1021 posts • joined Thursday 26th November 2009 08:24 GMT
Re: Microsoft Dynamics advert
We paused the ad yesterday. The client is aware of the problem - it seemed to be fixed at the weekend, but then the hover thing went rogue again.
So, apologies to everyone inconvienced by this.
Re: Re: Sorry! Won't happen again
This is also a first for us. The twitter feed is clearly too long. If we run something like this again, we'll shorten it.
On pay-per-no-ad option: it is something we think about from time to time. Perhaps we should think a bit more about this.
Sorry! Won't happen again
So we tried a new way of showing our live training event today - had not appreciated that our media supplier's live player does not have off (or pause) buttons. So before we do this again we need to make sure that an off button - at least - is in place.
The autoplay was human error - and rectified after a few mins. We will ensure that this does not happen again.
You cannot buy Register merchandise officially anywhere to day - although you can get O'Really and BOFH stuff elsewhere (we had licence deals). We are considering running a limited line-up again at some point in 2014
We shut CashnCarrion at least four years ago - as the effort to run retail outstripped the reward. I don't remember if we announced its closure Towards the end, we tried a specialist print to order firm - but the quality was poor - and so we just set ourselves up for complaints - and no money.
Re: Coming soon
A real Ugandan prince used to work in sales at The Reg.
Re: Is this "safe"?
There hasn't been a Reg poll. If we ran one - what questions would you like us to pose.
Retiring the shares
Cash may be king but companies are expected to use it wisely. Giving surplus cash - dividends - to shareholders is one option - but that gives them a tax bill.
For this reason buying back shares is popular, especially in the US (for those tax reasons).
The simple act of buying props up the share price in the immediate term - and it gives signal that company thinks it is undervalued.
Furthermore, companies retire the shares they buy (or use some to meet share option obligations). That means the value of the company is divvied into fewer shares - hence higher price.
As for cash spent in buying ... some of the share price will reflect the liquid assets that the company holds, but fundamentals are assessed on things like price-earnings ratios and discounted cashflows.
Fair comment - in my background notes, did not make it into the article.
There is lots of cat 6K equipment out there - customers will upgrade to faster platforms in due. Arista is, among other things, directly positioning 7300 at this replacement market - Doug Gourlay told me this. The company is prepping a trade-in program for Cat 6000x - as is Cisco. I don't get how that translates into Cisco puff piece.
Re: 50 percent of profits?
New Scientist is a huge thing. I guess it still makes good money for its owners.
Linux Voice does not need to be a huge thing. It can work - so long as it is embedded in community, its budgets are modest and its owner/ editors maintain commitment and energy.
Even if print does not work out, there are plenty of revenue-generating options - e.g. from online advertising, sponsorship, merchandising, events, PBS-style community funding, maybe even e-books.
Re: Re: Ok, followed you.....
That is very kind of you, Graeme. Unfortunately, G+ doesn't take kindly to those subheads.
Kevin, our web coder, says:
We have the og property set for subheads but G+ don't seem to support it so I don't think so.
<meta property="og:description" content=""/>
Does anyone know different?
That would be novel... we get some traffic via FB, but almost all via the FB lLke button on our articles rather than through our our FB page. Yes, we have one! We monitor this lightly - every now and then someone gives us a story tip, or tells us off, or tell us they love us.
But for interaction, story tips, corrections etc. - Twitter is by far the most active medium for us. There is that official @theregister address again.
Learn the value of Google+
Well... I would like to say that we have tapped into fast growing reader source but... we stumbled across this G+ page a few weeks ago that a staffer had put up a couple of years ago. - no content, but 500 followers and maybe 500 who had had put us in their circles.So we added content maybe three weeks ago and told Google that this was our official page.
Re: Not for me but...
Feedback noted, but are you sure about ad pop-ups? We don't run them, If any reader spots one please grab URL of landing page and ping to firstname.lastname@example.org
Also we have enough ad units - we carry fewer ads per page than our UK competitors.
BTW Google+ running costs are a fraction above zero.
Abusive, defamatory comments not accepted
Or jokes arising from parent comment. Am deleting comments to date in this thread. Be civil.
So - in the US we run quite a lot of inventory through Google's Ad-x program, in which slots are to the highest bidder.
We block categories of ads - e.g. gaming (that is because some ads are salacious), porn, diapers - the latter is a weird one. But basically, diaper / nappy makers can swamp a site's ads, if you are not careful. If there has been a significant change recently in the ads you are seeing, it is possible that we have relaxed some categories.
We also block individual ads - for that we require the URL of the landing page of the ad. So if anyone sees something you think we should block - please ping email@example.com
Lastly, on relevance of ads: in this world advertisers are deciding what is relevant - and we are deciding if we can or want to play.
You are imputing bad faith / corruption on his part and by extension ours. Fun guy.
You are imputing bad faith / corruption on his part and by extension ours.
Re: This article reads like an ad.
Sigh. Why is it that everytime a writer likes something, it "reads like an ad" or is a shill.
P.S. We are paying Trevor, not Spiceworks.
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Re: nsfw ad
That is interesting - how recently? We run some ads via Google ad-x, but we block games ads precisely because of those scantily clad female characters. If anyone sees ads like this, please send us a screenshot to webmaster @theregister.co.uk.
linking to other sites is fine, so long as it is not pimping...
Nate, your comments rock. We are always looking for independent IT practitioners who can write. Fancy joining our roster of sysadmin bloggers? We spell check and vet for libel, but that's all!
Re: Some simple(!) suggestions!
Thanks Jamie, - the random ID thing is an interesting shout.
BTW why would you want the time stamp in the article - after a few hours, surely this info is irrelevant anyway?
I am pleased to see people try out new things. Clint deserves a pay on the back for getting this far. I hope he does even better
Re: Re: This is disturbing
English is a Germanic language with a French overlay. Of course, French derives ultimately from Latin. There was a huge influx of Latin words into English in the 16th Century - More here.
Re: ***I Know It's Long But Just Give It A Read
Long posts are fine - but a few paragraph breaks would help us all.
Re: Re: Android is becoming Google Phone
Kroneous, people can have opinions without being paid shills.
Re: planned obsolescence
Perhaps Apple has worked out that it is cheaper to replace broken stuff with new kit. The logistics are easier than repair and Apple margins are fat enough to do this, no or few questions asked.
Not much fun for third party repair companies though.
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