The Future As Seen By Me In 2010

Well looky here, things one has scanned in eh. (ignore the photo, that's some guy that made some accounting software, not sure what became of him ;) MIKE RIVERSDALE is fuming. The expensive headphones he bought in Sydney three weeks ago have just died. His first reaction is not to randomly spill expletives into his coffee, but to use his iPhone to vent his frustration to his Twitter con- tacts, under the moniker Miramar Mike. "I will also put, 'What should I do?' It's a conversation. I'm reaching out to the people following me." The council predicts hand-held digital devices such as smartphones will rule the world in 2040. They already rule the life of Mr Riversdale, whose company WaveAdept helps businesses adapt - their computing sys- tems to allow staff to work from anywhere - and with anyone. In order of fre- equency, he uses his iPhone to tweet (1136 followers; 8363 tweets since joining), e-mail, make phone calls and use online services, such as checki

Engage Your Community Conference - The Wellington Gig

Following on from the hugely successful Hamilton Engage Your Community conference I am happy to let tell you that a similar event is to be held here in Wellington on 4th September at Massey University:
This is a conference pitched at an introductory level. If you've ever wondered how the web could be better used by your organisation; or know what a blog is, but not how it could be useful; or are a little nervous about opening a Facebook account, then this is a conference for you. If you think the internet is for geeks, or young people, or those with nothing better to do with their time, then this is a conference for you. And if you want to move beyond using email and having a simple website, then this is a conference for you.

Check out their website for all the details:

And I am running the following session (twice):
Web office applications: word processing, spreadsheets, email and calendars without installing one bit of software!

Using Google Applications as an example of on-line/web-based office applications (replicating the typical Microsoft Office suite) we will find out what is offered, where they are, how easy is it to get going and answer the question, 'Are they good enough?' From Mike's workshop, you will experience the difference between on-line and PC-based products and therefore question the 'status quo'. Getting the knowledge of these web services, your organisation will benefit with reduced cost and increased service.

I am also giving one of the "tie it all together" talks at 3pm:
Get Out Of The Office

Whilst Microsoft Office has, over the years, delivered a swathe of benefits and features (who knows where they all are) there are many modern alternatives to this old perennial that deliver the same, if not more, yet may cost you less in time, money and resources. Find out more!

But it's not just about me with many top speakers and respected technologists on-hand including Rod Drury, Ben Lampard, Miraz Jordan and Russell Brown all being ably organised by Mr Webstock himself, Mike Brown

And for those that can't get to Wellington maybe Rotorua is closer to hand - keep November 28th free.


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