September, 2008

  • Steve Clayton

    My PR man



    My pal David Brain launched his book “Crowd Surfing” last Thursday at the Groucho in London.

    David is my Mr PR – he’s bloody good at what he does and does it with great humour and passion. In this video he talks about Blue Monster and becomes my PR man….thanks buddy, I love the book and only wish I could have been there….though would have been deeply embarrassed by your kind words.

  • Steve Clayton

    Blogging from the Paris rooftops



    Actually taking calls but blogging too…albeit inside hidden from the rain.

    Hat tip to my man Aaron for the impromptu photos….round the other side of this building is Blackpool Tower the Eiffel Tower.

  • Steve Clayton

    The Seeker: Steve Ballmer


    I have to admit I was pleasantly surprised to see SteveB on the list of The 25 Most Influential People on the Web in BusinessWeek. I get to spend some time with him tomorrow as it happens talking Software plus Services with Microsoft partners and customers in London.

    My advice is don’t underestimate the man, especially with Ray Ozzie alongside. Quite a formidable team.

    I just mentioned this to two colleagues of mine and they said “hey, they got the wrong Steve” – ha ha ha

  • Steve Clayton

    Seinfeld speculation



    I don't get all of this "Microsoft cancelled Seinfeld ads" nonsense. I saw it recently in Computing and also from my chums at Computer Weekly. As we've said on the Windows Vista blog it was never the plan that Seinfeld would appear in all the ads. Hey ho...I guess it's easy to assume we may have cancelled the ads but I think there is smart plan going on here. First, grab attention, then move to something more directly Windows. Where next though? hmmm

    Anyway, Dave Webster's thorough explanation of the Seinfeld ads is good to get some of the backstory. Trust me though, from speaking to people in the know, the Seinfeld ads were not pulled.

  • Steve Clayton

    Cloud Computing is a Trap


    I never thought I’d see myself agreeing with Richard Stallman and I think his jibe that “Google's Gmail is "worse than stupidity" is a little OTT but I get where he’s coming from. He followed up by saying “users should be keen to keep their information in their own hands, rather than hand it over to a third party” going on to explain that control is something you risk losing by putting everything in the cloud.

    Now…you’d sort of expect me to say this but the Software plus services approach gives you the best of both worlds. Choice. Control.

    Anyway, I’m running out of the door for an early flight to Paris so will check the Techmeme coverage later and add more thoughts. Meantime, what do you think? If cloud just hype?

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