post-multitasking adaptive behaviour

Continuous partial attention is a post-multitasking adaptive behaviour.

This is a quote from Linda Stone‘s address at the Supernova Conference earlier this year.

YOU MUST read the whole article here. This is NOT an option. As you’d hear on a Dave Slusher EGC podcast intro. – “You should listen to this because this concerns you“.

Linda points out what she observes as 20 year “cycles” of attention that is largely a cultural phenomenon. The cycles outlined are 1945-1965, 1965-1985, 1985-2005 which puts us right on the cusp of a new cycle.

This is why I say that if you are at all interested in being connected in a meaningful way in the future and the role technology is going to play in that, and you want to play a pro-active role, you need to read the article.

I’m going to be reading and re-reading this until I get a clearer grasp of it – and more particular what it means for me personally. On this eve of a new year I expect over a short period of time it will offer me fuel for new direction, new resolutions and new goals.

Bring it on!

Supernova 2005 : Attention
Linda Stone

My first comment spam

I got hit by my first dose of comment spam on this blog the other day. About 6 comments all much the same from the same given name and given url, with different IP addresses. This sent me looking for plugins for WordPress to combat it and instead found a few tips on things I could do in WordPress without installing a plugin to minimise spam. For simplicity I’ll put what I did in list form with links to refer to at the end.

  • . Make sure WordPress is at v1.5 as it has a number of anti spam comment features natively built in.
  • . Set the number of links allowed in comments to 3 – any more than that, and the comment is auto-moderated. This is done in WP admin under “Options->Discussion->Comment Moderation”.
  • . Put a list of blacklisted words in WP admin – the input box is again found under “Options->Discussion->Comment Moderation”. I used a combination of the words found at the WordPress codex site and another bloggers black listed words. See bleow for my complete list. What I also did was added the common words being found in the spam I already received.
  • . I checked every box except “An administrator must approve the comment (regardless of any matches below)” in the top section under “Options->Discussion”. See screen capture below.

There’s many other plugins to try. The one getting most positive response seemed to be WP Hashcash, though as yet I haven’t tried this and will keep it up my sleeve if another barage of spam breaches my defences.

WP codex Combatting Spam
WP codex Spam Words
Usefull blog post by Tom Raftery
WP Hashcash plugin
My Spam Words list
Screen shot of my checked options in WP

Technorati & ConnectingUp

Further to my previous post, Technorati now has a Tag for ConnetingUp2006.

You can plug this feed address into your RSS reader : http://feeds.technorati.com/feed/posts/tag/cu06

I’ve also created a category here on my blog for all connectingup2006 posts, so you can choose that from under the categories on my blog web site.

Technorati Tag for cu06 – http://www.technorati.com/tag/cu06
Technorati Tag for ConnetingUp2006 – http://www.technorati.com/tag/connectingup2006
Blob category for ConnetingUp2006 – http://dnwallace.com/blog/category/connectingup2006/

ConnectingUp2006

Had a chat to Mike today and he and I are definately going to be doing something in the way of presenting at the ConnectingUp2006 Conference in Adelaide, South Australia, May 1-2, 2006 – hosted by CISA.

I’ll post more about it as we develop the ideas and ask for some input to direct the specifics of it.

For now, this is a quick post to let you know to stay tuned and as Mike has some issues getting Technorati to do its thing with the tag, we’ll see how it handles WordPress.

Ozzy Radio gets pictures

From Austalian IT News:

Radio gets pictures

RADIO group Austereo and Sony BMG have announced a new webcast music show they claim will be Australia’s first IPTV service.

The service is possibly the first move by an Australian radio broadcaster beyond audio, as conventional media groups of all kinds race to the multimedia potential offered by the internet.

Feedburner FeedFlare add-ons

Was wandering around Bloglines and came across this in the Mashable blog about some new features in Feedburner. I use Feedburner so added them to my Lifekludger blog. Check out the Lifekludger feed and see what you think. Look for the links at the bottom of each post.

From the Feedburner blog:

FeedFlare is initially launching today with seven simple options, including:

* most popular tags for this item via del.icio.us
* tag this item at del.icio.us
* Technorati cosmos: number of links to this post
* Creative Commons license for this specific item. This works even if you are splicing, say, a Flickr photo feed into a blog feed and the two parent feeds have different licenses associated with them.
* number of comments on this post (currently only for feeds created by WordPress)
* email this item
* email the author of this item (particularly helpful if the item ends up spliced into another feed or repurposed on a site).

Need Christmas Gift?

If you need a Christmas gift with meaning for that person who ‘has everything’ – buy them a goat!

Oxfam have this neat service where you buy someone a goat, or buffalo, or veggie garden etc. Your friend receives a card detailing the present you bought them and the real item goes to those who need it most.

Beats wrapping the goat yourself!

Oxfam Unwrapped

Redistribution of power

Over on bokardo blog, Joshua Porter quotes Doc Searls about the disruptive nature of blogs:

One of the main points we made in The Cluetrain Manifesto, way back in 1999, was that the real revolution with the Net was not an increase in the power of supply, but an increase in the power of demand. Customers were no longer mere “consumers”, and not only graced with far more choice –the power to pick and choose among vendors’ products and services. Thanks to the Net, and to features such as blogging, the demand side now had the power also to *supply*. This is what’s so disruptive.”

This redistribution of power by enabling people to be widely heard is important. If you get about in your daily life and are able to connect, relate and interact with people easily you might just miss it and wonder what this is all about. You might see it only applying to buying and selling things – in terms of production and consumption. But to people who for varying reasons and circumstances find themselves socially isolated and find it difficult to connect, relate and interact in ‘traditional’ ways – the impact is more obvious.

Start inserting words into that quote like ‘agency‘ in place of ‘supply‘ and ‘client‘ instead of ‘consumer‘ and you change the context. The ‘service agencies’ can no longer act in a dictatorial style from ivory towers – disconnected – especially from those they are supplossedly ‘serving’. Blogs subvert heirarchies remember. Give the people a way and means to have their voice heard, to interact with others and you enable them to start influencing better ‘supply‘.

The demand side (client) has power to be an ‘agent‘ of supply for control of their lives. The power is redistributed. And rightly so!

It’s about relationship empowerment. Miracles, not just Markets.