February, 2007

  • Steve Clayton

    Blue Monster #86 is on eBay



    With a reserve price of $500 - optimistic but not outrageous given the last one I posted went for >$200. I have two more to post on eBay so look out for them soon. All profits from the sale of those will go to the NSPCC (Microsoft UK's chosen charity).  

    Link to eBay: Hugh MacLeod Microsoft Signed Lithograph (Blue Monster) (item 270085842910 end time Feb-11-07 18:14:26 PST)

  • Steve Clayton

    Windows Live Messenger for Vista available



    8.1 is now ready for download
    . New looks for emoticons, contacts, and display photos - my favourite feature being that my WeeMee now roams with me. I know....sounds rude but isn't.

    Link to Windows Live Messenger for Vista available | InfoWorld | News | 2007-01-31 | By Elizabeth Montalbano, IDG News Service

  • Steve Clayton

    Corporate priorities for 2007 and beyond


    It never ceases to amaze me how much free stuff is out there on the web that I'm sure we used to pay a boat load for in the past. The latest report I have on my desk courtesy of a link from Tanya Shirlow, is one from the Economist Intelligence Unit sponsored by UK Trade & Investment.

    Respondents to the fifth annual CEO Briefing survey are more buoyant than they have ever been. Nine out of ten executives regard the prospects for business over the next three years as good or very good.

    Key findings:

    • Business leaders are more bullish than ever ...
    • … but the risks are also substantial
    • India in bubblier mood than China (assume this isn't related to champagne)
    • Asia-Pacific is the world's workshop, but also its biggest source of new demand—and risk.

    Now you may say that's all obvious but I'd encourage you to have a scan of the report if not only for the charts and classy Economist production. Critical Forces on the global marketplace is just one of those charts.

    You can also Download the free Podcast of the CEO Briefing 2007.

  • Steve Clayton

    How much would you pay to be on Oprah


    Nice excerpt from Seth Godin's latest book that I'm using internally along with some recent Forrester to help people understand the impact of blogs. Sadly there are too many who want to know how much blogs impact the bottom line. They want an actual figure. It's not going to happen...there is no magic formula for the bean counters. This is the real world and things are moving fast. Catch up. Please.

    As Charlene Li of Forrester says in answer to the question "Is there a standard ROI for blogs?"

    Nope – sorry, it isn’t that easy! Just as there isn’t a standard ROI for a Web site, there’s no standard for a blog. It depends on what the goal of the blog is and also how much investment the company (and the blogger) puts into it.

    Fortunately I have a manager who "gets it" and rather than turn a blind eye to the time I spend blogging have actively encourages it and sees the long term benefit. People understand us more, want to talk with us more and maybe will be interested in our products more. Even if they don't they may talk more positively to their friends about us. That's gold-dust and you can't put a price on it. Seth calls that Attention Marketing. I'm getting like a broken record now telling people (companies) that they have to be in this game. Nice of Charlene to back me up:

    - we believe we’re just starting to scratch the surface when it comes to blog measurement. As the number of companies with blogs grows, we’ll be able to add to and refine the framework.

    I'm talking to a lot of people about the power of blogs at the moment and may start taking Seth's one pager to each of those meetings or send it to each of them in email. That in itself proves the point of course - people I send it to (even one or two of them) are likely to buy Seth's book. See how it works? Yep, I know you do.

    Needless to say, many more are discussing this on Techmeme. Did I mention they're a successful business built solely off  blogging. Gasp!

  • Steve Clayton

    Origami Experience Pack


    Now if only I had a Vista Origami (UMPC) device I could tell you how cool this stuff is....ah, one can dream.  

    Origami Experience Pack is a combination of three programs that make your Ultra-Mobile PC (UMPC) running Windows Vista even easier to use. Upgrade your UMPC to Windows Vista, and then install Origami Experience Pack

    Link to Download details: Origami Experience Pack

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