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Microsoft Advertising Strategy

Filed under: The Linux Blog News — TheLinuxBlog.com at 12:01 pm on Tuesday, October 14, 2008

All right, so just because this is a Linux Blog does that mean I’m only allowed to blog about Linux technologies? Well, its my blog and since I’m here I might as well go ahead and write about what is on my mind.

Over the past year I’ve noticed a lot of advertisements that have the “nerdy” appeal to them. Namely the Mac Vs. Pc ones, and any others that you might see whist watching say the Office.

Well, it seems that Microsoft is trying to promote Server 2008 in this way. Creating “hip” advertisements that make people laugh. Whilst I thought the advertisement I saw on some IT blog was funny, after watching it a couple of times (downloading it, uploading to YouTube and posting it here) I’m starting to find it rather annoying.

So here is the video

What do you think of this video? I snickered at first, and then watched the other videos… (I had to bust out Windows, blow the dust off of it, endure the bootup and then install silverlight to see all of them) and I can’t say that it was time well spent. None of these adverts give me any information as to why I should use Windows virtualization other than the point of “We have a big marketing budget, buy our stuff” Well, if they are just trying to get the word out, I guess it worked, after all I am blogging about it :) If they’re trying to get people to think about it, then I guess it worked. This sort of reminds me of the older VOIP YOUR WAY ads, which I enjoyed a lot better. Again, they must have a huge budget for this as they have re-done the VOIP site (it used to be silverlight only, its now flash)

Well, I suppose I’m starting to rant now, so I’ll let you all go about your business. I’m posting this in the Linux Blog News category for lack of a better place. Perhaps I’ll create an area for non Linux related posts one day.

Some Linux Blog News!

Filed under: The Linux Blog News — TheLinuxBlog.com at 11:48 pm on Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Hey there guys and gals,

I’ve got a few pieces of news to report today, mostly to do with this site so if you are interested, give it a read. If you couldn’t care less then skip right along to the next post :)

Advertising
I will be adding the adbard network to this site one day soon, which will get rid of the Google ads and display some that are more of an open source theme. I may from time to time pop in some links to Amazon affiliate links to help with the costs involved in running this site. I don’t think that you’ll mind, and besides you don’t really have a choice. If you don’t want to see advertisements; learn How to set up a Squid Proxy Server.

I’ve changed my name!
I’ve changed my name (not legally) to display as TheLinuxBlog.com. I’ve done this because many people syndicate my content and are not correctly attributing my work. Don’t worry, I’ll still post guest posters names and sign my posts with my name so you’ll know its me (But I doubt you care anyway, just as long as there is decent content here or you find the answer to the Linux problem that has you stumped.)

Feeds Shortened
I’ll be shortening my RSS feed in effort to draw more people to participate in the site. After all, we all like comments and contributions, so why not contribute? This may also help out with spam also. If you’d still like my full feed in your RSS feed reader, send me an e-mail or leave a comment and I’ll hook you up with a private feed.

Artwork
For those of you that enjoy laughing I mean, reading my blog I’ll be providing some artwork. I’d appreciate links to me with or without the artwork. I may in the future start giving out free swag so be on the lookout!

Thanks for your interest and time,

- Owen.

Quickly checking the weather with telnet

Filed under: General Linux — TheLinuxBlog.com at 7:15 pm on Monday, September 24, 2007

Its always good to know what the weather is or is forecasted to be over the next week, however loading a webpage such as weather.com is time consuming and unnecsary when alternatives are available.

When I quickly want to check the weather, I do so by using telnet. Its quick, has no advertisements and is exactly the same information that is shown on major weather websites. Most have heard of wunderground it is a great website, but if you just want a text based listing of what the weather is going to be just use their telnet service.

telnet rainmaker.wunderground.com

Once a connection has been made hit enter to get past the prompt and enter a city code. Since I happen to live in Charlotte at the moment my city code is CLT. So I just type in CLT and my forecast is displayed.
If you don’t know your city code you can look it up.
Hit return at the prompt, and then press 1 for US weather. Press 3 to look up city codes by state and then enter your state. Pick the closest city and remember the code. Press M to start your search and enter your city code. Then your weather forecast will be displayed.

Thats all there is to it. Next time you want to quickly check the weather consider using telnet. Its a great alternative to loading a whole website with advertisements.