Saturday, September 30, 2006
... so here it is. Now I'll let you in on a secret. This "art form" could actually be useful as an initial diagnostic tool for evaluating the structure of clients' websites. Of course you need not include this art form in the diagnostic report. Tell me what you think.
Friday, September 29, 2006
... aka Baby boomers amongst us, here are the skill sets that are second nature to digital natives (Generations X & Y, et seq.):
- using search engines
- inserting links
- inserting images
- creating trackbacks (blog about another blog)
- using aggregators (Read: RSS)
- using italics, bold face, etc.
- differentiating media types (avi, mov, 3gp, mp4)
- unzipping files
Suw Charman observes in a larger context:
"We have a glimpse of how this works, but when the MySpace generation comes into business, they will expect this, and they will know better how it works, and how to sidestep the red tape that can get in the way of getting things done."
Tuesday, September 26, 2006
Social Capital, Social Value, Social Money. Now you have a wonderful way to recover the "pecuniary" equivalent of those unreturned books, magazines and umbrellas that your "friends" borrowed ages ago. Try Billmonk.com to see what I mean.
As an aside, a theoretical framework could perhaps be found here and here.
Sunday, September 24, 2006
Technology moves so fast that while traditional firms (Read: Enterprise 1.0) and academic institutions (Read: Schools 1.0) may be actively pushing for open source, not a few are still blissfully clueless about the next wave of open source. Mash-ups and Web-based productivity tools are the order of the day. I am talking about Web 2.0 which could be a compelling argument for shifting the desktop to the webtop. For a discussion on the technical merits of a wholesale shift to the webtop, read Ebrahim Ezzy's article Webified Desktop Apps vs Browser-based Apps.
But as K.C. Jones of TechWeb Technology News reports:
"Web 2.0 is about people and Enterprise 2.0 will be less about less [sic] top-down structure and more about structure developed freely through lower-level interactions, said Harvard Business School Associate Professor Andrew McAfee and Socialtext CEO Ross Mayfield.
'The technology is not different,' Mayfield said. 'There are enough people, with a critical mass, using the Net long enough that we're beginning to see advanced social behavior.'
Mayfield said businesses should be asking themselves whether their Intranets are made of people. He added that the Web works well and businesses should be trying to replicate it behind their firewalls."
"They explained that executives often fear turning over control to employees but giving employees control can actually increase their adoption of new software, cut down on corporate spam, shorten meeting times and increase the speed at which information is disseminated through a company."
Now how soon can we see the school of the future (Read: Schools 2.0)? Sauce for the goose ...
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Friday, September 22, 2006
Thursday, September 21, 2006
How about that for the evolution of economy? Freakonomics? World is Flat? Tipping Point? And the list goes on and on.
Wednesday, September 20, 2006
- respect for local traditions and cultures without imposing a globalization based merely on economic criteria
- respect for the human person as the main protagonist in the process of development
- avoiding excessive concentration of power at higher levels and allowing institutions such as the family, local communities and ethnic groups sufficient autonomy [to play their primary roles and] carry out their functions
"Discernment is needed in order to avoid accepting a vision of globalization that sees itself as part of a postmodern process in which liberty is given an absolute value and a place for tradition and religion is denied."Key here is how to strike a negotiated balance. (items in italics, mine)
Tuesday, September 19, 2006
Monday, September 18, 2006
Butch Abad wrote a compelling piece on how the education system could/should/would be improved. Drawing on prescriptions from Howard Gardner and Adam Kahane, Abad seems to suggest that collaboration is key. No one can argue with that. Thing is, people need to be more upfront with their agendas in order for collaboration to happen. Deal or no deal?
More of the article:
Sunday, September 17, 2006
Saturday, September 16, 2006
Web 2.0 needs to lose the social software thing, pleaseThus spake Gareth Knight:
"Following up from the d.Construct post yesterday, I wanted to talk about the apparent obsession with social software at the moment, and to ask for comments on why you think it's so. Seriously, there are so many other things that can be done!"
I posted something along this line at Pinoyblog2.com about 82 days ago.
Friday, September 15, 2006
>> Waste Trading Market: The Philippine Business for
>> the Environment, the Ayala Foundation/ Ayala Group,
>> DENR and the Makati and Muntinlupa city govts invite
>> you to....THE WASTE TRADING MARKETS! The WASTE
>> MARKETS aim to make recycling convenient, safe and
>> accessible, especially for those who frequent
>> commercial shopping areas. They also aim to show
>> that Filipinos CAN make recycling a habit. Please
>> help spread the word. For more information, contact
>> Nancy Pilien at the Phil. Business for the
>> Environment, 6352650.
>> ...... Every first Friday of the month: GoldCrest
>> Car Park, Ayala Center (along Arnaiz Ave)
>> ...... Every third Friday of the month: Alabang Town
>> center, Alabang - Zapote Road .
>> WHAT THE WASTE MARKETS OFFER!
>> Trade scrap paper for new (office/ mimeo) paper!
>> Trade used ink cartridges for new!
>> Sell your electronic waste (e.g. junk computers)
>> and old / broken appliances
>> Sell your used lead acid batteries - don't let them
>> leach in your garage!
>> Redeem any of the following for cash: PET plastic
>> containers and other
>> plastics, aluminum / tin cans, scrap glass
>> Drop off points also provided for junk cellphones/
>> cellphone batteries/styrofoam.
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Wednesday, September 13, 2006
A collaboration between MIT and the University of Nairobi, Kenya, it is designed as
"a project-based course that will allow students to learn enough of the basics of mobile phone programming to design and launch their own mobile phone application."
Tuesday, September 12, 2006
Sunday, September 10, 2006
... here are the Top 10 Amazing Ways the Web has changed my world.
Amazing Way 1: Forget the necktie. You can work in your pajamas or even in the buff.
Amazing Way 2: You never know who you are chatting with. It has spawned a generation of split personalities.
Amazing Way 3: You come home from work still with the urge to check your e-mail and YM messages and seeing your daughter online you say Hi! and she responds "Where are you now?" You say, you are home.
Amazing Way 4: New learners are way better off than ye olde teachers on emerging skillsets: e.g. searching, connecting, sharing and collaborating. Are we ready for the friendster generation?
Amazing Way 5: You can tutor your kids who live in the boondocks via instant messenger. Did I say boondocks?
Amazing Way 6: You can produce own major radio show with as little as 1 crew - yourself.
Amazing Way 7: You can collect more trash without anyone seeing your collection. Now let's take a look at your 3 Gig thumb drive.
Amazing Way 8: You can "read" while driving - I meant listen to audiobooks downloaded from the Net.
Amazing Way 9: You can avoid manipulative talent managers coz you can head straight to stardom via youtube or myspace.
Amazing Way 10: Now there's hope for high touch in the world of hi tech. Should make us take preserving traditional culture seriously before we lose it.
"On a monthly basis, the school laboratory-cum-community e-center earns about 5,500 pesos. Four thousand pesos come from the foreign tourists, locals’ use and sharing with the beach resort operators while 1,500 come from students [about 450 students].For their expenses, the facility pays the Internet service provider a monthly flat rate of 3,600 pesos and about 1,000 pesos for physical maintenance of the six computers. The rest is money for the bank."On a non-financial note, according to UNESCO Asia Pacific Program Officer for ICT Education Benjamin Vergel de Dios:
“For any ICT for basic education program to work, it should answer these questions: How many students does it cover? Does it minimize the workload of teachers? Is it affordable to member-states? Is technology use widespread?” More here.
"For all the tragedy, I believe that Steve Irwin was one of the lucky ones. He lived and played hard, and died decisively. He was 44. I hadn't realized that we were the same age. Men do funny things around this time, and sometimes things not so funny."
I could not agree with David Lynn more.
Saturday, September 09, 2006
Friday, September 08, 2006
It has a holder at the bottom for notes, snippets, photos that you can drag around, save for future use. E.g. http://www.technorati.com/tag/web+2.0
You can even save your drafts on your computer.
Also export your news feeds in OPML format.
Add newsfeeds (e.g. rss)
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Thursday, September 07, 2006
Tuesday, September 05, 2006
According to Cory Doctorow:
Guess which companies are behind the Webcasting provision? Yahoo and Microsoft. More here."Under the Broadcast Treaty, fair use, Creative Commons and the public domain would be trumped by the 'broadcast right,' which would be owned by the broadcaster of works. If you got a copy of a work over the air or over the Web that copyright would let you use (because it was in the public domain, because it was fa"ctual, or even because the creator had granted you permission), you'd still need to seek permission from the 'caster,' who would get a 50-year monopoly over the re-use of copies of the works it transmitted.
The proposal to extend this to the Web could put YouTube, Google Video, and innovative podcaster services out of business, by banning or restricting the way that these companies re-use each others' materials. And if you're a podcaster accustomed to lifting other podcasters' material and pasting it into your podcasts, you'll need permission from the company that hosts the podcasts, not just permission from the creator.
"[E]veryone has a bunch of obscure things that, for one reason or another, they've come to know well. So they share them, clicking the edit link and adding a paragraph or two to Wikipedia. At the same time, a small number of people  have become particularly involved in Wikipedia itself, learning its policies and special syntax, and spending their time tweaking the contributions of everybody else."
Sunday, September 03, 2006
You get 100 points for an image label you suggest that matches another online player's suggestion.