Archive for the 'Computers' Category

Danger, Will Robinson, danger…

Keith July 31st, 2008

Apologies if you have visited this site any time in the last 12 hours or so, and noticed that it didn’t look quite right.  Something caused complete chaos…

I realised that I hadn’t checked for dead links for ages, and ran LinkSleuth.  In fact, I may never have used it since setting up the WordPress blog.  This is a great little program that has always worked very nicely in the past, but this time it apparently caused complete chaos.  Half the posts on the site vanished, the theme changed back to the basic old WordPress look, and all the Categories vanished.

I am still not quite sure what happened.  I may have entered the URL into LinkSleuth in such a way that it behaved incorrectly; the way I have my site set up with redirects may have upset LinkSleuth; or LinkSleuth may just be a bit dangerous with WordPress for some reason.  I’m not sure about this, but I can’t find anyone else complaining about it on Google.

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Everything is miscellaneous

Keith October 19th, 2007

Andrew Mitchell is now blogging by proxy.  He lets me know when he finds something interesting, and I blog it!  Is this a new social networking tool?  :-)

He has brought this great Michael Wesch YouTube video to my attention – Information R/evolution.  This was posted by Euan Semple.  This is something everybody should watch!

The title of my post here is a line from the video, and is a nod to this site and its associated book, which also looks interesting.

I am also learning that the WordPress editor does not seem to like embedding YouTube videos – although it does apparently do automatic emoticons…

The vendor conundrum

Keith July 31st, 2007

There are some more good comments on KM Australia from Serena Joyner on the NSW KM Forum blog. 

Serena raises the perennial question of how to cope with vendor presentations at such major events.  KM is about people, but I think that most of us agree that many (although certainly not all) KM initiatives require some technology to support them.  Events like this need funding from vendors to make them possible (or they will come with much higher fees).  The vendors need to see some return on this investment, so they need a speaking spot.

The result is two entirely different types of presentation.  One from the viewpoint of people (and these may be either actual case studies or may be more about possibilities and research) and the other from the viewpoint of IT systems. 

Ark did concentrate on having the vendors present much more from a Case Study point of view this year, which did help.  But one vendor case study presentation that stuck in my mind still tended to focus much more on the actual system implementation and rollout than on the business situation that the technology solution was intended to address.

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Bailey the Wonder Cat

Keith July 15th, 2007

See why I fear for the survival of my PC and printer over at YouTube.  (Video filming and editing by Renée. Warning – strong language.)

Flame Warriors

Keith June 13th, 2007

Every met any interesting characters online?

Thanks to Patrick Lambe for sending me the link to this site…

Let me take you back…

Keith March 14th, 2007

I had a very enjoyable week in KL and Singapore – a good conference session in KL, with lots of discussion, and a similarly positive session at the iKMS meeting.  (Not to mention the food, the sightseeing, catching up with old and new friends, the food, the shopping and – did I mention the food?)

The kind people at iKMS gave me a copy of Patrick Lambe’s (previous) book The Blind Tour Guide: Surviving and Prospering in the New Economy. I have only had time to read the first few pages, but it has already given me fuel for a post here!  This relates to the distinctions we make between our personal and professional lives – but more on that later.

Reading the book gave me cause to wonder how long I have been dabbling in computers and web sites.  I could probably dig up some old archives on floppy disk at home to be more precise, but a good way to look at the history of any web site is to use the Internet Archive Wayback Machine.

This tells me that a copy was saved of my first web page on 3 Dec 1998.  I set it up a bit earlier than that – the copy here is a later version.  However, if I use that date, that means that I have been editing web sites for just over eight years.  This is pertinent to the discussion to follow.

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