Thursday, May 24, 2012

Facebook's Sheryl Sandberg asking students to perform click fraud at Harvard Business School

I can't believe the stupidity and ignorance of Facebook executives.  Do you remember when click-fraud was a BIG issue for on-line advertisers?  Basically advertisers complaining about sites' owners clicking on ads to increase their revenue from Google's ad-sense.
Basically Sheryl Sandberg is asking Facebook users to do just that.  Just read this article about what she said  Do they even understand the industry they are in? The level of incompetence, arrogance, gross over-valuation, and alledged intellectual property theft is simply shocking.  If I was advertising with Facebook, I would ask for a refund on clicks simply because the clicks may have been driven by a pathetic plea from Facebook to generate unworthy revenue.  I want my prospects to genuinely click on an ad, not being asked to do it to save a company that is clearly incompetent. 

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

A story about my Plantronics Bluetooth headset

The miracle headset
I am not one to promote products (although I do love gadgets), but this time I felt that I needed to share this story about my faithful Bluetooth headset by Plantronics.

It started over two years ago when I lost my headset and a good friend of mine (Charlie) had the same kind but did not like the silicon in-ear support.  So he gave it to me as a replacement.  

Since then I have been using it and never lost it.  About 6 months ago my wife told me that my headset made it through the wash and dryer.  To my surprise is actually worked without any issue.  I was impressed and attributed the save to the fact that the battery might have been dead and that the dryer did the rest.  

Well two days ago was a different story.  I did the wash, and sure enough, I left my headset in my workout shorts.  Now this time it was charged and on.   I noticed it out of the wash and tested the on button when it was still wet.  Nothing!  I finally felt that the laws of physics got the best of this resilient device.  In a desperate and last attempt to resuscitate, I decide to plug it in the charger...nothing... what could go wrong at this stage anyway?  I felt like a cat trying to revive a dead mouse in hope that I could get a last "byte" out of it.  To my surprise, the next morning it was fully charged, and I have been using it without any issues for the last 24 hours.

Luck or impressive engineering?  I will try to avoid the charming third time.