Some truth behind the humour

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I’m sure most of you will at least smile when you read this Dilbert cartoon published yesterday. Scott Adams‘ canny insight into the workplace and contemporary issues highlights underlying truths, in this case concerning the sometimes-collisions between public relations, conflicts of interest and ethical behaviours. Smile at the humour as you do the right thing.

Charlie Chaplin Google Doodle

It’s always a pleasure to visit the Google search page as you never quite know what to expect in the Google logo you will encounter as it might have received the Google doodle treatment. Today, Google may well have produced the most fun experience yet, certainly that I’ve seen, marking the 122nd year since the […]

Dustbin of history

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See what can happen when you don’t engage online The Dilbert strip, December 11, 2010. Related Dilbert posts: [Posterous] What Really Matters: Will Dilbert Do More Cartoons About The Cloud? Dear God, no!

My Blackberry is not working

Harry Enfield and Ronnie Corbett – two veterans of British comedy – show how they’re still at the top of their game. Excellent parody of today’s tech brands. More sketches at The One Ronnie.

An alternate hype cycle

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For the past few years, I’ve posted about Gartner’s hype cycles when the new series is published by the research firm, usually in mid July or thereabouts. The ones that typically interest me are emerging technologies and social software. What are hype cycles? Wikipedia has a good explanation of the concept. Here’s how to understand […]

Would you buy a used car from these guys?

I was going through some of my photos this Sunday morning as part of some digital housekeeping when I came across this one, of my podcasting partner Shel Holtz and I taken by Shel’s wife Michele in Concord, California, last June: We were thinking of updating the pic on our For Immediate Release website as […]

Pushing the buzzword comfort zone

TechCrunch writer Robin Wauters wrote a terrific post yesterday on the ten words he would love to see banned from press releases. Big topic, Robin! You’re talking about changing a total mindset, a way of thinking, that’s prevalent in many organizations where jargon and buzzwords define a powerful comfort zone. PRs, try something like this […]

What is a browser?

Scott from Google went out on the streets of New York and asked people if they know what a browser is. The results may or may not surprise you. What they’ll indicate is how those of us embedded with tech, as it were, use common terms like ‘browser’ which many people still simply don’t understand. […]

The ridicule of Parliament

This morning, I picked up a copy of today’s Daily Telegraph, the edition of the paper that includes “The Complete Expenses Files,” a 68-page report detailing the revelations about MPs’ expenses that the paper has been publishing every day for the past month or so. The first thing that struck me about this large-sized document […]