June, 2009

  • Steve Clayton

    Know Your Smartphones



    I love this smartphone guide from Wired but it makes me sad (and mad). Back in 2002 or so, Microsoft was early in using the term smartphone and we insisted the world was about to move away from feature phones and adopt these so called smartphones like crazy. Back then people said “yeah Microsoft, whatever”…..and here we are 6 years on and the world is smartphone crazy with the iPhone leading the pack against Palm, RIM and Google.

    Of course there are a tonne of Microsoft smartphone’s out there so I’m mad that Wired didn’t include one but maybe we have ourselves to blame. Maybe we didn’t bet big enough or maybe we did but we spread our bets…either way, I’m hoping a future version of this chart will include a Windows Mobile 6.5 and 7 device…at the moment it really ought to also include the HTC Hero.

  • Steve Clayton

    Bing Commercial


    A big Bing day on the blog – pretty funky ad on cutting through the crap in search.

  • Steve Clayton

    How To Make Bing Your Default Search Provider



    I’ve been looking for the add-on for IE8 to make Bing my default search provider and just noticed a Tweet from Ravi about precisely that. Grab it from http://www.ieaddons.com/en/details/searchhelpers/Bing_Search

    [update] thanks to Long Zheng you can also add Bing to your search providers for Firefox

  • Steve Clayton

    Why Bing?



    Rather than me try to come up with a plausible story for what I suspect many of you are thinking, lets just get the answer from the source – the people behind Bing.


    So why did we pick Bing as the new brand name? We needed a brand that was as fresh and new as our approach. It needed to be like the product — optimized for the Internet. A name that was memorable, short, easy to spell, and that would function well as a URL around the world. We like Bing because it sounds off in our heads when we think about that moment of discovery and decision making — when you resolve those important tasks. And frankly, the name needed to clearly communicate that this is something new, to invite you to come back, to re-introduce you to our new and improved service and encourage you to give it a try.


    Old news by now I’m sure.

  • Steve Clayton

    Le Tour Du Clayton: Stage 3 and 4




    Up at 6am today due to a dodgy hotel and eventually en route at 08:30 with a few aches and pains. First stop, la boulangerie for breakfast of pain au chocolat etc which in hindsight was clearly not enough but off we went with Pipriac as our first stop. A bad choice of town as the coffee was rank and the hospitality limited. On we went with Blains as the target. The pedalling improved but a monster hill took it out of me as I was pleased to pull in to Lidl (I kid you not) and find the support vehicle there before us (a first on this trip). The local brasserie didn’t sell food which seems to be a case for a trades description case but we didn’t have time (nor my friend Mr Tipp in tow) so we headed for the next cafe which was very hospitable. The downside was a wolfed down a salad that was large enough for 3 people so I passed on the ice cream and had an espresso to wake me up. I truly could have slept on that cafe floor plus my left knee was pretty painful.

    En y va….we headed for the final stop of the day and though the first ten miles was killer, we then picked up a very decent pace and hit St Etienne for quick check of the map. That was truly perfect timing as a 5 minute pit stop plus a large helping of Mentos fruits gave me a new set of legs…they still looked awful but with the target of a ferry crossing over La Loire we all seemed to find new steam which is just the job as we arrived at the river we literally coasted on to the ferry and did the 5 minute crossing. We then had 10k left and the calling of beer was strong so the team set of a quite clip. 20 minutes later we coasted in to our hotel to be greeted by wonderful staff who were all set for our arrival .

    I’m typing this with a beer in next to me because it’s a fine source of carbohydrates of course :)

    Dinner then bed with another 90 miles tomorrow.

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