November 02, 2011

How to find a bargain holiday

For decades now I've been hearing about people who manage to find the most amazing holidays. They just go off to the airport with a passport and take the last unsold seat and go somewhere exotic for peanuts perhaps. Or they've known someone at the travel agents and get the phone call when someone can't fill that flight to Greece or hotel in Egypt.

The thing is though while I've heard about these holidays for those decades, I've never actually been able to snag one myself. I did manage to get on the British Airways courier list but that was long after they'd stopped paying for that task to be done and only offered a cheap ticket for you doing the work.

So, while I've been told that these bargain holidays, these late sales and immediate departures, do exist I never actually seen one in the flesh. Until now that is, I've finally actually found somewhere that lets me see what is on offer.

Of course, this is a site on the internet, that great unbundler (the technical term is "disintermediation") of all those special contacts and knowledge that you need in so many fields. All you need to do now is click through that link above and there you have, in sortable form, the bargains available from the airports of your choice in the near future.

Sure, maybe there's nothing there you'd like today, or tomorrow, but there are times when we all want to just take a break, get away for a bit. So check it out and perhaps bookmark it for when you do want to use it. The way this winter is going already I'll be ready in about three weeks for some sun I think......

November 2, 2011 in Business | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

November 01, 2011

Where to find an all inclusive holiday

We all know that all inclusive holidays exist out there. My problem has always been that I've never really known where to find them.

The idea of just being able to plonk oneself down and know, absolutely, what the whole thing is going to cost, food and booze included, has always rather appealed to me. But as I say, I've never really known where to find them. And which country do you go to? Which tour operator? Obviously not to a Muslim country where the wine will never run red (although there are plenty of Muslim countries where it does).

I've been able to find an interesting little site, that one linked above, which helps to solve all of these problems for me. Rather than thinking all these things out well in advance it offers a way to search for which deals are available right now. Or leaving tomorrow, or next week. Instead of agonising for ages over where to go just take off and go where it's possible to go with a day or two's notice.

This does rather appeal to me, as does the whole all inclusive idea itself. I've worked in enough restaurants over the years to know how to make the most of such an offer. As with buffets, you go for the expensive seafood and meats. Leave all the rice, potatoes and vegetables for when you're back home and broke. Load up on the most expensive proteins they're offering. Don't have a risotto, have a steak. Forget the crabsticks and devour the prawns.

As to the booze if you've got to pay a premium for it then stick with the beer or the house wine (which you probably won't have to pay for). If you don't have to pay for it, if you can drink whatever you like, then single malts and decent gins all the way.

But that's all about what you do if you do go all inclusive. The point of this post is to point you at that page which can tell you where you can go and when for an all inclusive.

November 1, 2011 in Business | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

September 27, 2011

How to find the appropriate webhosting

One of the things we've got to be aware of in business is the difference between "best" and "appropriate".

Another way of putting this is that "appropriate" means "best for this task".

This is true when it comes to discussing webhosting. We all know that as a business we've got to be online, on the web, these days. But there are any number of different business models we can follow. Maybe we're trying to be an entirely online business? Maybe we can't be such, we just want to provide a signpost to our meatspace one?

So, it's difficult for us to really say that there's something called "the best" hosting, either package or provider. What we really want is the appropriate one, the best for what we want to do. So we can have "best blog hosting" or "best budget hosting" but the very concept of "best hosting" is one that doesn't have a great deal of meaning.

Best at what? And as that's what we've got to decide about our own business, before we go online, once we have, then we can decide on what is the best appropriate host and or hosting package for our plans.

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August 23, 2011

Where to get reasonably priced tickets

Or, where to get very reasonably priced tickets.

This is one of the things the internet has been great for: oldsters like me can remember the days you had to travel out to the venue the day that the tickets went on sale and maybe you got some and maybe you didn't. Nowadays, you can check the availability of Seigfried tickets, Rascal Flatts tickets, from the comfort of your own computer.

If those aren't quite to your taste, how about Celine Dion tickets? Trans-Siberian Orchestra tickets or Peter Pan tickets.

You young people just don't realise how lucky you are, the way that the world's been made easier for you by the hard work of your elders.

Or, if you'd like to put it another way, the deals we have to offer you, the ease with which we have to cater to your desires, as we attempt to offer you the pleasures of the entertainment world.


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August 03, 2011

Dealfun: a new idea

Dealfun looks like an interesting new way to buy things on the 'net.

Here's a few people looking at it: on Yahoo, MSNBC. This isn't an entirely new idea. There have been sites that work this way before.

The thing about dealfun is that you purchase the right to bid. Tickets, coupons, bid points, call them what you like. You can then bid on the items, iPads, iPhones, Kindles, LCD TVs and so on, using the bidding points that you've purchased to do so.

As I say, this isn't an entirely new idea, there were several sites that worked the same way. However, the other sites, when you bid, at what looked like great prices, you had just used up the bid points that you had purchased.

What makes dealfun different is that this isn't what happens. Even if you don't win the bid your bidding points can still be used against the purchase price of the product at the regular site pricing.

Which is really rather interesting, both as a business model and for people using the site. It might be that you get one of the great deals, the bargains at incredibly low prices: but if not, everything is not lost. It's still possible to buy what you want with the money you're spending.

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June 16, 2011

Buying blinds

As I mentioned above we've been sorting out this house in sunny climes and as part and parcel of that we've been looking into blinds. For of course part of the problem with being in sunny climes is that while you're indeed there for the sun, you don't want it inside with you all the time.

The middle of the day for example, you'd rather keep the sun outside: not just for temperature reasons but to avoid it fading all that furniture we've just so expensively put into the place.

And as is also normalin sunny climes, the houses aren't exactly built for the inevitable but short winter. There's not much heating in them, not a great deal of insulation (what there is being used to keep the summer heat out, not the winter heat in) so once again blinds are a both desirable and necessary addition.

I to have to admit that one of the things I really like about this modern world is that not only can we live and work here in these sunny climes, something the internet has made possible, we can also do our shopping from the comfort of my desk.

I can't think of anything worse than traipsing around looking at home furnishings (umm, well, OK, maybe shoe shopping) but being able to do it with a few clicks of the mouse is getting close to enjoyable.



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September 29, 2010

Those silly bingo sites

As Paul McCartney didn't once write, all those silly bingo sites out there. But actually, not all that silly really.

Bingo was a huge post WWII change in British life. The game itself was older than that of course but it spread like wildfire in the early 50s as fir the first time the working population had a bit of disposable income and wanted to spend it on something other than just pubs. The men seemed happy enough just with hte pubs but the women, who had some of this newly disposable income, weren't. So why not down to the bingo hall, a natter, meet the friends, some low level gambling, nice prizes with a low entry cost, why not?

What's happened more recently is that we've both become less enamoured of having to go out for such fun and for those who do the smoking ban has made doing so less fun. Combine that with the internet and the silly bingo sites don't look so silly. As indeed they're not given how quickly they're growing.

For now the daughters and grandaughters of those first post war pioneers can sit at home, in the comfort with a vino and an ashtray, no one to tell them off for doing so, and have that bingo game. Plus, of course the virtual natter (the writers of the sites soon found out that it wasn't so much the gambling as the chatting which made for a vibrant site) and this can be done at the convenience of the women, not when someone can be bothered to open the doors to the bingo hall.

Providing millions of people with something better than what went before: not looking so silly now are they these silly bingo sites?

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September 26, 2010

Where to play bingo online

The poor old bingo halls are getting it in the neck from all sides at the moment, aren't they? First there's the usual drop off in attendance as we enter that delightful thing, the British winter. Then there's the way that the smoking ban has meant that huge numbers simply prefer to go elsewhere: wlesewhere meaning at home. And then there's the rise of all the things you can do on the internet, like bingo scratch cards instead.

Getting killed from three sides, eh? And things like bingo scratch cards show why it's only going to get worse for the traditional bingo halls as well. Precisely because you've not got a large number of people all in the same place, expecting the same thing, it's a great deal easier to innovate. And that innovation is indeed what's happening online here. New games with new ways of playing. And not needing to go out into the rain and being able to sit at home with a bottle and ashtray as well, obviously.

I know you don't come here for investment advice but we can see that innovations like this, these bingo scratch cards online for example, mean that the traditional bingio hall is never going to get back on its feet. The whole market has simply moved on: no longer is it necessary, if looking for a gentle and anjoyable gamble, to struggle out into the night and fight through the crowds. It can all be done from home. And while there are those who might like the get together part of it all, the online sites all provide the usual social networking, meaning that you can chat away while playing anyway.

So even though you don't come here for investment advice, if you're still holding shares in any of the old style bingo places: sell 'em for what you can get for 'em.

September 26, 2010 in Business | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Where to find UK broadband

Or rather, not where to find UK broadband but where to find a supplier of UK broadband? For of course broadband itself is available all over the country: the tricky bit is getting connected to it.

What we would of course like is to have one of those comparison or shopping sites: maybe even a site which explained all of the differences between the different offers? Fortunately, we do indeed have one of these sorts of sites that does this broadband comparison. You can find it by simply clicking through that link there.

The site takes you through the offers from the different broadband providers. What exactly is it that is on offer? You know, the claimed speed of downloads, how much traffic you're allowed, do you have to hire a phone line from someone? There are also, of course, all of the various free phone call offers to consider: this isn't a simple thing to do really.

The more phone calls you make then the more you need to consider what they're offering free. You also need to look at all of the contractual gubbins around the offers. How long do you have to stay with the provider, all that sort of stuff.

And finally you can compare mobile broadband. If you're only a light user this can actually work out cheaper. Download speeds are normally slower, traffics limits lower, but you obviously don't need to purchase the phone line rental as well: so, in fact, it can be cheaper if you're not a heavy user of the net. And, of course, you can also take your laptop off to hte park and keep working, something you can't do if you purchase the line broadband.

So, if you're looking for what will give you a deal on broadband, fortunately, someone's set up a site to tell you all about it.

September 26, 2010 in Business | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

August 26, 2010

How to get traffic for your blog or website

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This is of course the most difficult part of the whole new media experience. Yes, you can create a great site, write the most superb articles, but there are also some tens of millions of other people out there doing exactly the same thing. So how can you actually get some of the hundreds of millions of web surfers to come by and see what it is that you''re doing?

You might, as some did, simply start blogging 8 years ago and thus be one of the well known and entrenched bloggers: or you might be a large company and thus get good traffic whatever you do. But for all the rest of us who aren't either of those, what is it that we can do?

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