Category Archive: Work Updates

Updates about work-related stuff

Feb 15

Going “in house”!

I’m working at Red Hat now, on their internal communications team (intranet collaboration and communication — right up my alley), and love it!  I’d still be glad to give you some advice, but for the moment, I’m focusing my energy here (it is such an exciting company!).

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Sep 19

On being “liked”…

Social Media changes all the time and in order to keep up, I subscribe to quite a few mailing lists.  Most of the time I read and move on, but every once in a while there’s something that’s so *wrong* (yes, on the internet) that I have to say something.

Today’s gem was:

“What are clicks among friends?
Alot [sic] of folks lately are out liking FB fan pages in exchange for the owner of that page liking theirs as well. Nothing wrong with that, keep in mind that most will not return the favor. I will, guaranteed!” [name deleted to protect the clueless].

My response:

“For what it’s worth, I do think there’s something wrong with that! It’s uselessly attempting to game the system and is no more reflective of a real relationship than the scores of “linkback” schemes that were all the rage in the 90’s (before Google made that a Bad Thing by penalizing the behaviour).

“Like” pages you actually “Like”. “Friend” people you know. Anything else is the digital equivalent of gushing over how much you like something you’ve never even tried at a cocktail party in order to try to win someone’s friendship, and that’s just plain tacky (IMHO, of course). “

 

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Sep 12

I’ve seen the future…

…and I’m a little in love with it.

Adrian and I recently set up an account at Coastal Federal Credit Union (their GoGreen checking can pay up to 2% interest — w00t!) and I went there the other day to deposit a check.  Surprises abounded:

First, their teller windows (and lobby) are open until 7pm (and I think from 7am, though, to be honest, I didn’t really read that part, since I am “not a morning person” in an almost cliche way).

Second, their teller windows are staffed by virtual tellers (looked a lot like the picture to the left)!  There’s a screen and a video picture of your teller (mine was Carol).   I have no idea where she was, but from that moment forward it was rather like a traditional drive-through arrangement, except:

  • I could reach the window
  • I could understand everything she said (no fast-food-style squawky speakers)
  • When I put my check down, it was into a little slot like an ATM (I have to confess I did miss the SWOOOSH of the pneumatic tube)
  • And, of course, she was not 10 feet away (I presume.  That would have been sort of silly)

Wow.  Just plain nifty.  It would’ve been quick too, had I not spent so much time saying:  “This is soooo cool! ”

I will also confess that having watched too much sci-fi — and this week’s Dr. Who — I also had a bit of difficulty remembering that she was a real person and not just “Interface.”

 

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Jun 23

Delightful UI suprise

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Image via Wikipedia

Driving to Raleigh the other day, I noticed the new, easy-to-spot “lane paintings” on I-40. They’re large (4-5 feet across) and look just like the shield that is used to denote interstate highways.

It’s *great*! It makes it SO much easier to tell which lanes stay I-40 and which ones become Wade Ave.! I am all for increasing information density when possible and this was an easy way to do so.  YAH Raleigh!

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Jun 10

Growing pains…

It’s an odd (and somewhat unsettling) thing to realize that my web content is spanning two sites.  I’d like to hurry up and get the migration done, but I also know I need to do the proper housecleaning before porting content — when you’ve been online since 1996, you accumulate a lot of driftwood.

I always tell organizations that I’ve worked with that diluting your message can be nearly as harmful as not having one, so clearing out the clutter (particularly in the main pages of the site) is a must-do.

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Mar 23

Ipas > Reproductive health in the news, March 19, 2009

Link

(Just a test, though the news is interesting, as always)

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Mar 10

Not Yet Rain

Ipas has just released the trailer for Not Yet Rain, our new documentary (to be released in April 2009). Visit the site, sign up for email updates and send some love to the video on YouTube ;-)

 

Super thanks to y’all who helped me test the site!

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Nov 06

Benefit concert at the ArtsCenter Dec. 6!

Help support women’s reproductive health and rights (while seeing a great concert) by attending the Rock for Reproductive Rights at the Carrboro ArtsCenter on Saturday, Dec. 6.

Ipas, a Chapel Hill-based non-profit organization that works for women’s reproductive rights and health issues around the world, will host the fifth annual Rock for Reproductive Rights benefit concert, featuring Caitlin Cary and the Savoy Doucet Cajun Band, featuring Michael Doucet, the Grammy award-winning lead singer and fiddler from Beausoleil, and Ann and Marc Savoy, both well-known musicians hailing from Louisiana .

You can support Ipas by sponsoring the concert with a tax deductible contribution. Concert sponsors who donate $50 or more will receive two complimentary tickets to the concert. Ipas appreciates your support. Click here to make a donation.

Tickets can be purchased by calling the ArtsCenter at (919)929-2787 or online at the ArtsCenter website .

(In the spirit of full disclosure, I work for Ipas… and also think this is going to be a great show for a great cause!  Time for change!)

 

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Aug 07

Protected: And now for something completely different…

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May 22

Protected: le sigh.

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May 15

quick question for my online pals

Can anyone think of a free online game where bunches (say 1000) people can join at once, play for 10-15 minutes and at the end, clearly see who won?

I’m not a gamer and am idea-free on this one.  (I think something less shoot-em-up-y and more puzzle-frogger-tron-y would be good…)

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Jan 22

Quick update

I’m in Vegas for the Nortel sales conference… in a nutshell they had a contest for employees (writing/video) and (with the help of my producer (aklikins) I won!

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Jul 30

Protected: seen in email this afternoon from one of our consultants

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Aug 06

Big Bar-B-Que Screw-Up

So we took Wendy to Allen & Son, which it turned out she hated. There was much berating of me (since it was my idea). This made me sad. I *thought* she’d like it. And it was inexpensive, which seemed important as people seem to complain when they have to spend their own money on Nortel-related stuff (long gone are the days where you’d expense that sort of thing.).

Oh well. I did my best.

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