Entrepreneurial Geekiness

Ian is a London-based independent Chief Data Scientist who coaches teams, teaches and creates data products. More about Ian here.
Entrepreneurial Geekiness
Ian is a London-based independent Chief Data Scientist who coaches teams, teaches and creates data products.

First use of ‘weblog’ was in 1997

Well I never, 1997 was about the earliest time that the term ‘weblog’ was used, though blogging as we know it started around 1994. There’s a picure of the entry at WikiPedia.

Another example of the 10 year or so lag between a truly innovative idea first breaking the surface and its later general acceptance.?

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Firefly Theme

I’m sufficiently hooked on Firefly now that I figure the world needs to know just how wonderful it is. You can hear the intro music which is just superb over at Fantasy News (skip half-way in to miss the intro speech). Lots of other tunes there too…

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Visible Quality of Service Polls?

I’ve just taken a look at a bunch of web hosting providers (for Python and Plone), and I’m having trouble deciding which of them offer a high level of service.

If I visit five hosting providers websites I get nicely marketed homepages – but this doesn’t tell me how reliable they are, how much downtime I’d suffer or how flexible and helpful they are.

I can research forums and google the company names, but this all takes time – wouldn’t it be nicer if I could regularly see genuine customer feedback? Maybe you get your customers to vote about the quality of the service every month, perhaps in exchange for a discount (regardless of how they vote). All the results are shown in a little ticker on the front page. If the company gets an average 93% positive vote – isn’t that something worth shouting about?

Maybe then I’d go to these five hosting providers and several would have historic results on their homepage. You’d see hiccups when the service went down – I’d expect to see occasional failures, and I’d expect to see customers feeling happy very soon after if they were really being looked after.

Good providers wouldn’t be scared of the downside of occasional negative voting – they’d know that their long-term average was the main selling point. So why don’t we see this on the web?

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Kingdom of Heaven is rubbish

I went, I saw and I wasn’t that impressed. And this silly person even says

Orlando Bloom, actually surprisingly, was able to carry the movie as a lead. I was surprised he had the heft to do it, but I agree with the critic who said that the beard helped. He was a man, not a boy.

No, he’s an elf. And a very thing young one at that. Pity, because I was in Morocco whilst they were filming around the battlements of Essaouira and I’d rather expected more, ho hum.

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