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Sunday, June 24th, 2007

The word “should” is one I took a dislike to years ago, ever since the man I married at 19 (when I was too young and naive to know better) would say to me, “You should not do this. You should not feel like that”. By definition, “should” is unrelated to reality, except to exemplify […]

ANZAC Day, 2006

Tuesday, April 25th, 2006

Lest We Forget

On ANZAC Day, April 25, 2006, it seems evident to me that we have all but forgotten.

The words of Rudyard Kipling, in a song I learned as a youngster at primary school, are poignant in today’s pro-war world.

Where are the women of the web?

Monday, January 30th, 2006

A recent conversation with a widely known and respected web designer friend in the U.S.A. raised the oft-asked question, “Where are the women in web design?”

My friend found herself in a situation where she was asked to fix the work of a relatively prominent male in the area of web standards.

Sign Language City: Laurent, U.S.A.

Monday, September 26th, 2005

Hearing Loss News and Reviews has published an article about a proposed city for deaf people in a town in South Dakota to be named Laurent, after Laurent Clerc, a pioneer of American Sign Language (ASL).

I am quite amazed at this. I know the Deaf culture exists and understand many of the reasons for it.

More on Google Talk

Wednesday, August 24th, 2005

I like this. Finally, someone who isn’t afraid to dispel some hype and who actually discusses the cons as well as the pros. (More cons than pros, actually!) These cons include privacy issues. Hands up anyone who is surprised to hear that, although chat logs can’t be readily accessed by chatters, they are saved in URI format so could easily be sent to Google?

The Google (Talk) Difference

Wednesday, August 24th, 2005

… from what I can gather, the main innovative Google difference I was expecting is in Google competing directly with the likes of Skype, yet using an open network that will work outside of closed networks such as Yahoo, AIM and MSN. It also appears the plug-in architectures means it will be easily integrated into other applications (like GMail) relatively simple.

Google Talk is up and running

Wednesday, August 24th, 2005

Still, it does work in Adium, and apparently iChat, except for voice. (Which is something I wouldn’t be using anyway.) You can download it here (900K) and give it a go…. If you don’t have one, ask me.

Google Talk

Wednesday, August 24th, 2005

Google is to introduce their own text and voice messaging system. Citing unnamed sources “familiar with the service,” the Los Angeles Times said that Google’s Instant Messaging program would be called Google Talk and could be launched as early as Wednesday.

Making money out of tragedy

Tuesday, July 19th, 2005

A friend’s ex-wife, who had the misfortune to be involved in the London bombings a couple of weeks ago, has apparently pocketed some cash from talking to the media (tv and magazine).

My first instinct was “That’s shocking. Making money out of a tragedy and other people’s misery.” But actually her story didn’t come across like that and truthfully I don’t care what her motives were and are. It is my own reaction, which was identical to those of the friends and family to whom I mentioned it, that interests me.

Extended Trading Hours

Friday, March 4th, 2005

Western Australians voted overwhelmingly against extended trading hours in the recent referendum, making it perfectly clear we (generally speaking) wish to clearly differentiate between family/recreation time and shopping/business hours.