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BCmoney MobileTV turns 1 YEAR OLD!!!

Posted by bcmoney on March 26, 2009 in E-Business, E-Commerce with No Comments

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Title: BCmoney MobileTV turns 1 YEAR OLD!!!
Location: Worldwide
Description: It is the 1-year anniversary of the Public Beta launch of BCmoney MobileTV.

Technically speaking, the official 1-year birthday of the founding of BCmoney as a business on December 17th, 2007 already passed; however the actual public beta launch of the BCmoney MobileTV service took place at MobileMonday Tokyo – Peer Awards this time last year. The Peer Awards are an annual Mobile Business Plan competition hosted in Tokyo, Japan.

Video of the event available here

Over the past year, BCmoney MobileTV has been through a number of transformations, added many features, and integrated with a number of other popular web services. Suffice to say, seeing the continued maturity of the web and constantly improving our technologies, we are getting closer and closer to our original goal of providing a Mobile and Personalized alternative to broadcaster-controlled one-way content services, repetitive and wasteful untargeted ads, and over-the-top deceptive marketing techniques designed to fool you into giving up your time and/or money.

We will continue to forge ahead into the digital frontier and want to take this time to thank all those who have helped along the way (you know who you are!)

Whether you are a user, contributor, fan, friend or supporter (perhaps one of the many friensd/supporters who put up or otherwise supported one main developer), the success of BCmoney so far would not have been possible without you!!!
Start Time: 00:00
Date: 2009-03-24
End Time: 23:59

Last but not least, some services we have our eye on in 2009 and onwards, as potential creative enablers of this crazy vision of our’s:

  1. Groupon
  2. Twine
  3. Freebase
  4. WolframAlpha
  5. AdMob
  6. ShareThis
  7. Apture
  8. TinyURL
  9. WhosAmongUS
  10. Kaywa (especially their QR code service blowing up in new markets)

Currency Codes dropdown and SQL table

Posted by bcmoney on December 30, 2008 in E-Business, E-Commerce, HTML, SQL with 7 Comments

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I always find it useful to share publicly those tasks I find myself carrying out many many times, almost robotically. In fact, I’d like for there to be a worker bot (soft AI not hard, and software not hard… we don’t need a Terminator style takeover) to do my dirty work for me.

Well, until such a helpful little worker bot exists, I’ll have to settle for blogging and sharing via Social Networks to appease my data reuse and job simplification desires. Here’s some data for International Currency information that I end up using in many databases (and I’ve added to my upcoming OpenRecommender project, to shamelessly plug my projects).

The following are the ISO-4217 Currency Codes of the (not including money symbols) of the current global financial system…
Currency code:

To save you a dig through the source, here’s the HTML for a quick Select drop-down box:
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XmasListz – A Facebook app for Holiday Wish-lists

Posted by bryan on November 1, 2008 in AJAX, E-Commerce, PHP, Web Services with No Comments

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Announcing the release of a Facebook App for XmasListz (formerly had its own site at now only available at, a wish-list web application originally created on the Java platform using JSP and Servlets, now ported to PHP/AJAX and running on the Facebook Apps platform.
XmasListz - Facebook App

It is my first Facebook Application and depending on its success or (imminent) failure, probably my last!
Check it out at:


The application integrates the Amazon Product API with the Facebook API and uses the latest jQuery and CSS3 tricks for creating dynamic and interactive list effects for its search results, showing a nice horizontally scrolling widget for just about any product name. When I was first throwing this together, I was sure it would be an overnight sensation like some other success stories on Facebook Apps, but after the first 72 hours and merely 12 close personal friends or family adding the app, only time will tell.

I won’t hold my breath!

Geo-Targeting with ZipCodeMap

Posted by bcmoney on October 5, 2008 in E-Commerce, Web Services with 3 Comments

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The web is an incredibly diverse and unpredictable place for doing business. Whether you are trying to build an online business, or merely provide a useful service that you hope many will enjoy and use regularly, understanding your user-base is perhaps one of the most important aspects of success and longevity in this challenging and constantly changing industry.

Audiences are becoming increasingly fragmented, and since the internet connects every nation, your web site, web application or web service can potentially reach any one of the 1.6 Billion+ internet users who either enjoy an always-on connection of their own, or know how to find one. So as an engineer, developer or webmaster, how can you reach out to these increasingly diverse, increasingly fragmented audiences?

One of the best places to start, as it turns out, may very well be a new field of research known as Geo-Targeting. Read the rest of this entry »

NEW FACEBOOK?!? A Twist of F8s

Posted by bryan on July 15, 2008 in E-Business, E-Commerce, Web Services with No Comments

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If you were on Facebook at all this past Monday, July 15th… you may have noticed a surprising new interface. As I mentioned on Revyu today, I think the latest updates to Facebook were indeed Microsoft-inspired evil.

Alot of application developers will surely leave Facebook now, since their applications have been taken out of the spotlight. On the positive side, that may remove alot of the clutter, as Facebook seems to be going back to its original premise of being a place to keep track of your friends.

Just like Beacon, I think Zuckerber is dropping the ball on this one by not consulting with App developers/users first, and I expect there to be some backlash as a result.

What this clearly does though, is frees up more premium Ad space for Facebook and Microsoft’s little Ad partnership monster to sell to would-be advertisers, and puts so little emphasis on the applications that the Third Party developers may not be able to survive, despite the quality of their apps.

Ironically enough, this echoes the situation Apple faced when Micrsoft’s Windows Operating System took off because it was more open and allowed independent developers to create applications to run on Windows which could be sold for-profit, all at no cost to the developer. Now we see a reverse of fates as the new proposed design and layout of Facebook clearly boots the developers off center stage and effectively taxes them for their app; all this while Apple continues to open its iPhone platform (said to be a potential threat to Facebook with its photo & video sharing, not to mention SMS text message, voice and email messaging capabilities.

BC$ = Behavior, Content, Money

The goal of the BC$ project is to raise awareness and make changes with respect to the three pillars of information freedom - Behavior (pursuit of interests and passions), Content (sharing/exchanging ideas in various formats), Money (fairness and accessibility) - bringing to light the fact that:

1. We regularly hand over our browser histories, search histories and daily online activities to companies that want our money, or, to benefit from our use of their services with lucrative ad deals or sales of personal information.

2. We create and/or consume interesting content on their services, but we aren't adequately rewarded for our creative efforts or loyalty.

3. We pay money to be connected online (and possibly also over mobile), yet we lose both time and money by allowing companies to market to us with unsolicited advertisements, irrelevant product offers and unfairly structured service pricing plans.

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