31 October 2008

Burn the book! Or not?

Former executive editor of the Harvard Business Review, Nicholas Carr, wrote an article called "Is Google Making Us Stupid?" for The Atlantic’s 2008 Ideas issue and this article obviously stirred up some controversy.  I only read it recently, and have been thinking a lot about it since then. I have been wondering how computers in general are making us “stupid”, …

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31 October 2008

How is BrandRossGate Panning Out Online?

Unless you’ve been hiding under a rock for the past few days (or perhaps you gave up and set all your RSS feeds to ‘Crunch-related-only’?) you’ll doubtless know that there’s a bit of a furore going on over at the BBC about some comments that Jonathan Ross and Russell Brand made on the latter’s radio show, in answer-phone messages to …

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30 October 2008

Social Media – Is it the new office water cooler?

Independent think tank Demos recently issued a report stating that employers should not see use of social media such as Facebook, or Bebo as a waste of employees time. It found that employees are changing and evolving in the way that they wish to communicate, network, share information and transfer documentation. Popular social media sites are seen to be the …

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30 October 2008

The best websites in the world…ever. Vol.20

To get this blog started I sat down and made a quick list of the sites I visit. Some of the usual suspects were there, iGoogle, del.icio.us, google maps, and Facebook. A quick visit to del.icio.us was a reminder of just how much time I spend online, the vast number of sites I visit and the rather varied categories of …

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30 October 2008

The day the music died

Trying to convince a whole generation of music fans that have been brought up on the premise that new music is a free commodity; to actually pay to hear their favourite tracks is no easy task.  Yet this is the challenge that music companies have faced for the best part of the last decade.  Apples domination of the online music …

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30 October 2008

New Advanced Web Analytics Tool Released

American start-up, Nuconomy, launched a new web analytics tool on Tuesday. With their new product they aim to provide a very different approach to how web traffic is currently being analyzed. Their aim is to go beyond page views to look at things like comments, ratings, uploads, purchases, multimedia (like video views) and links people share with their friends. Like …

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30 October 2008

The best websites in the world…ever. Vol.19

Choosing the best sites ever is a rather hard decision. In day-to-day work there are many web sites (and online tools) I use for functional reasons as well as visiting more educational web sites to expand my knowledge. Lets try looking at my list of bookmarks…. hmm the list is as long as my arm. It mostly contains quirky web …

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29 October 2008

Update from Vuyani

Paving stones, gardens, donations and swings I popped along to the school in Gugulethu today in order to have a wee peaek at a number of developments since my last visit in February to Vuyani. I am pleased to say that real porgress has been maintained with the excellent addition of some paving stones outside the new schoolroom. It might …

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29 October 2008

Google makes iTunes-like deal with US book industry

As a student and a voracious book reader, it may be surprising that I haven’t really used Google’s book search option more often. I guess it’s because it’s slow, limited, annoying to use and only gives you bits of the book. This might all change soon though, as Google announced a new breakthrough deal between Google and the US book …

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29 October 2008

5 top Google search functions

You may never have heard of… As you all know, Google is our friend. We like Google, we use it often, so I thought it would be a good idea to share some of its search functions with you. These generally make searching a little easier, well, not just searching, they will help you utilise a little more of Google’s …

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