Palm Pre unlocked from O2 and working on T-Mobile for voice, data and 3G

Posted by Paul@outside5.com on Oct 22, 2009 in How To, Technology

After many months of waiting for the Palm Pre to get a UK release and the heartbreak of seeing it with an O2 exclusive contract, the Pre was released last Friday.

I went to my local phone shop and managed to buy a shiny new Palm Pre, without a contract, but locked to O2 figuring sooner or later someone should be able to unlock it to work on T-Mobile (who I have a monthly contract with).  After seeing so many people asking, but only one mention of someone in the US unlocking it for voice (no data) I started worry a little.

Then I came across the Rebel Sim Card which has worked a treat.  I now have my Palm Pre, unlocked from O2 and working for voice, data and 3G on my T-Mobile sim!

Thanks a lot to the guys at Rebel Sim Card for unlocking the Palm Pre!!!



Lycos Europe closes Web Hosting and Portal businesses after 15 years in business

Posted by Paul@outside5.com on Jan 22, 2009 in Digital, Marketing

Lycos Europe has announced that it plans to close its portal and Web-hosting businesses.

This will impact any email marketing campaigns and email lists you may have.

It is important that you go through your database(s) for any email address using the following domain names:

  • Denmark - e-mail.dk, jubiimail.dk, jubii.dk, jubiiconnect.dk
  • France - caramail.fr, jubii.fr, lycos.fr
  • Germany - firemail.de, jubii.de, lycos.at, lycos.de
  • Italy - jubii.it, lycos.it
  • Netherlands - lycos.nl, jubii.nl
  • Spain - jubii.es, lycos.es
  • United Kingdom - caramail.com, jubii.co.uk, lycos.co.uk, lycos.com, multimania.com, jubii.com

We rcommend you take the following steps:

  1. Identify any addresses in your database that use the domains above
  2. Send an email campaign informing them that their email address will soon be invalid. So In order to continue receiving your emails, they need to provide you with a new email address
  3. This is also an opportunity for them to update their contact details and profile and for you to gather more information

We recommend you perform the following actions

It is vital you run this campaign as soon as possible. As sending emails to non valid address can lead to a high hard bounce rate and could damage your sender reputation and hence your overall deliverability.

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Web on TV with Yahoo Widget Engine on Samsung flat-screen HDTV range

Posted by Paul@outside5.com on Jan 6, 2009 in Digital, Technology

Some Samsung 2009 flat-panel HDTV systems in the 2009 ranges allow viewers to access certain parts of the internet directly through their televisions, to include Flickr™, Yahoo! News, Yahoo! Weather and Yahoo! Finance, and content from well-known brands, including USA TODAY®, YouTube™, eBay® and Showtime Networks® with more on its way.  The offerings are set to include video streaming and other online services.

The Samsung TV’s will support the new TV Widget service, called “Internet@TV - Content Service.” This service adapts the Yahoo! Widget Engine to allow viewers to engage in a variety of experiences, normally only accessible on a PC.

You will be able to track your stock portfolio, stay on top of headline news as well as browse through videos, share photos and interact with friends.

Users can access the service by connecting the HDTV to a home network via the built-in Ethernet port or using an optional Wi-Fi USB dongle.

Announced 5 January 2009 on Yahoo! Finance

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How to preview websites in Internet Explorer 6 on Vista with IE6 Emulator

Posted by Paul@outside5.com on Dec 23, 2008 in Development, How To, Testing

We are often asked how we test our sites in IE6 and earlier on our Vista x64 development machines as it is not possible to install IE6 - even as a standalone browser - on Vista.

We did - for a while -rely on various sites (Netrenderer for example) to take a snapshot of pages under construction.  While this allowed us to view a page in IE6, we were unable to “use” the site to check for those oh-so-frequent IE6 CSS bugs.

The best method of testing in older browsers on older operating systems is to run a browser on that operating system, but having several machines purely for testing is expensive and takes more space that we would like.

Having a dual boot machine is an option, but switching between operating systems gets to be time consuming and frustrating.

Our weapon of choice for testing is Windows Virtual PC. Virtual PC for windows allow you to run a windowed version of Windows 98, NT Workstation, 2000, XP, Vista,  NT Server, 2000 Server, Server 2003, Server 2008 and even OS/2 with various configurations.  This means full testing in IE6 on an XP machine, through a Vista machine.

You can download the Virtual PC from Microsoft here.

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Facebook user translations backfire?

Posted by Paul@outside5.com on Dec 16, 2008 in Digital, Social Media Marketing

This morning while looking around Facebook for some help on Pages we saw a strange (and not too helpful) message.

From http://www.new.facebook.com/help.php we chose ‘Pages’ from the ‘Ads and Business Solutions’ section, then - as our problem was not listed - we saw a link in the right column which we clicked that said ‘To get more information about Pages, ask other users your own question‘.

The page we landed on can be seen below, prompting us to ask our question by saying

If you don’t know the answer of Pages, then I can’t be bothered to tell you. Google it.

The Facebook Message (click for full page)

The Facebook Message (click for full page)

Looking into the other possible translations listed, it seems that

If you don’t know the answer of {category_title}, then I can’t be bothered to tell you. Google it.

was chosen over

What is your question about {category_title}?

It seems the people have spoken.

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Serious Security Flaws found in Internet Explorer

Posted by Paul@outside5.com on Dec 16, 2008 in Security, Technology

The BBC News website this morning announced that a flaw in Microsoft Internet Explorer leaves a way for criminals to take control of people’s computers and steal their passwords according to internet experts.

They go on to say that Microsoft is investigating and will prepare an emergency patch to plug the hole, but at Outside5 we have always recommended alternative browsers such as Firefox.

There have been attacks detected against IE7 (the most widely used version of Internet Explorer), but Microsoft are warning that other versions may also contain the same vulnerability.

Antivirus software maker Trend Micro say that as many as 10,000 sites have been compromised by criminals since last week to take advantage of the flaw, mainly serving up programs that steal computer game passwords.  On Monday they went on to say that the flaw could be “adopted by more financially motivated criminals”

Original story here.

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Making Search Social with Google SearchWiki

Posted by Paul@outside5.com on Dec 15, 2008 in Digital, How To, SEO

Google are now allowing users to annotate their search results and make their comments public as well as rearranging thesearch results.

First, a quick search for Outside5 Blog returns our blog:

Google Search Result

Google Search Result

Clicking the speech bubble icon oppens a text box to add comments

Google Search Result with Text Box

Google Search Result with Text Box

Adding our comment and pressing “Make a Public Comment” shows our comment on the SERP.

Google Search Result with Public Comment

Google Search Result with Public Comment

Clicking the up arrow will move that result to the top of your results, and the cross icon will remove the item from your results.

The Google Blog says that this function will not affect the google rankings for anyone other than yourself when signed in to your iGoogle account.

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Head Tracking for Desktop VR Displays using the Wii Remote

Posted by Paul@outside5.com on Dec 5, 2008 in Gaming, Technology

I have seen some pretty cool things in my time, but none anywhere close to this.  This could be the future of gaming, and it seems the future is here now.

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Fatboy Slims Weapon of Choice video

Posted by Paul@outside5.com on Dec 5, 2008 in Inside Our Minds


I just remembered how much I love the Weapon of Choice video directed by Spike Jonze and featuring Christopher Walken. It is right up there in my top 5 music videos of all time.

If you have not seen it, you can see it on youtube.

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The Future of Digital. Questions to ask ourselves

Posted by Paul@outside5.com on Dec 5, 2008 in Digital, Marketing, Social Media Marketing
  • Will we be using mobile more than computers?
  • Will there be a one repository for all your information and documents etc, that you can access from any portal (phone / mobile / games console)
  • Open IDs - How can an open ID be trusted – Why hasn’t this been done already?
  • Will we still be buying things with our credit cards? Or with our mobile phones (one simple way around this now is the addition of tags to your phone) – In 2013 will these already be embedded into the phone?
  • Will privacy exist in 2013?  Will people care, the new generation that have been brought up on PCs and digital that currently don’t care for privacy.  Will this change as they get older?
  • The love of a multi profiles. Business Profile / Friends Profile / Family Profile – they are all very different.  How can a marketer talk to different people with different personas successfully?
  • In 2013 the workplace will be a very different place, skillsets will need to change and people will have needed to adapt to the changing face of digital.
  • What will the financial crisis have on the digital future?
  • How should marketers invest in the economic downturn?  Concentrate on more direct response, or invest in building communities and engaging consumers?
  • How will we be reacting against technology in 2013? Too much invasion?  Will we pay money not to be connected?  Rebel against any technology that thinks or controls you?  Will there be information overload?

Questions from Digital Futures, Crystal Balls

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