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Piracy in the blogsphere July 13, 2007

Posted by Null in About Blogs, Ethics.
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There are thousands of bloggers who copy ones ideas and put them back to their blogs, which is quite similar to the paraphrasing we used to do in our academic life. Some might care to link back your ideas, and there are some who gives a sh*t about your intellectual ideas. The problem is that your innovative and creative journal entry goes global even without a simple acknowledgement. The result is mistrust in the blogsphere and is unethical too. Nobody knows who really initiated this innovative idea or discussion. 

A good blogger knows what it feels like when their writings are being copied and not acknowledged. I still don’t know whether any ethical guidelines exist or not but what I felt about writing blog journals is that some DOs and DONTs should exist in the blogsphere. Probably a code of ethics or something.  Although most bloggers do care about acknowledging the genuine authors, but there are rotten tomatoes in every basket. However, mere guidelines are not the solutions to the ethical dilemma of the blogsphere. It is upto the people in the blogsphere whether they care about it or not. If they don’t care about it, the general acceptance of these so called freelance journals will perish very soon.


Facebook: Social identity or identity theft? July 9, 2007

Posted by Null in Corporate Communications, Technology.
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No wonder what you might be thinking as a leader or a manager, many of your subordinates are always one step ahead from you. While you are thinking of browsing websites and setting up e-mail addresses, your employees and subordinates are using Facebook for enabling communications and creating social networks.

Initially, my personal response to Facebook was pessimistic since it looked similar to the platform of Hi5 friends network. I did not like the Hi5 network as because it spams tons of mails in my inbox and there are millions of popups when you visit the site, which eventually can take you to infinite internet exploring. I might be wrong because Facebook is getting more and more popular these days and there are many professional communicators who are using Facebook. One example is Lee Hopkins who uses Facebook. In addition, there are many others who are using Facebook for many different purposes. The CIA or employers use Facebook for screening purposes, which means you do not have any secret identity. Well we do not need any secret identity, but accessing my personal information by strangers is kind of mysterious and that makes me scary.

I am still confused how Facebook is making the social networking work. Most of the facebook tools are loaded with flirting tools like graffiti, pokes, cookies, emoticons, etc. It quite seemed to me like a dating or a chat site rather than a social networking platform. Perhaps it may be a great tool and I might prove wrong. But what I am requesting is to be cautious about your social identity while being on the social network.

Quote of the time July 7, 2007

Posted by Null in Expression.
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Wherever we go, whoever we meet or whatever we do is supported with some intentions or objectives. It is that we pursue something in order to achieve something. We even do some noble work to achieve some inner relief. Eventually we want to become something that we have desired or something we are passionate about. If we haven’t reached that level of desire in our life, we live and struggle to achieve that. According to one of the schools of thought (Baruch Spinoza), the achievement of that desire, appetite, status, recognition or whatever should bring end to our life. He says that:

To be what we are and to become what we are capable of becoming, is the only end in life.

His above statement is pensive but it raises further enquiry. Although I do not have any physical or experimental evidence like Spinoza, but I believe that the above quote does not correspond with the contemporary context of life. We still live because our demand for desires are infinite and we will strive life long to attain our desires. Even the most successful people on earth bears the failure of unaccomplished desires.

Eco-friendly Al Gore with an eco-smoker son July 5, 2007

Posted by Null in News.

What happened to be the most bizzare story today is Al Gore’s “Live Earth” climate campaign could be at stake when his son was being arrested for possessing eco friendly green marijuana. His son Albert Gore was arrested by the Orange County Sherrifs Department on 4th of July. While the dad is educating people about the greenhouse effects, the son goes more green with leaves of marijuana and other illegal drugs such as valium and xantax. Like dad, like son. Some argue that Al Gore himself had taken marijuana before. I reckon Al Gore should start educating his family before campaigning to others. Charity begins at home Gore, go educate yourself and your family first.

My takeaways from the University of Sydney July 4, 2007

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I have nearly finished my Masters from the University of Sydney and it was a beautiful experience styding at Sydney University.  While I did study at another Australian University, but my experience was not that pleasent as  because my circumstances were totally different at that time. I was sort of in a cultural shock phase.

There are many things that I have learn’t from my coursework and this blog is a sample of the inspiration I had from one of the university lecturers. Since I am hoping to pursue a doctorate in future, the Sydney University degree also gave me a direction to my future career. However, the most important lesson I tookaway from Sydney Uni is the way I percieve the world now. Looking into things critically has never been in my thought ever before. The diverse experience with the students from different parts of the world, the academic staff, the campus life, the bloody train and bus services, the casual work at MYER, the increase in my reading habit, the chilled winter winds, the stress for paper submissions, etc are some of the important contributors to my whole experience. The degree and the course itself was only a minor supplier to my significant lesson.

Sydney Uni Great Hall

iPhone for the iGeneration July 2, 2007

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Finally Apple Inc. has entered the so called gizmo cellphone market where companies decide a consumer’s demand, taste and preferences. The highly anticipated Apple’s iPhone is the latest supplement to the cellphone industry. The initial market response seems success because the crazy mobile lovers had been queuing for several hours in front of the retail stores. I wonder what is going to be the answer to iPhone by other cellphone manufacturers like Blackberry and Nokia. If they do not respond well, Apple will be looking for a sizeable market share and that would be quite interesting to see.

Considering all the features and usability, iPhone is a forward looking smartphone which includes loads of features that are yet to be provided by other companies. Though I am not an iFan, but iLiked the way Apple approached this cellphone iMarket. The iPhone includes iCandy features such as touchscreen, ipod & itunes capability, video capability (including youtube), and mostly all the common cellphone features like camera, calender, e-mail, organiser, wifi, etc. However, I feel there would be mixed reactions because iPhone does not look like a corporate device and looks more like a gagdet. The high anticipation people had from the iPhone can be negative and there are already news about the downsides of iPhone. If anybody still asks for my preference of a cellphone brand, I would still say yes to Nokia.

The interesting part is, the long serving Blackberry and Nokia seemed to have identified a real competitor now and that is Steve Jobs. It would be nice to see their response to iPhone. But you never know, what’s coming next. Maybe some other gizmo giant is coming with a Kill’em All technology and will take control of the market. The cellphone industry that once looked somewhat mature, is now getting back to the growth stages of the life cycle. Quite exciting, ain’t it?