16 Mar

Maybe QR Codes are finally coming of age

I have been an advocate of QR Codes for the past year, having discovered their use by the techno-savvy and techno-barmy Japanese. It now appears that Facebook is set to implement them, according to a number of Tweets and an article just now over on TechCrunch.

You will find one on my contact page which is actually just a link to my website (which will automatically format for mobile phones so that a QR code makes sense), but I use this to demonstrate what a QR Code can do for businesses.  I also use them on my business card to link to my website, and with the addition of a URL-shortening service such as Bit.ly you can track the links. Then you can also change the destination as required, by using redirects on your server or any number of other tricks. The QR Code destination itself can be modified at source – I use BeeTagg‘s code generator where you can monitor clicks and change the destination.

QR-coded tee-shirt

tee-shirt with QR-code - a bit geeky, but proves a point

I also created a tee-shirt with one of my QR codes on it.  It’s not the sort of thing I would necessarily wear out in public, but it proves a point at least!

01 Mar

Your browser, your choice!

You have a choice, so take it

Microsoft Internet Explorer browser choice

Microsoft browser choice

Every Windows user has a choice of which browser they use, but so few take up anything other than the standard Internet Explorer offering.  For them, this article and the BBC News story about it will fall on deaf ears. But for those interested in making their online research and daily surfing more interesting, enjoyable and engaging, have a look at the rivals and what you can do with them.

I use Google Chrome as my default browser, as it is clean, simple, quick to load and has a number of useful extensions.  I used to use Firefox but it became bloated and now runs slower than Internet Explorer (for me). I sometimes switch to Apple Safari as I like the interface and I sometimes use a Mac.

As you will discover if you see the IE advisory page (not everyone will see the message due to their Windows settings) there are other less well known browsers that you could use. Some are worth a try but the mainstream offerings are the more stable, longer term bet for the average user.

Here’s the full list offered by Microsoft as part of its settlement with the European Commission:

  • Avant
  • Chrome
  • Firefox
  • Flock
  • Green Browser
  • Internet Explorer
  • K-meleon
  • Maxthon
  • Opera
  • Safari
  • Sleipnir
  • Slim