25. June 2007 · Comments Off on The web is going silent – make some noise! · Categories: Issues

The Copyright Royalty Board in the US, in their infinite greed and attempts to murder choice is increasing royalty rates so the web cast industry is shutting down on Tuesday, 26 June.

On Tuesday, thousands of webcasters will call on their millions of listeners to join the fight to save Internet radio and contact heir Congressional representatives to ask for their support of the Internet Radio Equality Act.”

After July 15, the CRB plans to impose its new rates, a policy that is retroactive, requiring Net radio providers pay the new rates for he previous 17 months as well.

What a crock – get involved, educate government about how important the internet is. Remember, old. rich white guys are the most overly represented sector of the US population and they aren’t the people using the internet in new and innovative ways. Most of them ask their young pages and assistants to send their email and update their web sites.

It’s up to you–


22. June 2007 · Comments Off on Why tables for layout is stupid · Categories: Script

Wow – I’ve been finding a lot of good stuff in the past few days!

While trying to track down some objective information on why not to use tables for some clients of mine who are loathe to let go of them — I found this little gem of a web site that explains tables and then CSS so very, very well. Gotta love that title too…

20. June 2007 · Comments Off on Teenage affluenza · Categories: Uncategorized

This “mocumentary” from World Vision is moving, funny and really brings the point home!

20. June 2007 · Comments Off on Seems I’ve heard this song before… · Categories: Internet safety, Issues, Technologies

A year or so ago – the political parties were debating “how to keep our children safe” online.  At that time, there was talk of putting in filters at the ISP level and I’d thought that rational thinking had prevailed.

Then an election year happened and low and behold, 15 months later, I’m driving home from work and hear parliament the Communications Legislation Amendment (Information Sharing and Datacasting) Bill 2007. 

The authors of this amendment state “The existing Schedule 5 to the BSA already provides a regulatory framework for stored content made available over the Internet. However, this framework does not currently extend to ephemeral content such as live streamed audiovisual services, nor to services over other types of networks such as the mobile telephone network. Therefore, the Bill establishes a new regulatory framework for content that will be provided by a new  Schedule 7 to the BSA. The new Schedule will replace Schedule 5 to the extent that it regulates Internet content hosts.”

However, there were some who felt that things needed to be taken further.  To the point of putting “clean feed” filters in at the ISP level.

In case you missed this very good press release from NetAlert on ISP level filters published 15 months ago, here it is again: Education the best filter for young Australians on the internet.

12. June 2007 · Comments Off on The digital natives are gonna be restless · Categories: Research, Technologies

A recent report from the NPD group shows that just over the past two years, the starting age for using electronic devices has dropped from just a click over 8 years old to about 6 and a half years old.  Plus the ownership of personal digital media players, portable video games and digital cameras is on the rise.

Yet, we have school IT policies that read like this: “The use of mobile phones, pagers, portable CD and MP3 players, Personal Digital Assistants and similar electronic devices is disruptive to the learning environment of all students and are therefore not permitted in classes.” (Link withheld so as not to pick on just one school.)