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All Blog Posts (49)

Some Information Security Basics

I'm always loathe to raise my head above the parapets when there is a security breach - there but for the grace ... and all that!

But I thought on this occasion, I'd make a few (I hope helpful) observations.

  • First of all, MS Windows in all of its forms is a honeypot for nastily-motivated bees. So it needs assiduous care to keep it anywhere near safe.
  • Second, having machines that are data-free is a measure against "ransomeware", after all, for $300 a new…

Added by Mike Briercliffe on May 13, 2017 at 13:44 — No Comments

How to make a Tartiflette a la mikejulietbravo

Tartiflette is a French dish from the Savoie and is served in the ski resorts around there as a regular item on almost every cafe/restaurant menu.

What I'm talking of here is a good meal for 3 or 4 people and the components are almost always the same:

A full Reblochon Cheese (none other), six large spuds - Maris Pipers (waxy potatoes for our US cousins), 4 large onions, a stack of Lardons or 6 chopped thick bacon rashers (I prefer smoked for this), a glass of dry French white…


Added by Mike Briercliffe on April 30, 2017 at 13:04 — No Comments

Sectors where 'we' are recognised as "Social Influencers" ...

Since Lisa arrived back in the UK from her software business venture in Spain (now 6+ years), we've been developing a Social Business practice together.

Lisa now ranks very highly in this "social scene", with lots of engaged followers in LinkedIn and in Twitter.

If you follow the link below - you'll get a good idea of the topic areas in which we (either or both) rank highly (she normally outranks me, by the way) according to Brit research firm Onalytica.…


Added by Mike Briercliffe on December 1, 2016 at 11:00 — No Comments

Data Security - Top 100 Influencers

This is the one topic I've hammered on about for years, so I'm not surprised that I turn up in this global survey - here's a link.

There are 2 of us in the…


Added by Mike Briercliffe on November 30, 2016 at 17:30 — No Comments

Social Media Influencer in The British Automotive Industry

I've been in and around this sector for the whole of my working life - so it's kind of interesting that I pop up in this survey at the upper end of the scale - mainly because I'm interested in and talk about the new generation of "Smart Cars". …


Added by Mike Briercliffe on November 30, 2016 at 17:00 — No Comments

A Favourite Quotable - The Gazelle and The Lion

“Every morning in Africa, a gazelle wakes up. It knows it must outrun the fastest lion or it will be killed.

Every morning in Africa, a lion wakes up. It knows it must run faster than the slowest gazelle, or it will starve.

It doesn’t matter whether you’re a lion or gazelle - when the sun comes up, you’d better be running.” …


Added by Mike Briercliffe on November 10, 2014 at 9:30 — No Comments

The best kind of Venture Funding comes from the profit on the Venture Selling you did.

How many businesses are truly "bootstrapped"?. Have you direct experience of this?

What are they key attributes of a business that never took on external sources of capital?

Added by Mike Briercliffe on October 25, 2014 at 15:49 — 1 Comment

An occasional Sunday blog - The Marvellous Austin Maxi Mk2

I love the Austin Maxi - I drove a few too - an Olive Green one, and a Tango Red one and ... wait for it ... A Vivid Yellow One with a Blue Vinyl Roof!

It was like driving a boat for the main part, though the top-end 1750 could actually go a bit if you worked hard on the revs management.

But - The reason I loved it so much is - it made me a star!

This link shows the oldest surviving vehicle in the UK: …


Added by Mike Briercliffe on March 23, 2014 at 12:30 — No Comments

The Russian Bear >> Not a Teddy Bear after all eh?

How cuddly those nice Russians were a few weeks ago in Sochi.

Now the teddy bear is transformed back into a very grizzly one. But - if a horde of nice well intended revolutionaries is going to threaten the bear's defence assets and his cousin bears, we all wake up to the fact that Russia is just a simple predator - poke it at your peril.

Sad - but obvious.…


Added by Mike Briercliffe on March 4, 2014 at 12:33 — No Comments

Guest Blog by Phil Hart "Australia, Indonesia and Snowden"

Australia, Indonesia and Snowden

There seems to be a general consensus among governments across the world that the items published by Edward Snowden reflect real events. For the purposes of this piece, I will adopt that consensus.

The story of Australia spying on the President of Indonesia (Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono) broke in…


Added by Mike Briercliffe on November 30, 2013 at 19:02 — No Comments

I can't get my head around this Social Network thing ....

It's something many of my friends and business associates have often said and are still saying to me. It's never been a problem to me - I understand it as if it was part of my own BIOS!

I never have believed that the right way to address the market is by spending willy-nilly on advertising in "broadcast mode"…

Added by Mike Briercliffe on October 30, 2013 at 23:30 — 7 Comments

Which Airline?

A man is alone in an airport lounge. A beautiful woman walks in and sits down at the table next to him.

He decides, because she's wearing a uniform, she's probably an off-duty stewardess.

So he decides to have a go at picking her up by identifying the airline she flies for, thereby impressing her greatly.

He leans across to her and says the British Airways motto : 'To Fly. To Serve'.

The woman looks at him…


Added by Mike Briercliffe on October 30, 2013 at 1:00 — No Comments

"Choosing the best social technology for your business"

There is a key to this question that can often be missed ....


It lies in the "Shall I use Twitter, Facebook or LinkedIn?" question that I'm asked all the time these days.

My answer is that you need THREE places at least in which you and your business must exist. And in these three places there is more that one thing that has to be done, in fact a minimum of…


Added by Mike Briercliffe on March 7, 2013 at 13:30 — 2 Comments

Managing Your Twitter Numbers - the 2001 Block

This isn't about your FOLLOWERS primarily - it's for YOU when you have the inability to FOLLOW more than 2001 ...

There is a ratio that kicks in at that point which means that you have to have more than circa 1820 following you in order for you to…


Added by Mike Briercliffe on February 10, 2012 at 18:30 — No Comments

I've got a lot of domains ... Want to to know why?

I have so many domains, (250+) mainly because for every idea that I had in recent years, or anyone brought to me, the first thing I did AFTER having decided if it had any legs at all, was invariably to check out the domain position for it. You can tell how many ideas have just not got off the ground then eh!?


I'm not a classic "domain squatter" ... though I do have some potentially valuable names which I can identify could/should be acquired…


Added by Mike Briercliffe on October 13, 2011 at 0:00 — No Comments

The question of VOLUME on Twitter and my own response ...

Good morning - its Sunday 17th April.


I have always been conscious of the fact that the volume of tweets emanating from me - @mikejulietbravo - can sometimes be large .... too large for some people's tastes. My main profile fluctuates between 30 and 140 tweets per day, with a typical day being 70+. 

So I set up…


Added by Mike Briercliffe on April 17, 2011 at 9:00 — No Comments

A quickie about valuing USED computer stuff.

The other day I had the need to pull out my old "rule-of-thumb" for deciding what to pay for OTHER-THAN-FACTORY-SEALED computer hardware/software.

Bear in mind I've been in and around computers now for 36 years and in that time prices and margins have skewed around. Violently in some cases. But still, the formula holds good in my estimation

Basically the principle I've always used is that as soon as something…


Added by Mike Briercliffe on March 20, 2011 at 14:30 — No Comments

Social Media Anecdotes of The Week

Its the 19th March 2011 and I'm reflecting on a couple of things that occurred this week in the zone of new business start-ups and social media.

I was triggered into this "blog" to some degree by hearing Ajaz Ahmed's opinion of Social Media at the Yorkshire Mafia Event on Tuesday. (Which by the way is a huge Social Media success in its own right). Great Event.

On Monday, @ladybizbiz, flagged a post on LinkedIn that indicated a need…

Added by Mike Briercliffe on March 19, 2011 at 12:30 — No Comments

Poor Service - the Quickest Way to Kill a Good Brand

Companies really have to recognise that poor after-sales service experience is one of the quickest ways to kill a brand. Customers are not – or should not – be a one-transaction experience. Lifetime value is what companies need to focus on, as that’s where the real profits lie – repeat customers that become brand advocates.

Added by Guy Whitcroft on June 20, 2010 at 11:04 — No Comments

Is 5000 years of history coming to an end with "The End of Cash?"

A number of new products have come to market recently which remove the need for cash by making payments between individuals and to small businesses easy and instantaneous - using your telephone and a credit card or deposit account. Is money as we know it going to disappear and be replaced solely by electrons?

Added by Guy Whitcroft on May 27, 2010 at 14:54 — No Comments

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