Some useful tips here from Stephen Hannon as he picks on the topic of death by PowerPoint! We’ve all been there. An important customer meeting has finally been scheduled, and a presentation is needed. As usual, you feel there’s a lot of information to be communicated. The outline is rote. You have files upon files of other similar presentations. Simply pick a few charts from here, and a few more from there. Pretty soon, a deck of more than 30 slides is in place. The title chart just needs to be updated, and a bit of shuffling is required. The deck is dense with some graphics, an awful lot of words, and too-small font size. There’s not a prayer of fitting into the 60 minute slot. But, you’ve briefed the material umpteen times before, so you somehow convince yourself you can shave the metric to 45 seconds per chart, leaving plenty of time for discussion. Save, copy it to the memory stick, and off you go. It’s called “Death by PowerPoint” and we’ve all been guilty of it.
Given the choice, your audience will read and not listen
To wind down this week I’m offering up some kudos and congrats to my friend James who’s just completed an impressive feat with his 5 things on Friday blog series. Today James has rolled out edition #52 of F.T.O.F – you might think to yourself, big deal!! Well, if you do then you’ve obviously never been blogging and never been a hard-core blogger because it really isn’t that simple! I’ve been blogging since 1998, was interrupted for about 3 years with a work project and then continued on with almost regular bloggage since 2003 and believe me it isn’t always easy to be fun, inspirational, and informative… it really does wear on you over time (I’ve seen many, many bloggers come and go over the years, most of them wearing down or burning out, some of them being very popular and high traffic bloggers but simply yanking the plug and moving along to a “better” use of their time) so again, congrats to James – keeping up with a regular format of posts in this form of series has to be rough on the mind at times but man it sure it fun! In this final post James also shared a very cool video on AR which I’ve taken the liberty of sharing below… enjoy and see also post 52 from James (@whatleydude)
A recent tweet that bashed a website that I run (Ok, it was the LBSzone.com) pointed out some design “issues”. No biggee, but after digesting the message it as actually really useful to get some honest feedback from a user (or potential user). I find that typically, most people are either too busy to take a moment and provide honest, useful feedback on a site or resource. Or, it seems that many people who do want to vent, elect to do so in a manner that really isn’t that useful… i.e. they elect to rant or curse or spout off without really getting to the point. A simple “you suck” really isn’t too useful to me and since I those people don’t usually sign their name, I can’t even run out and kick some butt or offer up an appropriate response ;0)
So, I’m throwing it out there… would you care to share a few words to either offer some critical advice, maybe a suggestion or simply mention what you’d like to see more of or less of from the Geo resources that I manage (like this blog and the geo websites). Feel free to provide your feedback below and don’t worry, you won’t hurt my feelings!
Forget the Friday Fun and Follow Friday yadayada… I think I’ll start giving a shout-out each Friday to a blog (a Geeky, Geo blog that is) of interest to the community. Today’s Friday blog shout out goes to Peter Batty and his Geothought blog. If your into topic like Open source, OSM, Smallworld, the cloud, google, FOSS4G, cricket, Colorado etc… then you’ll enjoy Peter’s blog. Most recently Peter just penned a lengthy post that was inspired by a presentation and demo he, Brian Timmoney, and Chris Helm delivered at a Boulder Colorado tech meetup on geospatial technology in the cloud. You’ll find Peter’s Geothought blog at http://geothought.blogspot.com
Interested in sharing audio clips with your colleagues? Imagine recording and sharing clips while out in the field or on the job site or while on vacation. Cinch stores your recordings and conveniently connects with Twitter and facebook as well to notify your social streams when you’ve made a recoding. Your stored recordings can also be easily embedded on a blog or website as well – see below. Grab Cinch from the iTunes store or check out cinchcast.com
Something that I’ve been wanting to do for some time now is to incorporate geotagging within my blog posts… hence the move to WordPress. Well, consider this my first trial post using a cool plug-in that enables geotagging my posts and enabling a google map to be accessible from within the post. Even better, this functionality also enabled geotagging within the RSS feeds, something that’s getting very powerful, particualrly as tools like friendfeed and others start building in more geo-location support and functionality… here we go! If you use WordPress you can grab the GeoTagging plug-in HERE
Kudos to Darla for coming out (so to speak) Darla, the popular mobile technology blogger seems to be radically mixing things up for 2008. Good luck Darla with that migration to WordPress – see http://darlamack.blogs.com/
For more related info see also SymbianOne.com and LBSzone.com
Wavelog has been developed and tested on Nokia N95 mobile phones posting to the WordPress publishing system, both hosted on the wordpress.com and the current stable release available from wordpress.org and hosted with different hosting providers.
About the App… It allows posting of the content as text, image, audio or video, to a Web log (blog) directly from the mobile phone using any type of available network (mobile phone or Wi-Fi network). The application allows saving the work for later posting in the case there is no available network or to allow selection of a network with larger up-link bandwidth (faster posting) or lower cost (for example a free Wi-Fi HotSpot compared to a mobile phone network). Wavelog does not restrict users to a specific blog hosting provider, social network or an intermediate content aggregation. It permits a complete freedom for choosing blog hosting provider or even installing own blog publishing system on the Internet, extranet, intranet, or a local area network. It is designed for performance, scalability and reliability, so it is coded in C++ programming language as a native Symbian OS application. Wavelog does not use any form of usage tracking for targeted advertisement or direct marketing purposes. See http://www.telewaving.com/wp/
For more related info see also SymbianOne.com and LBSzone.com