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  • Angels swoon over Roll's sausage role play: 28 years of MicroScope funnies (11)

    Back in 1995, then Microsoft Office product manager Oliver Roll was making a presentation to top executives at London temping agency Office Angels. In a bid to keep things interesting, Olly had decided to incorporate a number of costume changes i... 

  • Times were hard back then: 28 years of MicroScope funnies (10)

    If you think times are tough now in the computing industry, you should have seen it in the early days. Think of the poor managing director of a failed company spotted in conference with five burly representatives of an aggrieved component supplie... 

  • A nasty blow in foreign climes: 28 years of MicroScope funnies (8)

    A foreign junket paid for by a favourite vendor was always a welcome diversion for hard-working resellers back in the 90s. It still is, even now, but such trips are far fewer than they used to be. It was on one such junket to Amsterdam on a tour ... 

  • Is email marketing too cheesey these days? Or does it work?

    Below is a typical example of modern email marketing. This column asks: is email marketing outdated? Does email marketing actually work these days? Isn't it too intrusive? Does it work? Could email marketing help you sell your cloud computi... 

  • When the wheels fall off a presentation: 28 years of MicroScope funnies (6)

    MicroScope has featured a number of cautionary tales over the years concerning customer presentations. There was the instance of the belt and braces IT salesman who went to the loo just before making a presentation to a bunch of customers. Halfway du... 

  • The name's the thing: 28 years of MicroScope funnies (5)

    Over the years, MicroScope has found that company names (and product names for that matter) can be problematic. Perhaps the most high profile example of this was minicomputer manufacturer Wang which found the unfortunate juxtaposition of its name wit... 

  • Mr Bean's Unisys Drop Box: 28 years of MicroScope funnies (3)

    When it comes to demonstrating a product's capabilities, nothing can beat showing people something working right in front of their eyes instead of relying on presenting it on a slide or a video. Back in 1992, Unisys product marketing manager Ste... 

  • Telecoms are out of control, scream ICT managers

    Telecoms: you can't live without them, but you can cut your bills quite easily. Or maybe you can't, if you're a dim-bulb IT manager. Seven out of ten IT and Telecoms managers think their telecoms cost are out of control says a new report by MDS. Four... 

  • When the supplies run dry: 28 years of MicroScope funnies (2)

    People in the channel can be pretty sharp and quick-witted when they want to be. This story, from 1995, is a perfect example: Back in the days when Compaq was battling with Dell to be the largest PC supplier in the world, the company found itself ... 

  • Top ten rainmakers in Cloud Computing

    The sun's been out for two consecutive days now. So it can't be long before there's a hosepipe ban. In recognition of this coming water crisis, here's a list of the top ten rainmakers in cloud computing. Benguela- Which is entering The Cloud in ...