Archive for the ‘Media’ Category

The nick of time

Last night, I was finishing up an article about Wikipedia, which, inevitably, involved lots of referring to the site itself. I’m glad I did it last night and not this morning, because for the past few hours the site has been “experiencing technical difficulties” and completely unavailable. Such outages are far from Wikipedia’s exclusive preserve, […]

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It’s a thrill just to be nominated . . .

I’ve scored a couple of nominations in the Sun Microsystems IT Journalism Awards, otherwise known as The Lizzies. I’m a finalist for the Helen Dancer Best Consumer Technology Journalist gong, and also the Best Features Journalist category. I’ll be rocking along to the awards dinner on April 28, although I don’t rate my chances of […]

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Sub-fab

It’s no real news that online publications don’t devote enough resources to sub-editing, and this appears to be true even in the largest of titles. Take this example from UK uber-tabloid The Sun. The teaser for a minor story about Jane Horrocks proclaims unambiguously: “BRIT actress Jane Horrocks reveals her weaver great-gran was reason she […]

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Google News’ ego dent

Like most journalists and news junkies, I’m a big fan of Google News, but for a search-oriented service, it has a fairly serious flaw: it doesn’t seem to reliably index bylines, making it virtually useless as a means of ego surfing for us writer types. I’ve had an alert set up for months now to […]

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Net-ignorant subbing

We allegedly live in a society where the Internet is taken for granted, but sub-editors on mainstream magazines still seem to struggle with such simple concepts as making sure the right URLs are included. Trivial case in point: in the Sunday magazine in today’s Sunday Telegraph, which I’ve just read in the Sydney Qantas Club, […]

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The view from the 14th floor

As I predicted last week, I didn’t win the Most Entertaining Writer category at the Consensus IT Writers Awards — that honour went to a much better article by Ian Yates. It was a great awards evening though, held at the Buena Vista restaurant on the 14th floor of the Supreme Court, and hence the […]

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The question of self-printed boarding passes

When I fly domestically, it tends to be with Qantas — more flights, access to Qantas Club lounges, decent fares if you book a few weeks in advance, and generous swathes of Frequent Flyer points. Nonetheless, I occasionally end up travelling with Virgin Blue, especially if it’s a late notice junket and the company paying […]

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They phunked with my heart

IT journalists rate pretty low on the social scale, so it’s no surprise that most of the time we feel like pond scum. But it was hard not to feel a little bit elite at last night’s Motorola’s ROKR launch, which featured the Black Eyed Peas in a ludicrously exclusive concert for 400 or so […]

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The perils of quotation

When I’m interviewing someone in my professional life, I make a point of either recording the conversation or taking copious notes. This ensures that the information I utilise is fairly accurate. Because blog entries are often inspired by random conversations, I’m not necessarily going to have those kinds of notes or recordings — which is […]

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The INXS backlash

With all the hoopla surrounding INXS’ recent televised search for a lead singer on Rock Star — a search that’s now concluded with JD Fortune joining the band — it was only a matter of time before someone dug up a comment from Jon Stevens, the former Noiseworks singer who worked with INXS for three […]

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