My Blackberry is (still) not working

I first posted this video satire about the Blackberry (and Apple) smartphone by comedians Harry Enfield and Ronnie Corbett last December. In light of the continuing serious downtime issues with RIM’s Blackberry network, affecting users worldwide, it seems exceptionally apt to take another look. (If you don’t see the video embedded above, watch it at YouTube.) On a serious note, though, this ongoing outage presents Blackberry maker RIM with an alarming loss of reputation, never mind considering its position in

Some truth behind the humour

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 birth of comedy legend Charlie Chaplin (born April 16, 1889) with a most imaginative video treatment of the logo that features the Google Doodle team

An alternate hype cycle

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 the hype cycle charts, the element that most people pay most attention to: 1. Technology Trigger – The first phase of a hype cycle is

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 the one there was taken in March 2006. We’ve changed a bit appearance-wise in three years. Great pic though it is (nice job, Michele!), we

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 in your next press release planning meeting. See if you can facilitate some change. Or come to the moment when you realize this isn’t the

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. Maybe that’s the surprise. Try it on your mother, though, and see what answer you get. Take a look: Here’s the start of Wikipedia’s definition:

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