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Archive for August 2005

Postcard from the new boy…

Greetings. Just a short post to let you all know that I am alive and well.

I’m in start-up mode in the new job and when you couple that with various family events etc. it means it’ll be a little while yet before posting returns to normal.

A couple of people have asked if I plan to blog around my experiences in Microsoft. The short answer is no. I’ll talk about Microsoft in the same way I talked about Cape Clear – if it’s relevant. However this blog remains a blog about PR so I’ll be sticking to my knitting :-).

Usual service will be resumed, hopefully sooner rather than later!

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August 30, 2005 at 7:55 am

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Thanks for all the fish…

Thanks to everyone who has taken the time to get in touch via e-mail or the comments section, I’ve been overwhelmed with good wishes, it’s much appreciated.

I will probably get blogging again at the weekend.

Thanks again!

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August 24, 2005 at 11:33 pm

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Thanks to everyone for their kind wishes and I *think* the comments section is now fixed…

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August 23, 2005 at 7:47 am

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A personal news item…

Good afternoon.

Just a short post on a personal matter that might explain the erratic postings on the blog over the past few weeks. After four and a half very enjoyable years with Cape Clear Software, I am moving jobs. From this Wednesday I’ll be joining Microsoft here in Ireland, looking after PR.

Postings may continue to be a little erratic as I settle in!

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August 22, 2005 at 4:07 pm

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PR: Engage brain before hitting send…

For crying out loud. Why is it that PR people can’t do the very basic elements of electronic communication properly?

Sending press releases by e-mail is NOT hard. I’m sure a moderately intelligent wild chimp could probably manage to send an e-mail correctly.


This week one of the spam press releases I received was formatted in HTML (as far as I am concerned that alone is a big no-no – always cater for the lowest common denominator – plain text will work fine thanks).

The press release was unsolicited, untargeted and was at best only tangentially relevant to this blog – at a stretch.

Of course, because they decided to sent it as HTML the formatting was broken, you could barely read the press release – if you wanted to.

So this morning I receive another version of the press release, this time its in plain text format with a general disclaimer that this version was technically revised to solve incompatability issues….

Oh Lord… Look, this e-mail stuff is fairly straight forward. If you’re interested in more common sense on using e-mail check these links out or search the web:

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August 18, 2005 at 10:41 am

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Alternative Industry Research Firms

Barbara French from Tekrati was in touch to tell me about a very interesting new research report they’ve released looking at the alternatives to Gartner, post their META Group acquisition.

The report interviews representatives from Forrester, IDC, AMR Research, Burton Group, Info-Tech Research, The 451 Group and The Advisory Council.

They are also welcoming comments and debate on the report on their weblog.

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August 18, 2005 at 10:32 am

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New and Notable…

  • David Philips, a UK practitioner has launched a new (well since June)blog called LeverWealth. David’s been busy posting a lot of interesting content.
  • I’m a big fan of Tekrati which is a great resource for anyone working with technology industry analysts. They’ve launched a new blog aimed at providing more news, links and a forum for discussion on relevant analyst issues.

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August 18, 2005 at 10:25 am

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