Obscure Box

Thoughts from inside the obscure box
May 15, 2011

Be careful where your ad sits

Posted by : Michael Lund
Filed under : Internet, Media, Online

This was on the front page of The Age’s website today.

May 11, 2011

Why Microsoft’s deal adds to the Skype/ABC concern

Posted by : Michael Lund
Filed under : Consumer, Internet, Media, Online, Radio

So the software giant Microsoft has bought the on-line communications firm Skype. That’s according to a report I’ve just read on the ABC’s website, “Microsoft buys Skype for $7.9b” (Wednesday 11 May 2011). This only adds to my concern over the ABC’s reporters and presenters telling me when they do an interview using Skype (See […]

April 20, 2011

The ABC’s love affair with Skype

Posted by : Michael Lund

What is it about the ABC and Skype? There seems to be more than the odd mention of the online video/audio communication technology Skype on the ABC’s airwaves these days. I’m not talking about the legitimate references to the free broadcast website used in the recent defence force sex scandal. I’m talking more about some […]

October 19, 2010

The ING orangutan doesn’t do it for me

Posted by : Michael Lund

ING Direct’s decision to dump comedian Billy Connolly for an orangutan in its new marketing campaign is a puzzle. Connolly is instantly recognisable. He’s world famous, he’s very funny, he also admits to being well off and is Scottish so comes from a nation with a reputation for looking after the money. A perfect ambassador […]

September 29, 2010

From a Fox8 blunder to another

Posted by : Michael Lund

The whole world seems to know of the blunder on Fox8’s Australia’s Next Top Model final show when host Sarah Murdoch announced the wrong winner to a live pay-TV audience. Sydney’s Kelsey Martinovich, aged 19, had just delivered her acceptance speech after being told she’d beaten the Gold Coast’s Amanda Ware, aged 18, to the […]

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All thoughts and comments here are the honestly held personal opinion of Michael Lund and are based on the information available at the time of publication.