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David Grigg
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Another good app swallowed up by the Facebook whale. No way I'm going to set up a Facebook account just to use it, if that's the way they go.
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On Anzac Day, it seems appropriate to re-link to this story I wrote a couple of years ago.
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Oh boy, this brings back memories -- the original "Star Trek" game from the 1970s, played on character-based terminals. I remember playing this on a PDP-11 in the basement of a building at the University of Melbourne. The 'display' was the print-out on tractor-feed paper! Gosh, we must have wasted a lot of paper. But it was a heck of a lot of fun.

I tell you, young 'uns, those were the days!

This version of the ancient program has been resurrected to run on modern computers by Tom Almy, and is in fact the "Super" version of the game. The game I first played was actually more primitive even than this! 

Here's a link if you want to get a feel for what computer gaming was like back in the mid 1970s: http://www.almy.us/sst.html .
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Having spent way too much time in meetings over the course of my working life, I thought this was amusing.
 
This made me smile.
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Several people I work with have versions of that poster.

Have you seen The Expert yet? The Expert (Short Comedy Sketch)
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Just a thought: Tony Abbott likes to claim he has a 'mandate' for abolishing the carbon tax. He told us he would do it before the election, and people voted for him on that basis, so he claims he now has a mandate to do it.

But shouldn't there be a negative mandate? All the things that he promised not to do before the election like cutting funding to the ABC, like altering pensions, like altering Labor's education plan based on the Gonski reforms... People voted for him on that basis, so surely there's a negative mandate that should now stop him doing it.

Don't you think?
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Busiest ghost town I've ever been in.
 
Google Plus Ghost Town? My Open Letter to The Misguided Reporters

Know what the common theme is between all these “ghost town posts”? No interviews. No named sources. Lots of reporters who never used it. A quick search usually shows that the reporter has not used Google+ themselves. Likely to not even post the article they just wrote about the platform. In fact most have less than 20 people circled and more often than not... have never even posted. Awesome. Good Reporters generally go out and interview people who are involved with something before they write a story, if they themselves don’t have first had experience. This is fringe opinion piece media. Yet tons of these garbage articles keep getting posted on major tech publications presenting like its the facts.

I figured it was time I wrote a letter to these reporters. Please media… realize that I have tried to reach out and talk to many of you, do interviews, and help you get these points, but too many times you tell me “your company doesn’t care about writing about the positive sides of Google+” or that “other stories are more important than G+ success”. Yet whenever anything could possibly be seen as negative about G+, all of your websites light up with a million ghost town posts. It’s time the users of G+ spoke out…  I’ll start. Here are my thoughts for you.

Dear Reporters Who Can’t Be Bothered To Learn About Google+ Before Writing Your Ridiculous Articles About It;

I know this is going to be hard for some of you. You have been a good tech writer, involved in social media probably for awhile, and spent time building up your Facebook account and Twitter profile. When Google+ came along, many of your company Tech websites had already done things like integrate Facebook comments or sometimes heck, even invest in Facebook themselves! You certainly didn’t have time to get involved in another social network, and come on.. “Google has never got social”. Your mom isn’t there. Google+ is obviously a ghost town.  Right?

Wrong.

Read the whole thing here:

http://www.amandablain.com/google-plus-ghost-town/

And please share this one Far and wide, on every social network you have. Yeah. I'm asking.

#MyGooglePlusStory #GooglePlus   #VicGundotra   #socialmedia  
It's that time again. Google Plus Ghost Town from the media and reporters. This round is brought to you because Vic Gundotra the guy behind the Google plus project, announced today that he would be leaving Google. Vic is a great guy and im sure ...
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Just passed the 72,000 word mark on my novel called The Outer Darkness , and I'm finally feeling that I'm getting up some momentum. I can see the end in sight and I think I can see a way of giving the powerful bad guys their just desserts. 

I might actually finish this darned thing. Then it gets laid by for a month or so and the very necessary re-drafting will begin. Actually really looking forward to that now.
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The blood of my enemies clients manuscripts. <3 Delicious!
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I found this to be fascinating. There could easily be as-yet-undiscovered planets (not just 'dwarf' planets) the size of Earth or Mars in the far outer reaches of the Solar System.
The discovery of a new dwarf planet fundamentally changes how we have to look at our solar system.
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Here's a worthwhile Kickstarter project (in my opinion). I subscribed to the first Kickstarter project by this group, and have received my pack of cards. Really nicely made, and a lot of fun to play with. This new project expands to a Fantasy-themed pack. Great creative tool!
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Been attacking the clutter in my study. I now have a huge sack of electronic stuff and cables to take to recycling.

You wouldn't believe how many RS-232 cables and connectors I still had squirrelled away. I used to be a wiz at serial communications. Ah, well. Everything changes.
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Editor, fiction writer, blogger, software developer, technophile, based in Melbourne, Australia.
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I live in Australia and I’m a husband, father (and now grandfather), short story writer, multimedia programmer, shareware publisher, one-time SF fan,  one-time fanzine editor, amateur 3D artist, amateur photographer, amateur choral singer… and probably a bunch of other stuff.

I recently returned to writing fiction after a gap of several decades, and it's what I intend to concentrate on from now on in my life. As a big part of this, I'm establishing a new web site called The Narratorium where I and a few others can feature our work.

I write a semi-regular blog on a variety of topics including what I have read and what I think about things. You can find it here.

I'm something of a latter-day Apple fanboy, after years of being a Microsoft adherent. It was the iPod, the iPhone and now the iPad which did the trick. I now do a large proportion of my reading on the iPad. But, on the other hand, I do own some 3000 "dead-tree" books, and I do love a beautifully produced hardcover edition.

I have several works now available in e-book format. These are all available through my web site.



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