The CantBarsed Blog is moving…

I’m in the process of moving the CantBarsed blog from to so I can use the new template features to give the blog a makeover.
I suspect it won’t be seamless and it could well be messy or unavailable in the short term but it should be worthwhile – I’ll be back!

Update 2017

The blog has been moved again – on the same URL this time but quite a few URLs had to be redirected, apologies for any 404s you encounter along the way, I’ll patch them up as they pop-up.

iPhone 3G brilliant & iPhone iOS 2.0 Software & MobileMe Inspirational!

I’ve just watched Steve Jobs presentation to the WWDC and while I’m really excited about the new iPhone what I’m most looking forward to is the free forthcoming iPhone 2.0 software update and MobileMe (a revamped .mac service) which together will make a big difference to the way I work as an affiliate on a daily basis.

MobileMe is described as the “cloud in the sky” which synchronises data between your all your desktop and mobile devices in near-real time over the air (3G, 2G or WiFi).

This is perfect for affiliate marketeers. For example I’ll be able to read and reply to an email on my iPhone and both my desktop computer and laptop will know I’ve already read and dealt with that email so I won’t have to read it again or mark it as read on my other machines.
I’ll also have access to all my contacts and spreadsheets anywhere and any changes made will be updated on my other devices seamlessly – no more multiple, but different, copies of the same documents on different machines.
I think I’ll be able to do the same with Dreamweaver web pages but putting the pages live will still be a separate task, I look forward to having a play to see what’s possible and what’s practical.

This time around Apple have made a huge effort to get the business world on-board. A whole bunch of Fortune 500 companies were signed up to the beta program and with full support for Microsoft Exchange, Cisco and the ability to open Word, Excel and Powerpoint documents in place demand is going to go through the roof.

Add July 11th 2008 To Your Diary

That’s the day the iPhone 3G goes on sale in Apple and O2 stores across the UK and it looks like they’re NOT going to be available online (as an Apple affiliate that’s REALLY bad news) and can only be activated in-store. I’m not happy about having to queue up and activate in-store but from O2’s POV it makes perfect sense because it will reduce iPhone hacking/unlocking (again this is bad news for O2/CPW affiliates).
At an estimated 12 minutes per customer there’s going to be some long queues outside stores which means lots of media coverage.
I can’t decide whether to play their game or wait and play with the iPhone 2.0 software on my existing iPhone and run the risk of the iPhone 3G going out of stock, especially because at a price point equivalent to $199 they are going to fly off the shelves (although I want the more expensive 16Gb white model), decisions, decisions.

More Apple News

Last July I blogged about how iTunes was the Trojan horse which lets Apple loose on Windows machines and alongside a new Apps Store you’ll also be able to install iPhone apps from iTunes and I’m looking forward to seeing how MyMobile interacts with Apple TV, where you can now rent and buy movies along with popular TV shows. It’s all coming together rather nicely now isn’t it?


CantBarsed Blog – A4U Awards 2008 Excel London

Well I didn’t win anything – which wasn’t a surprise since I wasn’t nominated but I still managed to get nervous for 2 award nominees I felt quite strongly about.
Happily Julie Wood romped home (judging by the cheers) as the Publisher’s Choice Of Account Manager and Kirsty McCubbin just missed out to Kieron for the Affiliate Marketing Blog of 2008. As I was waiting on the balcony alongside Kieron I reminded him I’d voted for Kirsty and he agreed she would be a worthy winner so I was delighted when he told me after collecting his trophy that he intended to give the holiday vouchers to Kirsty and Duncan could so they could have a mini holiday after their wedding and before the A4U Expo.

Of the 14 other awards I correctly guessed 7 and was only left scratching my head over a few.
I expected to pick up an award but Chris Clarkson picking up the Affiliate Manager of 2008 is a real achievement up against old hands like Zak and Graham.
Virgin Games winning the Gaming vertical award ahead of Jackpotjoy was odd. They’d been squeezed onto Kieron’s “affiliate only” table and disappeared downstairs just before the award was announced so I’m guessing they only attended at the last minute and knew in advance they’d won the award – which is better than not attending and filming a cheesy video – probably! I wasn’t even aware there was an independent Virgin Games affiliate program so I’m guessing they actively canvassed for votes which feels wrong to me but it’s within the rules and even actively encouraged but I still don’t like it. OTOH the Virgin Media guys sat either side of me and Deb at lunch and they were both really nice and we drank a glass or two of their celebratory Champagne so I’ve no cause for complaint – I bet Jackpotjoy Jasper and Claire will be canvassing for votes next year!

As An ‘umble Affiliate Plus 1 Missus Was A4U Worth Attending?

The comedian Michael McIntyre made my face ache with laughter which partially numbed the pain of spending around £600 all in including tickets, hotel, breakfast, trains and taxis to eat and see a few mates pick up awards. From a business perspective I wouldn’t get it past my expenses manager (happily I don’t have one) and the A4U expo is a much better opportunity for networking. OTOH as a glitzy event to take the missus along too and spend some company money it was just about worth it but I probably won’t attend next year unless it comes immediately before or after the A4U expo so I don’t have to make an extra journey and hotel booking.
It’s also always good to spend time in the company of Elaine and Dave, Kieron, Frostie and others. I also learnt Redcar is up north, oxygen can be flavoured and that I can drink a lot of Champagne, to date, I haven’t been able to afford to find my limit.
I didn’t give a toss about the involvement of the IAB at the awards – it’s been largely irrelevant to my affiliate life and similarly I don’t understand why people seemed pleased NMA wanted to be involved. As a magazine about new media they’d be stupid to ignore a sparkly event tailor made to fill column inches – maybe they were pleased NMA isn’t as stupid as they thought it was.

A4U Congratulations

Once again Zak from Prezzybox and Graham and Dan from Buyagift pick up awards and it was really good to catch up with Julian from IWOOT and talk seafood again. It’s also always good to put names to faces of all the other merchants and affiliate managers I chat with by email, telephone and MSN on a daily basis and best of all it was great to celebrate Julie’s win at our own mini after-after show party with Nadeem, Martin and Carl from the A4U forum.
As usual there were loads of people I didn’t get around to chatting with but, thanks to Matt and the Existem gang, the A4U Expo is just a few months away so we can all catch up again there.