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ACSI: Press Release July 2012

Facebook Plummets; Google+ Strong in American Customer Satisfaction IndexLinkedIn, Pinterest, Disappoint; Increases Lead Among News Sites

via Press Release July 2012.


How long until you leave facebook for another Social Media platform?

What would it take to make you leave facebook?

Where would you go?

Would you go anywhere else; or would you simply leave the Social Media sphere?



Dear Apple, Inc.

45 MB is a LOT of download to upgrade a video codec (Quicktime). Perhaps you should ditch it and support an open format?



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Good Marketing = The Perfect Crime – Forbes

Good Marketing = The Perfect Crime - Forbes.

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You wanna know what’s cool? And free?


Can't afford Adobe Illustrator? Get Inkscape.

Want to do serious vector art under Linux? You need Inkscape.

Inkscape. Draw Freely..

go get it!


I’m 24% addicted to twitter

How addicted to Twitter are you?

Created by Oatmeal

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Dokeos MIND | Dokeos

I have written before about mind-mapping software, and I heartily endorsed FreePlane as an Open Source tool that was light and easy to use. And it still is.

But just today, while researching LMS's I came across this little nugget:

Dokeos MIND | Dokeos.

it's another mind-mapping tool, but this one is based on the eclipse IDE platform. It's a heavier download/install, but the d/l package immediately includes the mac, windows & linux variants, and they are self-contained, so there's nothing more to installing them than to drag the appropriate app folder somewhere sensible, double-click on the application, and voila! it opens.

The app itself is running very smoothly, allows drag-and-drop re-ordering of your mind map/tree, and has several built-in themes (almost all usable!), and several dozen pleasing graphics to spice up your nodes.






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Download Adobe Dreamweaver Widget Browser – Adobe Labs

A useful-looking bit of kit to help you locate chunks of code (widgets) that you can incorporate into your own web designs. Requires Adobe AIR installed, but you've already got that sorted, haven't you?
Download Adobe Dreamweaver Widget Browser - Adobe Labs.


Adobe Edge

Ever wanted to work with Web Animation?

Want to get your animation playing on one of those "closed" devices from Apple?

Well, Adobe Edge will let you deal with Javascript/CSS animation on a timeline, just like Flash, but it'll output HTML5+Javascript+CSS3 files that will let you embed your animation into a page viewable on any reasonably modern web browser. Even those from Apple.

Click here to view an example from the Adobe Edge Preview's small collection of example files.

[to be clear: I didn't create this animation or any of the artwork in it. That's all ©opyright Adobe™, Inc. I'm just putting it up here because I think it's damned cool.]


Blog down your fines!

I want to shake the hand of the clever person who thought of this idea. Very smart way to engage teens with reading and writing, with very little cost to the library.

Teen Reviews August 2, 2011 - Word Out 2011.

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Summer Internship

Well, mighty quiet around here lately.

After the last posting, I was thrust into the year-ending scramble to finish school projects.

Then I was in the in-between-semesters time of doing-the-things-around-the-house-I-had-let-slide-while-doing-school-work time, with a side order of "unfinished school business."

Somewhere in there I attended the Canada 3.0 conference and trade show in Stratford, Ontario, representing Seneca college, at the personal request of the chair of the School of Creative Arts and Animation (SCAA).

And based on my performance/presence there, I was further invited to represent Digital Media Arts and SCAA at the Ontario Centres for Excellence Discovery 2011 show in Toronto, Ontario.

Got me a CDOT golf shirt and everything!

Wait: CDOT? Yes. That's the Centre for Development of Open Technology, and you can find their web site right here.

Why am I mentioning it? Well, during the Canada 3.0 conference, I so impressed one of the professors who works for Seneca's Office of Research Initiatives, Dawn Mercer, that she asked me to take on an internship - for the summer - with CDOT to work on some CDOT internal projects, and one big project they are working on with an external client. I cannot discuss the nature of that assignment, but suffice to say I'm getting to do real-world research and development in User Experience Design, at the Proof-of-Principle stage. And it's a paid internship. Awe-some.

First thing on my plate was to re-design the landing page for CDOT, as currently they're simply using a wiki page to represent. It looks like every other wiki built on the wikimedia backend, so it's fairly tame (or, ugly, if you want to be blunt). I am told, however, that it's light-years beyond the old "built for Netscape 2.0" version that preceded it...My job is to get the right content onto this page while still adhering to Seneca's own branding. It proceeds apace.

here's the logo for CDOT that I re-did as a vector image for one of the earlier re-design sketches.

c dot logo