[photo] Mark Jeftovic

easyDNS CEO, Career Contrarian & AntiGuru

Obligatory mesh web 2.0 conference post

I decided to attend the Mesh web 2.0 conference since it was taking place within walking distance of my place. I had better blog that now, since I brazenly left my laptop at home when I went (convention faux pas).

The question that I always have is what the hell is web 2.0 anyway? And how is it different from web 1.0?

There was a predictable mutual admiration club forming over blogs, tagging, social networking, RSS and communities. “100% authenticity” was being bandied about in a lot of overheard conversations.

Now that “web 2.0” is heating up as defined by … Read the rest

ibill’s business model: screw your customers, spam their customers

A couple years ago I subscribed to Kirt Christensen’s “Buying Web Businesses” for about a month. I didn’t renew my subscription and haven’t given it much more thought, until today.

Today I got a porn spam in my inbox from “gspotnews.com”. I recognized the email address I received this to as the one-time address I used when I subcribed to Kirt Christensen’s website. I took a look at the fine print at the bottom of the email and saw this:

You are receiving this Monthly Newsletter because you provided us permission
by agreeing to our privacy policy when you signed
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When marketing crosses over into deceit

Today, for the second time my bookkeeper put something on my desk that gave me pause. She is usually pretty good at weeding out ads and solicitations and filing them into the paper shredder, but a couple weeks ago, and again today she put a plain white envelope on my desk, my name and address had been typed off of what appeared to be a typewriter. No return address.

Inside is what at first glance appears to be a single page, ripped out of a magazine, with an article about executive planning or in today’s case, public speaking.

An ordinary … Read the rest

Life’s inevitable ironies, twists and turns

I haven’t blogged for quite some time. The longer I’m away from blogging, the harder it is to get back in because I feel a need to adequately write about all the events that transpired in the interim, those which kept me from writing. It’s such a daunting task I put it off until I break down and usually dispense with the entire gap in once sentence:

I’m a daddy, I have baby daughter now.

Enough said.

Now that I’m a parent, I find myself marvelling at the twists and turns my life has taken to get me to this … Read the rest

The bubblelicious benchmarks of ROI in Google

For amusement I have been watching the share price of Google for awhile now. I remember being taken aback at the lunacy of it all when I heard the CNBC cheerleading squad call for $400 back when it was still in the $200 range.

Well, it’s been trading above $400 for quite some time now and the other day on a long car drive I did some back-of-napkin calculations to compare what gives you the greatest ROI from Google.

First, some review (at least I hope this is review 😉

The object of investing is what? It is to obtain … Read the rest

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