Archive for the ‘Media’ Category

ActiveSync, airlines and accolades

Belated note of another Big Deal rant, this time about the horrors of ActiveSync. That this posting is so late can be attributed your preferred combination of (a) my currently being in Washington DC or (b) having far too good a time at the Lizzies on Friday. Take your pick.

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The ins and outs of Skype

I’ve just finished a radio interview with Richard Glover on the ABC in Sydney, talking about Skype and other VOIP services. It went pretty well, even though the alleged news event that triggered it (Skype’s launch of a SkypeIn service for Australia) is, in the grand scheme of things, not that big a story. The […]

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Contradictory texts for the Queen

Queen Elizabeth II is about to turn 80, so New Idea decided to celebrate by publishing a list of “80 little-known facts” about Britain’s fourth-longest-serving monarch. Leaving aside that one of these allegedly rare facts is her birth date, there’s also another impressive contradiction: Fact 27: Her Majesty is up to date with modern technology […]

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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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