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Is e-mail missing that personal touch?


Today, you and I use email on a daily basis. It’s quick, easy, fast and most often reliable, but has the art of effective emailing been lost? Is it just another mundane chore we do online along with our instant messaging and RSS feeds?

I asked myself these questions as I’ve been using email much more frequently in recent times, whether it be communicating with my university lecturers or keeping in touch with old friends living abroad.

E-mail is a great way to quickly get a message off to whoever you need to write to, and is alot faster than tradition paper-based mail, but is it just as personal than a hand written letter? I guess it could be if you really tried. A written message of love sent to a girlfriend for example is still a written message of love is it not? Regardless of the medium in which something is written, every writer has the ability to add that ‘personal touch’ to their document/letter/communicae, correspondence, etc in whichever situation may deem appropriate.

These days, email can be send with all kinds of things that we ‘used’ to use when writing hand written documents or letters such as the use of stationary, signatures (electronic signatures), attachments, pictures and graphics and even things that we never really could attach to our writing before such as audio and video.

Many people i’ve heard saying that email is great, but it doesn’t have that personal touch you get with writing good old traditional letters, and I’ll agree with these people up to a certain point. I know that if you are trying to be romantic, a beautifully hand written letter will kill an email hands down, but for more business oriented or ‘quick message’ situations, email is great and should be used as much as possible.

When was the last time any of you out there hand wrote a letter to somebody? A friend, family member, significant other…the list could go on i know. I can’t remember the last time i actually sat down and wrote a letter to somebody for anything really, email is definately the way to go I think. Its just sitting there waiting for you to send something off. You don’t have to leave your house to post the letter, its just a matter of sitting at your computer, write whatever the hell you want to say and send it.

Here’s an open question for anybody to respond to: Which do you prefer, hand written letters or e-mail? It would be interesting to see i think.

Bullshitr – Beta: unfulfilled promises of Web 2.0


Hey Kids! It’s The Web 2.0 Bullshit Generator™ 

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Bullshitr is by no means a fully fledged new service and doesn’t offer a great deal (it doesn’t even sound very serious) but quite funny and informative nonetheless for anybody interested in what didn’t happen and what we were promised still to this day has not arrived.

Areas of the Web 2.0 bubble which various companies and organisations promised us which we did not get:

  • beta-test user-contributed feeds
  • disintermediate podcasting ecologies
  • beta-test AJAX-enabled communities
  • enable undefined blogospheres
  • post AJAX-enabled feeds
  • engage user-centred web services
  • remix user-centred communities
  • syndicate rich-client communities
  • integrate rss-capable blogospheres
  • reinvent user-centred folksonomies
  • design dynamic wikis
  • much much more…

One line on the site that I really like is “Devise bullshit compliant products and services with the Web 2.0 Bullshit Generator”. All you have to do is just click on a button and the site gives you a promise which in some way was not fulfilled and users still don’t have the ability to do.

Any University students currently studying Computer Science or other computing discipline im sure will be able to make good use of something like this. If you can’t be bothered studying late one night but sitting at your computer feeling the urge to write great software (some of the greatest software ever written has been by students), then take a look at some of the stuff in which we currently don’t have and start from there.

Enjoy!

Sony Cyber-Shot DSCW30W almost mine!


I have decided to pick up a 2nd digital camera for myself, something that’s a little smaller than my current Fuji S3500 mini-SLR which still takes great pictures. So I came across Sony’s Cyber-Shot line of point-and-shoot digital cameras and I must say, I am totally impressed especially by the DSCW30W which retails here for AUD$429 and at such a great price point, how can you go wrong.

Here’s a quick list of features:

* Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar Lens
* 3X Optical Zoom
* 2.0″ LCD Screen
* Optical Viewfinder
* RIMP – Real Imaging Processor
* Anti Blur system with High Sensitivity
* MPEG Movie VX Fine
* 32MB Internal Memory
* Function Guide
* Stamina: 400 shots/ 200mins

And why not, the camera is such a small camera and will be great to just leave in your pocket and snap away whenever the urge strikes. Here’s a couple of pictures of the camera itself, very stylish.

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I am thinking about picking up one of these baby’s in the next week or so and no doubt as with anything new and amazing I pick up, I’ll give you the rundown on image quality and features when I get my hands on it. Until then, I can just sit back and wait until I get mine, cannot wait!!

Melbourne WiFi: Where’s a hotspot when you need one?


wifi.gifI live in Melbourne (Australia) and a friend of mine is really big into working on his computer outdoors. He works in a typical office enviromnent in the Melbourne CBD but on his lunch breaks or afternoons he just wants to get out of the office, find a comfy spot in a park and work away.

Any Melbournian in this position will absolutely love to know where the hell all the avaliable wireless hotspots are for internet access. Well my friends, I may just have the answer.

I stumbled across a really detailed listing of ALL the avaliable WiFi hotspots in the Melbourne CBD and inner city suburbs such as South Yarra, St.Kilda, Southbank, Chadstone, etc. This comprehensive list is accurate as of 2004 so its kinda dated, but all these hotspots do still exist (most im sure anyway) and there is a big possibility more businesses have added them to their buildings in the last 2 years.

There is a good possibility that some (not all i’m sure) of these listed hotspots arent free, or may belong to a closed network in which you won’t be able to log into or access. I have a friend who I used to attend a class with in my 2nd year of university who once told me that he was in Melbourne recently (as of 2005 recently that is) and said he could pick up a bunch of wireless signals in the CBD with his laptop, and many were open, although many were closed and unable to access. I have no first hand knowledge, just basing my accounts on experiences such as this.

The list includes very popular and well known hotspots anyway such as at starbuck coffee stores, Gloria Jeans cafe’s etc so I’m sure they won’t be too hard to find.

Finding a hotspot in Melbourne will never be easier. The Excel Spreadsheet is avaliable for download via the link above or below:

Download: logo_excel.jpg WirelessHotspots.xls (34kb Excel Spreadsheet)

I’ve had this file lying around on my computer for quite some time and figured anybody currently living in Melbourne or the greater metro area would definately find a use for a document such as this. So everyone, tell your boss you’re out of the office this afternoon…office tasks await you outdoors today!

Dell releases XPS M2010 20″ inch notebook


dell-xps-m2010-mobile-concept-pc.jpgMore than just a notebook, the XPS M2010 is a revolutionary concept in mobile high-performance entertainment. Dual-core processing, a one-of-kind briefcase design and an impressive 20.1-inch mobile display put this system in a class of its own. The full-sized keyboard detaches from the system to give you added flexibility and comfort.

This new Dell laptop totally changes my view of what a desktop PC should look like in today’s age of; is smaller and more compact always better?

Sure desktop PC’s these days are fairly slimline with their LCD displays and thinner than ever keyboards, but with the XPS line of notebook computers you could have a powerful desktop PC when your at home, then just slip the detachable keyboard back onto the notebook and take it with you when your out.

Visit the dell website for all the product specs and details. A bit pricey, but a monster of a computer.