Twitter Weekly Updates for 2010-03-28

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iTunes menu makes no sense – Is Apple paying attention?

Okay. That’s it. I’ve had enough of seeing this message in iTunes that makes no sense every time I’m in my Podcasts area.

It seems a couple versions ago someone decided at Apple that we never actually listen to audio podcasts anymore. No folks, that’s just not allowed. How uncouth. Don’t you know that since youtube we all watch videos. And podcasts are only ever video. I mean, come on, get with it.

So now when you’re in iTunes and go to mark a podcast feed to indicate you’ve listened to them all you’re greeted with the menu selection “Mark as Watched“.

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Excuse me? Since when do you watch an audio podcast? Why doesn’t it say “Mark all as Listened”?

What happened to Apple finesse?

For years Apple prided itself on the little finishing touches that made us feel that things were just okay with the world. Often unseen things were simply just right, like dates changing format with column widths and context etc. But now it seems things just get changed on a whim.

Come on Cupertino. Don’t just settle for flashy wow innovation on new devices. Wow us with the finesse and continuity of thought and attention to detail we are used to.

Twitter Weekly Updates for 2010-03-21

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Network learning – Social Media helps us learn

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Some interesting thoughts in an article titled “Social Media’s Effect on Learning” over on a WSJ Blog.

Some snippets:

“Bilingual people aren’t cognitively smarter, but they are more cognitively flexible,”

“Practice at constant switching improves an aspect of their cognitive abilities.”

“This is much like what people do when they’re updating their Twitter status, instant-messaging friends, or answering text messages and emails while they’re doing something else. Dr. Kuhl said this multitasking, where people are stimulating new patterns of sequential processing, could then reap the same benefits as bilingualism.”

“If not .. then networking online is at least acting as a brain innovator.., promoting new paths of discovery and interactivity in the brain.”

Read full story.

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Originally uploaded by dnwallace

Going through some old papers turned up this ‘pseudo-award’ the APANA (SA) people gave me back in 1994 when I was hosting their server at work feeding APANA with newsgroups from Adelaide uni via SLIP. Was probably Leigh Hart, Mark Newton, Adrian Corston or John Lindsay inspired. Heady days.

Twitter Weekly Updates for 2010-03-14

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Scenes while waiting – homemade style lemonade

I sometimes do a lot of waiting – so pass time playing with my phone. Think I’ll start  a scenes while waiting meme on my blog.

This time I’m waiting for a script to be filled by the chemist. Ok I know this picture isn’t of the chemist, but it’s where I’m sitting, opposite The General Trader in TTP.

Dave in waiting.

Twitter Weekly Updates for 2010-03-07

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Kids, Guns and Landmines




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Originally uploaded by dnwallace

Very effective display at Adelaide Railway Station entrance by Red Cross [from recollection] against land mines and exploitation of children as weapons and casualties of war.

Outside the door was a hop-skotch game drawn on the ground in chalk, with a pattern that would’ve gone 1,2,3/4,5,BANG and landmine stickers.

Excellent way of highlighting an important cause.