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Type: Blog Article

Generated 2 days ago

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  • Pedal Chain Delight - Tone Quest Phase One Completion

    It’s taken a while, lots of trial and error and patience, but I am at a point where I am finally totally happy with my phase one pedal / signal chain. It is essentially a ’vanilla’ chain of classic sounds - overdrives, fuzzes and distortions, and mostly regular effects. It possibly goes a little broader and deeper than some - but generates largely mainstream sounds - covering the whole gamut of ge...

Affino

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Type: Blog Article

Generated 4 days ago

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  • Airline Seat Bumps are at epidemic levels and dangerously Anti-Consumer-Rights

    So everyone is familiar with the recent United Airlines incident - with a 69 year old doctor being forcibly and violently removed from his seat. And while I am well versed with airport tannoy announcements about overbooking and the offer of incentives to give up your seat for compensation - ideal for more casual travellers. I was totally not aware that near enough all airlines have written policie...

Affino

Category: Content
Type: Blog Article

Generated 4 days ago

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  • 20 Essential Versatile Household Tools for Quick Fixes

    We are all faced with little problems several times a day - something either gets stuck, becomes unstuck or otherwise needs a quick fix solution. There used to be a saying that if something sticks that should not - apply WD-40, and for the other way around - use either gaffer tape or superglue. Yet there are numerous degrees of fixing required with different scales of permanence, hence I got to th...

Affino

Category: Content
Type: Blog Article

Generated 2 weeks ago

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  • Affino 7.5.15 Release - Community, Awards and Product Search

    There are over two hundred updates and enhancements to Affino in this release, there are though six which stand out above the others in their significance: Forums, Collaboration, Awards, Product Search, Product Drill-down and the Smart Channel Listing.   The new Forums and Collaboration app is the single biggest update we’ve made on the community side of Affino in years. This is a completely new t...

Affino

Category: Content
Type: Blog Article

Generated 2 weeks ago

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  • Invest in Best of Breed

    When it comes to committing to new technologies, there are usually some very obvious key criteria that need to be met. In weighing up the pedigree and suitability of a solution - the track record is all-important. And in track record we mean the degree by which such a solution is able to ongoingly meet objectives and obligations and adapt to different and evolving conditions. There has to be a mu...

Affino

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Type: Blog Article

Generated 2 weeks ago

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  • Now TV Lagging Far Behind for User Experience

    I use 8 different streaming services fairly regularly - Amazon Prime Video / Fire TV, Apple TV, BBC iPlayer, Channel 4 All 4, ITV Hub, Netflix, Now TV, and YouTube of course! I use the various mobile and TV apps, widgets and boxes, but since I spend most of the time working or organising on my Desktop, this is the primary access point / device for most of those services. My browser of choice is ...

Affino

Category: Content
Type: Blog Article

Generated 3 weeks ago

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  • Prepaid Development vs Custom Projects vs Agile Sprints

    At Affino we work to a number of parallel schedules - these cover Affino Core Development, Projects, Custom Functionality, Bug Fixes and Incidentals as the key ones. The working day is mostly divided into 3, with the first third typically dedicated to solving customer support issues and bugs, while the latter part of the day allows the developers to focus wholly on their more complex tasks - witho...

Affino

Category: Content
Type: Blog Article

Generated 3 weeks ago

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  • 16 Weird and Wonderful Guitar Noise Pedals

    I’m getting really close to finalising the first proper sweep of my pedal chain - just getting to adding the final 2. Of course the Tone Quest never ends, but it can be broken down into distinct phases, and I’m at a point in the first phase - where I have acquired sufficient numbers and sufficient quality to be able to render any type of conventional guitar sound superbly - using all the different...

Affino

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Type: Blog Article

Generated 3 weeks ago

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  • Musical Alphabetti Spaghetti

    This article was partly triggered by all the new material Pitchfork has been recently sharing to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Radiohead’s OK Computer - an album which has long featured in my All Time Top 10 [*T10] favourite albums. Out of this, I started thinking about which artists I spent the most time listening to and were the most influential in my life. I then considered that it may be f...

Affino

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Type: Blog Article

Generated 3 weeks ago

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  • Successful Re/Solutions Require Precise and Detailed Communications

    My brother and I were recently discussing how we personally dealt with customer services issues from the customer perspective - i.e. as a result of something going wrong during an online / digital retail purchase. In his case a payment gateway had taken his money, but the actual checkout status was simply that the purchase had been cancelled (i.e. 0 transaction value), in my case - something had b...

Affino

Category: Content
Type: Blog Article

Generated 1 month ago

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  • Google's Advertising Model and other similar Programmatic Advertising is Now Seriously Under Threat

    Most of you will be very aware how in recent days Google and YouTube have come into significant criticism for enabling branded advertising to appear on extreme / extremist sites, as well as extreme/ist advertising to appear in turn against branded content. This includes having your ads show up on politically extremist sites like Breitbart, or otherwise having extremist and insensitive advertising ...

Affino

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Type: Blog Article

Generated 1 month ago

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  • 10 Singlecut LP Style Guitars for Your Consideration

    So I am increasingly thinking my next guitar will be a singlecut style one - the usual mahogany body + mahogany neck, Rosewood or Ebony Board, usually 4 control dials and (at least) two humbuckers etc. - for some deep and rich rock sounds. Up until now my preference has been for doublecut S-style guitars, and the PRS CE and Holcombe SE I already have quite adequately represent that genre for now. ...

Affino

Category: Content
Type: Blog Article

Generated 1 month ago

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  • How to Buy Better

    Those that know me are aware that I’m a fairly keen shopper. And when I say keen - I really mean detail-oriented and precision- applied. Of all the different applied sciences, shopping is one of the lesser formulised ones, yet with the many inherent complexities of contemporary retail - in particular borderless digital retail / Internet. you really need some sort of checklist to ensure you avoid t...

Affino

Category: Content
Type: Blog Article

Generated 1 month ago

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  • Drive your Business Forward with the Most Powerful Digital Business Engine

    Formula 1 cars are the wonder of the automotive engineering world. Precision-tuned every season and constantly adapted to meet new rules and regulations. Utilising thousands of components working together in perfect harmony under some of the most extreme conditions encountered beyond the surface of the Sun. The engine needs to withstand the most incredible fluctuations, heat and pressure, while ma...

Affino

Category: Content
Type: Blog Article

Generated 1 month ago

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  • The Kind of Pedal we would love to see Strymon do next

    So I’ve had the Strymon Riverside since early December last year, and although it is a fine 4-gain-stage distortion pedal which I love and use daily, it’s not without its flaws. I’ve relatively recently also acquired the Elektron Analog Drive, which targets some of the weaknesses of the Riverside, but still does not satisfactorily offer the complete overdrive and distortion solution which I am act...

Affino

Category: Content
Type: Blog Article

Generated 1 month ago

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  • The Key Requirements and Roles for a Digital Manager

    We’ve mentioned this several times before, that it is essential for every digital presence and site instance to have a singular authority responsible for the core daily functions. In times past this used to be called a Webmaster or Web Manager, nowadays this is more commonly referred to as a Digital Manager. Every Site Instance really has to have a single person client-side responsible for the co...

Affino

Category: Content
Type: Blog Article

Generated 2 months ago

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  • Affino Assists AOP with Rapid Site Redevelopment and Deployment

    Almost exactly one year ago, Affino was commissioned by the AOP to resolve a matter of some technical delicacy and urgency. The incumbent site at the time was malfunctioning, and AOP required a swift resolution to ensure ongoing business continuity. Within just a fortnight of collaborating with Richard Reeves’ team, Affino had helped recover data, redesign, populate and deploy a fully viable phas...

  • Affino Hosting Services Overview

    This is a general introduction and overview to the various hosting services provided by Affino - just so everyone has a clear picture of what options are available and by what magnitude hosting provision can be ramped up to handle traffic growth and spikes in activity.The Affino SaaS Platform is a fully cloud-hosted solution, which has been hosted on the Amazon Cloud from its earliest days. It use...

  • Achieve More with a Fully Connected CRM at the Heart of your Digital Platform

    Most business owners are already fully clear on how critical a CRM solution is for the running of a contemporary business. Many are not aware though of how much manual work and maintenance is required to support a typical CRM - something along the lines of Salesforce for instance. A typical CRM deployment nowadays consists of significant customisation and integration work, just to get the CRM to ...

  • Print Magazine Sales and Subscriptions still Sinking

    A recent article in Campaign records Condé Nast suffering biggest audience decline as magazine market drops 5.6% year-on-year. The biggest casualty was Condé’s ’Glamour’ title which accounted for a 26% decline on its own. Editors are hoping to revive the title by re-launching it in a larger more luxurious format, we will see if that does the trick. It’s not been long since we had reports that Con...

  • Adblocking up 30% in past year

    PageFair and The New York Times recently published the most recent stats on adblocking globally. In the past year, the number of users employing ad-blocking software has risen to roughly 11% of the global Internet audience, equating to some 600 million devices. Many companies have tried to outsmart adblocking or ban it in one way or another, but as we keep reiterating - adblocking is about far mo...

Affino

Category: Content
Type: Blog Article

Generated 2 months ago

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  • Affino 7.5.14 Release - Events Evolution

    This release could also be called the ‘I love it when a plan comes together’ release. It’s the first of three significant event related releases coming out over the coming months, and although there are some great individual improvements around events, directories, CRM, account management and ecommerce, the big wins are all around the greatly improved event workflows and automation that is now pos...

  • 12 Degrees of Saturation - Key Guitar Overdrive, Fuzz and Distortion Sounds

    So another chapter of the Tone Quest is nearing its momentary end-point. In the ongoing efforts to arrive at the perfect Tone, I’ve been spending an inordinate amount of time experimenting with and researching overdrives, fuzzes and distortions. Being somewhat eclectic in my tastes, there are a number of the deemed key / core sounds I like. Some players sit squarely within ’Blues’, ’Rock’ or ’Meta...

Affino

Category: Content
Type: Blog Article

Generated 2 months ago

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  • The Guitar Setup Checklist

    I’ve reported before how disappointed I was with a recent guitar setup. Being a follower of ’Know Your Gear’ guru Phillip McKnight, I have taken it upon myself to adapt his own excellent setup checklist - with a view and a mission towards creating a universal standard that all guitar owners and technicians can make use of. Phillip McKnight guarantees his work for 12 months, which lends itself to ...

  • Fall in ITV Advertising further underlines demise of traditional ad formats

    Consumer behaviour has been changing for a while now - most of us contemporary beings watch very little scheduled TV anymore. It’s really only my parents’ generation who watch TV to a schedule; everyone I know in my generation watches catch-up or on-demand - Netflix, Amazon, NowTV etc. My younger nephews and nieces are almost entirely tablet or laptop based now and spend most of their time on Apps...

  • Ramp up your Innovation in 2017 with The Affino Unified Digital Business Platform

    Uncertain times lie ahead as the whole global marketplace enters into a period of significant change. We have no way of knowing what will happen longer term, but in the short run - supply prices will rise and inflation will creep up - as is already happening. The £ exchange rate is still down significantly, and we’ve seen several of our supply bills increase - like the Amazon hosting, as many of t...

  • Guitar Pedalology

    Or - everything I did not know about Pedals when I got back into guitar. You may recall from my ’Tone Anxiety’ blog post that I listed a few hundred pedal manufacturers and mentioned that they were just a drop in the ocean - well, it turns  out to be a darn sight more complicated than that. Not only do you have hundreds of these pedal makers, often just one guy in their workshop - in pretty much ...

  • NAMM 2017 New Product Highlights

    So I witnessed my first NAMM Show since getting back on the guitar trail - from the comfort of my domestic lounge of course. It was kind of fast and furious as expected but not quite the volume of videos that were promised. Andertons again leading the way, with sterling efforts from Reverb, Henning Pauly, Phil McKnight and Louis Tone King too. Captain Lee - Mr Anderton himself kind of ’won’ NAMM...

  • Affino SaaS 2016 Highlights

    2016 was the year that saw Affino evolve faster than any previous year. In 2014 we rolled out approximately 280 user stories over the year, in 2016 we rolled out 1,264. So much ground was covered in 2016 that it is very hard to pick a top 10, so we’ll give you the big picture highlighting the many key developments. The primary goal of 2016 was to transform Affino’s CRM capabilities and that was m...

  • 2017 Will Be The Year of Dynamic Business Intelligence

    Last year, Affino development was largely focused on ramping up the Core Affino CRM - giving the heart of the system more capability, greater power and an extended reach. For most of our Clients this is already the core Business Processes tool - which harnesses key critical operational activities and seamlessly combines them through one highly connected and always-on central resource. Unlike comp...

  • The Future of Music Online 2017

    2016 was quite the mixed up / messed up year. I spent the first probably 2/3rds of the year listening to Bowie and Prince back-catalogs - every recording made, over and over - to reminisce and celebrate their greatness. The remaining months were occupied mainly by Icelandic Hip Hop and American Hip Hop inspired by the American Honey movie soundtrack. I don’t think there were any main themes last ...

  • Affino Channel Types - the Responsive Roadmap

    Affino has multiple Channel Types as the foundation for how you set up and manage your Affino sites. In many cases each Channel type is an entire application suite provided by competing solutions. It’s only in Affino that these are all brought together and can be managed seamlessly. We have spent the past five years working through the process of migrating these all to responsive, which has been ...

  • Merry Xmas and Happy New Year from Affino

    This has been quite a milestone year, with some big choices being made in elections around the world which will make life quite interesting for all of us over the next few years. Affino has hit a number of milestones in 2016 with nine great releases over the year, and a six month period from May through October where we launched a new release each month. We also tackled many of the most complex A...

  • 2016 Best of Year Entertainment

    I’m not sure it’s been quite the vintage year all-round, although Television and Graphic Novels continue to go from strength to strength. 2016 will be remembered for the painful and wholly unexpected passing of David Bowie and Prince - two of my best loved and most significant all-time influences, we’ve also had the onset of Brexit and Trump - which are set to influence all manner of other things ...

  • Affino 7.5.13 Release - Media Library, Messaging, Design and CRM

    Whilst there is no theme to this Affino release, we’re very happy to be bringing it to you as it contains some big improvements in how you can roll out and manage your Affino sites. The biggest improvements that will impact everyone are the ability to roll out media libraries on responsive sites, and the new Smart Article Listing Design Element which allows even greater variety when rolling out pa...

  • 12 Things To Be Aware of When Christmas Shopping Online

    Considering how much I buy online - pretty much every day - I think of myself as something of an online shopping expert. My mainstays are Amazon, Ebay and Ocado, but I frequently venture beyond these shores to buy goods - particularly out of Europe, North America, Hong Kong and Japan. Over the years I must have encountered most of the odd shopping experience scenarios, and it has taught me to be e...

  • 5 Great Lessons every Product Manager can learn from Boutique Pedal Maker Strymon

    Many will know by now that I am enamored with Strymon Guitar Effects Pedals. It goes without saying that their products perform exceptionally well, but it’s all the branding touches and attention to detail which needs to be recognised, celebrated and held up as a benchmark example to all. "Left brain artists. Innovators. Thinkers." As I see it, Strymon are the Apple of pedal makers - in terms of t...

  • Tone Anxiety - worrying about signal chain choices

    So - I’m happy with my guitar and amp choices, and am progressing nicely down the most fun, yet most mind-boggling part of electric guitar ownership - namely pedal selection and signal chain arrangement / sort order. There are all manner of things that need to be considered along the way - well beyond how each unit sounds and performs - such as power-supply to and power-drain by each unit. And the...

  • 10 Versatile Multi-Channel Guitar Amps for Your Consideration

    I have so far acquired 3 amps along this tone quest. I rather naively though I could get by with purely solid state - with largely onboard effects - i.e. moddelling. My first acquisition was the 150W Fender Mustang IV V2 - which excels at reproducing Fender’s classic amp tones, but does not quite have the full throttle grunt for harder styles of playing - it’s generally a very good amp with some e...

  • Zeroing in on the Pick of Destiny

    So this part of the tone quest journey is about to hit an hiatus. I have now tried over 150 picks of all different shapes and sizes, material and texture. I have most definitely decided that the smaller ’jazz’-style picks are the ones for me, and this is where my focus has been these last several weeks. Those that have followed my blog posts will know that I acquired a number of ’Pick Packs’ alon...

  • 10 Less Well Known Guitar Makers for your consideration

    A while back I did a post about 10 cool guitars that were very much to my liking. This follow-up post is kind of more of the same, but focuses on mainly smaller / less well known makers. Most of these are custom shops in the truest sense of the word - building guitars to order, possibly with the exception of Mayones which is Poland’s leading guitar manufacturer and more mainstream really. For most...

  • The Disingenuous Nature of Many a Customer Loyalty Scheme

    Loyalty points and tokens exist for a particular reason - they are there to reward regular customers, and help tie in and incentivise the less committed. When they work properly, they are always clearly and transparently to hand and can be called upon instantly to swing a purchasing decision in the right direction. You see something above your usual budget ceiling - but look, you have saved up x ...

  • The Shape of a Guitar's Headstock has a significant impact on Tuning Stability

    Many a owner of a vintage guitar has experienced the difficulty of keeping the guitar in tune. There are a couple of factors here that are critical to tuning fidelity. Firstly, get over the hangup of having to use the original tuners - you really need locking tuners for any reasonable peace of mind. Locking tuners are available in a vast variety of shapes and types, including various vintage-inspi...

Affino

Category: Content
Type: Blog Article

Generated 6 months ago

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  • Choosing and Buying a Guitar

    If you follow my annual ’Future of Music Online’ blog, you may have read that for 2016 I was looking to get more actively involved in music above simply just consuming it in vast quantities. The plan was to go down the beat-making route - utilising Ableton Live and Push. To achieve this though, I needed to fully swap over to OSX, as currently all my mobile devices are Apple, but my PC and laptop r...

Affino

Category: Content
Type: Blog Article

Generated 7 months ago

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  • Affino CEO Markus receives Viking Clap at 2016 TTG Travel Awards

    Last night’s annual TTG Travel Awards were attended by our CEO Markus Karlsson and CCO Jonathan Collins. Affino was there to hand out the award for Luxury Hotel & Resort Operator of the Year - which went to LUX* Resorts & Hotels. In the picture above are superb host for the proceedings John Bishop, TTG Editor Pippa Jacks, LUX* Account Manager Sarah McGlynn, and of course our illustrious leader Mar...

  • Are UK Guitar Stores and Technicians not as Professional as their American counterparts?

    As reported in a previous post, I recently got back into guitar after several years’ absence. I will do a separate later post about the decision making process which led me to my new guitar. When I received it however and in my dealings since, I have become acutely aware that the UK does not seem to adhere to the same quality standards / standards of professionalism as the USA. There was some mys...

  • Affino and the Art of Phasing

    When implementing an Affino Digital Business Solution, you need to have clear goals in mind before you settle on the final configuration. No matter what you select, there will always be follow-on phases to the project, as everything can of course be improved upon and refined. The huge scope and scale of Affino is such that it would take a very significant time if you wanted to make use of every s...

  • Rampant Gentrification is Killing the Soul of London

    I recently got back into electric guitar after an absence of nearly 30 years. I bought my first guitar (Ibanez RG440), as a teenager, in one of the then dozen or so music / instrument stores on Denmark Street, Covent Garden. At that time there were numerous studios on the street and several active guitar technicians who could do setups, customisations and repairs. There are just two guitar tecs l...

Affino

Category: Content
Type: Blog Article

Generated 7 months ago

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