Good luck to @SatyaNadella and Microsoft

nadella777It’s great to see that finally Microsoft gets a chance to grab control of its future. The last few years under Ballmer’s direction have been positively dire! Even looking through Microsoft jobs gives one the feeling that they’re focusing predominantly on Sales Executives rather than innovators.

Satya Nadella’s memo to Microsoft staffers indicates a change in direction. I agree with lots he’s said in there, but I was particularly moved by one paragraph:

I am 46. I’ve been married for 22 years and we have 3 kids. And like anyone else, a lot of what I do and how I think has been shaped by my family and my overall life experiences. Many who know me say I am also defined by my curiosity and thirst for learning. I buy more books than I can finish. I sign up for more online courses than I can complete. I fundamentally believe that if you are not learning new things, you stop doing great and useful things. So family, curiosity and hunger for knowledge all define me.

I can totally relate to that attitude and mindset. Hope this new challenge brings him lots of success; it will certainly make Microsoft a better company!

Note: he doesn’t seem to use Twitter much, but you can read all about him on Microsoft’s CEO page.

Doing business in the Isle of Man

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I came across a great write-up in the FT today entitled: Doing Business in the Isle of Man. it’s an 8-page special report that takes a look at a number of different aspects of the Isle of Man, ranging from the recent turmoil in the Financial Markets, all the way to living and working on the Island. I think it’s a pretty positive piece and paints a great picture of the Isle of Man.

Read it here

And Scrabulous bounces back ..

National School Scrabble Championship

Just a few days after Facebook has had to remove access to Scrabulous for legal reason, it is now back under a new guise: WordScraper. Here’s what it says about itself:

Welcome to Wordscraper. It’s the only game on Facebook that allows you to play the game the way you want to! With Wordscraper you can build your own board and try out whacky combinations with special high value squares.

The game is turn based, so you need not be online for very long periods. Plus, we also give you the option to store a board layout. This saves time when you want to play new games with the same layout.

So give it a try, you will love it. Don’t follow rules, make them!

I don’t think it’s worth debating the point as to whether Hasbro did the right thing shutting them down. U.S. law seems to be on their side, and although it seems crazy from a marketing point of view, it’s their choice at the end of the day. It wasn’t actually clear whether Facebook took the game down themselves, hackers were responsible or the authors took it down themselves to launch this new game, but as it was only taken down for users in the US and Canada, I’m pretty sure the lawyers have had their way.

Still, we now have Wordscraper to play with, assuming Hasbro has been placated, now that it’s called something different and the tiles are round rather than square. The question as usual is, has Hasbro really gained from this action?


RapidSwitch get a new DataCentre

Was just looking through some emails and I see that RapidSwitch have a new data centre in Berkshire. Here’s the complete press release:

RapidSwitch, a leading supplier of dedicated servers and one of the fastest growing hosting companies in the UK, is building a new data centre with a 20,000 server capacity, to meet growing customer demand.

Fit out work on the new site has commenced, and it will be ready for service in early 2009. The new site is near Maidenhead in Berkshire, close to the existing RapidSwitch Hosting Centre, enabling direct connectivity between the two sites at multiple 10 gigabit speeds. There is also diverse connectivity from the new site to London, again at multiple 10 gigabit speeds. The data centre is 600 racks in size, which will give a total capacity of 20,000 servers.

It’s always a good sign when a company adds a data centre. It’s a sign of increased growth and confidence in the market. It’s good news, both for RapidSwitch and all their RapidSwitch Dedicated Servers customers. RapidSwitch are interesting in that they are purely focused on the upper end of the hosting market, namely dedicated servers and co-location. Their dedicated servers start at £39 a month, which is a pretty good price if that’s what you’re after.

Samantha Barks KIDNAPPED!

Just saw a newsflash that Sam Barks, Manx girl taking part in the BBC show “I’ll do anything” has been kidnapped. Watch here:

Ok, it’s another Long Tale TV Viral video, but as usual, it’s flawless executed, extremely topical (at least here in the Isle of Man) and exactly the sort of thing people will send around to one another. Great work Brain Grenade

Interesting news day

It’s funny how some days there’s nothing interesting in the news and some days a whole bunch of different things capture your attention. It’s a bit like playing craps in one of these vegas hotels, you never know what you’re going to get! So, here’s what I found interesting:

  • Specs of Facebook’s Profile Redesign – interesting read which will affect millions of users. I wonder how much user feedback goes into this process. After all, nobody like a platform they’re familiar with changing under their feet without warning, do they? And don’t forget the poor developers.
  • Microsoft Brand Confusion Runs Deep – Very interesting post and a real problem from Microsoft. They have generated so many brands and nomenclature over the years that there is significant confusion amongst it’s user base. Microsoft always feels like a top-heavy organisation, with too many people pulling strings and not enough people delivering to the end user.
  • Google Translate becomes the best online free translator – Google Translate now supports the translation between any of the following languages: English, Arabic, Bulgarian, Chinese, Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Hindi, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Spanish, Swedish (the new languages are shown in bold)

There was more, but those were the most interesting ones

P.S. that was my first link to Mahalo .. Jason will be so pleased ..

Payperpost acquires Performancing

You might have heard in the latest tech news that PayPerPost
has acquired Performancing
. I first met Performancing a few months ago when I
started using their blogging plugin for
. This enables you to blog straight from your browser and quickly embed
links and extracts from pages you visit.

Performancing has grown since then and now includes tools to measure how your website
is performing, as well as to sell advertising space on your blog.

So what does this mean for PayPerPost? PayPerPost
already has created a marketplace where bloggers get paid
to blog
. The addition of Performancing to their family brings another 28,000 bloggers
to the fold and are a captive audience for PayPerPost’s offering. It also proves to
be a consolidation of services for advertisers and internet marketeers where they
can go to one place and get a range of services.

So, I’ve checked out the blogger marketplace on Performancing, and I’ve also added
Performancing metrics to my site. I had been using Google Analytics, but never really
got any use out of it, so will be giving Performancing a try. The main thing I noticed
was that although both services are offered by one organisation, the integration between
them was far from seamless. I had to set my blog up for the Marketplace, then I had
to set it up once again for the metrics. One thing I hope PayPerPost will be doing
in the near future is to make all service that bloggers can use; rather than sign
up multiple times for different things.

It will be fun to see how the next few months shape up