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// Google could unzip rival browsers pants.

April 24th, 2012

As of Tuesday 24th April 2012, Google is celebrating the life of Gideon Sundback (a Swedish-American electrical engineer, most famous for his development of the zip/zipper) through a dynamic Google Doodle.

Gideon Sundback Google Doodle

Now, I have something for you to ponder over… Google could in theory unzip the pants of rival internet browsers by meticulously crafting the way they code these dedicated, interactive homepages.

The buzz that these fun, one-off feats generates could be considered a well orchestrated traffic generator. In response to an article surrounding display issues with Firefox, what if Google were to purposefully outcast their rivals, by tailoring their code exclusively to their own (Google Chrome) browser, they could see a healthy surge in downloads of Chrome.

The time it takes to download and install Google Chrome is fast and effortless, and I could see people adopting the browser, just for a small perk like being able to be a part of these small moments in history.


// Family Business

June 13th, 2011

I’ve officially finished my second of three years at university and managed to successfully navigate my way back home, a couple of days ago. After much deliberation, I seem to have found myself doing a considerable amount of nothing (out of the ordinary).

Anyway, after heating up a few flaps of outdated mackerel that my mother removed from the fridge and slapped onto the kitchen side, I flew up the stairs in the usual fashion and flung myself onto her bed. Cordially greeting ‘dog #1′ with an appetiser, I voiced my generosity through the floorboards, to ‘dog #2′ also. Since my mother had specified that the fish was now only suitable for consumption by my pedigree chums, I thought it was only fair that we each had our fair share of oily lips.

During the feed, I flicked on the television and settled for channel 4 in my search for some daytime dynamite. To my absolute joy, I found a programme fittingly called, ‘Super Scrimpers‘.

This programme is me down to a, ‘b’.

It’s a television series, which shows people how to ‘scrimp and save in these straitened times’. I prefer to refer to it as making the general public aware of their gross mass consumption. An increasingly strong belief of mine, is that quality and/or craftsmanship, should regulate our wallets and gear our consumption.

Send me a 99p ‘Birthday Boy’ card from Wilkinsons, or an over-priced, cheap, novelty gift item from a department store, and you’re behind what I believe to be, the excrement of the ‘gift horse’.

I do appreciate the very odd moment when someone wishes to treat me, however, I do not appreciate the wallet and the tail-end of the brain, being used, to fish out the decision.

One of the ladies from the programme, (Mrs. Moneypenny), has attached herself to the following motto; ‘run your family like a business’. I think this is a revolutionary little-big concept, and I firmly believe that the adoption of this principle would benefit the wider population, on so many levels.

So… I now have something-over three months to tighten the house up (whilst making the odd stingy-nettle pasta).

// Sweetening the deal.

September 13th, 2010

Well why didn’t you say!?

Free Chocolate Bar With Every Order

When you’re browsing Google’s shopping results for the perfect, white headset for use with Skype, your Mac Mini’s USB port is not the only input that needs something else to function.

That is exactly why topcomms.co.uk, is providing its buyers with a free chocolate bar when you place an order. It makes perfect sense.

Free Chocolate Bar With Every Order Screenshot

Now that’s what I call (nope, not music), but sweetening the deal.

P.S. – There aren’t any 14p products on the website, so there’s no loophole for getting cheap chocolate bars, delivered to your door. :(

// No longer the Wimble Don.

June 17th, 2010

As far as I can remember, the Wimbledon Tennis Championship‘s website had always been a spectacle in its own right. I used to love scaling through its purple and green exterior. This year, the Wimbledon website looks like an empty shopfront, neglecting stock buying due to unstable economic conditions.

Wimbledon Tennis Website 2010

Maybe it does have something to do with the economic climate.

Maybe it’s a cost-cutting measure that’s been implemented to ensure the bank can provide the prize winners with their share of this year’s; ¬£13,725,000 overall kitty. I have no idea whether general ticket sales have increased much over the years but a 9.4% overall increase in prize money (compared to last year), has got to be accumulated from somewhere.

I’ll be making my first trip Wimbledon this year, having been a consistent follower of the tournament on TV. It’s always been something I’ve wanted to do in my lifetime and it’ll be the first live tennis event I’ve seen, outside of the box – ohhh, so close.

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