The December edition of NetGuide hits the stands this week, including my cover story on how to get the most out of eBay. I’ve been writing for the magazine since March 2004, but this is my first full-fledged cover piece. The new issue’s arrival also means stories I did last month on podcasting and choosing a hosting provider are now online.
Crooner Barry Manilow is jumping on the oldies covers bandwagon recently mined so successfully by Rod Stewart, with Billboard reporting his plans to release a disc entitled The Greatest Songs Of The Fifties next year. I only mention this because of a ludicrous quote from Baz in the piece: “Being given the opportunity to co-produce, co-arrange and sing these rarely sung golden standards is a privilege.” How anyone could describe tracks like ‘Beyond The Sea’, ‘Are You Lonesome Tonight’ and ‘Unchained Melody’ as “rarely sung” is beyond me. ‘Melody’ in particular is one of those songs we just can’t seem to escape.
Back at IT Symposium today, and ZDNet has published a piece of mine on how IT managers need to develop open source procurement policies. This is the kind of story which has something to offend everyone, with references to “flaming Linux bigots” and a lack of innovation at Microsoft offering grand opportunities for whining.
My most recent piece for Human Resources Magazine, on the challenges of implementing a document management strategy, was published yesterday. It’s almost impossible to make witty remarks about document management, so I won’t even bother trying.
I’ve got the lead story in ExecTech again this week, this time with a piece about how to ditch your notebook PC which also displays a strange obsession with footwear. And in a further demonstration of how Kerri-Anne Kennerley can enhance your career, the piece I wrote for IT Wire earlier this year about her antics at the Vodafone Simply launch has been nominated for the Most Entertaining category in the Consensus IT Writers Awards. The awards themselves are next Monday — as ever, I can’t see myself winning, but it’s nice to be amongst the contenders!
Gusworld has been in operation since 1996, but it’s taken this long for our first spin-off product: Gusworld, The Beer, which you can see pictured here. Sadly for the site’s seven fans, the beer is not for sale to the general public. I was given a case of this customised ale by Arthur & Bronwyn as a thank-you for all the recent help I’ve given them looking after Jack and Sarah. It’s been a pleasure, and so has the beer. Given the low quality of my photographic skills, it isn’t easy to read the copy on the label, which includes this site’s URL plus the phrase ‘A special brew for Uncle Gus’. It’s a crisp and tasty drop, rather like myself.
I’ve got the lead article in ExecTech in today’s Australian IT section, covering issues to consider when choosing a 3G service. ExecTech is the replacement for the IT Alive section; it has a similar focus on personal technology, but (as the name suggests) it’s more directly targeted at business users whose knowledge of tech is likely to be a little stronger than mass-market buyers. Or something like that. (And despite my recent publication record, I have not suddenly become some kind of 3G expert!)
Typically, I’m away from my PC for a day and two of my stories pop up online. CRN has a report on Vodafone’s channel plans surrounding its 3G launch, while the Bulletin includes a brief guide to software requirements for small businesses (as part of a much bigger small business supplement).
IT Alive in today’s Australian leads with my overview of current digital radio options for consumers. The big moment for digital radio will be when it becomes widely available in local-model cars, and that won’t be for some years, I suspect.