Book review: Urnabhih: A mauryan tale of espionage, adventure and seduction

Urnabhih means a spider’s web in Hindi, a language you may need to know to get the best value from this historical fiction.I bought the Kindle edition, although a paperback is also available from Amazon India. The plot The spider’s web refers to a web of deceipt and intrigue that is cast across the Mauryan […]

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Coding Australian 13 and 1300 “tel:” numbers – 404 errors

Australia has six- and ten-digit local numbers that begin with 13 and 1300 respectively. The 13 xx xx numbers connect you to a local number in your city so it is a local call. The 1300 xxx xxx number is similar but is usually a single destination for the price of a local call. A […]

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When Google Images can land you in trouble

Ash Nallawalla

24 September 2015

Google Search

WGN-TV, a Chicago TV station did a story on the Jewish Day of Atonement (Yom Kippur) and mistakenly used an inappropriate image – the yellow star that Jews had to wear in German ghettoes. A bunch of my friends started discussing what might have gone wrong.

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How I removed a FinFisher FinSpy malware infection

Ash Nallawalla

23 November 2014

Security

I don’t like catching a virus or malware (in my Windows 7 PC) and neither do most people. I wasn’t thinking about an infection issue with my PC when I read about a new, free, open-source malware detection tool called Detekt. It is far more effective at detecting malware than my copy of Norton Internet […]

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Has search marketing been devalued?

Ash Nallawalla

1 November 2014

Bing, SEO

Several observations over the past year have led me to conclude that search marketing as a profession is in decline. Of course, some people will say that it’s never been better before – good luck to them. Duane Forrester laid off at Bing Duane Forrester was a Senior Product Manager for Webmaster Outreach at Bing […]

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What is “Shoppable Video”?

Ash Nallawalla

29 January 2014

Ecommerce

Michael Hill is a well-known jewellery retail brand and has had a website for a while. It has now deployed an interesting form of ecommerce known as “shoppable video”. This piqued my interest, so I took a look. (No, I have no connection with them or Brightcove in any way.) 🙂

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Using Chromecast with Netflix in Australia

Sometime in 2013 Amazon accidentally allowed people outside the US to order Google Chromecast. Without fully grasping what it did, I ordered mine and it arrived within days. Amazon realised its mistake and emailed me asking me to return it at their expense for a full refund, as it would not be supported outside the […]

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Virgin, are you kidding?

Ash Nallawalla

11 January 2014

SEO

Occasionally, I run the great backlink tool Majestic SEO across websites of major companies purely to see if they are likely to fall victim to one of Google’s Penguin updates. Being a quiet Friday night, I thought I would check out the Bank of New Zealand (BNZ), as it is a subsidiary of a former […]

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Photos from 14-15 August 1947 – Indian Transfer of Power ceremonies

Ash Nallawalla

28 July 2013

General

My uncle, Jayantilal B. Nallawalla was commissioned by Lord Mountbatten to be his private photographer a few months before and during the Indian independence day (“Transfer of Power”) ceremonies. For the first time, his photos are being released online. As a teenager, I was privileged to communicate with Lord Mountbatten for several years and his […]

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Facebook Contest Guidelines Explained

All popular Facebook Pages run contests — it’s a great way to get fan interaction and it’s a great way to attract new fans. I’ve personally gained many hundred real fans for my clients using Facebook Contest Apps that I’ve created and they work great. However, most pages have contests where they simply ask users […]

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Why your Facebook Page could get removed by Facebook without warning

I spend a lot of time checking the business pages of local businesses and other businesses that I like on Facebook. Facebook marketing is part of my job, so I’m very critical and observant of what other people do. I’ve found that lot of these pages are either very boring or the ones that are […]

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Starbucks India doesn’t get social media

Armaan Kapur is a 21-yo writer in New Delhi who did something that many middle-class Indians do — try to go to Starbucks India (Link to Facebook page) in Connaught Place, New Delhi. In Australia, you don’t normally admit that you drink that brand of coffee, and most of their outlets were closed down (Link […]

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