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Ace Internet Marketing – How about NOT stealing my content?

Tuesday, October 30th, 2007

Ta very much lads. It’s not just me either who have been wholesale copied and pasted.

Update: Seems they’ve read this post now after seeing the trackbacks. I contacted you earlier today lads. Get the lead out.

Update 2: They’ve stopped infringing my copyright but are still stealing content from everywhere else. How much should I charge for use of my content for the past 6 hours?

Update 3: It seems it was the fault of their outsourced people. From an email:

We outsource some of our content creation to two separate companies in India, they create original content and also use republished content from sources that allow republication. I know that this is not the case with your content and that a mistake was made by the individual concerned. In fairness i dont think anything underhanded was intended as she actually credit your site with the content and also you as the author.

This though is untrue. I’ve taken the time (since I’m nice like that) to contact all those who have had their content republished. I can’t find any of them allowing for republication and attribution should at lease contain a working link if they did allow it. This is a wreckless attitude and an Irish business, especially one involved in Internet Marketing should know how copyright works.

Update: Ace Internet Marketing have instructed me that I’m posting defamatory statements here and are suggesting they might take action. They are also telling me to stop publishing excerpts of their emails to me. I’ll honour the latter for future emails. In other news I’m already hearing back from others I’ve contacted who feature on the Ace Internet Marketing “blog”. Stay tuned folks.

Update: Aidan Doran has admitted via email that he is Paul. His IP has been banned from my blog.

Yet another update: Now another anonymous person from a anon proxy address is leaving abusive comments. An IP address that has left nasty comments on Daithí’s blog too.

The Google PC future? Free PCs and broadband from Google

Tuesday, October 30th, 2007

It’s becoming more and more obvious that Google, while not jumping directly into the consumer hardware market is doing their best to influence the structure of the web and computing devices by giving away hardware designs for power supplies for PCs, releasing papers on harddrive faults, helping the people with mySQL and very possibly releasing specs and software for others to build mobile phones. We’re now seeing super-cheap desktop PCs as well, such as the Green PC for 100 dollars and maybe Google will even release an operating system for PCs, though more than likely it’ll just be gateway software to the online world. Their biggest moves so far do seem to be on the gateway to the Google computing cloud. They’re still building out their datacentres all around the world. They’ve provided access to their systems via APIs (not great ones though), they’re building serious fibre backbones, so eventually they are going to be getting closer and closer to our homes or our computing devices. It would almost make sense for them to refine the Google access process even more if they could influence your PC and your line from your home (or location with mobile broadband) so what if they partnered with companies to give away free subsidised computers and broadband? Here’s one take:

Welcome to 2009 in Ireland.

People are walking into their local PC World and Dixons and buying the Google PC for 100 euros. They bring it home and plug it into their broadband connection and away they go surfing the net. The box is a simple device that has no DVD drive, it has three USB slots, a connection for a monitor and an ethernet connection.

Specs of the Google PC:

  • Mini-PC, barebones, runs silent.
  • 3 USB slots.
  • Ethernet slot.
  • Card reader.
  • No DVD.
  • 200 GB HD.
  • Runs Google Vision Operating System
  • You supply the monitor.

Google Vision
Google Vision is the stripped down, web-centric operating system from Google. You can install simple Google Applications on the computer which you can only download after they have been verified by Google. The operating system is highly secure and has a built-in anti-virus system though since all your documents and data are stored online anyway (though synced offline) it doesn’t matter so much and Google Vision so far has proved to be one of the most secure and virus-free operating systems ever. It will also roam with you so that wherever you go, you will have the same interface and it even has an interface for your phone so you can access all your data that way. Applications can be installed on the machine and all settings are stored online as well as offline, so if you move to a new country, you buy your PC there and everything is installed for you on first sign-in. Google provides an API for the Google PC but it is very limited.

Get the Google PC and broadband for free.
Broadband providers are also “selling” the Google PC, by which I mean, you get a free broadband connection and a free PC if you sign up to their phone package. There’s no hidden costs. This makes them money as they have a revenue share with Google on any ads you click on when you surf the net with the Google PC. Due to the profile the telco has on you, which they share with Google, ads are now VERY local. Your local butcher around the corner can now advertise to you. Hyper-local-ads means ad costs are higher than ever but it also gets better sales, which means much better revenue for Google, your telco and the advertiser. You also get free calls to any Google advertiser. An additional plus for all the telcos is that Google looked after international access for free, so telco costs came way down too. The old net neutrality arguments from Google now seemed like red herring and distracted the international carriers enough for them not to see what was happening.

Privacy: Microsoft Vs Google
Microsoft tried to counter this on four fronts:

  • Privacy complaints: Microsoft lobbied the US Administration and the EU to investigate what they suggested was a gross invasion of privacy with the implications that every site you visited, everything you clicked on and everyone you called was now logged and stored by Google, this was DoubClick but way worse.
  • Monopolistic Practices: Microsoft and what was left of the traditional advertising business (except Facebook) joined forces even more to lobby against the fact that the data that Google had on their PC users meant that they had the best hand when it came to websites that used ads to make money.
  • Microsoft fought to get on to the Google PC: Microsoft sued to have access to the Google PC so they could have Microsoft Office, one of their main revenue strands installed but Google pointed out, these were just dumb terminals and gave them access to the API they gave everyone else access to. Everyone, even the Google web apps had the same rights.
  • Microsoft Passport: Microsoft finally did more with their Passport after years of dithering. Years! While Passport was tied into their Hotmail/Live system and had access to some profiles, the profiles were inaccurate to a large degree. Microsoft altered that when the Google PC came about. They too tried to sign deals with telcos to do the same and even though they were on the desktop of the majority of net users, they never got traction. When Google released Google OS for those with existing computers, it was another nail in Microsoft’s coffin. It was ironic that Microsoft already had their own PC in millions of homes already (the XBox) and while had some great ideas for the XBox love system, they never considered doing this.

Google Vs Facebook
While the Google PC gave Google back more of the share of online advertising, Facebook and their own advertising system still had a very strong hand and their years of profile data from their now 200Million users meant they’re offering was equally as strong. Their ad and search system had long since moved outside of Facebook and was used on millions of websites which allowed ad networks and individual websites to target Facebook users (as the ad system knew exactly the consumer type visiting your site) and non-Facebook users too (using some very clever statistical analysis techniques, crossed with FB data). Contrary to what people first thought, the Microsoft deal from 2007 did not give Microsoft anything more than early access to the Facebook web advertising system. The 240Million was nothing more than hello money. All in all both companies, while not delighted with the competition from each other still increased their revenues every quarter as more and more of their competitors withered and died and Television and Print advertising plummeted as advertisers moved almost entirely online.

Check out some of the crazy bad reporting about a Google PC.

Fluffy Links – October 30th 2007

Tuesday, October 30th, 2007

Bank holiday weekend is over. Boo. Hiss. Here are some fluffy links to soften that hangover.

Treasa is looking for your help. She’s building a Wiki on social outlets for as many locations as possible in Ireland. The wiki/site is at She gives an example:

if you live in Letterkenny and go to this site, I’d like you to be able to know that in fact, there is a flower arranging club if that’s what takes your fancy, that there’s a session in such and such a bar on a Thursday, that the local Vincent de Paul have meetings on such and such a day

See, this personal example from Suzy is what People In Need conditions people to think about disability.

Magnetic Fields fan, check out this song.

Cara Phillips takes photos of machines in plastic surgeon‘s offices.

For all those people complaining about their Google pagerank going mad. Seems it is being restored. Not for all though. For all of those fucking up the net by gaming the system and whoring links on your blog for a few pence to fumble in your greasy till, serves you right for being greedy.

T-Mobile throttles iPhone bandwidth.

A while back I did a podcast with You and Your Money magazine about Mobile Broadband. This is the result.

You can sub to comments on blogger now.

Some really scary 30 second stories here, made just for halloween. Includes Neil Gaiman.

And yes that is me in the Examiner but no, I no longer have that bad facial hair thing going on and I’m a little lighter too. Pic was taken earlier this year. Obviously the recent ones for which I was dragged out of bed to be snapped in were not stereotypical enough, what with not having a laptop in the pic.

via Alexia, Marla Hansen – New Zealand:

Squeeze that nerd brain like a sponge

Monday, October 29th, 2007

I seem to be telling people more and more to subscribe to Irish bloggers who talk tech and business to see what new things they’re playing with. There’s a small core of people in this country who always do the donkey work of looking at new technologies or products and testing them til they break or annoy or are realised to be a load of dross. It’s good to have these people.

Of late we’ve seen people using Twitter and Jaiku, but before that it was Podcasting and Blogging. They’re the people who install Linux operating systems, beta versions of Microsoft Service Packs, try out video blogging services like Seesmic or download very alpha software like Prism from Mozilla. Something new and shiny comes out and these folks are trying it out. I’m not one of these people really. I’m a little more conservative and I use people like Tom Raftery, James Corbett, Bernie Goldbach, Alexia Golez, Pat Phelan, Elly Parker, Conor O’Neill and so many others to try things out first and then I’ll wade in.

Via Jeremiah comes a definition from Ross Mayfield – Blogalyst:

What’s a Blogalyst? Part blogger, part analyst and part catalyst.

Maybe that’s what these folks are, it’s a nicer explanation then what I think: They wade through all the shite so we don’t have to.

So if you want to get the Zeitgeist of tech in Ireland from a consumer perspective, people like the above are good people to subscribe to or even contact and ask for opinion. This doesn’t mean spamming, mind. And they’re all way ahead of the trends too as they know how to use predictive text too.

3 releases a Skype phone – Free Skype to Skype calls and messaging

Monday, October 29th, 2007

Well there we go. are going to be launching their 3 Skypephone before Christmas.

Blurb from the press release:

3 customers using the 3 Skypephone will be able to make Skype calls and send instant messages on the move with the push of a button. This is the first time an operator has offered a mass market device which is tailor-made for free calling over the internet from a mobile. Now, all of Skype’s 246 million registered can be reached for free with the 3 Skypephone. Skype to Skype calls will always be free from your 3 Skypephone as long as you are on contract or your PAYG 3 credit is topped up monthly.

Maybe not for me as I don’t use Skype a lot but this could be really handy for those that use Skype a lot and now want to move away from their computer and outside of the house. I note James already posted about this.

With 3G, a 2-megapixel camera, mp3 player, mobile TV and internet. Comes in black or white, with blue or pink trim. 3 Skypephone also includes:

* Fully integrated Skype functionality with contacts, call logs and presence.
* Access to Java and 3D games and two preloaded games
* 2.0 Megapixel camera
* Internet browsing
* Bluetooth
* Weight: 86g
* Size: 100 x 44 x 13.6mm
* Battery Standby: 320 Hours
* Battery Talk Time: 270 Minutes
* Battery Video Talk Time: 170 Minutes
* Screen Size: 2.0” QCIF (176 x 220)
* Colour: 262K
* External Memory: expandable to 1GB microSD

Fluffy Links – Monday October 29th 2007

Monday, October 29th, 2007

Piaras gives a summary of what’s on during Science week as does Conor from a Cork perspective.

Alexia talks about how easy it is to influence our buying decisions in the new hyper-connected social world.

Pat points out a dual sim touchscreen phone is on the way and costs less than 100 euros. Nice.

No to Google’s streetview mapping vans.

Sigur Ros’ new movie Heima is showing in the IFI, I so want to go.

The new way to spot gay men.

Via Ewan McIntosh – A school that does regular videocasts.

So this youngfella makes his own Apple iTouch ad. Apple or someone close to it see it and love it. So they’re using it now as an official ad. Here it is (quality seems to be iffy):

Sceptical: 22.5k Irish people join Facebook in the past week? 17.1% growth in a week? (Multiples of 20)

Sunday, October 28th, 2007

Just checked Facebook. It now says: You are targeting about 154,180 people in Ireland.

That’s an increase of 22520 in 7 days. 22520/131,600 * 100 = 17.1% growth

Every area has seen increased growth. The stats from last week are here. I’ll check the stats again this week but if true, these stats are just crazy. There is no way 40 Google Ireland employees joined or 40 existing employees decided to add their employers details and 280 Microsoft employees joined.

What’s with all these multiples of 40 and 20? Is there some odd maths going on here?

You are targeting about 43,600 men in Ireland.
You are targeting about 60,560 women in Ireland.

137,260 people between 18 and 35 years old in Ireland.
62,980 people between 18 and 25 years old in Ireland.
84,800 people between 25 and 35 years old in Ireland.
8,320 people between 18 and 19 years old in Ireland.

About 1,440 people in Ireland who work at Microsoft. +280
About 360 people in Ireland who work at Google. +40
About 160 people in Ireland who work at IBM. +40
About 180 people in Ireland who work at Accenture. +40
About 120 people in Ireland who work at eBay. +40

About 9,960 people in Ireland who are in college. +1620
About 480 people in Ireland who are at University College Cork +80
About 2,800 people in Ireland who are at Trinity College Dublin
About 1,520 people in Ireland who are at UCD Ireland
About 780 people in Ireland who are at NUI Galway
About 200 people in Ireland who are at DIT Ireland.

Some recent marketing bits that I liked

Saturday, October 27th, 2007

If you’re not familiar with the Hype Machine it’s this excellent site that searches all the mp3/music blogs out there and will create playlists for you on content you want, and using their player, you can play all these mp3s scattered across loads of websites. For their new design and functionality upgrade, they said they’d launch it to the public, only if there were 10,000 people logged on to this page at the same time. (Page now redirects to main page)The buzz was already building with many influential bloggers having private tested the new design and so 100s of bloggers started encouraging everyone to log on to that page, spreading the word far and wide about Hypemachine. Great idea. And cheap.

For those that don’t know Uncov, it’s this bitchy, nasty, fabulously catty website that takes shots at the Tech world. Think Techcrunch with more arrogance and a billion times more cynicism. Hard to get advertisers on a site that takes no bullshit from anyone right? Well Opera did a very clever thing with Uncov, they ran a competition on it which encouraged the readers of the supernitpicking site to find bugs in Opera, the winner getting access to the Opera launch party. It’s a nice way of leveraging your product with what others would consider a hostile market.

BT2 are doing some kind of dealy with Phantom and maybe other stations too. They’re hosting songs from new Irish bands, you submit your stuff to them and they’ll stick them up on their website. Shame their website is utterly unusable. Cute idea with jigsaws but it’s almost impossible to find the sections to the site without having to move your bloody mouse over the whole page in order to find the hidden links to the various parts of the site. But hey, designs that irritate are good, right? It’s nice to associate your hipster brand with some of the really good emerging music talent in Ireland. You get love from your existing clientele and some love from the bands and their devoted followers too. A good way of reaching the people you want to market to.

Any clever bits of marketing you saw recently? And Not the cadbury’s Gorilla.

Remember that wine thing from ages back? First reviews now in for the Alaia 2004

Saturday, October 27th, 2007

This was the offer. Well, both reviews for the first wine, the Spanish Alaia 2004 are now in. This is the one from Deborah on the Alaia and then there’s the Alaia review from Michele.

Alaia 2004

I’ll nudge Mark to start sending out more wines for review now.

Exclusive: now home to even more “young adult” whingebags

Friday, October 26th, 2007, you know the site that makes The Phoenix magazine look like the Irish Times, has paused giving up on breaking false rumours and innuendo (never wrong for long you know!) and instead has gone gung-ho against the Government, Gay Byrne, the Road Safety authority and anyone that would in any way look sideways at people in their Honda Civics with L plates. Yup, if you’re one of those who will now rightfully be supervised until you get off your ass and do your driving test, then go to right now. Yes, it’s a lot like Bebo. LOLZ wtf lolocopterz. txt spk.

Has a learner driver anything to do with running this PramToyEjection campaign we wonder?

Anyway I could write more on the sheer stupidity and idiocy of the arguments from people obviously too lazy to learn to pass the driving test but Elly has summed it up succintly for me. Get off the fucking roads if you don’t like the rules, little ones. Less people will die as a result. While you might be happy ploughing your prams, sorry cars, into walls and trucks and other cars, please don’t do it while taking out innocent people on the roads and footpaths of this country. If it takes someone else in the car to tell you sensible things like “don’t overtake on this dangerous bend” then so be it. Sit the fucking test and less of the crap about waiting lists. It’s a fatarsed lie.

According to the press statement, 6,000 people have visted the site over this issue and one of the polls, not the one asking Gay Byrne to resign (9 votes!), not the should we burn down mosques one, probably this one: Should the Government give more time before putting 100,000 drivers off the road?, the press release said 72 percent voted against the implementation of the new RSA measures, I guess that would be this poll where a whopping 139 people visited. 68% is what it stands at now.

Want to join my Facebook Group? Dear L drivers, shut the fuck up and take the damned test

Oh looky, a sensationalist headline and post. I’m reminded of what exactly…

Update: Dear learners.