I’m a Bernese Mountain Dog

The quizzes I occasionally point you to seem to be popular, so today how about doing “What Type of Dog Are You”? Take the Test Yourself Apparently, I’m a Bernese Mountain Dog! This seems ridiculous, because if you saw me, you’d say I’m nothing like a Bernese Mountain Dog. However, it appears I… “am good-hearted, down-to-earth and loyal, no one works or plays harder. I put my nose to the grindstone when it really counts, but never neglect my social calendar.” Which is quite nice really. What are you? Let us know on the Tag Board!

Globe Trottin’ Colin

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Colin Grimshaw is in mid air on the long trip from the UK to Australia. He left at 6am this morning. Hopefully, we’ll see some stories and pictures from him in a while. It should be interesting to see what he discovers “down under”. Colin is a text fanatic so maybe we’ll get a few cryptic messages. And if you’re reading this in Oz, Colin, I’ve put the Slough Weather Girl on the front page just for you, so you know what you’re missing. :-) Scroll down!

Aibo Video for Download

I’ve added an Aibo video to the downloads available. This is the full 5 minute, stereo video Sony released when they launched the Aibo ERS 210. If you have an interest in Sony’s Aibo robot and have broadband (or are prepared to wait a while), it’s well worth watching. The link is on the left or you can click the Aibo icon at the head of this item. The video is a progressive download file format, so if you have Broadband, it will probably stream satisfactorily. June’s Maxwell is the Gold one!

Smarter ATMs

Have you noticed how some ATMs have started changing their graphics and user interfaces? Barclays improved recently with colour screens and nice pictures while you’re waiting for your cash. (Although you do have to shade the screen in sunlight.)

Here comes a Marketing Prediction. (I do this occasionally.) In a year or so, we’ll have full motion video while we’re waiting for the money – advertising of course. Some of it will be for the bank concerned, but put this togeher with the knowledge the bank has about your credit card spending habits, add a chunk of CRM (Customer Relationship Management) software and I bet we’ll be seeing video ads directed specifically at us. In other words, if you eat out a lot, you’ll see restaurant ads and so on. There might be a “touch the screen to print the details” feature as well. It’s what I’d be doing if I were marketing director of a bank. Personally, I don’t mind this too much, but the biggest downside I foresee is, if the ad runs for (say) 30 seconds, they’re not going to cut it off mid-stream just because the money’s counted! Result? I reckon you’ll have to wait until the ad is over before the ATM will dish out the cash. Time will tell.

Incidentally, if by any chance the banks have not thought of doing this yet, royalty cheques and consultancy fees are always welcome!

Now you can Answer the Survey

New Feature Today – the Monthly Survey. The question came out of one of the Web log items saying 75% of British people would vote if it could be done on-line. This would be a far better turnout than any national or local election has had in the UK in years! What’s your opinion? Let us know! The Survey is in the right hand column.

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This site had 145 unique visitors last week (other than me). From Monday to Sunday the numbers were 12, 22, 15, 34, 27, 29 and 6. Obviously, I’m really pleased. Thanks for visiting!