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12/30/08

Permalink 06:37:03 pm, Categories: Just Stuff :-), Social Media, 73 words   English (US)

Six Word Resume Meme (from WWDS)

So over at "What Would Dad Say", GL Hoffman (author of Dig Your Job: Keep it or Find a New One) has asked readers to post their six-word resumes. By 1 January 2009.

With no time to waste, here's mine:

Connecting social media and user assistance. (I think it could have more "punch"...I'll have to work on that.)

(My personal six-word meme is Playing the hand I was dealt.)

What are your six-word memes?

12/28/08

Permalink 10:09:21 pm, Categories: Just Stuff :-), Social Media, 170 words   English (US)

Get ready for First Night Boston!

We try to get to Boston's First Night every year, at least for a couple of hours. So every year, I go to their website to see what's new...

And what's new is that First Night has gone social :-) They have a blog (which has actually been around since December 2006) and they're using Twitter, too.

(I don't remember seeing the blog in previous years, but the website has undergone a complete update. It's much nicer than what I remember and much better organized. My only complaint is that you have to use Back from the blog to return to the main site. And be sure to click First Night 2009 in the upper left to get to this year's information.)

If you're going to be in the Boston area for New Year's, check out their program guide, build an itinerary (you have to type your email address to continue), and the rest of their site.

And if you're going to First Night, let me know! Maybe we can meet up somewhere :-)

09/07/08

Permalink 02:12:31 pm, Categories: Just Stuff :-), 90 words   English (US)

Have you used Alltop?

Guy Kawasaki (website and blog) formally announced Alltop in March 2008. Alltop is a "news aggregation site"...that is, it provides links to top stories for a number of popular topics. The main page contains the topic links (about 150...there were 40 when it started) and each link contains specific links for each topic organized by source.

So if you're looking for up-to-date information that isn't pushed to your system (ala RSS feeds) but is there when you need it, visit Alltop today. Set a timer or you'll be there for awhile ;-).

08/24/08

Permalink 10:08:52 am, Categories: Just Stuff :-), 37 words   English (US)

Read "Anatomy of a Malware Scam"

Jesper Johansson, Microsoft Windows Security MVP, recently took the time to fully disect a malware spam that he found in a blog comment. If you blog...or if you click links!...you'll want to read this article.

07/29/08

Permalink 02:53:14 pm, Categories: Just Stuff :-), 267 words   English (US)

Orphan Works Act in consideration

Thanks to Jeffrey Zeldman, I found out about the Orphan Works Act of 2008 (H.R. 5889). A link from his site took me to the Take Action site so that I could send emails to my representatives.

So far, I've heard back from Congressman John F. Tierney. But I'm not really sure how he's going to vote...his email states that he has noted my opposition and that he "will continue to support policies that ensure the fair and equitable treatment of all artists and their artwork."

He then says, "Should H.R. 5889 come to the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives for a vote, I would be sure to keep your concerns in mind." Um...thanks, I guess. Does that mean that you're going to vote to preserve my rights as author?

And the Orphan Works act doesn't only apply to art:

"The Orphan Works Act defines an "orphan work" as any copyrighted work whose author any infringer says he is unable to locate with what the infringer himself decides has been a "reasonably diligent search." In a radical departure from existing copyright law and business practice, the U.S. Copyright Office has proposed that Congress grant such infringers freedom to ignore the rights of the author and use the work for any purpose, including commercial usage." See About this Legislation for more information. (Note that this description is focused on artists and photos/artwork.)

I don't know if I should try to figure out how to reply to him (the email sends me back to his site to reply) or just cross my fingers.

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