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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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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Upgrading an iPhone 3GS to iPhone 5

Ash Nallawalla

22 September 2012

iphone, SEO

I have had an Apple iPhone 3GS for nearly three years and its chief annoyance to me was the camera. Any excuse to upgrade to the iPhone 5. I missed the earliest order date so I was happy to wait the estimated two weeks. As luck would have it, Optus sent me an SMS to […]

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SEO and what Kogan is doing right

Ash Nallawalla

2 June 2012

SEO

If you haven’t heard of the Kogan brand or its founder, Ruslan Kogan, you will, sooner or later. Ruslan describes himself as coming from a Housing Commission flat in Melbourne (welfare housing scheme). He is totally street smart and has made a name for himself in Australia and UK as an online purveyor of  electronics […]

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Using cPanel to enable Gzip and speed up the website

Ash Nallawalla

20 May 2012

SEO

Continuing from the previous post about Migrating a Thesis blog, I looked at the Yslow add-on for Firefox and noted a few issues that were giving the home page a total score of C.

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Migrating a Thesis blog

Ash Nallawalla

8 May 2012

SEO

I don’t get time to look at this blog much these days, but having switched my VPS yesterday, I decided to use Yslow, Page Speed and Firebug to check its performance. It isn’t good but the price is right for what I am doing. Something stuck out when I looked at the Firebug display:

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