January 08, 2007

Blog power?

Writing about web page http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/technology/2007/01/blog_power.shtml#commentsanchor

Five influential bloggers were invited to meet Bill Gates at the CES -Consumer Electronic Show in Las Vegas.

This is an indication of how influential bloggers are in the technology market. Microsoft is not stupid -it knows that these bloggers speak directly to a large community and are admired for their honesty, cynicism and knowledge of the subject matter.

however, there is still some divided opinions about blogs, is it a fad? is it a waste of time? is it just for therapy?

January 05, 2007

The online journalist

Writing about web page http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/technology/2007/01/tools_of_the_trade_1.shtml

Life is simpler for the online journalist – but not without its challenges. The priority always is getting text – or copy as we call it – back to the journalists in London so it can be formatted for the web.

They say that the web is a serial killer and I see it provokes a revolution, first business, education and now journalism. First they said the role of the teacher and the trainer were going to be challenged. Now I hear it is about the journalist. What I see is that it is also creating new breeds and maybe rare breeds such as the learning technologist.

Youtube and the model

Writing about web page http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/americas/6233693.stm

The internet is democratic and has to be defended, but this struggle is to have some level of control to avoid the violations of people’s fundamental rights, like privacy and intimacy.

I reckon that having another media like youtube will make life with more trouble for those who are caught red-handed like this model and her boyfriend. I am amused by the fact that youtube did actually remove the movie but that users posted it again with different names. I suppose that is the price for having a democratic means. Instead of controlling users posting video like the one referred in the article, thre must be a way in which the means can be self-regulating, because democracy usually means for me minimum control.

January 04, 2007

Brown urges global free education

Writing about web page http://newsvote.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk_politics/6230341.stm

It would be interesting to follow the Chancellor’s activities regarding this idea, I believe it is a good one but now let’s see what will be done, especially if developed countries count on technology and infrastructure. I also think this one is very long-term process.

New technology and Sadam

Writing about web page http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/theeditors/2007/01/new_technology.html

How different would history’s view of Saddam’s execution have been if we had only seen the official version? The first pictures shocked many – but there was a sense of dignity to the proceedings. The emergence of the mobile phone pictures showed an entirely different story – the proceedings had no dignity at all – a guard was abusing the former dictator, so much so that the whole thing was nearly called off.

Technology is truly changing how we receive and look for news, the media and the way we see and perceive what is happening, the content (for those who would like to know what is really going on). At the end of the day, technology is a powerful means but if it is ignored, it means nothing, if it is controlled, it is misleading, if its is open, it gives many options (and you are free to choose one). Just how much we would be missing without knowing the true. A picture always tell a thousand words, but the words that the messenger want us to believe. Although at first I was disgusted by the fact that officials went to Sadam’s execution with mobile phones, that wasnt that bad after all because it allowed us to know the true. I like the fact that technology is accommodating somehow to us and amongst many things it is serving us to know the real facts. It is letting us be the judges in a case with more substancial evidence. If you see the real evidence, well you can make your own decision knowing all the facts.

The hi–tech high points of 2006

Writing about web page http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/technology/6202947.stm

Overall this is a nice article, I prefer the first part of the article rather than the second one though. Now, I am highlighting two points from this article, to which I agree to certain extent.

The real innovation this year has been in the ways we use the technologies, in their availability and ease of use, and in the manner in which the services and applications are embedded in all aspects of daily life, whether at home or work.

This is what makes this web 2.0 boom different from the web boom in the previous decade, how we use the technology without being considered geeks and how technology is embedded in our lives, for instance by using amazon as another option when buying books, dvds,and so on; booking flights, using the dictionary online, sharing and constructinig knowledge in group through wikipedia; without mentioning the email and the options to create groups in order to keep in touch such as google groups, yahoo grouos, blogger.

If we can succeed in getting wireless laptops into the hands of hundreds of millions of children outside the developed world then we will have bridged the digital divide and opened up the network to the poor, the disadvantaged and the exploited.

Although this seems to be a nice dream, this might be only a dream because I am not sure this will be a way to benefit developing countries, it is about what those children are going to learn with the laptops. In here I see a danger. There is a risk of putting technology before learning. This was the problem before in the nineties with e-learning, this e bit should be important and should refer to enhancing learning, but developing countries, like mine need more than wireless laptops, they need a solid educational structure including underpinning principles, they need teachers, yes, they are still important as guides or facillators. Otherwise, the way I see this, children can end up accessing their emails and chatting using the messenger instead of learning.

January 03, 2007

The return to…

Writing about web page http://www.economist.com/theworldin/business/displayStory.cfm?story_id=8133533&d=2007

working long hours in an office…

or for some never went, but people spoke about working “long hours” in the process of dying out. There were some trends taking off others being talked for a while, stuff that actually I learned in the MA in HRM that I took and it was about companies using more types of flexible working, such as home working, part time working, hot desking. I remember we talk about the trend towards having more part timers and I lived that actually as I used to part time for two and once for three institutions. I also think the prophecy some time ago was working from home and well, the Internet was one of the trends which allow some people to talk about home working and obviously some lucky ones must have been able to do so.

However, it is also the Internet and the relationships between this and global competitiveness what is causing the opposite according to this article. I agree with this to the extend that the mix of many trends (amongst them the Internet and its repercusions in globalisation) has many consequences amongst them the shift of manufacturing businesses to fast-developing countries. These countries and that is positive and negative (due to consequences of globalisation) are making the world more competitive and has caused the return of long hours in the office (or maybe it was just there awating to be talk about again).

Human interaction

Writing about web page http://www.economist.com/theworldin/business/displayStory.cfm?story_id=8133511&d=2007

The fastest-growing parts of the internet all involve direct human interaction

This is everywhere and this is a paradox, we find ourselves (or the majority) relying more on technology to fulfil needs of belonging, so basically to feel that we belong to the world and we have a community that we can get some support from. I reckon in essence we are not that different to pre-historic ancestors, we still need a group in order to live, hunt, eat,...

I reckon distance plays an important role, my family is between Peru, Brazil and Spain. I reckon that the best answer would be one day to arrange a web conference so we can see our faces. Now I am doing a PhD apart from working and basically I have to be isolated to work and then interaction from 9am to 5pm is reduced to me and my computer, apart from the brief moments when I come out to chat with the people next door.

New Year New Page

Writing about web page http://daily-inspiration.org/?gclid=COeM26DCxIkCFQwXMAodgnwgRA


Janet, my Spanish student invited us to her home on 24th for her birthday. I learned a lesson there, do something nice for those who you appreciate on your birthday. On 25th I saw the traditional English Christmas pudding being served and spent some time with a great English family. It was warmed not only by the place but also their hearts. I also lost my mobile for one day and realised I can live happily without technology (mobiles), I didnt seem that bothered for losing the phone, I thought it was destiny telling me to fall apart from technology, until the mobile was found in Janet’s house. Apart from this, in my house we relaxed, ate, drunk, slept loads…with my love ones in this part of the work. Mashala.

New Year

I actually was very excited and seem that didnt need any coffee to boost and have enough energy in order to clean the house, buy flowers, send emails to friends, cook for my friends and then go the our dear friends’ house with loads of cholocate and wine! and have a lovely dinner at 9pm. We were showered with champagne (just a little) and ate 12 pieces of chocolate instead of grapes. (I had forgotten to buy grapes) I couldnt think of my wishes as I was more worried about finishing the chololate before midnight counting 12, 11, 10,... I just could think, I want peace (in the world). I called my dad and brother and well, that’s one of the reasons why I would like to reunite the family.

My resolutions

Many really, all of them important, some of them urgent, some not, but I am treating them as urgent. Keep more in touch with my friends. Change my attitude about having a family of my own, yes, but in three years (at least). I feel I am too young to have family still!. I want to travel more (full stop), I want to reunite a part of my family (this is a tough one because we are all living in two different continents). I want to exercise, yes, I am not what I used to be before and that requires either me stop eating or start exercising, I love eating so I only have one choice. Take up an outdoors hobby (even tougher due to the weather conditions in this part of the world but let’s see)...Improve the face of my blog, as well as the content. and keep blogging!



If I could live my life again.
Next time, I would try to make more mistakes.
I would not try to be so perfect, I would relax more.
I would be sillier than I have been.
I would take fewer things seriously.
I would be less fastidious.
Accept more risks, I would take more trips,
Contemplate more evenings,
Climb more mountains, and swim more rivers…
I would go to more places where I have not been,
Eat more ice cream and fewer beans.
I would have more real problems and less imaginary ones.
I was one of those people who lived
sensibly and meticulously every minute of their life.
Of course I have had moments of happiness.
But if I could go back in time, I would try to
have good moments only,
and not waste precious time.
I was someone never went
anywhere without a thermometer, a
hot water bag, an umbrella
and a parachute. If I could live again,
I would travel more frivolously.
If I could live again, I would begin
to walk barefoot at the beginning of the spring
and I would continue to do so until the end of autumn.
I would ride more merry-go-rounds,
I would contemplate more evenings and I would play
with more children.
If I could have another life ahead.
But I am 85 years old you see, and I know that I am dying.

December 30, 2006

China 'unblocks' Wikipedia site

Writing about web page http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/asia-pacific/6154444.stm

What a clever move, isnt it? It even went better for them than when google tried as they have been struggling to enter the Chinese market and I believe the Chinese government is still having some controls over the information people can access (from what I read in the media). Well, I reckon that Jimmy Wales, the Wikipedia creator, must have been behind all this. I am thinking that amongst those sugar dadies in this current web 2.0, this guy must be a popular name too, maybe it is already. There is also another lesson then and it is about “perseverance”; yes because Wikipedia persevered to make China government come around letting its people use Wikipedia.


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