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12
Dec
06

youngBLOOD kicks back on the sand…

It’s that time of year again for us southern-hemisphere folk. Beer, braai and beach are singing their sweet tune and I’m humming along. If this sounds too cryptic then I will put it more succinctly. It’s been a long, hard year and it’s time for me to take a break—mostly away from the digital realm [...]

08
Dec
06

Cellphones banned in Greek schools

USA Today: The ban follows the alleged sexual assault of a 16-year-old girl by four male students at a school on the island of Evia in October, and the alleged videotaping of the incident on a cellphone of a fellow student. Back in the day when I was in high-school, I remember the first wave [...]

29
Nov
06

Publishing tools for online journalists

OJR has created a Wiki of *mostly* free tools and web services that journalists can take advantage of to improve their storytelling and multimedia skills. The Wiki is divided into several subsections including multimedia, blogs/CMS, picture & video services, forums, RSS, newsletters and HTML/CSS references. Although I’d say that in its current state the Wiki [...]

22
Nov
06

I thought I had seen bizarre cellphone deals but…

This takes it to a whole new level. With competition in the mobile phone sector increasing all the time in South Africa, it’s not uncommon to find phone contracts bundled with ‘free’ gadgets like digital cameras, mp3 players, televisions and even Xboxes; but a quad bike? Maybe it’s just my warped understanding of economics, but [...]

21
Nov
06

Identity Crisis hits Second Life

Residents of the extremely popular MMPORG ‘Second Life’ have been up-in-their-virtual-arms since last week, after an in-game ‘tool’ was made available for download which not only threatens their virtual identities but also potentially their livelihoods’ reports InformationWeek. CopyBot, which was initially designed as a debugging tool for the game’s developer Linden Lab, was reportedly modified [...]

20
Nov
06

Windows Vista: Where do you want to lose control today?

PC users have had more than 5 years to debate over what cool features and benefits the next release of Microsoft Windows will have since XP was launched and it seems that Vista is going to be a huge disappointment on many levels. In the 5-year window period since XP (the longest ever between Windows [...]

16
Nov
06

Day 2 – Beyond the Printed Word 2006, Vienna

Summaries by Steve Shipside Innovative uses of digital media Rob Curley, Vice President New Product Development, WashingtonPost.Newsweek Interactive, U.S.A. Self-styled “Internet punk” Rob Curley listed the top “strategies that we better not be afraid of”: – You must dominate local breaking news. If it happens in your town you’d better feature it, or people will [...]

11
Nov
06

Auf Wiedersehen Wein

Well after a lovely few days in Vienna, the time has come to make my way back to Amsterdam as scheduled. I didn’t really have any expectations of Vienna and I was presently surprised to find that it’s actually quite a cool place. Not as happening as some destinations in Europe from a party point [...]

10
Nov
06

Beyond the Printed Word 2006 in Vienna

Once again WiFi shows its temperamental colours by keeping me offline for the past couple of days. A summary of what’s happened over the last couple of days: Arrived in Amsterdam 4 days ago with the Marlin and kept things relatively sane Flew to Vienna, Austria 3 days ago to speak at Ifra’s 14th Beyond [...]

06
Nov
06

Final New Media Lab Christmas Party

Well in just a few hours time, the exciting but inconvenient ritual of the long slog to the Port Elizabeth airport en route to Johannesburg begins for Vincent and I! for the very last time. We are travelling together, once again, to one of our favourite places on earth — Amsterdam. Vincent is running a [...]


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