The glamorous world of web development

In films, advanced computer users often spend their development time spinning round in their chairs, cracking their knuckles, doing handstands and other things aimed at, I don’t know, increasing blood flow or something (yes Swordfish I’m talking about you).

The reality is somewhat different, or course; certainly in our office. Here, a 30-minute spell of advanced development is compressed into 90 seconds, and the cookie-eating and conversations with the rest of the team (both in the office and remotely via Skype) are revealed.

Tuesday, February 15th, 2011 eBusiness, Technology, Web Development 3 Comments

Import movies into your Netflix queue

So this post is a little different from the usual – think of it as market research.  I have it in mind to write a little app that lets you import a load of titles into your Netflix queue.  So if you have a subscription with, say, Blockbuster and you want to give Netflix a try, you could easily add the movies from your Blockbuster queue into your Netflix queue.

So the question is: is this worth doing?  Would people actually use it?

If you would, leave a comment.  If 50 people say ‘Yes’, then I’ll get started…

Monday, January 24th, 2011 eBusiness, Web Development 10 Comments

The Times paywall, discipline and game theory

So today’s the day that thetimes.co.uk starts charging for access.  You can still access the front page without paying, but if you try to read any stories it prompts you to pick a payment option (£1 for one day’s access, or £2 for a whole week).

Now I have to be honest and say that I was all set to pay my £2.  It’s a legitimate business expense, and I reckon we could manage £104 per year; I know I’d use it, too, because I currently visit The Times once a day, and often more.  However, perversely, this is what put me off.

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Friday, July 2nd, 2010 eBusiness 1 Comment

How websites reward ambition

In a nutshell: Because they scale really nicely.

This was brought home to me recently when I was drawing up a proposal for a client who plans to set up a new business networking group, or more accurately, a network of networking groups.  Our M.O. involves a lot of upfront business analysis, so it was clear that the optimum solution involved much more than a simple website with some card payments for bookings.

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Wednesday, November 18th, 2009 eBusiness, Technology, Web Development No Comments

Growing in a recession

I know there’s a recession on, and we’re all supposed to be hiding under blankets waiting for it all to be over, but the problem I’ve been facing for the past 6 months is that Prominent Media has been busier than ever. I have a couple of ideas as to why that might be, based on conversations I’ve had with new and existing customers over that period. 

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Monday, February 23rd, 2009 eBusiness No Comments

Slowly backing away from 3G?

I love my 3G laptop card, even though it nearly cost me £1,050 the last time I used it (in Spain, watching video highlights of the US Presidential debates).  Yikes!

Now I see on TechCrunch that AT&T has bought Wayport, a US WiFi hotspot operator, in a $275 million deal.  I wonder if that will prove portentous for the UK, where mobile carriers are still trying to recoup their £22 BILLION investment in 3G licenses.  If the operating costs are significantly higher than WiFi, will we see the same thing in the UK?  And if so, who are the big players in the WiFi hotspot market?

The Cloud already provides a similar service for O2 and Orange (although they levy a monthly fee, unlike AT&T), while the others are either doing their own thing (T-Mobile) or ignoring WiFI altogether (Vodafone).  If WiFi continues to grow, while being much cheaper to support than 3G, will we see the incumbent carriers invest more heavily there?

Should be interesting to watch, in any case.

Thursday, November 6th, 2008 eBusiness, Technology No Comments

Moving the ‘millionaire’ goalposts

In amongst an interesting post from Lisa Everitt over at BNET on the online shopping habits of the rich, I saw this:

Google surveyed the shopping habits of 263 millionaires (shoppers 25 to 64 with an income of more than $1 million [emphasis mine]) and 730 ultra-affluents (net worth of $1 million, household incomes of $250,000 or more for married couples).

Given that the usual definition of millionare (‘A person whose wealth exceeds one million units of any currency’) would cover all of these people, I feel almost sorry for the ‘ultra-affluents’ whose million-dollar net worths and quarter-million incomes just don’t cut it any more.  I wonder who is going to break the bad news?

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Friday, October 24th, 2008 eBusiness No Comments