February 26, 2010

Apple and Titty apps

The cynical take on these exceptions, if you don’t buy my branding argument, is that Apple might have decided not to antagonize those companies with large, talented, corporate legal departments. 

Perhaps I'm cynical, but I think @gruber could've saved himself a whole lot of writing if he had just used the line I quote above.

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The big story buried on @mumbrella #wwmd

And last week an Ogilvy staffer apologised to SMH columnist Miranda Devine after saying on Twitter that she hated her.

Jesus, this is terrible, we have to apologise to that hater of humanity if we diss her? What's the world coming to?

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February 25, 2010

I need an Editor

There's an unnecessary paragraph in this post somewhere.

Nothings changed...much

I've just read John Bergin's excellent piece Is the Real-Time Web Really Changing the Rules of Journalism? on the Media140 blog and was inspired to write as I, unusually, agree with the majority of the article. Though I was initially a bit confused after our rather ragged exchange at the Australian Internet Industry Association Dinner last week.
I have continually disagreed that Journalism itself has changed. While I did some training and plenty of writing in my late teens, I'm not and never have been a practitioner, perhaps I'm not the one to comment. But when has that stood in the way?
I would actually say the inputs or noise around the story, the influencing whispers always have existed. The work has always been to ignore those noises or at least take them and mark them as relevant or irrelevant to the story? No doubt the amount of noise has grown, and the great difficulty is sorting the relevant and irrelevant in so much data. Though I'm pretty sure this applies to every profession as the ability to seek and get feedback from all stakeholders, real or otherwise has become easier.

February 24, 2010

The iPad-Adobe Flash Argument Concluded, Completely aka "more shit from Fast Company"

February 22, 2010 at 7:53pm by Jason Van Pelt

This is a ridiculous argument. I've written Flash apps for tablet PCs for years. You do lose the mouse over state - but that's not imperative for all flash apps, especially if you are designing FOR tablets. If anything it is a short-coming of tablets, not Flash. Are HTML hover states are any different?

Then there's multi-touch support for flash...

How can we not argue that this is a content-control issue on Apple's part? Flash isn't the answer to everything, but neither is Apple.

What a pile of tosh. I just used the new Foxtel App from Telstra on the iPhone and it has a form of hover control. I hate it, but that's not the point - it exists in multi-touch. I think I'll take Mike Chambers opinion on that when it comes to Flahs too; http://bit.ly/cXsH82
Do some Journalism 'Kit'.
Two articles from Fast Company, two pieces of poo - Unsubscribe.

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Most Innovative Companies a la Fast Company (or linkbait excrement)

Looks like they just picked shit. Last years #1 (whoever the fuck) apparently was so innovative, it doesn't need to be innovative anymore. And HTC? The company which over the last few years has, all alone, made WinMo usable, is apparently 'new' this year. Probabaly cos they built the Google Phone.
These sort of articles are like the Techpop which appears on the front page of MSM online properties.
Yeah, you said it - utter excrement

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February 23, 2010

Is the Celtic Tiger finally about to lay down to die?

Two statements from Bank of Ireland on Friday underscored the crisis that continues to engulf Ireland's banking system. The first came in court, where the bank was trying to pursue unpaid loans from a developer.
Since I moved to Australia, or perhaps even before, I was continually suspicious of the rocks which the purported 'Celtic Tiger' was built upon. In reality, this articles first three paragraph nail my suspicions almost exactly.
First, though, I should note, I'm NOT an economist, nor am I a financial expert. What I do know is that the accelerated rate of Property Value I noticed in the 3 or 4 years before I left Ireland took off even more in the 5 or 6 years following. Each time I went back the prices of basic housing seemed to have increased by a factor of whatever.
Perhaps it was the ready availability of cheap credit as we have already seen hammer previous sufferers such as the US and the UK. Perhaps it was with Irish peoples obsession with owning their own house. Either way as resources shortened (despite the influx of Economic Immigrants from Eastern Europe - the irony!) and the people got 'richer', so the prices went up.
I know of many people who lost large deposits on houses off the plan when developers started to go belly up three or four years ago. They weren't alone in then

February 19, 2010

Seth Godin on Firing your Customere

Firing the customers you can't possibly please gives you the bandwidth and resources to coddle the ones that truly deserve your attention and repay you with referrals, applause and loyalty

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the Robin Hood tax

unfortunately the banks will just pass the tax back on onto their customers

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Digital Citizens

I originally posted this article via a Posterous quote from Mumbrella

I'm updating it to include a brief explanation of my reason for getting involved, as published on the Digital Citizens Site.
I'm a conversationalist and oversharer in real life, and for some mad reason have been switched on to the value of what’s become known as Social Media almost since I first signed up to Facebook, Twitter et al a couple of years back. I firmly believe online is an enormous channel for widening conversations and sharing knowledge with a whole set of new people, promoting a wider world view and, hopefully a much more tolerant society.
Recent Studies show on average, people were much more likely to display their real personality on the social networking sites. While we have developed trusted relationships online, often there aren’t places to have those conversations facilitated in real life as often it isn't practical to catch up in the pub or over coffee - and anyway they aren't venues where the conversation can 'go large.
I like to think I've become a part of Digital Citizens because I believe it exists to help us to do this. I believe in sharing stories, why don’t you come and tell us yours?
And here is an extract from the original article over at Mumbrella
Duo quit Social Media Club committee to launch Digital Citizens
Two members of the Social Media Club Sydney organising committee have quit their roles to launch an alternative organisation aimed at attracting a wider audience than marketing professionals

Mumbrella can reveal that Digital Citizens will launch in Sydney on Tuesday March 9.

It is the work of a committee of five including SMCSYD co-founders Heather Ann Snodgrass and Cathie McGinn. The others are James Fridley, Gavin Costello and Scott Rhodie.

Former Amnesia and Host staffer Snodgrass now works with PR agency Klick; McGinn works at digital agency The Reading Room; Fridley is from a research background; Costello is a technologist at Telstra and Rhodie runs digital PR agency House Party.

February 15, 2010

Open Internet

Australia deserves an Open Internet

The Australian Federal Government is pushing forward with a plan to force Internet Service Providers (ISPs) to censor the Internet for all Australians. This plan to filter the Internet will not protect children from inappropriate material.
The filter will not prevent criminals from accessing and distributing child sexual abuse material. This type of material is not distributed in the open and we need to fund police to continue to infiltrate and prosecute the groups of people responsible for creating and distributing such material.
The filter will block access to material that is currently legal to possess and view, just not to sell and publicly display. The list of material to be banned is much more than child sexual abuse material. The banned category of material is anything that has been 'refused classification', which in the past has included websites about euthanasia, controversial movies such as Ken Park and Baise-moi, and many games that are designed for people over 16 years of age.

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February 11, 2010

Free TV handouts: we don’t know the half of it – Crikey

The big beneficiary is Kerry Stokes and his family with whom, as The Australian noted yesterday, Kevin Rudd spent the night at Stokes’s Broome mansion.

So I'm paying for stuff I don't even watch? Hmmm, can't you just give my piece to the ABC or Foxtel?

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February 10, 2010

Being where Janet Albrechtsen cannot do simple maths

Wilders's Freedom Party is presently the most popular political party in The Netherlands. In last year's elections for the European Parliament, it won 17 per cent of the vote, second only to the ruling Christian Democrats on 19.9 per cent.

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The case for climate action must be remade from the ground upwards | Ian Katz The Guardian

Those who want action on climate change will meanwhile have to accept a more incremental approach. Mead describes the effort to secure a global deal as "like asking a jellyfish to climb a flight of stairs; you can poke and prod all you want, you can cajole and you can threaten. But you are asking for something that you just can't get". Even the head of an NGO who has argued passionately for a binding, comprehensive deal tells me: "Maybe you've got to unpick the uber-deal and work out which bits are possible to do now, and build confidence."

Finally, anyone who cares about this issue must fight to keep it alive.

We still believe in the agreed science. However, the greyness at the edges, the scare stories must stop - as I've written before.

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February 08, 2010

On @scottmorrisonmp article in The Punch and the memory loss of the Australian Liberal Party

Where are the public protests about the fate of these 105 Afghans and the policies that encouraged them to get on that boat?

@ScottMorrisonMp screws up his argument with this statement in his article in the Punch. The public protests were these ones Scott. (http://bit.ly/deWiGQ) Do you and your crew from the last Government forget so easily?

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BBC NEWS; Can aid do more harm than good?

Once an emergency is identified, he says, the NGOs' public relations machine takes over and "there is a terrible temptation to look around for the very worst stories".

Just listened to From Our Own Correspondent from 23rd January. (Unfortunately, BBC do not do transcripts). Report on the use of NGO's in Zambia being self-serving and not addressing problems. Also obsessed with Talking without any agreement on when Actions should take place. Plenty of NGO driven workshops sustaining the Hospitality industry. Talking without actions or timeline for Actions was one of my Key take outs from BarCamp Canberra this year #bcc2010 http://barcamp.org/BarCampCanberra

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