More on Veronica and Fake Flirting

Courtesy of ABC Australia IT guru Paul Wallbank, the source of my chat with Veronica Sexy may have been discovered: an automated sex talk service called CyberLover.ru. Paul points to this story from Conor Sweeney of Moscow’s Reuters bureau: A Russian website called CyberLover.ru is advertising a software tool that, it says, can simulate flirtatious …

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The “Have I Got a Story For You” Trick

I’m no fan of bad, sloppy PR, and to me there’s nothing quite as sloppy as pitching a product to a journalist s/he has already written about. Do these people not have any records at all? Do they have no idea of what coverage their product has already received? I’ve been pitched two products in …

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Shrines to Frustration

It’s depressing that two gripes I’ve posted, both at least a year old, continue to get comments which push both posts to the top of the search engines. My grumbles about accessing Xdrive, an online storage service bought by AOL, comes out top if you search for xdrive problems on Google. Search for cancel napster …

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Ring Tones, Drugs and the Spamming of Google News

This week in the WSJ.com (subscription only, I’m afraid) I wrote about web spam — the growing penetration of faux websites that ride up the search engines and muddy the Internet for all of us. I based it around the recent case of subdomain spam, well documented by the likes of blogs like Monetize. Briefly …

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Catching The Surfer in a Blink

Interesting news for web site designers, bloggers and PR types: Web users judge sites in the blink of an eye.  An article in Nature (thanks, BBC) quotes a study by Gitte Lindgaard of Carleton University in Ottawa in the journal Behaviour and Information Technology, that “the brain can make flash judgements almost as fast as …

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Another Way to Measure Fame

Here’s another way to measure how famous you are on the Internet: egoSurf – ego surfing without the guilt (via MicroPersuasion and Mashable): egoSurf helps massage the web publishers ego, and thereby maintain the cool equilibrium of the net itself. We, the publishers of this here internet thing, need the occasional massage, the odd stroke. …

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Recovering Your Firefox Bookmarks

This is documented elsewhere, but perhaps comes across as too nerdy for some. If you’re using Windows XP, recovering from a crash or whatever, and find that your Firefox bookmarks (and bookmarklets and bookmark toolbar) have disappeared, here’s what to do: Close Firefox if it’s running. Find your profile in c:Documents and Settings[your XP user …

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Bluethievery

Another kind of Bluesnarfing: The Times Online reported yesterday that [t]hieves are using Bluetooth technology to scour parked cars for mobile phones and laptop computers, police believe. The wireless software allows users to detect any mobile phones, PCs, palmtop computers and camcorders that are equipped with Bluetooth within a radius of 50m (160ft). Of course this …

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A Directory Of Podcast Directories

To accompany my column this week on podcasting (which will appear here when it’s out; subscription only I’m afraid), here’s a directory of podcast directories (and search engines), in no particular order: iPodder Podcast Alley iPodderX PodNova Podcast.net Podcast Central Blast Podcast Potkast The Podcast Network PodcastHost Directory PodTower.com PublicRadioFan.com Podcast Directory Podcast Pickle Podcasting …

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