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Smarterer – a broken recruitement tool

Posted by Graeme in Business & Investment,Internet at 11:21 am on Wednesday, 14 August 2013

Having taken a number of Smarterer tests I find it scary that people use it as a recruitment tool. The tests are unreliable and meaningless. First, I will explain what is wrong about my scores — and I am complaining more about scores being to high than too low, so there is no personal grudge here. Then a few quick thoughts on the reasons. (more…)

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A new site for Galle

Posted by Graeme in Internet at 4:24 pm on Thursday, 2 May 2013

An announcement, rather than an opinion piece for a change. I have set up a new site, a town portal for Galle, All Galle. Design and development by me, the site is to be mostly run by my wife. It has been well received so far. (more…)

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Takeover Panel claims copyright on regulatory information

Posted by Graeme in Business & Investment,Internet at 5:50 am on Thursday, 14 March 2013

The Takeover Panel (which regulated mergers and takeovers inn the UK) has sent me an email telling me that reproducing the list of takeover offers (i.e. a list of company names and dates) would be a breach of copyright, and that they would be unlikely to allow commercial reproduction except though “official news channels”.

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List of Django IDEs

Posted by Graeme in Internet,Software at 2:12 pm on Wednesday, 16 May 2012

As requests for IDE recommendations on the django-users mailing list/Google Group, and as I assume that anyone developing with Django knows they should search for answers on the net before asking, here is a summary of the most often recommended options. (more…)

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Twitter the productivity killer

Posted by Graeme in Internet,Life at 9:49 am on Friday, 11 May 2012

Nothing can destroy my productivity the way Twitter can. There are a lot of potential distractions, especially the multitude available over the internet, but Twitter’s nature makes it far more distracting than web browsing, email or even other social networks. (more…)

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The build a platform and squeeze business model

Posted by Graeme in Books,Internet,Media,Software at 10:16 am on Thursday, 11 August 2011

A business model that excludes competition, reduces consumer choice, and creates monopolies is the anti-thesis for free markets, but this is exactly what threatens both software and the distribution of media (ebooks, video, and music) over the internet, and much more. (more…)

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The website owners guide

Posted by Graeme in Internet at 9:21 am on Tuesday, 3 May 2011

It is an unfortunate fact that many websites work badly, from individuals’ blogs to small organisations’ simple sites to expensive sites belonging to large enterprises. The problem is that the managers of the organisation do not understand the web. This is my attempt to provide what they need to know without getting too technical. (more…)

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Are newspapers content farms?

Posted by Graeme in Internet,Media at 2:37 pm on Wednesday, 9 February 2011

I disagreed with a recent blog post by Alan Patrick which described the Huffington Post as a content farm. I do not think that the alleged lack of original content at the Huffpo is any worse than at many newspapers: so I concluded that it is not a content farm. It could be interpreted the other way: newspapers are content farms too. (more…)

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The Huffington Post and AOL

Posted by Graeme in Internet,Media,Shares at 9:14 am on Tuesday, 8 February 2011

The Huffington Post may not be a bad buy at the price AOL is paying, but that does not mean that AOL is right to buy it. (more…)

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The internet as an instrument of control

Posted by Graeme in Internet,Media,Politics at 12:46 pm on Tuesday, 7 December 2010

Conventional wisdom has long been that the internet (and IT and modern telecommunications) are hard for governments to control and empower anyone willing to use them — activists and protesters in particular. I have long been sceptical, but I think its now clear I was right. (more…)

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