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    Google's Chromebook seems to me to be a good idea but not necessarily one that is being executed in the right way. As others have remarked, there is an issue over what you do with a machine that runs on a browser-based OS if you're not able to connec... 

  • "I love you" loses top spot in Big Lie 100 to email marketing fib "Win an Ipad"

    The Big Lie 100, the league table of the biggest lies in modern society, has a new leader. "Your Cheque's in the post" was overtaken five years ago to concede second place to one of the new breed of email marketing lies that are dominating ... 

  • Steve Jobs: business genius or football manager?

    Apple CEO Steve Jobs has a reputation for being tough but the latest anecdote about the less than perfect launch of its MobileMe online service in 2008, shows that a brutal boss can also be, intentionally or otherwise, quite funny. According to a... 

  • Cloud testing services could make NHS IT disasters a thing of the past

    Here's Fred Beringer, who could save the British tax payer millions of pounds, with a new improved cloud service for testing IT systems. The NHS's terrible record of offensively expensive IT failures could be ended by new efficient testing systems m... 

  • Co-location? I was so unimpressed I bought a company

    For ten years Alex Rabbetts, as MD of consultancy Migration Solutions, has advised clients on designing and building data centres. So he's seen many a co-location outfit and frankly, he was so unimpressed, he decided to buy a company and do it himsel... 

  • The first casualty of business is English

    I don't mean to be unfair by singling out one individual in the IT industry when so many others are guilty of the same offence, but the following quote from Dick Fens, chief executive at Bull UK and Ireland, from a story on MicroScope today, shows ju... 

  • The good news? Outsourcing is big business. The bad news? Outsourcing is big business

    The good news is that outsourcing is big business. According to the Business Services Association, there are now 340,000 people working in IT outsourcing and it contributes £24.7bn to the UK economy. But here's the thing: one raison d'etre ... 

  • Mobile marketing has terrible tacky associations

    This is just in from Velti, which says it's supplying one of the UK's largest newspaper publishers with mobile marketing services and campaigns. It will do this by integrating its mobile CRM platform across Johnston's 18 daily newspapers, 253 we... 

  • Screen saver blues for Dixons: 28 years of MicroScope funnies (13)

    A Scope staffer was taking a wander around the Dixons in Heathrow Airport back in 2002, marvelling at all the wonderful electronic gadgets for sale. Settling his gaze on a laptop, our man's eyes were drawn to the screen saver message scrolling ac... 

  • Email marketing doesn't have to be cheesey, but it does have to work, says Message Horizon

    We asked: Is Email marketing too cheesey?We got a massive response. Here's Jonathan Rodger, CEO of Message Horizon, on the pros and cons of this type of approach to cheese burger marketing. There were some good points about the Byron Hambu...