Top posts of 2011 | 今年最流行的博客帖子

I delved into the analytics on the blog and had a look at the ten most popular posts I had written in 2011.

  1. How to set up Weibo for English speakers – the western world started to wake up to Twitter’s smarter, more innovative cousin:’s Weibo service
  2. Throwback gadget: Sennheiser HD250 II Linear headphones – I was amazed at the amount of inbound traffic I got from this post, it seems to have been spread in audiophile forums
  3. Reductionism, public relations and ‘reputation’ – trying to make sense of the car crash that is the PR profession. Some people got upset at the implication that it is a trade, but my Dad is the smartest people I know learned his trade in engineering and I see no shame in that. I am also immensely proud to have learned my trade from some insanely great people. Don’t let all that put you off, some great comments from a number of people including Chris Reed
  4. CNN QR code #FAIL – a train wreck of an evening that saw me leave my keys locked in the office by accident and stay over in a hotel near the office gave me this blog post gold
  5. Throwback gadget: Sony Walkman WM-D6C Pro – if you remember concert bootlegs on cassette or Michelle Shocked The Texas Campfire Sessions album, you’ve got the Sony Pro Walkman to thank. A giant over-engineered work of portable audio that is an emblem of the golden age in Japanese engineering back when the Sony brand actually stood for unmatched quality and excellence
  6. Why Facebook is a dead man walking part 2.5? | 技术品牌的情绪 – Netbase’s sentiment data on technology brands indicated that Facebook was tolerated as people felt obliged to be on it – and was less loved than Microsoft or HP!
  7. Amazon, Facebook, Google, Walmart? | 亚马逊,百度,谷歌,沃尔玛?– on the potential I saw of Walmart’s innovation labs to join some of the big successful platform players currently out there
  8. Ten things that annoy in agency life – it had been coming for a while
  9. What your Facebook profile says about you – what can I say looking at the traffic this post got I suspect there is a lot of curious or paranoid people out there
  10. The Futility of QR Codes on tube adverts – thanks to Annie Mole and Going Underground blog this got probably more visibility than it deserved and upset a few people in the mobile eco-system – so I must have been doing something right

Links of the day | 在网上找到

New Social Network My.Ology Fosters Content-Based Interactions – interesting focus on passions

LTE Windows Phones Arriving Next Year – will early to LTE give Windows Phone the leg up?

The One Reason To Avoid Microsoft Now And When To Know It’s A Buy – Seeking Alpha

Product Strategists Should See NFC As Much More Than Contactless Payments | Forrester Blogs – information sharing rather like IrDA

I, Cringely » Like shooting ducks in a barrel – US about to undergo a revolution in online gambling

Almost 40 Percent Of Facebook Use Is By Mobile App | mocoNews

Research: Internet Is UK’s No. 2 News Source, But Only 3.8 Percent Pay | mocoNews

Nike’s Footwork Yields Long Lines – (paywall)

Supply chain players see dropping iPad 2 orders

Young Women Go Back to School Instead of Work –

What is LTE? | ExtremeTech – good primer for non-technical people

Ireland faces loss of entire generation | Irish Examiner – not terribly surprising, the challenge is that there aren’t markets doing that well in the UK, Australia, the EU and the US to absorb them. It’s not like the post-war generation

Nokia Windows Phones reportedly receiving ‘Nokia Collection’ Marketplace section | The Verge – will it be enough to differentiate it the phone in the eyes of consumers?

Used Prices on Priceonomics – in early stages but looks promising

Jim Rekoske From Honeywell On Developing Biofuels | Fast Company

Men’s Watches Keep Getting Bigger –

Starbucks: Local Mobile Partnerships Generate New Customers | The China Observer

Tweet for McNuggets: Chinese Startup Offers Social Marketing Rewards | Tech in Asia – social media users perform tasks for discounts or rewards like McDonald’s food

Japan relaxes weapons export ban – – joint development of weapons more feasible

Irish love to talk during festive period | Irish Examiner – interesting that the UK and Australia (with large diasporas were the most texted countries, but the most called was Poland (Ireland is home to a large amount of the Polish diaspora)

Mozilla’s Three Big Bets to Keep the Web Open | PCWorld

Online Retailers Home In on a New Demographic – The Drunken Consumer – – I feel really uncomfortable about this from an ethical point-of-view

Another Report Shows Google+ With 60M+ Users And Growing | TechCrunch – unknown active user count

China’s eyes in the sky ‘go public’ | – already products available that can use GPS, GLO-NASS and Beidou simultaneously, handy for forests, mountains and built-up cities (paywall)

I like: Goodstuph paying it forward card

Singapore blogger Pat Law and her social influence agency Goodstuph mailed me an iron-on patch of their logo and some letter press cards to say thank you to other people.

Great advice: knowing your marketing campaign works | 非常好的建议

Wieden + Kennedy published a desktop wallpaper as a digital Christmas present for the blog readers based around one of their favourite Wiedenisms:
great advice
It sounds like a great test of whether a creative execution (whether it is a product, service or marketing) will actually work.

I like: Samsung Galaxy Y DUOS

I currently have two mobile phones, an iPhone 3GS for all that stuff that smart phones do and texting. My second phone is a Samsung B5702 DUOS phone that does my voice calls. Its a great phone with a week long battery life and a space for two SIMs.
Samsung GALAXY Y DUOS Product Image (4)
With the Samsung Galaxy Y DUOS, it looks like I’ve been finally given a reason to upgrade. On the specifications the phone is a basic Android smartphone. But unlike the vast majority of dual SIM phones available it supports UMTS networks which gives you more options when you are roaming abroad on networks. It should be available early next year, but you will need to trawl Google and Amazon (I’d advise Amazon Germany) to find it as the mobile phone carriers won’t like it. More information on Samsung’s press room – the press release doesn’t give an exhaustive breakdown of the technical specifications and too much meaningless marketing platitudes.

Links of the day | 在网上找到

Betting the Farm on US Takeover: Failed Deal Leaves Telekom Without a Plan B – SPIEGEL ONLINE – puts the Deutsche Telekom position in broader perspective

The 6 Pop Country Archetypes « Saving Country Music – genius someone should turn this into a TV series a la Portlandia

24/7 -Hyundai Motor | The Korea Blog – is it just me or does this remind you of Ford’s NEW EDGE design language?

Social media case study: Dettol in China | FreshNetworks London – great simple word-of-mouth case study from Dettol in China via Hamid at Fresh Networks

Windows Phone is Superior; Why Hasn’t it Taken Off? | cek.log – interesting analysis on why Windows Phone hasn’t been working that well. Reluctant carrier and hardware partners who don’t like being dictated to

DOCOMO and Five Companies to Set Up Communication Platform Joint Venture Company | Press Center | NTT DOCOMO Global – interesting collaboration on silicon design for mobile devices between Japanese and Korean players

China Restaurateur Finds Retention in Overlooked Corner: Intellectually Disabled – WSJ

Brazilian economy overtakes Britain’s

Mao’s past mistakes show need for open government – interesting piece in the Global Times calling for check and balances, whilst learning from the past. It looks like a middle way between the economic liberals and conservatives in Chinese policy

No Fiscal White Knight for China’s Distressed GDP Growth – WSJ – interesting piece on the Chinese economy, underestimates the Chinese government’s capacity for inventive solutions but interesting none the less

NEC wins Asia Pacific Gateway submarine cable system contract ‹ Japan Today – linking Southeast Asia and North Asia critical for economic expansion. Factories have been moving to the Southeast Asia so the communications infrastructure needs to cope too

Experian Hitwise – Christmas Day 2011 warms up shoppers for Boxing Day – (client)

Hologram-on-a-wafer may be the answer to the problem of bad 3D | The Verge – kind of like the MEMs that are in TI’s DLP chips

CES Pay for Play? No Way – a whole bundle of ethical issues in this PR campaign for LG by Ogilvy

Cee Lo Green Strikes Pop Star Gold, Without a Gold Album –

Sony, Samsung dissolve panel joint venture ‹ Japan Today: Japan News – why buy a Sony TV?

China market: Handset demand weak – manufacturers rather than just consumers, lunar new year falls in January this time around so expecting sales from now on

Scripting News: This is a Facebook-free Zone – start of a movement?

Nokia Receives $80m Settlement From Seiko Epson

A VC: Where To Find Your Future Customers/Users – future growth markets for web / mobile services

Carlsberg’s cinema stunt | Carlsberg 电影营销事件

Carlberg’s cinema stunts in Belgium have been getting a lot of views online.It’s less of an advert and more like content brought to you by the brand a la the original soap operas on radio which got their name from the washing powder manufacturers like Procter & Gamble who used to sponsor and produce them.

On YouTube

On Tudou


CIC Data on young Chinese consumers online

Really interesting snapshot from CIC Data for Group M on the online behaviour of young Chinese people. It shows how young Chinese borrow and build on Korea and Japan cultural artifacts and the process flows in reverse as well.

Whilst the cultural memes that Chinese young people like are (relatively) local, top brands they talk about are western:

  1. Apple (People’s Republic of California)
  2. McDonald’s (USA)
  3. Chanel (France)
  4. KFC (USA)
  5. Nokia (Finland)
  6. BMW (Germany)
  7. LV – Louis Vuitton (France)
  8. Nike (USA)
  9. Sony (Japan)
  10. HTC (rebel province of Taiwan)

I like: Audi A1 Quattro | 我喜欢 Audi A1 Quattro

When I read the press release about Audi’s forthcoming A1 Quattro, it was a bit like back to the future. The car goes back to the high performance original Quattro.
Audi Sport Quattro S1
The short wheelbase, and white alloys resembling competition Speedline alloys reminded me of the Audi Quattro S1 which was their Group B rally car. And like the Sport Quattro, on which the S1 was based, this will be an extremely limited edition: in this case to 333 cars only.
Audi A1 Quattro
If I was 14 again, I would have a poster of the A1 Quattro on my bedroom wall. More information here.

Links of the day | 在网上找到

The year in mobile apps: Where we’ve been, where we’re going — GigaOm – predictions on mobile

So You Got a Fancy New Camera: Here’s How to Use It

Study: Apple’s iPhone, iPad account for 90 percent of mobile purchases – GigaOM – app commerce then starts to make sense in etailing

Tencent vs. Sina: The Fight for China’s Social Graph | TechCrunch

Why Running A Mobile OS By Committee Can Be Very Hard | mocoNews

China Post Beams Letters Into Orbit Via A Space Post Office – chinaSMACK – smart marketing tactic. It is interesting that interest in space in China mirrors interest in space in the 19560s when the US was at its economic height…

MIT’s got a way of using encrypted data without decrypting it, next stop, traveling without moving — Engadget

Why Xmas = KFC in Japan – now I know why Bill Hicks said ‘Marketers, kill yourselves…”

UK government pulls open standards recommendation – The H Open Source – interesting that the government is shifting on open standards toward proprietary standards

What the Future Looks Like for Chinese LBS? | TechNode

Communities Dominate Brands: First look into Lumia launch and preliminary prospects for market success

Productivity Suite: Email / Calendar Solution – University of California Berkeley was transparent on their choice of email and calendaring. What is interesting is that Google was inferior on security and privacy related issues. Outside the US, both Google and Microsoft lose out because of the way some people interpret the US Patriot Act

Will China’s E-Commerce Market See An Industry Shakeout In 2012? « Jing Daily

Care and feeding of Father Christmas | 圣诞老人的护理和喂养

As usual the output of the TV channels were universally poor, so I had the Rare Exports film in the DVD player instead. Woodpecker Pictures put out a couple of great videos to promote the film: the trailer andRare Exports Inc.: The Official Safety Instructions – which is pure genius.

The trailer is from Tudou so all readers of this blog can see it, but will take a bit of patience to allow it to play. The official safety instructions are on YouTube, which may not be available to all readers.

Merry Christmas

Wishing this blogs readers a well-deserved break! The video below is from the Ninja Girls: a collective of Japanese ex-pats based in Singapore whose lofty mission is to bring Japanese kawaii culture to Singapore and the world. (The video is on YouTube so may not be available to all readers).


I got an email about 40 minutes ago announcing that STRATFOR were looking into a breach of their servers and email. I’ve always found their analysis on international issues informative and insightful which has helped in my work thinking about international projects with NGOs and in my writing here on this blog. It is one of a a number of media outlets that I pay a subscription to.

Dear Stratfor Member,

We have learned that Stratfor’s web site was hacked by an unauthorized party. As a result of this incident the operation of Stratfor’s servers and email have been suspended.

We have reason to believe that the names of our corporate subscribers have been posted on other web sites. We are diligently investigating the extent to which subscriber information may have been obtained.

Stratfor and I take this incident very seriously. Stratfor’s relationship with its members and, in particular, the confidentiality of their subscriber information, are very important to Stratfor and me. We are working closely with law enforcement in their investigation and will assist them with the identification of the individual(s) who are responsible.

Although we are still learning more and the law enforcement investigation is active and ongoing, we wanted to provide you with notice of this incident as quickly as possible. We will keep you updated regarding these matters.


George Friedman

Cryptonome have more details here: complete with the obligatory Pastebin links. Twitter currently has a lively discussion on the hack.

Links of the day | 在网上找到

How to Create iPad Prototypes Using Keynote for iPad «

Nokia Lumia 800: Why the ‘noPhone’ review draws ire from Nokia and Microsoft employees? – Moneylife Personal Finance site and magazine – astro-turfing | sock puppetry in action

How to Jump Ship from GoDaddy to a Better Web Host and Registrar

Why You’ll Be Hearing from Xerox PARC a Whole Lot More

TSMC to enter volume production on 18-inch wafers as early as 2015 – this a big move, 12 inch wafers has been driving things for the past decade

Semiconductor sales for smart meters to boom, says IHS

Irish trust in Government and EU has halved since spring | Irish Examiner – not terribly surprising, but still higher than the UK

A VC: Some Thoughts On The IPO Market For Web Companies

Red Wing Shoes Repair Service – turns Red Wing boots into an heirloom design item

GoDaddy supports SOPA, I’m transferring 51 domains & suggesting a move your domain day : politics

Nokia retires the Symbian brand – The Inquirer – interesting that Nokia is hitching its own brand to Symbian

UK cities expected to go it alone for better broadband – BDUK fund on the thin side | TechEye – yep – its all about as much use as one hand clapping

Social, Digital and Mobile in Japan / We Are Social

Hold those caps: The average web page is now almost 1MB – this is nuts, web design is broken

Report: Nokia Lumia Accounted For Only 0.17 Percent Of UK Sales In November | mocoNews

Communities Dominate Brands: Calculating the Elop Effect: He’s already destroyed a company the size of Oracle, and profits the size of Google

Microsoft sells Ciao to – Brand Republic News – interesting move, I guess this may be a move away from the Google bashing?

The web in 2011: HTML5 dominates Flash, trouble for data capped mobile surfers | ExtremeTech – or why apps are going to be around for a while yet

Liquid metal capsules used to make self-healing electronics | ExtremeTech

Yahoo considers selling Asian assets, continues fickle CEO search | VentureBeat – OMG I would laugh my head off and then cry if Nikesh Arora was the new CEO of Yahoo!

LinkedIn Open Sources Search Engine | PCWorld

Sumo wrestler crime prevention team patrols streets of Tokyo ‹ Japan Today: Japan News and Discussion – interesting that bank transfer scams are used to target the vulnerable and the elderly – less violent than the UK

The truth about Microsoft and CES | The Verge

China tops U.S, Japan to become top patent filer | Reuters

How SOPA’s ‘circumvention’ ban could put a target on Tor | Privacy Inc. – CNET News

How the iPhone Zapped Carriers – – which looks like something needs to change

New iPhone? No thanks, say cash-conscious Europeans | Reuters – lack of differentiation and financial meltdown

New Agreement Between the United States and Europe Will Compromise the Privacy Rights of International Travelers | Electronic Frontier Foundation

Council of Ministers backs EU signing of ACTA