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Archive for October, 2006

Rant: 100%

Posted by Philippe on October 24, 2006

What does 100% mean to you?

Does it mean:

  1. 20 out of 24 hours of uptime?
  2. 22 out of 24 hours of uptime?
  3. 23.8 out of 24 hours of uptime?
  4. 24 out of 24 hours of uptime? HINT: This is the answer.

Seriously! If you are a service provider and you have a 100% network and power uptime guarantee, are hosting corporate customers, and then have a 4 hour outage due to power on Saturday and then another 3 hour outage on Monday … you don’t have a 100% network and power uptime!

I’m sure that that’s surprising to many people who read this, but … come on! First off, 100% network and power uptime providers should have the following:

  1. Backup Power Systems
  2. Backup Network Providers
  3. Failsafe switches

If you don’t have those? Don’t guarantee 100%. If you want to guarantee 100% … get them.

Simple!

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Cheesesteaks

Posted by chaosrunner on October 23, 2006

So I was watching Food Network this evening (which isn’t a big surprise for anyone who knows me) and an episode of Bobby Flay’s show ‘Throwdown’ was on. He went to Philadelphia to challenge one of the best purveyors of cheesesteaks in the city, Tony Luke. I’m from Philadelphia originally and while it may be a bit of a stereotype, I love cheesesteaks. Well, not the cheese part. I’m not fond of cheese, except for mozerella on pizza. But that’s beside the point.

There was a lot that was said during the episode about what makes the perfect cheesesteak and I have to agree with a lot of it. It’s not any one thing. The bread is important and it’s the thing that most places outside of Philly seem to miss. Even if the same type of steak is used, it’s not the same if the bread’s not right. But even with all of the ingredients being the same, it’s still not the same. There’s something of the city’s attitude that’s essential to the sandwich. Without it, you’re left with something that’s a little less than a Philly cheesesteak.

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Another voice..

Posted by Jazmin on October 20, 2006

Before this collaboration begins to read as Phillipe’s thoughts alone with only occaisaional comments from others, I felt I should add another voice into the mix.

I am not a business person, I do not work in a coporate world (academia is not corporate, no matter how much some people try to make it so). I am a fibre artist, a knitter, spinner, lacemaker, gamer. All of that is a longwinded way of explaining (warning perhaps?) of a totally different perspective. 🙂

Nothing illustrates this more than my occaisional treks across campus, especially during that brief flurry of activity that happens on Winegard Walk just after class ends when students have a mere 10 mins to hurry off to another class. Except that I do not, as staff I likely have a meeting to get too, but on my way back to my office, I can stroll. Enjoy watching the students, watching the leaves upon the green. Pause to watch a young man practicing juggling on the lawn of the arts and social science building. Pause to wonder what an amateur camera crew (four people with a video camera looking perplexed) and a young woman who stands in front of the camera laughing are trying to capture. Watch young couples walk hand in hand from the major cafeteria back down into the heart of campus. On a university campus, it is not spring when young people’s fancies are perked, but rather autumn. October is generally about when they have seen each other in class, in residences, at the bars just long enough to have caught someone’s eye.

Everytime I have to walk across campus, I’m reminded of the energy of working with youth, who are still (generally) idealistic, still living in an unreal world of academia and campus life.

I should walk across campus more often.

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Rant: Craigslist & Spam

Posted by Philippe on October 19, 2006

OK. Craigslist. AWESOME concept, great implementation, excellent place to find things…

In theory, it has this capability where your email address will be anonymous so that you can post without spam spiders finding your address and then using it for their own nefarious means. Its supposed to cover your tracks and people send to jobs-424183723@craigslist.org which then forwards to your home address. Sweet! This means I can post job openings, resumes, ads, etc without having to worry about Mr. Spider running across my email and locating it.

WRONG.

I have an email address.. we’ll call it jobs@smallbuzinesscompany.com for fun. So I post with jobs@smallbuzinesscompany.com, mark it anonymous, and wait for the resumes. Do I get resumes? Sure. I get a couple. Excellent. Craigslist is doing what its supposed to be doing. Perfect.

A week later. Ms. Kaitlin sends me an email.

“hunggry mouthful of speermnot” as the subject line.

On my jobs@ email account. That isn’t a member of ANY mailing list, ANY clubs, or ANY outside location other than my website (which has been up for six months without gaining spam) and Craigslist as an anonymous poster.

Coincidence?

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Business: Traffic v Sales

Posted by Philippe on October 18, 2006

Seriously. I’d write this on my corporate blog, but the whole thing makes no sense to me.  Why, in gods name, would a person want 100,00 untargetted hits to their website?  I guess I can comprehend the nature of the beast if it was your personal website and you had no real goal with it other than to “get people to look at it”, but from a business perspective?

My god. People have become so interested in watching their graphs grow and don’t pay attention to what the results actually are.  This semi-rant is built because of a comment that was made on The Small Business Forums. Someone asked how to improve traffic and examples were given including such things as spam, buying expired domain traffic and other options.  How does this ACTUALLY help your business?

Do you want 100,000 untargetted hits? Or do you want 1 sale? Personally, I’ll take the 1 sale even if its from 2 hits.  Then I have a 50% conversion rate.  100,000 hits that turn into 1 sale, or even worse .. 0.. what a waste of time!

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Business: Places for Help

Posted by Philippe on October 17, 2006

Finding help in business is difficult. Generally, you’re lucky if you know someone that can be a mentor to you. Places such as SCORE help for single questions, but are rarely the long term assistance that you need. More often than not, the people that are involved in SCORE are very busy and have other responsibilities — they can not hand hold you through everything.

To help with this, a few communities have been created.  When I started one of my own companies a while ago, I started looking for places that could offer this assistance. Most are dead and unused. The most active one that I have found is currently “Small Business Forums“.  There’s about 20-25 people who regularly seem to respond to postings and, generally, they appear to have a clue.

Because of the lack of centralization, I created one myself. This one is very heavily in development, but we’re open to allowing people on board.  Its called “Small Business Development” and entails articles, whitepapers, and forums — and an online real time community. I’m hoping to actually launch it by January 1, 2007 and have more articles and whitepapers available for review.

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Movie: Inside Man

Posted by Philippe on October 16, 2006

I’ve, for once, been able to watch a couple of movies. Normally, my time is incredibly busy and I simply do not have the time!

The movie I’m reviewing today is: “Inside Man“, a 2006 release with Denzel Washington, Clive Owen and Jodie Foste, Directed by Spike Lee.

The move itself was rather interesting, although I’m not sure I’d ever watch it more than once.  The filming was very chopping in parts, though obviously that was the point.  Overall, the plot itself was mediocre — the primary redeeming grace in this movie, without spoiling it for those that haven’t seen it, is that the obvious isn’t the obvious. At least not completely.

I’d give it a 3.5 out of 5.

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Collaboration

Posted by Philippe on October 16, 2006

The most interesting blogs that I’ve read aren’t the ones where a single person muses. It is a place where multiple personalities come out and take part, sometimes discussing the same topic from different angles; sometimes writing on different topics…

I’ve decided to invite some of the people that I know from around the world to take part in these writings and postings, different views on various thoughts …

Write!

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What this is all about…..

Posted by Philippe on October 16, 2006

I’ve got a business blog, two companies, a child, a wife, and an online real time environment that I administer. I’m looking for a full time job to add to all of that. I’m a professional — that’s really all there is to say about it. Even in my personal life, I tend to act professionally.

I was looking for a place to be able to discuss anything I wanted to, thoughts that simply popped into my mind — This blog, “hrmm”, will be exactly that. Its a place for musings, a place to post comments, a place where products can be reviewed, politics discussed, amusing anecdotes found … a repository for poetry, stories, or simply a place to post thoughts.

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