Sorting through some boxes and things in storage as part of the type of chore you often do on a Bank Holiday Monday, I came across some items that took me on a little journey. Floppy disks. The 3-1/2 inch, double-sided, 1.44Mb type. Boxes of them. I had time only to look in one box (thus exhibiting an extraordinary level of self-discipline) and encountered a few great memories (pun not intended) of my computing landscape 25 years ago. While my curiosity didn't extend to viewing any of the … [Read more...] about Memories on floppy disks
I'm a big fan of Samsung's products especially their Galaxy series of smartphones. My first Samsung smartphone was a Galaxy S3 in 2012. That was followed by an S4 and then an S6. I'm now on a Galaxy S8. The next one might be an S10 as it looks like I'm an even-number kind of Galaxy user, if I go for another Samsung model again. Which, by the way, is not a guarantee with the likes of Huawei and other emerging manufacturers offering leading-edge tech and compelling user experiences often … [Read more...] about A shout-out to Samsung for great customer service
For the September episode of the monthly Hobson & Holtz Report podcast, aka FIR 155, I was the solo host with Shel away. Doing the show like this reminded me of the old days of FIR when Shel and I recorded a weekly show for over ten years, where one of us would typically do it all solo if the other was away. This was one of those times! Anyway, you have a show to listen to so here's what's in this month's H&H Report: Skype has finally enabled audio recording of both ends of a … [Read more...] about For Immediate Release 155: Did neglect kill SlideShare?
Blogging for business and pleasure is alive and flourishing in the UK, according to the second annual survey of UK bloggers carried out by Vuelio UK in conjunction with Canterbury Christ Church University. The survey was conducted in February 2017 to explore how bloggers work, their activities and views about their relationship with PR professionals and the future commercialisation of their work. Published last week, the results present a useful snapshot of the UK blogosphere. Whether … [Read more...] about Perspectives on blogging in the UK
We Baby Boomers are benefiting significantly from the gig economy, says author, speaker and optimist Tim Drake. Not just as consumers by it providing lower prices and more convenience, but as participants too. It’s an important bolt-on to something bigger, he says, enabling new ways of doing business to emerge, and a fresh outlook on what ‘work’ is. But is it something we should think about taking a much more active role in? Baby Boomers fit into what I call Generation Cherry. Indeed, that … [Read more...] about Why the gig economy fits well with the lives of Baby Boomers
For much of the past decade, I've been a champion of Google Chrome. It's been my browser of choice not only on the PC and Mac desktops but also across all my Android mobile devices. I've now switched to a different browser, and the switch may well be long-term if not permanent. That browser is Opera, a browser I first tried in 2006 on a Nokia phone, but a thoroughly modern product today that mirrors much of what Google Chrome offers - built-in tabbed browsing, a bookmarks bar, … [Read more...] about Opera: a good browser alternative to Google Chrome
A new social network started up six months ago and began picking up speed last week as it echoes the early days of Twitter. It's called Mastodon and was born out of frustration with changes being made on Twitter, according to an interview with founder Eugen Rochko in The Verge. Last year, after Twitter began moving away from a purely chronological feed, Rochko began building the back end for what would become Mastodon. Instead of building a unified service, Rochko envisioned something more like … [Read more...] about Mastodon, the hot new social network like Twitter, kind of
This cartoon by Tom Fishburne, published a few days ago, is a pretty good reminder of what differentiates influencer marketing from many other kinds of marketing where, in the latter case, 'big' tends to be what matters. It seems to me that the term 'influencer marketing' is used by many people as a synonym for 'mass marketing' where the prime question is "how many?" instead of "who are they?" This is especially so where social media is concerned, where far too much attention is paid to the … [Read more...] about Small matters most in influencer marketing