Thanks to SilkCharm for bringing this to my attention.

This video is a jaw-dropper — Jim Stewart, the video blogger – is trying to educate the National Australia Bank that SPAM – however “well” or “poorly” executed by the PR agency is a sleazy business practice at best. 

He certainly made a valiant effort to put the point across that spam is a pain, it is not ethical to post comments of a commercial nature on someone else’s blog and that with profit running to billions, NAB could afford to actually PAY for advertising on blogs.  But the NAB’s rep continued to ignore the point.


Geeking Out!

Originally uploaded by kerryank

Just a quick (or should I say qik) post before bed time.

Tonight I tried using my Nokia 95 trained on a computer monitor to live stream video from Second Life to the internet using

By setting up qik on my phone for streaming rather than quality, I didn’t get backed up as I have in the past with

Here is one of the videos:

15. June 2008 · Comments Off on RSS explanation for mom · Categories: Social networking, Technologies · Tags:

Moms keep you honest. My mother and I cover a lot of ground in our weekly chats and this week we were talking about Internet Neutrality, how internet newbies can find sites to trust and RSS feeds.

As far as Net Neutrality goes, I was able to tell her I’d researched it and pointed her at a blog post of mine.

We had a great discussion about how people in her age bracket are digital immigrants and how these immigrants could start off with web sites of trusted providers with whom they were familiar and then using these as springboards to build trusted networks, using information literacy (which she pointed out is a skill she has as a librarian, but many people don’t have) and always researching and questioning sources.

When it came to web 2.0 tools and RSS, I told her about the great CommonCraft videos but she pointed out that between her 8-year-old computer and a dial-up connection, video just isn’t an option.  While she can access computers at her library, she wanted something at home to help her wrap her head around RSS and it had to be visual.

After searching for a bit — I decided to roll up my sleeves and write one myself.  It’s quick and dirty as far as graphics go.  Let me know if you think it would help your mom – I’ve just emailed it to mine tonight and hope she’ll set me straight if I’ve fallen short. RSS for mom.

12. June 2008 · Comments Off on Really well done conference marketing · Categories: My personal learning journey

You’d expect it from the Successful and Outstanding Bloggers conference (cheekily called SOBcon) web site, I suppose.

The clever little elements to this site — the fact that it’s a Wiki, the badges that people can put on their web site if they are speaking or attending, the prominent RSS buttons, links to the conference blog, etc — really worth checking out!

10. June 2008 · Comments Off on Want a free mobi site? · Categories: mobile technologies, My personal learning journey, Web sites

Every 15 seconds another mobile account is added to the more than 3 billion existing ones according to an April 2008 press release from the GSM Association. So when I saw a web site promising me the ability to create a mobile compatible web site in minutes just after lunch today — I thought I’d check it out.

I signed up for and was really impressed by the user interface. They were a bit short on specs and measurements however — when I got to the step where I had to upload my logo, I had NO idea what size to choose and had to use a FireFox tool to get the size of their example.

You can import a feed from your existing blog — so you don’t have to worry about having ANOTHER blog to update, you can feed your headlines straight into the mobile version.

Other options include payment systems, a feedback/contact form that was easy as pie to implement, an HTML editor, choice of HTML, ASP or PHP pages, ability to customise templates and the ability to get free hosting and a domain name or use one of your own.

I thought their free domain name a bit long — At least, it is to thumb it into my phone the first time — though with my keyboard, that’s no longer a problem for me.

I published it there and it worked a treat. I then published to my own server, and no go. An hour and a half of investigation later, I discovered the problem. When using their publisher, folder permissions on our Apache server were set to something different for the home page (776) than the rest of the pages (644). Re-setting this fixed the problem.

Still, if I were after a quickie site for say — a conference for geeks, a learning activity for students involving the use of mobile phones or an event personal or professional – this tool would be handy and people could live with the longish address. Especially people under 35 or so. ; )

I host the site myself on — let me know what you think!