As more of our lives are ‘kept’ online, it is important to ensure that you keep your digital identity is secure. Good tips provided!
[Twitter](1), as you know, is increasingly becoming popular tool used by many, even to the extent that the British government is now ‘urging civil servants to use the micro-blogging site’, according to [BBC](2). The Cabinet Office, which has a [blog](3) for digital engagement, has published the [20-page document](4). Do go have a read.
In addition, Twitter recently posted a [Twitter 101 guide for businesses](12) for companies who are considering using Twitter or have just started using the service. You might want to zoom right into the [case studies](13) section, which I found most useful.
Speaking of using technology, a [couple from Sweden made quite a big error in their use of technology](5). They were planning to travel to the isle of Capri, which is in the south of Italy, but ended up in the industrial town of Carpi, which is in the north. This was because they had misspelt the name in their car’s GPS. And they only found out when they went to the tourist office in Carpi to ask how to get to the famous Blue Grotto in Capri. Hmmm … note to self: must remember to check my spellings when I input information into my GPS.
Not sure if you have heard about people being allergic to Wi-Fi waves. Apparently, there is an increasing number of people afflicted with such an allergy, known as [Electromagnetic Hypersensitivity](7), and it causes the persons to feel sick, dizzy and confused. One such person is top UK DJ Steve Miller and he says he to stay home in his 18in-thick granite walls to stay safe, from [The Sun](8). As for me, I’m not sure if I can live without wi-fi as our router is just too far away from the computer so wi-fi is the only solution for us.
On to some good news with the use of technology. When Apple announced their new [iPhone 3GS](9) in June at the annual WWDC keynote, they also introduced this new service called ‘Find My iPhone’. ‘Find My iPhone’ is powered by [MobileMe](10), which you’ll need to subscribe on an annual basis. The power of the technology makes use of both GPS as well as cell tower triangulation to located where the iPhone is. In this [story](11) (from Mashable), a teen and his dad had their iPhones stolen after their car and 4 other cars were broken into. When they arrived home, he remembered that he had activated the ‘Find My iPhone’ and tracked it. He managed to track the phone to a particular address and phoned the cops. The cops promptly appeared at the address and arrested the family there. They were known to police and now police had the evidence to prosecute them. So, if you have an iPhone and MobileMe, do remember to activate the ‘Find My iPhone’ feature. It might come in useful someday.
The white dots in the graphic above represent a orbital garbage in the Low Earth Orbit that NASA is tracking.
ScienceNews has posted an article explaining how the trash is monitored and why it can be really dangerous as most pieces are flying at more than 20 times the speed of sound. An example is a piece of trash the size of a tiny marble can have as much energy as a bowling ball going at about 805 kilometres per hour.
(via Boing Boing)
Google just announced that you can now insert YouTube videos into any documents in Google Docs. Besides YouTube videos, you can also insert images and text captions.
What is more interesting is the ability to embed your Google Doc presentation onto your blog and it can be of varying sizes. This seems like a direct competition to the current market leader, SlideShare.
Although I haven’t tried this yet, I’m sure it will be useful for the sharing of resources.
Do give it a try!
– Forget Word: 13 Online Word Processors
A comprehensive listing of some of the more interesting online word processors available. I’ve personally used Google Docs, Buzzword and Writeboard. The mainstay for me is Google Docs because of its integration with the rest of the Google apps. However, I must say I’m very impressed with the UI design of Buzzword, which makes use of Adobe AIR.
– Social Media Will Change Your Business
An update to their original article “Blogs Will Change Your Business” in 2005. Very informative, particularly if you are quite new to the idea of social media.
A really hilarious make-believe video of Bill Gates last day at Microsoft that was shown during his last keynote at the CES 2008. He managed to get quite a number of celebrities to ‘star’ in the video such as Bono (of U2), Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama, Al Gore and a couple of others that I didn’t recognize.
Go watch and have a good laugh.
(via Career and Kids)