Updates and something for your calendar

21 08 2008

First, some updates. I should probably mention that sometime recently this blogged passed the 20,000 hit mark, currently sitting at 20,602. The busiest day on this blog was the 29th of January 2008, which was probably due to 78 Women more important than Paris Hilton, Britney Spears and Lindsay Lohan (1410 hits so far). Akismet has caught 50,708 spam for me during this time! (Thanks Akismet) People have made 135 comments, the top three posts are 78 Women, WordPress.com review – after 30 days (WordPress.com vs Typepad) and 4000 hits – WordPress vs Typepad – Ratio of 5:1. The top click is the mp3 file for that podcast song. Thanks WordPress, I love this blog even though I don’t use it that much.

Second, put this in your calendar, Blog Action Day 2008. Follow them on Twitter. Blog Action Day is a nonprofit, grassroots movement of thousands of individual bloggers coming together for one cause.

For 2008, this cause is Poverty and if you make money from your website, you can donate the day’s earnings. So what actions can you do? You can promote it, donate and publish on your blog, podcast or video. It’s on Wednesday the 15th of October 2008, put it in your calendar, along with your next actions.


My favourite tools of 2007 and the biggest tool of 2007

31 12 2007

My favourite tools of 2007:
Twitter – if you don’t get it, you don’t have enough contacts or you’re not asking the right questions
Akismet – oh how I love you. Akismet has caught 23,003 spam for me since I first installed it.
WordPress – a bit neglected this year, but a favourite none the less

But the biggest tool of 2007 is Senator Stephen Conroy, Minister of the Digital Economy, who has wrapped up 2007 by announcing mandatory internet filters, which will be opt-out only.

“Labor makes no apologies to those that argue that any regulation of the internet is like going down the Chinese road,” he said. “If people equate freedom of speech with watching child pornography, then the Rudd-Labor Government is going to disagree.”

Filtering the internet isn’t democratic.

In 1948 the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR). Article 19 affirms the right to free speech:

Article 19. Everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression; this right includes freedom to hold opinions without interference and to seek, receive and impart information and ideas through any media and regardless of frontiers.

Is a filtered internet what you want for your kids? Unable to research breast cancer, religion, censorship, politics and missing out on news such as Prime Minister Kevin Rudd’s visit to a strip club.

The Librarians are asking, who is in charge of the filter? What is being filtered? Why no announcements on government websites?

All of this at a time when any child can easily subscribe to hard core porn via SMS, great job Conroy! Way to protect the children.

Merry (White) Christmas, The Royal Podcast and some thanks for 2006

25 12 2006

This morning I was woken by a hailstorm and a semi-white Christmas morning. The hail didn’t sit long on the ground, but it’s the closest to a White Christmas I’ve ever had here in Australia (coldest Australian Christmas day in history today folks).

It’s official, podcasting is mainstream. The Queen is podcasting the Christmas message on The Royal Podcast, and it made the mainstream news.

Last but not least, some thanks for some of my favourite content producers, all of you are Time Magazine’s Person of the Year:

Adrian F – Hey, you’re always asking me where I find stuff, Bonetable, Flickr photostream – Great photos on Flickr, great blog, Bonetable is climbing the charts.
Anousheh Ansari – Space Blog – Thanks for blogging your trip to the space station.
Ben Barren – Gnoos.com.au & RSSing Down Under – Fantastic search engine, great blog.
BJ – BJ’s Show – BJ is Australia’s youngest podcaster. I love the show BJ, thanks for making it.
Cameron Reilly – G’Day World & The Podcast Network – Thanks for all the G’Day Worlds, coffee, chats & inspiration.
Chris Saad – Touchstone Blog – A great tool, a great blog and Unfinished Revolutionary.
Darren Rowse – Problogger.net – A great site and for still being one of the nicest guys on the internet.
Dave Gray – Global Geek Podcast & Rooster’s Rail – Great podcasts and a great blog.
Dave Winer – Scripting News, Share Your OPML – Thanks for the great tools, podcasts and a great blog.
Des Paroz – The Productivity Show – Thanks for all the podcasts, I love the show.
Frank Arrigo – An Aussie Microsoft Blogger – Great blog and an interesting insight into the evolution at Microsoft.
Merlin Mann – 43folders.com – A great site and a great podcast, thanks for introducing me to David Allen’s Getting Things Done, I love it and it’s changed my life.
Richard Giles – The Gadget Show, Scouta.com & Scouta Blog – Thanks for all the G’day Worlds, the Flickr Mastr photos, gadgety goodness and new toy, Scouta!
Shawn Callahan – Anecdote – A hidden gem on the web, thanks for such fascinating posts.
Todd Cochrane – Geek News Central podcast – One of my favourites, a great podcast for your daily commute.
Todd Defran – PR Squaredfor the most honest corporate post I have ever seen online.
Wayne Turmel – The Cranky Middle Manager Show – A very funny man, great podcast.

Favourite tools for 2006:
Akismet – has caught 1,097 spam for me since I first installed it.