Friday, 10 May 2013
At home I do use PCCW's Netvigator internet service. Generally speaking I am happy with the service, as it is reasonably priced, stable and has decent speed.
Though there are a few silly things. For example when you type in a domain that does not exist, normally the browser would/could take over and refer to Google, Bing or any of the other search engines configured in the browser. However, PCCW forwards to they Yellow Pages search part and you will get a result like below.
As exmple, I typed marcelekkel.com int he browser bar - which is a domain that does not exist. So it would show anything except the screen below.
It looks like the data of what you do could be monitored here, and used for all sorts of purposes. Earlier this week I fired up the browser to take a look at a site. However, instead of getting through the site I was looking for I saw the picture we see at the top of the page. Clearly an interruption of the browsing experience and annoying when you wanted to do your things.
Though was wondering if that could be used for other forms of advertising. Either at home/office environments or even at areas where people want to provide free internet access. Airports, shopping malls and even hotels. Using the right technology ads and deals offered could match the users interest and should be scaled for the device used.