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Ace Internet Marketing (the ones whole stole from me) – More veiled threats and admission of guilt

Friday, November 2nd, 2007

So Aidan Doran from Ace Internet Marketing was on to me again saying I’ll get an apology and said he got legal advice about my “copywrite” claims from his legal team and they are at odds with what I say. Perhaps they are confused about copyright and copywrite. Hint: They are not the same. I wonder is the legal team outsourced too and I wonder was their opinion actually their own or did they lift that from a blog? The same way my content was lifted and stolen and put on the Ace Internet Marketing blog. Aidan said I can’t republish the email he sent me so I won’t because I’ll honour that, not because I’m legally obliged. Instead I’ll summarise it.

Aidan also in this latest email goes on to suggest that people who work for Ace (his words) are gunning for me now because when Ace stole my content and I wrote about it, it hurt their livelihoods and they are pissed over it. Apparently all of these people now are going to get me. This is my reading of the email.

Aidan, dear child, telling me that your employees/associates are out to get me and it is an issue between me and them, is a threat from Ace Internet Marketing in my books. One I will of course pass on to the correct people to deal with this. You’d have been better off keeping your mouth shut but as has been shown from your numerous childish anonymous comments as “Paul” and your constant harassing emails, this is something that you just don’t seem to be able to do. (I’ll now expect another rebuke via the emailternet)

History repeats and repeats and repeats.

Google OpenEsperanto – Universal apps will do what exactly?

Friday, November 2nd, 2007

Write once, run anywhere. I’ve heard this before right? I’m not too impressed that Google has built a framework to do this. Wowwee, they must have used half the brains in the company to do that or maybe half a brain. So now application developers can write an application and it can run anywhere. That’ll revitalise Orkut so will it? How exactly will an app that runs on Orkut benefit someone on mySpace or Bebo? Will it not mean that mySpace could actually take Bebo users now? All this does is make it easier to deploy Facebook/Social Network apps somewhere else but these app developers wanted to do that anyway and could not because the other companies didn’t have APIs or free ones (Bebo has a hefty charge to plug into it). And since when did programming for Facebook become difficult? How many days will the Super Adult Poke developer save now because of this?

All of these apps are run off a third-party server so most of the work programming the apps is done on your own server not Facebook, not mySpace, not Bebo. If these guys each brought out their own APIs, you’d just get a smart kid that would create an “Export to” app to allow your app to run on these sites. So Google’s allowed a smart 15 year old to spend more time on his Olsen Twins fake porn collection instead. Billion dollar companies are nice like that.

Also, OpenSocial won’t actually mean write once, run anywhere as each site can make their own proprietary calls too so an application writer could very well have to write an app that will only work on one site and have to change it for each additional site as Marc Andreessen explains:

nothing will prevent containers from implementing additional Javascript or web services APIs to provide additional functionality to developers. Open Social app developers can therefore choose to stay “onroad” and have their apps run in any Open Social container, or go “offroad” for one or more specific containers to do special things. Open Social standardizes common functionality but doesn’t prohibit innovation.

Think about it. Every site will have their own wants as will Google. Are they all given equal say as to what the “standard” API will cater for and what the future changes will be? It’ll be like the bloody United Nations as politics and agendas come out to play.

And why exactly if the Funwall App is now available on Bebo and mySpace, will I go back to them? It’s not about the apps, they might increase usage of the sites but Facebook is more than the mostly unused apps that are available for install.

A universal framework is just Esperanto. All these social networking countries still have their own culture, giving them apps that are on other sites might entertain some users but will it keep them from being dragged into Facebook? Facebook existed before their app platform, the opening of which got 1000s of geeks to make crappy things for Facebook which no doubt helped the hype. If Google helps all these other sites create their “Social Graphs” fantastic too. Maybe it’ll increase the time existing people spend on Bebo and mySpace and Vox. Or maybe they’ll be so overloaded with each one that’ll give up on all but one and hey they can now afford to leave Bebo as they can move their data to Orkut and all their apps. Thanks Google!

Nice quote from Russell Beattie too:

Would people be jumping on this bandwagon so readily if it was Microsoft unilaterally coming up with an API, holding secret meetings geared towards undercutting the market leader, and then making sure that only those anointed partners get a head start on launch day by making sure a key part of the API isn’t released – even in alpha. (It obviously exists already, all the partners have that spec and even sample code, I’m sure. The rest of us don’t get access yet, until the GOOG says otherwise).

One thing would have impressed me and maybe this is coming. Make OpenSocial a level 3 platform. This is what I’d expect Google to do. Google will be the runtime environment for all Open Social apps meaning the app creator doesn’t even need to have a backend for their application. Have they got their datacentres ready for that? Update:(While this was still in the timed queue) Sam Sethi is reporting that Google will in fact host your apps. Ooooh.

You know how Facebook should counter? Open up access to their new social advertising platform which competes against adsense.

Fluffy Links – Friday November 2nd 2007

Friday, November 2nd, 2007

All the Irish news feeds in one location.

More Ace Internet Marketing parodies. Here too.

Looking to get a cheap, sub 200 euros digital camera. Something that will fit in my jacket pocket and something not attached to a phone. Been looking here and at this and this. Comments?

Love this. People are jail-breaking iPhones and iPod Touches in the Apple Stores.

How not to do a divorce in the media. Hilarious.

A short video on Paul Rand. Logo superlord.

Gorby has a secret message in the Louis Vuitton ads? Surely a hoax?

Ciarán Guff – Green Party slit more throats for power

Friday, November 2nd, 2007

A Suzy points out, this time it’s the people that want civil unions who have had their throats slit in order for the Greens to stay in power. The spine of the Green Party must be completely eroded now judging by the way they’ve contorted themselves to bend over backwards in new ways for Fianna Fáil. Seriously, if I was a FF supporter I’d be so entertained at the hazing they’re giving the Greens.

Suzy covers what the Greens are telling fibs about now and how their abortion of the original Civil Union Bill does sweet fuck all at the end of the day so go there to read it. For me while pissed off at the latest shameful attitude from them I’m really sad for them too. They keep saying they need to be pragmatic and they talk up what they’ve achieved so far but they’re running out of things to achieve though since they’re turning their backs on their own policies more and more. What’s left from their manifesto that they haven’t sold down the river? Surely they should just quit while they are ahead now or are they in it for Ministerial Pensions? Where’s Trevor Sargent in all of this by the way? He’s been really quiet. When will it be his turn to turn the knife on his own supporters?

I’m surprised that the new Party Chairman hasn’t at least attempted to create some fake conflict in the party so make it look like the Green Troops are pissed off over all of this and he has to work hard to keep the party from leaving Government. I guess this negotiating tactic can’t be used for at least another year or two. But what about a genuine party revolt, are the party faithful *that* faithful and blind?

Cubic Telecom wins at it@cork Awards

Friday, November 2nd, 2007

Congrats to Pat and everyone else at Cubic. They had good competition too from Nitrosell, YouGetItBack and XCelesol. Cubic one in the Emerging Company category.

Mulley.net under massive (manual) spam attack

Thursday, November 1st, 2007

Seems someone doesn’t like what I’m saying about Ace Internet Marketing and the person who attacked Daithi’s blog is now attacking this blog too. can you feel the strain on the Blacknight.ie servers? No? Neither can I. They seem to be using IP ranges of Web Hosting companies in the UK and Canada. So I rang them and reported the abuse. Unlike most spam attacks, this is being done manually by some fucking idiot actually copying and pasting stuff.

Update: Seems the hosting for one of these accounts has just been killed. I got this from the hosting company:

The user’s name is “xxxxxxxx” and their account is terminated now.

NEXT!

Update: Bless him, he’s still leaving messages and anyone with half a brain will match the writing style to previous messages. Oh and in his stupidity he first went to Daithi’s site using an eircom IP – 86.43.127.141 Making it far too easy to track him down.

Update: And the uber hacker says he was watching a movie when his automated hacker tool did this. It is mid-term, is this why he has so much time? And his hacker tool was written in Java, the language du jour for the l33t kids. C’mon man, you’d have been as cool if you used .net. Fuck off and learn perl like any decent script kiddie.

Daithí’s Blog gets attacked

Thursday, November 1st, 2007

In a curious turn of events, someone left a message on Daithí’s blog post about Ace Internet Marketing saying they would attack him with spam. Sure enough a spam attack ensued but he bravely weathered the storm. Go Daithí!

Update: I’m getting nasty comments too from an IP address that is also attacking Daithí’s blog.

Mashup Camp Coverage – Want to interview someone from Yahoo!, Salesforce or Programmable Web?

Thursday, November 1st, 2007

So in continuing to get coverage for Mashup Camp, some of those attending are willing to do interviews with the press/bloggers. With Salesforce signed up for Google’s “Open Social” initiative, Mashup Camp might prove to be very timely now with news of this open exchange platform for social networks. Let me know if you want to do interviews.

eircom’s music store

Thursday, November 1st, 2007

Update: Website is live. (reviews are imported in from Entertainment.ie, please use LouderVoice!)

Met some nice people from eircom recently who told me about their future broadband plans as well as their plans for content. Not one of them wore a tie by the way. eircom will be relaunching their new music store very soon and from what I’m told it’s being built using lots of web 2.0 goodness. They’re also using a well-known and respected Irish company to design the store. Nice to see young local companies being used. They’ll be launching IPTV next year and are doing deals with media producers to get channels on the service as well as selling/renting movies and videos.

What I’m liking most about all of this is that the people looking after these areas are very enthusiastic and definitely are unlike the old eircom where the attitude seemed to be reject the new and hold on to the old ways as much as you can. Love that they are using the Last.FM engine to make recommendations to people. “If you like this, you’ll probably like this”. Better than Amazon’s recommendations based on purchases alone. They’re also getting the idea of the long tail by going around and trying to get as much local talent on to the store as possible. Perhaps they’ll add a podcast section some day? I asked them the dodgy DRM question and for labels that insist on it, they’ll use it but a lot of their music will be DRM-free. Universal looks to be on the way of getting rid of DRM completely anyway and yeah, they should be able to offer more content than iTunes because of that Universal/Apple spat.

Here’s some of the features:

  • The music channel will carry music from all the major labels, plus international and Irish independents, offering the widest range of products in Ireland – 800k tracks at launch; 7k videos, 27k polyphonic ringtones, 8k realtones.
  • Also features music news, album reviews, plus an Ireland-wide music events guide
  • In partnership with downloadmusic.ie, the channel will include free MP3s, videos, and a 24/7 streaming music player.
  • Music store Includes music recommendations from Last.fm, a media player where users can compile sample playlists, and 30sec samples before you buy
  • Channel will offer the widest range of download types in the Irish market place. Customers can download in multiple formats – to pc, to mobile, dual download (simultaneously to pc and mobile), video, real tones & poly tones and wallpaper.
  • I’d love to see what it looks like at the end of the day. Right now I can’t access the music section on eircom.net with Firefox or Internet Explorer due to some overzealous scripts saying I don’t have the right version of IE and Windows Media player. That’s not good. Lastly, eircom are turning up at more and more tech events like BarCamps and Open Coffees and want to meet local tech companies. Do say hello to them, you might get some work from them!

  • Customers can pay for downloads by either credit card or through premium rate SMS
  • Entire EMI catalogue is DRM-free, so there are no restrictions on usage
  • DRM-enabled tracks can be burnt to CD or transferred to appropriate media players

Facebook Groups – Will they take on Google Groups?

Thursday, November 1st, 2007

Google Groups I must say are really impressive. Google made a great service when they bought DejaNews back in 2001. Yahoo! Groups are also another good mailing list and group discussion service but with so many people creating Facebook Groups for anything and everything, you have to wonder will this be the next area of Facebook that will start to be taken seriously by Facebook. Right now it’s awful to use and manage. There’s no wall activity to let you know people have contributed to group discussions without you going off to check it out. A right pain when you are subbed to a lot of groups.

If Facebook get their groups sorted, it could mean even more opportunities to get people to use their service, especially if they allow business people to sub and contribute by email.

Hopefully with this new cash injection they’ll start improving their existing offerings while bringing out new services too. With the MS money maybe they’ll do the following:

  • Messaging service improvements
  • Create a Facebook IM service. A few blogs have mentioned this and it makes perfect sense really. Now, if they based this on Jabber it’d be fantastic. Maybe with their cash they’ll buy Meebo?
  • Roll out a contextual ad system based on ALL of that profile data they’ve been logging.
  • Fix up Facebook groups so businesses will start using them. And then to annoy Google even more, allow selective indexing of the front page of the groups, like selective indexing of Facebook profiles.
  • Enable outside search.
  • Enable outside advertising.