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Month: January 2008

Geek in love

Yes, I think I am in love… with a pc! (Only a geek could write something like that.) I’ve been reading about the new Asus Eee PC, and think: could this be the one for me? Could this solve a desire to have an electronic device for writing that is lightweight and easy to carry around? I love all my paper notebooks, and I won’t throw those out. However, sometimes, just sometimes, it would be nice to have a portable electronic device. Because I have a pc already, I am reluctant to invest in a laptop as well. It strikes me as not financially sensible, as well as something else to keep synchronized and updated. Smartphones look cool, but everything seems so tiny. The thought of typing out a longer email or document with the use of a pointer tool gives me the shudders. I want a keyboard for that…

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What are blogs and wikis?

When I am asked that question, as I was today, I always try to de-mystify blogs and wikis by saying that they are still websites, only slightly different. I have heard questions at seminars from people who seemed to think that blogs and wikis were new, exotic toys that required more learning and more work and more bother – which did not make them happy. That’s why I go for de-mystifying, especially in casual conversation. Blogs and wikis are still websites. Maybe they are just not ordinary websites … For the short answer, go to what is probably the most famous wiki, Wikipedia, to get a quick explanation of a blog and a wiki that goes a bit beyond my “just websites” explanation. That’s all there is to it. Bye. Well… there is a bit more. The longer answer Blogs and wikis can take writing for a website, or web…


A muse for the new year

A new day. A new year. This is like receiving a new notebook or a new pad of paper! Joy! I know there is lots of work waiting for me when I get back to my job tomorrow. Over the coming days, the quantity of grey hairs may increase, and choice, blog-unfriendly words may cross my lips, or at least, be uttered in my head as I face deadlines and dig through my tasks. Despite the occasional (well, maybe not so occasional) moment of Utter Grouchiness caused by these tasks, I am, at heart, an optimist, and I do look forward to the whatever challenges I encounter in 2008. My excitement is due to a recent addition to my writing toolkit. I found a wonderful muse! As an appetizer, look at how she bids farewell to 2007. Or read how she greets the new year. Next, dig in with the…