Within this past week, I have received two phone calls that appear to be a scam. The characteristics of the calls are:
- Automated message. The voice can be either male or female.
- The message is very vague in terms of who the caller is and what the call is about.
- The message asks you to call back an 800 number.
These calls appear to be scams. If you receive this type of call, do not call back. You have no idea what the other person on the other end is after.
Open Directory Project URL submission is back online. I have just submitted a couple of sites. I will report back here if the sites are being reviewed/included.
David Beckham announced that he is joining Major League Soccer’s Los Angeles Galaxy team after the current European season is over. My first reaction is that this is equal in magnitude when Wayne Gretzky was traded from Edmonton Oilers to the Los Angeles Kings in 1988. There are several similarities:
NCR announced yesterday that it is going to spin off its data warehousing component, Teradata, into a separate entity. The market reacted favorably to the announcement, sending NCR stock up more than 3% during the day.
This announcement makes sense in that there is little synergy between Teradata and NCR’s other businesses. In addition, Teradata, which has gained the reputation of being one of the most scalable systems for data warehouses, is doing well, bringing in $1.5 billion in revenue in 2005. If Teradata is not acquired by either another company or a private investment firm, it will most likely become the largest company focusing solely on data warehousing company by market cap.
One issue for people doing SEO for their sites is which directories to submit to. We all know about DMOZ and Yahoo. Unfortunately, getting listed in DMOZ is difficult, as in many cases one cannot even submit a URL. Getting listed in Yahoo directory will require you to spend $299 upon submission to get reviewed, and $299 annually every year.
Here’s the browser market share, based on traffic to my two highest trafficked sites in December 2006:
- IE: 68.0%
- Firefox: 28.3%
- Opera: 2.1%
- Safari: 0.7%
- Mozilla: 0.5%
- Netscape: 0.2%
Compared to the November numbers, IE decreased by 0.2%, while Firefox and Opera each gained 0.1%.
In December, IE7 accounted for 18.1% of all IE traffic (compared to 11.5% in November), while Firefox 2.0 accounted for 49.7% of all Firefox traffic (compared to 38.2% in November). Evidently, 3 months after the IE7 release, and even with Microsoft starting to use automatic download to encourage people to upgrade to IE7, the IE user community is still slow in receiving the latest from Microsoft.