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The legal stuff

The opinions expressed here are my own, and neither my employer nor any other party necessarily agrees with them. This blog’s content is all my own, I licence it to other people under a BSD documentation licence that I consider to be the best balance between fair use (even of a commercial nature) and attribution:

Copyright 2004-2016 Ged Carroll. All rights reserved.

Redistribution and use in source (renaissancechambara.jp) and ‘compiled’ forms (SGML, HTML, PDF, PostScript, RTF and so forth) with or without modification, are permitted provided that the following conditions are met:

Redistributions of source code (renaissancechambara.jp) must retain the above copyright notice, this list of conditions and the following disclaimer as the first lines of this file unmodified.

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THIS DOCUMENTATION IS PROVIDED BY GED CARROLL “AS IS” AND ANY EXPRESS OR IMPLIED WARRANTIES, INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, THE IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY AND FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE ARE DISCLAIMED. IN NO EVENT SHALL GED CARROLL BE LIABLE FOR ANY DIRECT, INDIRECT, INCIDENTAL, SPECIAL, EXEMPLARY, OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES (INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, PROCUREMENT OF SUBSTITUTE GOODS OR SERVICES; LOSS OF USE, DATA, OR PROFITS; OR BUSINESS INTERRUPTION) HOWEVER CAUSED AND ON ANY THEORY OF LIABILITY, WHETHER IN CONTRACT, STRICT LIABILITY, OR TORT (INCLUDING NEGLIGENCE OR OTHERWISE) ARISING IN ANY WAY OUT OF THE USE OF THIS DOCUMENTATION, EVEN IF ADVISED OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGE.

Comment guidelines

Give us your $.02. I welcome your comments, quibbles, questions, and suggestions. But please mind your manners. You know the drill… stay on topic, be respectful, and avoid spam, profanity etc.

These guidelines are not rigid, but designed to capture the spirit and values by which comments are welcomed or moderated on my blog. As Charles Davies an ex-colleague of mine at Yahoo! used to say: guidelines are not tramlines.

This is a moderated site and comments will appear if and when they are approved. I generally review the queue several times daily, so please don’t resubmit if your comment doesn’t appear immediately.

The opinions expressed here are not necessarily opinions that I share and I assume no responsibility for such content. Please do not post any private information unless you want it to be available publicly, including information about your job or your employer, and never assume that you are completely anonymous and cannot be identified by your comments.

Cookie Spiel

What is a cookie?

According to Wikipedia, a cookie is:

usually a small piece of data sent from a website and stored in a user’s web browser while a user is browsing a website.

Why do I want to use cookies on this site?

The corporate-speak answer would go something along the lines of ‘to improve site performance and audience experience‘.  The truth is I personally don’t particularly want to use cookies, but some of the things I do use on this site like

  • Google Analytics (so I can understand when people come and visit the site and what they are interested in). It also works with Google Webmaster Tools which lets me know if there is a site problem like a malware infection
  • AddThis (which makes them little orange buttons on each post to make sharing or saving easier for readers) may do

Use cookies: the reason why they do this is so they can work properly.

So your are not going to steal my credit card details?

No, I am not that talented. I won’t be sifting through your online shopping history, personal computer files or anything else for that matter.

Why the fuss then?

Some companies use cookies to follow you around the web usually for advertising purposes. The average man on the street became more aware of cookies when the European Union passed legislation around increasing consumers control over their online privacy.

Politicians in other countries, notably the US have looked at similar measures.

Will saying no to cookies make a difference?

Probably not, the smart people who know how to use data about you and impinge on conventional notions on privacy have other techniques that they can quite easily deploy instead. People will still share far too much data over social networking platforms, location-based mobile applications and the like.

If you would like to know more about cookies, then this site maybe a good place to start.

Editorial Policy

You’ve made it this far? Good for you, not much further to go: blogging by its nature requires transparency. Where I am blogging about past clients or employers, I have declared the link at one time or other on here or my old blog site.Where that link hasn’t been declared, its because:

  • The posting along with 90 per cent of my blogging output between December 2006 and January 2008 disappeared in a poof of pixels when this blog (with a URI at the time of renaissancechambara dot com) was hosted on Yahoo! Small Business Hosting and things went pear-shaped in a manner that only technical things can
  • I’ve been remiss, I am not perfect and I am man enough to admit it and if this is case, drop me an email and I will correct the error

For the record, here’s a list of most of the brands who I’ve worked for from a marketing and PR PoV (though I am sure that at least some of them are missing):

  • BHP Petroleum: as a temporary PR assistant during my time at college. I helped launch the Liverpool Bay oil and gas field
  • MBNA International Bank – I worked as a marketer, helping launch their insurance services division with a particular focus on driving payment protection insurance adoption. I did a lot with data, wrote a lot of sales scripts and got to buy sports cars that were given to the best performing sales people
  • The Weber Group Europe: RSL Communications, Deltathree, Evenbetter.com, Dealtime.co.uk, Verizon, Palm, 3Com, Enron, CommWorks, Entevo and VA Linux (for a very short while)
  • Edelman London: PSINet, Philips, Ericsson, BT Genie, DiamondCluster International, Nvidia and Cap Gemini
  • Freelance consultant: Sony Computer Entertainment Europe, AOL and IMD Fastrax
  • Pirate: Aljazeera, Ask Jeeves, BAA, Big Brother (Endemol/4Ventures), British Red Cross Bali Bombing Appeal, presenter and author Clive James, InLondon magazine, design and branding consultants Henrion Ludlow Schmidt, Azure Solutions, Pegasystems and thedoghouse.co.uk
  • Freelance consultant: Flying Records, Bloodybigspider and Motorola
  • Yahoo! Europe: (inhouse) Yahoo! Search, blo.gs, upcoming.org, flickr, delicious, Yahoo! Answers, Yahoo! Technology Development, Yahoo! 360, Yahoo! FIFA World Cup sponsorship and corporate communications
  • Waggener Edstrom Worldwide Europe: AMD, Fujitsu Siemens Computers mobile product line-up, Econsultancy, Microsoft’s Trustworthy Computing initiative, Jobster,, QinetiQ, the UN, Superyacht Skills Foundation, Handmark, GE Healthcare, Mexican Tourism Board and Vizrea. I was also a guest lecturer at the LaSalle Business & Engineering School of Universitat Ramon Llull in Barcelona
  • Ruder Finn | RFI Studios London: ACCA, Econsultancy, Nomura plc, Novartis, Pfizer, The National Lottery (Camelot Group), various parts of Experian and a number of confidential projects in the private and public sectors
  • Burson-Marsteller Hong Kong for Greater China: CIVB, Colgate, Econsultancy, Huawei, Oakley, Qualcomm, Singaporean Prison Service, Spanish Business Council for Competitiveness (CEC), Telenor Myanmar and Tommy Bahama
  • Racepoint Global: Oraya, Extreme Networks, Warrior Football, New Balance Football, Intelligent Energy, ARM Holdings, Progress Software
  • Freelance: Tinkk, Unilever, National Golf Month, Sports Technology Awards, Sony Mobile, Digitas Health

To keep things simple, I don’t talk about my present employer or clients.

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