When is a Website not a Website?

Jul 17

Well, we have been online for a while now and the hard work is finally starting to pay off. What I have started to notice though is how different people use different shopping comparison websites to their advantage. There are a number of different sites that will happily list all your products and some of them are free, and some of them are a paid service. We subscribe to both but not all is as it seems. Let me see if I can explain. Lets take Website No 1 who lists a product at $45.50 cents. User clicks on the link and is redirected to the product page for Website No 1. Well, this is interesting, they say and make a mental note of the price. Back to the comparison site they go and check another link for the same product, but this time the product is priced at $41.95 cents. Gee whiz! This comparison site is fantastic they think. I could actually save a whole $3.55 cents!! They click on the link for Website No 2 and are redirected to their product page. Hmm…different colors on the website, a few different advertisements, I still feel comfortable with how the site looks, I think I will buy from this site and save myself a little bit of money. This would make sense to most people and they would simply receive their item in the post. BUT……what if the buyer knew that those who ran Website No1 were also the people who ran Website No 2?? Would they be happy knowing that they thought they were saving money but their money was actually going to the same person?? We should all take note of websites that we visit, especially when comparing products online. If you get the feeling you have seen a website page before, its probably because you have! I am sure this is legal but is it ethical? This got me thinking and I checked more and more products on more and more comparison sites and could not believe how widespread this is! A bit of a look up on the internet and some have up to 50 internet domain names registered! I would love to know other...

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To Mount or not to Mount…..that is the question

Jul 09

Now I realize this title may conjure up many and varied images in readers heads but I assure you that I mean this question to be plain and innocent. Almost all of us must surely have come across this question in everyday life…….should I mount, or should I not mount, my brand new flatscreen LCD. I need to make my opinions on this clear from the outset. I am a huge fan of not mounting my big flatscreen to any wall, period. If I wanted to hang something on a wall I would go and buy a picture, for Gods sake. Mounting an LCD screen onto a wall makes the room seem like my boardroom at work, or ¬† like I’m looking at a moving picture in some art gallery. There is nothing more “homely” than having the LCD sit proudly on a sturdy TV unit with pretty carvings and spots and holders for my pirated DVDs and CDs. I need something to house my amplifier, my Bluray player, my Playstation, my Wii as well as a spot for the assorted crap jammed into the remaining spots by my kids. Now for my next point. How many of you have seen those LCD mounted on a wall and all the cords are just hanging down and plugged into the associated devices below? Can people really be that lazy? Can they really not be stuffed cutting a couple of holes in the wall and dragging the cables down? Get a man in if you need too but please tidy that shit up!! Maybe it’s just me, but instead of watching the LCD I would spend all my time looking at those cords and cables, watching them mock me with their untidiness. Makes me want to go to the garden shed and come back with a massive pair of hedge trimmers and just snip them so they go away. Sure, I may kill myself from electrocution but at least I would die happy. Ok. Next point. I remember when a 42″ LCD was an absolutely huge screen. There was no way we would ever want or need anything bigger than that…surely! Well now they seem to be releasing 80″ LCDs and...

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NFC – What The?

Jul 09

NFC. What in the hell is this thing they talk about called NFC? Not from Cows? Nintendo Family Computer? Necromancer from China? National Football Conference? I’ve been scratching my head now for days and wondering how this could possibly relate to anything to do with technology. Then I had a thought! How about I go to that popular search engine or that online encyclopedia thingy and see what they have to say. Surely they can shed some light on this new catch cry that seems to be echoing in every nook an cranny of every iPhone or Samsung or HTC website, or whoever decides to incorporate this into their next “big thing”. Then I found it…..Near Field Communication. My first thought was football field or perhaps rugby field. Would we be all standing on the sidelines near this communication field and be able to talk with each other through devices called mobile phones? Could we not already do that? After reading further it appears that we will be all waving our phones at each other and at various devices like some futuristic Harry Potter with an iPhone compatible magic wand. Photos can be swapped with others with just a gesture and a gentle wave of one phone across another and maybe when I find myself in a “social networking situation” I could grab someones phone number with a gentle brush of my phone against theirs. Gone are the days of a gentle whisper and a phone number passed into a jacket pocket. This will now be replaced with a soft clunk as the polished screen of my new iPhone 6 or 7 brushes carelessly across the face of my intendeds Samsung Galaxy 8 or 9. But wait…….can this be possible? Will an iPhone talk to an Android? Please…say it isn’t so! These worlds can never meet and to have this technology co-exist within the boundaries and confines of a Near Field Communication circle is incomprehensible! I’m aghast that something as convenient¬† as this would even be contemplated! But I digress from my rant…….should I really want to have a device with this type of technology embedded? Surely this would make it easier for the Chinese to hack into our...

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