Now They Spam Dogs

There are scams and spam all over the Internet, but some are so stupid that you have to wonder if people are spilling things on themselves as they type. Here’s something just received from some outfit called Blackhat SEO actually addressed to a Beagle: DO NOT REPLY TO THIS EMAIL! *************************** Dear BuddyBeagle, You have received a new private message at Make Money Online – Blackhat Seo & White Hat Affiliate Marketing from Doc, entitled “MMD Announcement *Great News*”. To …



Alan Weiss’s Monday Morning Memo® – 07/18/11

Alan's Monday Morning Memo

July 18, 2011—Issue #96 This week’s focus point: One of the worst human tendencies is to overreact. Too many laws, rules, and regulations are made in overreaction to singular or unlikely transgression. I fall down laughing when I must show a photo ID to buy an alcoholic drink in a ballpark, because the law is that everyone must be carded, period. The people intent on cheating will simply get false IDs. We can never replace judgment and accountability with laws …


The $20 Heist

Every day I receive Google Alerts about my name, trademarks, and so forth. It’s nice to see where I’m quoted or where something I’ve written or recorded has spread. However, once a week or more, I receive notice that some of my intellectual property is being offered by one of the rip-off sites. They operate under names (I’ll make them up) such as Windfall or Crypt or Access. They post the kind of notices that are supposed to make you …


Conceptual Agreement with A Buyer

An OBJECTIVE is a business outcome that improves the buyer’s condition. It is never a deliverable. A METRIC is a measure or indicator of progress and success. It must be identifiable by the buyer and you. There should be at least one metric and preferably more for each objective. VALUE is the various impact of the objectives. An objective of “increased profit” can yield value including higher margins, more money to reinvest in the business, ability to attract more investors, …


Why You Can’t Get Fat on Water

I’m at Caesar’s Palace in Atlantic City, where we’ve holed up in order to see Huey Lewis and the News at the Flamingo tonight (3rd row, center). Tomorrow we move on to Cape May for a week. The hotel generously provides bottled water in the room, and I’m glancing at mine right now. It tells me there are 10 fluid ounces, and also 296 ml. I don’t know why we need to know the metric equivalent, but it gets even …



Why Apple Is So Good

I had a minor quality problem with my Apple TV downloads. I sent an email to Apple. They refunded all my money for both series I had purchased (which can still be watched, the color is just a tad off), and when I thanked them for their responsiveness and generosity, they sent me this: Dear Alan, You’re very welcome. I’m glad to hear that the issue has been successfully resolved. Nothing makes Apple happier than to hear that we have …



Alan Weiss’s Monday Morning Memo® – 07/11/11

Alan's Monday Morning Memo

July 11, 2011—Issue #95 This week’s focus point: The scandal in the UK about cell phone hacking by a major newspaper is a sign of corrupt leadership, but not the downfall of civilization. The Borgias and the de Medicis were raising immorality and illegality to an art form six centuries ago. We need to discriminate between those who are corrupt and evil and those who are merely in need of additional skills and coaching and higher competence. Few managers and …