Under Jinny’s invitation (as mentioned earlier), I made my way to Cheektowaga Central High School at 9am for the SLAWNY Spring Sharing event. Organized by the School Librarians’ Association of Western New York (SLAWNY), it was going to be a day workshops, talks and mingling among librarians from various local community and school libraries. Check out how it all went after the jump…
Monthly Archive for March, 2008
The kind folks (Marcus & Ridza) at Start-up @ Singapore wanted to have me (in Buffalo, NY) as a virtual panelist for their Web 2.0 session held at the National University of Singapore. I was game, and while we did several trials over the week, on the day itself I had such a hard time making out what was going on.
What do you do in such a dire situation?
I realized that I ended up smiling a lot on camera. :D
Oops, did I appear too communist on the topic of monetizing the web?
Instead of simply denouncing the term “monetization” (aka a bad word), I should have said “monetization is bad because it makes the fans feel used”. You’ll want to let fans give on their own accord, through means such as professional-level subscriptions (e.g. Flickr). This makes the pro users feel good as they are supporting both the web company as well as the entry level users who might not be able to afford to pay for the service. I tend to support transactions that are fulfilling in nature, rather than through artificial means such as intrusive forms of web advertising.
How does it feel to be a virtual panelist?
The big attraction about conferences is to mingle with all kinds of folks. I didn’t get a chance to do that. Instead it felt like I was trapped in a prison (i.e. the laptop), trying to turn to look around, to speak and to listen, but restricted in communicating with only those who came to visit me at the machine. Which reminds me… I need to get a web controlled robot with VoIP built-in, like the Rovio by WowWee Robots for future telepresence sessions.
UPDATE 1: Vantan has shared a seriously detailed post-conference report, while Chin Yong delves deeper into alternate modes of currency I mentioned over video. Renhao also recently contributed his pictorial POV as an active audience member at the talk.
UPDATE 2: Apparently the crowd went wild when I said that “monetization is a dirty word”, and I’m just glad that my stunt got some light bulbs glowing. I’ve received emails from interesting folks in the audience, following up on how we could produce more relevant forms of currency for the web. Since the early Internet days, forums and news commentary sites have been issuing Karma points as a way of recognizing reputation. A lot of the services and tools we use today (e.g. open source) wouldn’t have existed if not for these ideas. I’ll try to compile what I’ve been reading as a blog entry soon, perhaps we could help build web services that are sustainable through direct human relations / labor rather than mediated through cash (e.g. user generated / moderated content).
Most of you know what the Apple TV is… you know that Internet appliance which lets your purchase and rent movie (and music) titles directly from the iTunes store for your television, without the need of a computer?
While Apple has started renting HD movies over iTunes as well, you can’t purchase them through iTunes on your Mac or PC. Instead these HD video rentals are only for the Apple TV!
A shame, since it would have been perfect for viewing on our computers, especially those of us with large computer monitors and no television screens at home. There seems to be some hope in the horizon though.
From the MacRumors forum, there’s word of a partial solution called ATV4mac. It’s essentially a hacked version of Front Row made to function like the Apple TV, running on your Mac. Now it only works on Tiger 10.4.8+, not Leopard (10.5) yet.
My friend Peter dug up details on this, and discovered that those who’ve tried getting HD videos via ATV4mac reached 99% download completion before it fails. ATV4mac is still work in progress, we’ll need to give it some time.
You can check out more screenshots as well as the download at MacGeekBlog.com.
In all manner of strangeness, I’ve got three speaking engagements lined up back to back this coming weekend. From major to minor league, here we go…
Spending much of my time online, it’s quite important for someone like me to have a good set of input devices for the physical navigation of digital spaces (e.g. Internet). So it comes with no surprise that I’m always on the look out for a good mouse that does it all, and the latest hit on my wallet is Kensington’s Slimblade Presenter Media Mouse.
Hello dear readers, an unfortunate event has happened. My blog was hacked with index pages replaced. You may still be able to read this from my RSS feed.
This was all the hacker left behind:
r00ted by nEt^DeViL .. Peace .. Damn Israel .. Just t3sting my t00ls .. firstname.lastname@example.org
Unfortunately my WordPress 1.5.3 install was hosed, so I was forced to make the scary update to WP 2.3.3. Turns out the update was painless, but my personalized blog theme would no longer work. Argh.
Update: I’ve got full functionality back.
I’ll be migrating web host soon. Migration to BlueHost.com was a success!
Shoutouts: John Larkin for being the first person to alert me to the hack (even sent a screenshot!). Alex Halavais, Peter, Shady, Ben Koe and Lucian for sharing advice on recovering my blog. vantan, Siva, Kenneth, for blogging about it. SimplyJean wrote about it too, which later appeared up there on Ping.sg. Finally, thanks to folks like the RamblingLibrarian, Brian Koh, MrBig and Bernard Leong for checking in on me. Most of you are now featured on my coveted revolving blogroll (see blog sidebar).