Watch out what you say! Radio talk show hosts, politicians, even reporters are not immune to being under the public microscope if something said or written is mis-interpreted. In the case of Dr. Laura, I think she began to believe the "I know all" persona she tried to project via the radio - it came back and bit her bit time!
Check out Dr. Laura's Fall From Grace", and be sure to leave a comment!
Mariuca, Lady Java, and their new "sweet blog pal"--- have launched a chilling, on-line hate camapign with a threatening message that could endanger a loving mother! Boo-hoo-hoo crybaby blogger Mariuca aka Marzie gets her panties in a bunch whenever her beaver is angry, but that doesn't stop her and her buddy, identfied above in the screencap as David Funk, from trouncing another blogger, quite viciously, I might add! As you can see, Funk openly threatens Zuveena! (In some countries this can land you in prison!) Funk describes Mariuca as "my sweet blogpal"!!!! Apparently, some people still don't get it! That threat you put out on the internet, stays put! Hopefully, no ill will come to the blogger targeted by this cast of crazies! The origins of the hate crusade are documented here. Next time you feel like bitching, moaning, complaining, whining, or thrashing another: read this, you ungrateful louse!
In my recent post, Ten Ways To Become A Famous Blogger, I pointed out one major annoyance that is sweeping thru twitter right now: people tweeting annoyances.
Nothing irks blog readers (blogders) more than some idiot who sends out a tweet with a catchy headline that links back to a blog that only has a link to another person's blog. A big time-waster!The worst offenders appear to Malaysian bloggers. Twitter prohibits re-tweeting the same crap over and over again, but they circumvent the rules and manage to get away with it. They also publish ads disguised as posts.
There's another annoyance that is resurfacing: super-annoying popup ads that completely take over computers that open them. This morning I went to visit one of the blogs I drop ECs on, http://heniperrr.blogspot.com/, and was just about to drop when the screen went blank and was overaken by a box. URL information being displayed in the lower left corner or my FireFox browser showed URLs containing terms including "seekyz.com" and "serw.clicksor.com" and "clicksor," although when I peered into the blog sourcecode the "find" feature wasn't able to detect any such character strings or text.
I had an experience with one of these intrusive ads when I was writing the old "Capital Region People" blog. Secretly piggybacked on a widget there came a popup ad so cleverly disguised it took three people to finally figure out the source. The widget that injected it had been on my blog for about four months, so it wasn't immediately apparent that it was the source.
How to pinpoint and remove an offending widget? Go to your template and one at a time, remove and then re-add the code for every widget and badge on your blog. Unless someone has managed to break into your account and add malicious code (usually happens on WordPress) you'll eventually find the pest, and then be sure to alert other bloggers! Don't hide your head in the sand or take honest inquiries the wrong way!
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- Current Mood:Commanding
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I touched a nerve among a batch of Malaysian bloggers this week when I posted an article critical of them. It began innocently enough, with me trying to leave a comment on one of their blogs several weeks back. Now, this was a very friendly comment to be sure. The problem was, the blogger who writes under the hat "Lady Java" employed js-kit comments on her blog. My high-speed public library connection could not seem to lock on to the js sytem. Eventually, a box popped up and I was listening to an apparently audio-only advertisement!
I blogged about this on my blog*spot blog, which for reasons known only to her, infuriated this "Lady Java" character to no end!
And then, something else happened. I am a subscriber to the entrecard system (you'll see the ad widget and logo at the top right hand corner of my blog) and time after time, as I indicated my interest in placing ads on blogs authored by "Lady Java" and her Malaysian BFF "Mariuca," my ads would be rejected. That was okay, until Maripuca's ads began displaying on MY blog via adgitize! Incredulous, I was! Then, I noticed that even though I have been a consistent EC dropper on the Javuca blogs, my blog never appeared in their "top dropper" lists (even though blogs which did not drop everyday DID in fact appear on their lists)!
I documented that on my journal, which really ticked them off! My remarks got them blogging and twittering to no end - and even though they did not link directly to my blog - my traffic has skyrocketed over the last three days!
Having said that, it is really unfortunate that this scenario played out the way it did. Had "Lady Java" been a little more courteous, we could have been friends - we might have been able to figure out where that advert came from (js says not from them) - there have been several blogs in the entrecard network that have been re-directing because there is a sneaky way hackers can insert hostile scripts into blog templates (WordPress blogs are especially vulnerable, as are some "new Blogger" blogs that use 3rd party templates.
LJ was also p.o.'d when I mentioned in January that her blog loaded quite slowly. You'd have thought I burned her house down, judging from her reaction! At least the LJ blog loads within 3 to 5 minutes. There are other blogs so overstocked with buttons, badges, widgets and gimmicks that, even on broadband, take up to 15 minutes to fully load!
In conclusion, I sincerely apologize to anyone who feels offended. LJ + Mariuca adverts are always welcome on my blog, even if they refuse to allow mine on theirs. If their blogs appear in my EC "top droppers" list, you can be certain I'll recognize them and link to them, without prejudice.
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This message is from a Virgin Mobile customer. Enjoy.
This message is from a Virgin Mobile customer. Enjoy.
My two trusty tools: the VM Kyocera Wild Card and the Fly Ying F003. It's an interesting (and a great) time to be alive, as far as the ability for one to communicate goes... these days that's pretty far! The meshing of internet with mobile phone technology diminishes the space between us all quite impressively.
Last night on my Fly Ying phone I chatted with friends near and far, texted friends in some very faraway places, checked my e-mail, jumped on Yahoo Messenger for a minute, read the New York Times online, watched a youtube video and downloaded a couple of java games. Then, I looked through the directory that contains photos, deleting a few that I no longer needed, e-mailing a few others to friends and family, and sending a couple to my computer so I could put them on CD. All of this, on one little mobile phone!
The technology already exists and is available on that phone to use the device as a one-to-one or one-to-many video/audio broadcasting device. Not only that, when either cellular or internet technology or BOTH are NOT available, my phone can entertain me with audio (mp3s or built-in FM radio) or video (it can hold 5 full-length movies and has built-in TV) or eBook reader (I have two books and a dictionary loaded onto it). I can view saved webpages, play games or WRITE and save my work for later! Just 25 years ago, the ability to posess such a marvelous communications tool was at best a sci-fi dream, and now, it is here.
With the speed of the internet itself, the mobile phone industry is changing day-to-day. There are many among us who have not and probably will never have a land-line telephone. My advice, as always, is to keep an analog system as a back-up. Although the "Dark Angel" TV show is fictional, imagine the impact if some sort of pulse bomb succeeded in wiping out all electronic data!
Mobiles are no longer a luxury. They are an absolute necessity. A Cell phone is also a fashion statement. The kind of phone a person carries speaks volumes about the person. This year the number of worldwide mobile phone users hit 4.6 billion people. Much of that growth has taken place in the developing world. And, as phones expanded in some countries, so did economic development.
Wordpress has launched two themes that will automatically be displayed when a Wordpress.com blog is accessed from a cell phone... the type of mobile phone a user employs dictates what the different blogs will look like, the company said in a blog post. Websurfers who access Wordpress.com blogs from their iPhone or Android-based devices will be able to access the particular blog's "posts, pages, and archives." WPtouch will also support AJAX-based "commenting and post-loading." Header images will be scaled to fit the device's screen. Those accessing blogs on other phones won't be treated to all the bells and whistles. According to the company, those visitors will see a simple page that focuses mainly on loading blog content as quickly as possible. *more on C-net In some countries, mobile telephones have been the driving force and social glue behind "flash mob" gatherings.
The American book and TV series "Gossip Girl" demonstrated the power of electronic communication slightly ahed of the curve when it was first introduced. I guess Dick Tracy's two-way wrist radio was cast from a similar mold. People have WANTED to communicate and be informed like this for years and years! NOW is the time! The trend hasn't caught on just yet in North America (although I recently signed up for mobile banking with my financial institution) but Mobile phones are also being used to transact business. " The continual expanding coverage and use of wireless mobile devices such as mobile phones in developing regions such as Africa and South East Asia, are leading to increased applications to deliver financial services, especially to those in remote regions and whose low income have typically excluded them from the traditional banking system." Mexico Eyes Mobile Phones To Boost Financial Service Use - WSJ.com The blog Crisscrossed details what makes the mobile phone so important. I've rewritten the original post to explain, from my point of view, what the mobile phone has done for me, both personally and professionally.
But what makes mobile phone so special? It is so especial because it combines all former media, such as telephone, Internet, and even radio and television, and because one can: So a passive recipient can become an active user or citizen. The excellent Pomise of Ubiquity report from Internews has some fascinating statistics such as the different media access. In most countries, 2008 signified a turning point as more people owned mobile phones than televisions. So, the mobile phone becomes a key instrument to receive information via Internet, listen to radio (FM mobile phone) and watch videos although the latter has not worked yet and is unrealistic due to high costs. Location-based services will be very promising. “A world in which nearly everyone owns a mobile linked into networks advanced enough to offer video and location-based services is years, not decades, away.” Internews Different spheres of mobile activism I looked, during my presentation, at political activism and focused on four different spheres and examples even though there is still a lot more happening (and much more in many African countries than in Europe). Challenges Unfortunately, there are numerous challenges to mobile activism in Africa and, therefore, it is even more incredible how many initiatives are happening. Just to name a few:
But what makes mobile phone so special?
It is so especial because it combines all former media, such as telephone, Internet, and even radio and television, and because one can:
So a passive recipient can become an active user or citizen.
The excellent Pomise of Ubiquity report from Internews has some fascinating statistics such as the different media access. In most countries, 2008 signified a turning point as more people owned mobile phones than televisions. So, the mobile phone becomes a key instrument to receive information via Internet, listen to radio (FM mobile phone) and watch videos although the latter has not worked yet and is unrealistic due to high costs. Location-based services will be very promising.
“A world in which nearly everyone owns a mobile linked into networks advanced enough to offer video and location-based services is years, not decades, away.” Internews
Different spheres of mobile activism I looked, during my presentation, at political activism and focused on four different spheres and examples even though there is still a lot more happening (and much more in many African countries than in Europe).
Unfortunately, there are numerous challenges to mobile activism in Africa and, therefore, it is even more incredible how many initiatives are happening. Just to name a few:
Patrick Meier, from the group DigiActive, argues that people can now become activists simply by using a mobile phone. Portable telephones have been employed to organize and coordinate protests – specifically in the Philippines, Spain and Pakistan. Mobile phones have also been used to document human rights abuses, in Egypt, Tibet and Morocco. Cell phone sales inch up in third quarter 9 Examples of innovative tools for the mobile phone Girl attempts suicide in Jammu and Kashmir over sim card Stop Positioning Mobile Phone as a Mere Tool for Entertainment and KIT