Today’s Tweets

March 31, 2008
  • 08:38 Daylight savings is causing chaos – mobile network Three have changed, so has Mac OS X though DST ends *next* week #
  • 08:41 oztivo missed the change too, somehow. Try settime `date -d ‘+1 hour’ +%Y%m%d%H%M%S` for a quick fix. Now to OS X. Sigh. #
  • 08:42 @artywah I have two Panther OSX installs and they both did. Got left behind in software updates I guess. #
  • 08:51 So who’s telling that their clocks are wrong (at least in NSW) ?? #
  • 08:53 OK so OS X 10.4 and up have handled daylight savings fine, it is just the older versions that aren’t keeping up. Had to happen eventually… #
  • 09:33 damn satnav tried to send me over the mortlake ferry / punt on a trip to lane cove. FAIL! #

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Today’s Tweets

March 30, 2008
  • 09:54 morning tweeps! while i’m checking up on you lot, @headwellred has been to the markets for fresh veg & is now cooking pancakes, smashing!!! #
  • 09:57 then out to look at an apartment, then to magic shop to stock up on balloons for niece 2yo’s party tomorrow. then lights out at 8pm. phew. #
  • 11:52 @pureCaffeine Yep, glad we’re back on the even SNAFU keel now. Bring it on :-) #
  • 19:25 @madpilot Look up the duct tape wallet, has been seen on the productivity pr0n sites. Intarwebs provide all (except duct tape) #
  • 19:27 Going Earth Hour on my avatar (per @01000101) with 33 or so minutes until it starts here. Candles should probably be found I guess … #
  • 19:50 who will be checking to see if the lights are turned off inside all the fridges?? #
  • 20:17 finishing our second candle lit dinner in a week. earth hour – practicing less electricity use FTW!! #
  • 20:43 at Rhodes shopping centre – on roof. most of the centre’s lights are off (even IKEA) inc all external ad lights. they’re pitching in! #
  • 20:47 Royal Easter Show is still well lit. fail? prob not. Nestle and Unisys seem to have only stairs lit. #
  • 21:24 @andrewbarnett sms’d chris de burgh (sp?) #
  • 21:28 cutting crew? my bad. that’s what you get asking me trivia when i’m in the supermarket :-( pants. #

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Today’s Tweets

March 29, 2008
  • 09:43 Hulk smash … HARD!!! (cool – those words really are versatile :-) #
  • 10:10 My blog post referring to Mark Pesce and Dave Winer’s views on Wikis is drawing some interesting comments :-) #
  • 10:17 @ssharwood So teh is like an anti ?? #
  • 10:21 @scenariogirl hadn’t seen it B4. <3 Refine Yr Search! Worthy entrant into "Google Free Fridays" – what a smashing idea! P … #
  • 10:31 @lu_lu You mean Pants! Don’t you? That would sum it up much better today. #
  • 12:04 @mpesce I’ll have a red delicious, or a MacBook Air. Smashing! #
  • 13:06 @agronaught Why has the DST change moved this year? #
  • 13:10 Daylight Savings changes in NSW : ends first Sunday in April now #
  • 14:19 right, that’s it. I’m outta here – off to pick up Miss 7 from school then wait 2 hours until Mr 10’s class returns from their Bathurst trip. #
  • 15:27 watching the workmen building our new scout hall. this has been a long time coming! #
  • 17:23 @flungabunga Gladiators SMASH! ftw :-) #
  • 20:31 Mr 10 has called a family meeting at the dinner table to distribute the souvenirs he bought for us on the school Bathurst trip. Noice. #
  • 21:33 Will you be joining in Earth Hour at 8pm Saturday night by turning your lights off? #
  • 21:47 Watching Dexter – no mean girls here. I prefer Dex, he’s always in trouble :-) #
  • 21:52 @Fifikins We scored goldfield err, thingies. Like small paperweights I guess. Mine is a little tower over a mine. Kids went for nugget & pan #
  • 21:57 @Fifikins Actually all bought out of Mr 10’s savings! Such a good kid. #
  • 23:35 Nearly at the end of Dexter season two – crikey it just keeps being good! #

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Today’s Tweets

March 28, 2008
  • 10:38 did some quick admin for free australia wireless’s stand at wireless world next week in sydney – now off to work #
  • 10:41 the free australia wireless team is amazing, by the way. you guys rock! #
  • 12:23 Twitterrific is borked for me – too many requests error. I just started it up and got that immediately! Fail. #
  • 12:30 @bck what if I were to say miniSTUB next Thursday at the Wireless World 2008 show in Darlind Harbour? There’ll be a few of us on a stand :-) #
  • 12:42 @agronaught meet @ioubeer :-) #
  • 12:48 working in a FileMaker v4 solution that I haven’t updated yet – a decade in the making it is a daunting upgrade task, why it’s not done :-( #
  • 12:53 @ericscheid yeah, all in v6 and under – never quite made the jump when clients didn’t want to updgrade. Been doing it for yonks now :-) #
  • 13:06 @ericscheid cheers – I remember the fuss about converting up, but not the details :-) was there a gotcha guide made anywhere? #
  • 13:34 @agronaught Try a flying forearm off the ropes – that’ll show those servers who’s the boss! #
  • 14:42 @Alegrya you’ll be rickrolling BarCamp? Cool! #
  • 14:44 @skellie use the little left turning arrow icon, second fro the top on the right of the tweet you’re replying to! #
  • 14:56 @eskimo_sparky 1-2-3 pins the write caching for the win after a brutal pile-driver!!! #
  • 15:04 @mspecht that’s Fantastic news!!! OLPC is such a cool product – excited that there’s progress on this side of the planet :-) #
  • 15:09 @agronaught Oh Noes! He’s on the ropes – can @agronaught turn things around in this match? Be here after the shopping break to find out! #
  • 15:56 brewing a nice hot cup of Twinings Chai for the afternoon cuppa. Mmmmm. #
  • 16:16 @rosshill they probably fell off the interwebs … I remember that happening all the time when it wa only one sea cable :-) #
  • 16:38 @pureCaffeine Hang in there!!! I’m sure the wagon’s just going over a few bumps #
  • 17:13 Mah Pimp Hat! #
  • 17:52 I need to put down the website and *just* *walk* *away* #
  • 21:29 @bluestbutterfly I got a fever, and the only cure for my fever is MORE COWBELL!!!! #

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Wikis : For and Against (Wikipedia in particular)

March 27, 2008

Let’s begin with the FOR case, as presented by the ever engaging Mark Pesce :

the human network » Blog Archive » Why We Wiki

[...] creates a situation where the community is smarter as a whole (and as individuals) because of their interactions with the Wiki. In short, the community will be more effective in the pursuit of its obsession because of the Wiki, and this increase in effectiveness will make them more closely bound to the Wiki. This process feeds back on itself until the idea of the community without the Wiki becomes quite literally unthinkable. The Wiki is the “common mind” of the community; for this reason it will be contentious, but, more significantly, it will be vital, an electronic representation of the power of obsession, an embodied form of the community’s depth of expertise [...]

Then we have the NAYs – leading off is Dave Winer :

What’s wrong with Wikipedia

[...] Wikipedia is therefore a puzzle to me. Because while it’s helpful, it also hurts me, because my biography there is more of a vendetta, by anonymous people, who seem self-centered and immature, but it’s impossible to tell what axes they have to grind, because they’re largely anonymous.

Same is true for various activities I’ve participated in. You may argue that I didn’t invent this or that, but surely I had something to do with RSS, blogging and podcasting? Yet depending on when you look, I’m often not mentioned on these pages. This makes it hard for me to claim my work in professional dealings because people consider Wikipedia authoritative. What it says is considered by many to be the truth [...]

Followed up, briefly the next day in What’s wrong with Wikipedia, day 2

Anonymous people writing with supposed authority about living people. Too easily (and often) gamed

Finally a useful piece from ‘big media’ (The Guardian) highlighting some specific problems of late :

Wikipedia’s school for scandal has plenty more secrets to reveal

[...] To effectively understand Wikipedia, it’s important to keep in mind that while it’s hyped as a quasi-mystical collective endeavour which spins straw into gold, in reality it’s a poorly-run bureaucracy with the group dynamics of a cult [...] ultimately, one lesson from all these scandals is yet more evidence that Wikipedia fits a familiar pattern of idealism being vulnerable to exploitation. I sometimes remind people that ideological communes tend to end badly, too often with a few manipulative leaders extensively profiting at the expense of a mass of followers who lose everything [...]



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