Category Archives: Futurelooks

This is where I talk about the latest stuff happening at Futurelooks and the future of the site.

Happy New Year and Three Great Ways To Keep Business Buzzing During Slow Months

Happy New Year and Three Great Ways To Keep Business Buzzing During Slow Months

Happy New Year everyone!

Sorry for not blogging as much as I’ve wanted to and I’ve resolved to change that for 2013. Things have been extremely busy for me lately as I just got back from CES 2013 in Las Vegas just over a week ago and there’s a ton of follow up to do with all the companies I visited for Futurelooks and MEGATechNews. We also did some amazing coverage so you can check that out over here (Futurelooks CES 2013 Coverage) and here (MEGATechNews CES 2013 Coverage) if you’re into computers, gadgets and other techie stuff.

Like any business, there are periods of the year where things seem to die down quite a bit. In some cases it can be so slow that it can be quite terrifying for businesses that rely on more regular business. If you’re wondering what that looks like, just look at the picture above, courtesy of Michael Kwan. In fact, that’s what I look like this time of year because even my business goes through this slump around the January and February periods where advertisers start to cut back to reset themselves for Q2 when things start to pick up again. After the busy holiday season, people just don’t seem to want to look at stuff that they might want to buy, possibly putting them into further debt, which I totally understand.

If you do have a business that has a dip sometime during the year, it’s important to take some extra measures to ensure that it’s business as usual. And this might involve spending dollars that you might otherwise keep saved, in exchange for the potential pay off of more business down the road.

While cost cutting for those lean times is an effective means of riding it out, sometimes a bit of out of the box thinking is needed to stand out from the crowd. Let’s face it. Email blasts only go so far, especially with SPAM filters set to kill these days. Here are three good ways that might help your business out.

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MEGATechNews – Time To Kick It Into Top Gear!

WAY back in 2007, I was really bored one day. So in a coffee shop, I registered a domain name, created a really horrible looking header image, and MEGATechNews was born! MEGATechNews was: A site created in about 20 minutes that had no real direction. But it’s 2011 now and things are about to change.

MEGATechNews   Time To Kick It Into Top Gear!

I always thought that MEGATechNews had the potential to be a great little spot for quality bite sized chunks of tech news on a variety of topics, from computers to consumer electronics to weird tech that captures the imagination. While the site has been really good at being a repository of news posts for all the great sites that link back to the content produced at Futurelooks, it wasn’t until I decided to post a story about a “finger mouse” from COMPUTEX 2007 that it dawned on me that one day, MEGATechNews could be as great, if not greater, than Futurelooks. That story was actually DUGG to the front page on DIGG. However, being one man with all my time devoted to Futurelooks made it impossible for me to create the quality of content I wanted to maintain at MEGATechNews. Then at CES 2011 this year, things started looking up for the future of the site.

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2011 – It’s Time To Come Back to Blogging!

Wow. It’s been nearly a year hasn’t it?

2010 has been a very busy year for me as many of you know. Those of you that follow me on Twitter and Facebook have been getting the play by play while the blog has sat dormant for most of 2010 until now. But there was a lot that kept me away.

2011   Its Time To Come Back to Blogging!

I found out I was going to be a father and then in August of last year, my beautiful baby daughter, Alexis, came into the world. Yes, she does have a Twitter Account, naturally. I’m changing a lot of diapers these days and that’s in addition to my day to day duties running Futurelooks.  Around the same time she came into the world, we also had to deal with the tragic loss of her grandmother, her mom’s mom, who finally succumbed to cancer.

Before that, I was leaving my pregnant wife, who at the time, could have actually popped at anytime, and headed off to COMPUTEX in Taipei. Thankfully, Alexis didn’t pop out while I was in Taipei. Those of you on Twitter seemed to enjoy my never ending stream of pics and short messages about where I was and what I was seeing in one of the coolest cities in the world.

After COMPUTEX, came the worst time in Futurelooks’ history as our hosting solution through Amazon failed miserably. Despite some conjecture that we may have been “mismanaging” our instances, the company eventually took the blame for the issues, admitted the fault was with them, but refused to compensate for losses. To those that blame mismanagement, I’d like to know how you manage server instances that simply disappear? Amazon EC2 is a horrible service that has oversold itself and was the root cause of a 50% drop in traffic for an otherwise thriving site. It was a very rough time indeed.

Luckily, we’ve been taken care of by a company called EZP.NET that specializes in FAST, FINELY TUNED and RELIABLE web hosting. The best part of this is that he’s basically my neighbour. I really owe Shane and his team for bailing us out.

2011   Its Time To Come Back to Blogging!

Yes, this past year has been full of life altering experiences. And for 2011 I’m hoping that I’ll be able to share a lot more as I’ve made a promise to start updating my blog again right after CES 2011 which I can’t believe ended just a little over a week ago. It was definitely something to blog about as I won the Build Your Own PC Race for Charity which takes place every year. I’ve come in second and fourth before but I’ve never won. What a GREAT way to kick off 2011. The best part is that the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children will get $10,000 US and 30 computers. I’ve got a post coming with some more pics and vids for you to enjoy a bit later.

I really hope the momentum keeps going for the rest of 2011 as I work on bringing Futurelooks back to its former glory and begin plans to kick MEGATechNews into high gear. My little side project will finally get the funding it needs and will have the talents of the formerly non-committal, freelancing writer, Michael Kwan, at the helm. Yes, his life is about to change too in 2011. Let’s just say he liked it so he put a ring on it 2011   Its Time To Come Back to Blogging!

Well, enough rambling from me. What’s up with everyone for 2011? Let me know what’s happening!