I’m putting this Blog on notice

While I will continue to update this site sporadically from time to time, regular posting is suspended for now.

Hello, you have arrived! I do not post here as frequently as I used to but feel free to browse the archives from when this used to be a music website before general miscellanea posts became the norm.

While I will continue to update this site sporadically from time to time, regular posting is suspended for now.

Thank you for your continued patronage.

KalioCommerce: Ask Me Anything

Don’t worry, this website is not going to slowly turn into a marketing and eCommerce best-practices guide but felt it appropriate to share this specific event I was fortunate to help host

I  respect eCommerce and email marketing are not the two topics bringing people to this site but wanted to share a Q&A panel discussion I was recently a part of. KalioCommerce recently asked myself and Joy Ugi, the marketing coördinator at WhatCounts to take part as a part of their Ask Me Anything webinar series.

KalioCommerce has shared the highlights of the Q&A as well as a video recap of the webinar on their blog, feel free to click below if interested; Joy and I provided some insights into using customer purchase and behavioral data to drive smarter and more targeted communications to customers and prospects, and how the WhatCounts email platform can integrate into this solution

Don’t worry, this website is not going to slowly turn into a marketing and eCommerce best-practices guide but felt like sharing this specific event I participated in.

eCommerce Marketing Insights: Our “Ask Me Anything” Q&A Highlights

Operating A Fake Chinese Bank

Meanwhile, in China…. a fake bank operates for over a year, steals US$~32mil in deposits.

It ran for over a year but, after not delivering on its promised 2% per week interest rates, a bank in Nanjing is shutting down because authorities have determined it’s not actually a bank.

£21 million (~US$32mil) later, authorities have allegedly caught up with one of the “bank’s” operators in Macau

To customers in the eastern city of Nanjing the interior looked like any other state-owned bank, with uniformed clerks working behind the counters, the Southern Metropolis Daily website reports. Almost 200 people deposited their cash, including a businessman who handed over 12m yuan ($1.9m; £1.3m) in 2014. But he grew suspicious when he wasn’t paid the promised interest on his money, and went to the police after the bank refused to return his savings. A police investigation found that it was actually a rural cooperative, which had none of the accreditations required to operate as a bank.

KeySweeper – Microsoft Wireless Keyboard Sniffer

$10 Wireless Keystroke logger masquerading as a USB Charger

An awesome, albeit frightening device from Samy Kamkar – for around $10 you can be the proud owner of the KeySweeper, an Arduino-based sniffer/decrypter/keylogger that targets Microsoft Wireless Keyboards.

It conveniently masquerades as a USB charger, so it is reasonably small and completely discreet. I am not sure about where you work but these devices have been omnipresent at most workplaces I’ve encountered, quite often (and not surprisingly) attached to Apple devices.

Read the entire device breakdown and information on the KeySweeper here

All keystrokes are logged online and locally. SMS alerts are sent upon trigger words, usernames or URLs, exposing passwords. If unplugged, KeySweeper continues to operate using its internal battery and auto-recharges upon repowering. A web based tool allows live keystroke monitoring.

Coca-Cola Corporate Shutting Off Voicemail

The cost saving is only about US$100,000 overall, but the best part, only 6% are deciding to keep it, not leaving much room for debate about the future of voicemail.

…not entirely but it’s a start

Coca-Cola’s corporate offices in Atlanta have begun phasing out voicemail, which is quickly falling out of favor with younger workers. The cost saving is only about US$100,000 overall, but the best part, only 6% are deciding to keep it, not leaving much room for debate about the future of voicemail.

Rae Sremmurd Joins Captain America

Is daring to posit a black character as the embodiment of patriotism and lawful-goodness in 2014 really an achievement worth taking a victory lap on? Because at the end of the day, what’s Sam Wilson? A ruggedly handsome adult with great references. He can wear the archetype without a lot of alterations. Slim Jimmy and Swae Lee are African-American men aged 19 and 20. This is not a demographic group with a heroic reputation in the popular consciousness; if anything, it’s one that many people learn to fear and distrust on general principles, sometimes with tragic results.

Grantland’s Alex Pappademas takes a deep dive on the latest evolution of Captain America, and it’s unexpected crossover with summer rap sensation Rae Sremmurd

If you’re on alert for examples of the theoretical encroachment upon our freedoms by something people are apparently still calling “political correctness” in 2014, the fact that there’s now a black Captain America — like the presence of a female God of Thunder in the pages of Thor, and a Pakistani American Ms. Marvel in Ms. Marvel, and a Spider-Man who’s half-black and half-Mexican in the alternate-universe title Ultimate Spider-Man, and the casting of Idris Elba as a Norse god in the Thor movies — is hell-in-a-handbasket stuff.

The United States of Captain America: Rae Sremmurd, the Falcon, and the Endless, Necessary Racial Revision of Marvel’s Icons [via Grantland]

Karaoke Bar Fight Disrupts Chinese Power Grid

Meanwhile in China…

After an exceptionally party-filled evening at the Yinghuang Karaoke Club, in China’s Henan province, a group revelers from the nearby power-station become increasingly belligerent when their requests for free alcohol went unanswered.

With no other recourse, the power plant employees called in a favor from the office and plunged the entire neighborhood into a six hour blackout.

Lesson learned, never interrupt a party.