Chinwag's Old Blog: Toilet-Based Surfing - Microsoft's iLoo

Following a previous story about reading email on the toilet, it's been fascinating watching recent stories on The Register.

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Chinwag's Old Blog: 'The Friday Thing' team venture offline

Paid-for online content is all the rage these days, following hot(ish) on the heels of the FT, The Times and The Independent have both launched sections which you'll have to cough up to view.

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Chinwag's Old Blog: Sales Management Tool Roundup

A recent posting to the uk-netmarketing discussion list asked for recommendations for sales management tools.

Following a flood of replies, we've compiled a list of the tools mention, which gives a pretty comprehensive look at the different software and ASP solutions available on the market at the moment.

Software Solutions

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Chinwag's Old Blog: 25 Years of Spam

Yes, that's right, the scourge of your inbox isn't a recent phenomenon. According to recent research by Brad Templeton, DEC have the dubious privilege of being the first company to have sent spam. This also pre-dates the Internet itself to a time when the network of inter-connected computers was the preserver of the academic and defence communities.

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Chinwag's Old Blog: Reading Email on the Toilet

The traditional newspaper has always won hands-down in the go-anywhere contest with the web. You can't take the web or emails with you on the train (barring small-screened phones/PDAs or laptops) and taking it with you for some quiet-time in the loo wasn't entirely practical either. My suggestion at an office meeting for ethernet ports in our 'cubicles' wasn't greeted with much enthusiasm.

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Chinwag's Old Blog: Half of Company Email is Internal

According to a recent survey in North America by Osterman Research, 52% of respondents said half their work email was sent internally.

Lean across the desk? Nope, send an email, instead. The reliance on the medium and the speed with which we've come to rely on email is truly amazing. So the fax is relegated for contracts and other documents that need signatures, but for how long? You can already digitally sign email, although the process is complicated and expensive...for the moment.

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Chinwag's Old Blog: Wi-Fi Meets Hi-Fi

Until recently Wi-Fi has meant enabling PDAs and laptops to go wirefree. That's all changing with the new breed of home entertainment centres that are using wireless' ability to shift bits without wires to the maximum.

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Chinwag's Old Blog: October - Government Spam Crackdown

It's official. From October all unsolicited email in the EU is illegal. No, really, it's true. Well, kind of. In reality legitimate companies need to give the customer an option to subscribe and also be clear about what they're going to receive.

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Chinwag's Old Blog: 40% of US Home Users Want Anti-Spam Solution

According to a recent US survey of home users, nearly 40% are interested in having anti-spam software or services to protect their inbox. It's not difficult to empathise with this view and not surprising that AOL and MSN have both recently offered new anti-spam tools.

The research also threw up some other interesting titbits...entrepreneurs and visionary ISPs take note:

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Chinwag's Old Blog: Mobile Phone Masts Safe... Apparently

Good news for the mobile phone industry, it looks like mobile phone masts aren't destroying our grey matter, at least according to this article in

Maybe it's just the other person shouting that makes the side of my head heat up when I'm on my mobile.

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Chinwag's Old Blog: Comic Relief Viral Challenge - Shortlist Announced

Chinwag has been asked to help with the Comic Relief 'Viral Challenge', a great competition for the great and the good of the new media world to put their wits to the test on behalf of a good cause. The shortlisted entries will appear on Comic Relief's Red Nose Day website in the next few days.

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Chinwag's Old Blog: Tricky Time for Publishers

It's tricky being a publisher, particularly if you're an online specialist. In between worrying about advertising and sponsorship revenues, it's time to fit in another headache. Defamation. Libel.

An Australian court ruling reported in the Media Guardian and elsewhere, could change the face of publishing on the Web.

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Chinwag's Old Blog: No More AOL CDs - Rebelling Against Offline Spam

If this were a TV show, it'd be called something like 'When Direct Marketers Go Bad'. I'm talking about a website called No More AOL CDs, which I got told about this morning (thanks, Olly).

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Chinwag's Old Blog: A Campaign Too Far?

The latest edition of Iconocast, the San Francisco-based trendwatching newsletter asks whether marketing effectiveness, regardless of media, is dropping. Common sense dictates that with the plethora of media opportunities available, we're all being exposed by so many marketing messages that it's not surprising we're ignoring more and more of them.

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