all has Greg
Linden a bit spooked. I agree. How come nobody is crying foul here? Remember all the heat Microsoft took over its planned Smart Tags feature
a few years ago? Gary alludes to it, but I think that there should be
more discussion here. Let’s face it, Google is to the Web what Microsoft
is to PCs – the operating system everyone uses to search. It has nearly
the same lock on consumers’ share of mind (sorry Yahoo). And millions use the Google
Toolbar. They shouldn’t get away with what Microsoft was unable to.
It’s not fair and it shows that no matter what Google does, they can do
no wrong in the eyes of the American public – at least for now. Could
you imagine the uproar if Microsoft had tried this with the new MSN
Toolbar Suite
?

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Running naked … and drunk

IOL carried this really funny story about a Florida prosecutor whose prank went very bad:

Miami, Florida – A state prosecutor in Florida’s island city of Key
West is under arrest after he allegedly ran naked and drunk across a
parking lot and hopped into the wrong car, a local daily said on
Tuesday.

Albert Tasker of the local state prosecutor’s office told police he had
been drinking with friends and thought it would be funny to take off
his clothes and run to a friend’s car in the parking lot, according to
the Florida Keys Citizen.

But Tasker, 28, apparently got into the back seat of the wrong car,
much to the distress of the woman in the vehicle. The legitimate
occupant screamed and called her boyfriend who telephoned police.

Carly Fiorina’s departure from HP

Carly Fiorina’s departure from HP was reported a little while ago.  Just before it was reported, Fortune magazine ran an article about Fiorina’s gamble six years ago and questioned whether the company was better off after the merger with Compaq or not.

It seems that her departure may not have been amicable.  Fortune has reported that her departure may have been somewhat confrontational:

It seemed like the corporate equivalent of Clint Eastwood’s Million Dollar Baby: In a woman-to-woman confrontation that never could have happened in the male-dominated executive world of ten years ago, Hewlett-Packard
director Pattie Dunn, who in her day job is vice chairman of Barclays
Global Investors, knocked Carly Fiorina out of her post as CEO of HP
and took over as the nonexecutive chairman of the board.

Or at
least that’s the way Hollywood might have told it. Indeed, Dunn was the
headliner in what happened. But behind the scenes—or maybe we should
say in the corners of the boxing ring—other powerful figures assisted
in this dramatic heave-ho. FORTUNE doesn’t know all the details. But
from many sources, we know enough to make it clear that Fiorina’s
leaving was consistent with her strong, controlling personality: She
didn’t go quietly.

This is why!

Ludicorp, the creators of Flickr, have this on their ‘About’ page.  Is this not the truest motivation for an entrepreneur?

Our “corporate philosophy?? has an excellent summary in the
      following passage from
Disclosing New Worlds: Entrepreneurship, Democratic
      Action and the Cultivation of Solidarity
by Charles Spinosa, Fernando
      Flores & Hubert Dreyfus (MIT Press 1997):

 

Business owners do not normally work for money either. They work
      for the enjoyment of their competitive skill, in the context of a life where
      competing skillfully makes sense. The money they earn supports this way
      of life. The same is true of their businesses. One might think that they
      view their businesses as nothing more than machines to produce profits,
      since they do closely monitor their accounts to keep tabs on those profits.
      

   
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My job? Blogging! (Now there is an idea)

Imagine this …
(hazy mist rolls in as the scene changes)
Weary of many long hours maintaining a full-time job and still remaining faithful to your blog, you make a momentous decision one day …
To blog full-time!

Sound far-fetched?  Not at all.  In fact, I am noticing more and more people (and I am not talking about groups of people, I am talking about lone bloggers) are blogging full-time and earning a decent living off it too!  One person who does this and who springs to mind almost immediately is Darren Rowse, also known as ProBlogger.  When he wrote about what he thought bloggers doin’ it for themselves, he had the following to say:
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