Friday, February 17, 2017

WeChat Paywall

WeChat trying to monetise with content paywalls......has Beanz finally grown up?

Good to see they are offering monthly/annual automatic renewals, having been a subscriber to a few different Patreon content providers for the last year.....I have hope this actually takes off.( I suggest you check out Amanda Palmer as a "best practice" example).

Does anyone have any idea on the minimum payment amount?

The failure of all these micropayment systems previously seemed to be “transaction cost” versus the “content micropayment amount” eg 5c transaction for 1c for content though this is easier on WeChat because its a stored wallet transaction.

It will be interesting to see adoption rates. If you come across details please post updates as they come available.

Thursday, February 16, 2017

A challenge to Australian techies

I was HORRIFIED with what Bill Morrow said on ABC Brisbane yesterday and cannot understand why the Australian government refuses to acknowledge the economic benefits of a faster NBN and the efficiencies gained in each and every instance of industry, basically making EVERY AUSTRALIAN MORE VALUABLE AND EFFICIENT.


Bill Morrow's claim that this is a "loss leader" and "Of No Economic Benefits" was shameful and goes in the face of any rational economic modeling.

After listening to this video its obvious you need to change the party in power because Bill Morrow yesterday was saying he was delivering "as directed" at the lowest cost.

So i challenge Australian techies to either putup or shutup and quit your whinging. Work towards firing the current government in power and get a government in place who wants an effective NBN or suffer the consequences to your lives and businesses from falling behind the rest of the world.

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

E3 visa information (for Australians only)

For my tech friends in Australia looking for engineering roles in the USA (and finding problems with USA based HR staff) you might want to check this infographic out.
Happy to answer any questions but the comparison on the 2nd infographic between E3 and H1b visa covers most of it.

Monday, October 24, 2016

Is salvation for the NY Times in "Amazon referral commisions"?

Really interesting acquisition this week

New York Times Company Buys The Wirecutter
Founded in 2011 by Brian Lam, a technology journalist and former editor of Gawker’s technology site, Gizmodo, The Wirecutter provides recommendations for gadgets and electronics like televisions and headphones. (The Sweethome focuses mostly on products for the home.)

So the question has to be asked even if revs for The Wirecutter are less than a few million a it possible the future for NY Times and its falling revenue is to be made up "clipping sales coupon tickets"?  ( retro.... :) lets party like its 1999).

The real question I have is "how many users did The Wirecutter" actually have (MAU's?) and what value per user did the $30m actually work out to be?

Second question in case anyone you think there is value in "personal user data" that NY Times knows that XYZ subscriber just purchased UVW product and therefor is likely to also purchase RST product and should NY Times setup a retargeting beacon service for additional revenue?


Friday, October 21, 2016

Aereo 2.0 but from the "consumer end" for a supreme court end run?

Ever since Aereo 1.0 was sent to administration I've been waiting for a "in house consumer end" to launch..... presumably creating an end run around the courts decision.

So the question remains.....would you pay $150 for an OTA tv antenna to watch content out of home? (and question for Sling/EchoStar.....what happens when I hook this antenna up to my cable box :) with a  converter).