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[13 Oct 2011 | Comments Off on BlackBerry/RIM. Going, going, gone? | 1,153 views]

A couple of years ago my company had a major server outage on a primary server that brought down websites and email for almost two and a half hours. Such outages are rare, but they happen, and they happen to small hosting companies like NinerNet as well as the giants. After that outage I wrote about the lessons learnt and, without trying to deflect attention or criticism away from us, I pointed out an extensive list of major service outages experienced by the likes of Google, Amazon, YouTube, Barclays Bank, …

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[13 Oct 2011 | Comments Off on Google search going downhill? | 845 views]

After being frustrated by the results in a Google search yet again, I submitted the following feedback to Google under the category “Google’s search results weren’t helpful” and the sub-category “The results included a page that was irrelevant”:
You searched for shaw vod 33319.
Please list which site or sites were irrelevant.
http://www.digitalhome.ca/forum/showthread.php?t=55214
http://www.digitalhome.ca/forum/showthread.php?t=127023
https://secure.shaw.ca/apps/digital_services/GuideErrors.asp
… and probably the rest of the results, but I didn’t go past the top three.
Why were they irrelevant?
I’m finding more and more that Google ignores one or more of my search terms, trying to be too clever for its own …

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[5 Oct 2011 | Comments Off on Do they owe it to the fans? | 892 views]

On a local radio station today, the DJ made reference to the station’s blog (“Do they owe it to the fans?“), but on air seemed to be asking a slightly different question to that posed on the blog. To the straight-up question, my answer is no, bands don’t owe it to their fans to tour.
However, the DJ (or someone who called in) introduced the issue of bands who rest on their laurels and issue remastered version after remixed version of their music, and live off of the income from that. …