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Brief set of Links

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I have been away in Ireland on family business and haven’t had time to really digest these, but thought I would share some interesting links that had been kicking around my inbox. The New York Times

has an interesting story Military’s information war is vast and often secretive by Jeff Gerth (December 11th, 2005) that talks about the complex Pentagon/private contractor efforts to wage the hearts and minds war on terror. The article covers a wide range of activity by companies including the Rendon Group and the Lincoln Group. ZDNet

claims that Apple is going to kill the FireWire standard that it created and worked so hard with consumer electronics companies to implement on video equipment and being used in pro-music circles. Whilst I can understand why Apple wants to use open standards and have the likes of Intel foot the development costs, the company also needs to maintain its innovative edge in hardware design and implementation.

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UK PR Blog List

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 This site has made it on to a list of UK PR blogs. I don’t know whether to be happy about the recognition and the improvement it will have on my page ranking in search engines, or whether it is a sign of how untrustworthy or dubious the content is?


I have always thought of this as a blog that happens to be written by a PR person, rather than a blog about PR….. If that’s what your expecting you may be disappointed, but feel free to stay and have a poke around, and make yourself at home anyway.

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Analysis from around the web

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Forrester Research has some interesting video and audio sessions attached to its IT First Look (November 9, 2005) – subscription required. Forrester’s work is interesting because it touches on how technology and web companies are failing in their marketing communications with consumers. How they understand how build the stuff but do not understand how the consumers really use and adopt it. Thanks to Ian Wood who pointed out an interesting thought piece and associated research by management consultants AT Kearney. Some interesting data in there which I haven’t had a full chance to check out but two points immediately leapt out:

  • Western European survey respondents were less interested in downloading music on to their mobile phones than their counterparts in Asia, The US and Russia. This and a flatlining of online music sales in the US since May this year indicates that the post-iPod age may be upon us
  • Interactive entertainment like games was less popular and did not have as much repeat demand as other mobile services. Interactivity is something that tech advocates bleat on about since before the arrival of the CD-ROM, but it fails to take account of the different types of people and the various ways that they like get and work with information.

And finally, the FT devoted much of its magazine over the weekend to mobility and its impact on society. The main article by Richard Waters, their US technology correspondent can be read here. What is really interesting is the way people have absorbed mobility into their cultures, rather a brave new world occurring like all the tech-mavens like to crow about.

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Autumn Crawls In

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The mild weather has meant that autumn has been slow in arriving. For the first time this morning I noticed that the Tredegar Square park was looking a bit seasonal (which is going to play hell with the continuity of the film or TV programme that they are currently shooting over there).In order to completely shatter the magic of the season I thought I would link to this dry web page on the chemistry of autumn colours.

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Temporary Retreat

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I won’t be posting for the next week or so, instead I thought I would leave this delightful picture of Drea De Matteo.