It stands to reason that every industry has a use for competitive intelligence. But when your product’s growing outside for all to see, it’s only a matter of time until someone decides to use satellite images to check out their crops.
This article focuses mostly on growers using the information provided via aerial and satellite images to get better acquainted with their own crops — they use near-infrared images to determine the grape vines’ vigor before the grapes are harvested.
The technology is called Oenoview, and it provides detailed information and imagery to wineries about their products — but wouldn’t a competitor be just as interested in what the neighbouring winery is producing? It seems a bit unfair on the surface, doesn’t it?
I posted before about another web hosting review site that I wished I had come across when I was looking for a web host (although that was back in 2006 — how time flies). If you’re currently looking for webhosting, I would seriously consider checking out Web Hosting Rating.
I’m always still amazed that there are hosts out there that are able to offer unlimited bandwidth and unlimited sites; I guess we’ve come a long way in terms of what it costs to maintain a site (and I’m only talking from when I was looking for hosting in 2006).
I guess now the real trick is to compare the hosting review sites to each other and see which one offers the most comprehensive and honest reviews.
I just thought I’d post this video I came across that I found completely hilarious (and although it’s Sunday night, I would imagine most of you will be reading this on Monday morning — and a laugh’s a good way to start the week).
This is comedian Don McMillan talking about what you shouldn’t do in PowerPoint — and definitely strikes a chord with anyone who has sat through a ton of presentations.
I’ve recently started reading Darren Wershler-Henry’s book Free: as in speech and beer, which I’m enjoying a great deal — and it’s one of those books that really gets you thinking differently about a variety of things. Here’s an excerpt from the book’s introduction:
This is not a techno-anarchist manifesto advocating the destruction of the copyright system as we know it. As entertaining as that might be, this is a book for grownups.
This is not a starry-eyed paean to the wonders of e-business, nor is it a smug, self-congratulatory dismissal of the possibilities of dot-coms.
This book is an executive summary about the fraught relationship that networked society has to one word — FREE.
This is just a short post to let you about a useful site I came across today. I’ve complainedabout my web host before — and I’m sure there are many others who feel my pain (my host actually ranks quite well for customer service, so I can’t even imagine how bad the bad hosts are). If only I had heard of Web Hosting Geeks.
Web Hosting Geeks provides reviews of companies that provide web hosting services, and rank the companies based on the features they provide, (as well as bonus features like free domains and unlimited websites or bandwidth).
If you’re in the market for a web host, I would seriously suggest checking this site out. It’s a great way to get a side-by-side feature comparison for a bunch of different hosts, not to mention comparing prices.
It’s estimated that every individual worker spends about an hour and a half a week browsing sites that have nothing to do with their jobs, which they reason costs employers about £1000 per employee per year.
Steve points out the obvious flaws in the CBI’s logic — that workers who are prevented from shopping on eBay or checking their Hotmail accounts are not necessarily going to become productive, and that the very definition of ‘work-related’ is problematic (is reading the newspaper work-related for example?).
While I agree completely with both of Steve’s points, I think there’s another angle to consider here as well. Companies can easily restrict workers access to sites, and those workers have little recourse. Very few people could legitimately claim they need access to sports scores or whatever else they might want to read in the course of a day.