Has web 2.0 gone mainstream?

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Given the statistics in this 2007 report from Avenue A Razorfish and recent anecdotal feedback from non-geek friends, students and relatives web 2.0 is firmly entrenched in the mainstream. Ordinary people regularly get their news by checking online newspapers, flick through YouTube when they are bored, share links to online media and upload family photos … [Read more…]

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Shanks' Pony (a.k.a. taking a walk)

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This fine institution – shanks’ pony – has been a vital part of human transport for generations. It is an old-fashioned term that means travelling by foot. I’ve been experimenting with this novel concept all week. Walking between appointments in the city during the business day (rather than catching a taxi). Some benefits of walking … [Read more…]

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Goal setting is not enough

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Many time and productivity experts recommend goal setting and suggest writing down goals to help focus on them. But what is it really that stops us from achieving those goals? Perhaps we are starting with the externals – i.e. the goals – before looking at the internals? We need to look at our goals in … [Read more…]

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Ada Lovelace Day is 24 March 2009

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Ada is an amazing role model for women in science and technology – more here. I’m always surprised to hear from people who have studied computing or programming but who don’t know about Ada. Also worth looking at – to put Ada’s achievements in context – is Women’s  Status in Mid 19th-Century England by Helena … [Read more…]

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The User Revolution & IT

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Caught up with Tom Austin at the Gartner conference in Sydney in late 2008 and he shared his perspective on the web 2.0 user revolution and its impact on IT. Tom started out by asking how organisations fell so far behind user & internet trends. He noted that in business attention follows budget. And the … [Read more…]

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Cloud Computing – are we there yet?

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Way back in the early 1990s Sun Microsystems had a slogan “the network is the computer”. It did not make sense to any of us back then. However, today it is a different story. Today we are rapidly moving our personal applications into the Cloud sometimes perhaps without even realising that it is happening. Here’s … [Read more…]

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