A Brief Bio (Finally…)

26 Dec 2005 (Mon)

Finally, a post on who I am — quite reluctantly. Reason: I didn’t see the need to do so. Seemed to me better to let pieces of information emerge as time goes by. My purpose in starting this blog was to reflect on issues pertaining to my work and interests, NOT talk about myself. Still, Jakob Nielsen made a good point on the need for author biographies in weblogs two months ago. So, here it is.

My name is Joo Khim (you can call me JK). I am an educational designer and technologist at an institute of higher learning in Singapore. I also provide training and consultancy on Engineering Communication (a.k.a. technical English or untechnical communication) and web design (a.k.a. information design), as well as the use of blogs, wikis, and other free open-source software (FOSS). Read the rest of this entry »

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Virtual Conferencing Not Here Yet?

7 Dec 2005 (Wed)

Attended the International Conference on Computers in Education (ICCE) 2005 at NIE last week, from Wednesday (20 Nov) to Friday (2 Dec).

Useful, informative and great for meeting people. Also had a great physical workout — climbing flights of stairs to LT1A (at NTU) for the 9am and 1.30pm keynotes, striding quickly every one or two hours from LT to LT (lecture theatre) at one end of the NIE cluster of buildings to the other, lugging along (among other things) a notebook PC, an iPod (with iTalk), a small digital camera and brochures from the exhibitors. By the second day, I’d left the hardcopy 985-page proceedings at home and started referring to the softcopy CDs instead.

One great pity though — 10 concurrent tracks full of interesting information and there’s only one me. If only I could easily switch channels… if only the conference organizer had made use of 10 virtual rooms in addition to the 10 physical rooms for the speakers to present their papers! Read the rest of this entry »

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Top 10 Weblog Design Mistakes

27 Nov 2005 (Sun)

Top 10 Weblog Design Mistakes according to usability guru Jakob Nielsen:

  1. No Author Biographies (trust: add a descriptive ‘About’ page)
  2. No Author Photo (credibility, recognition)
  3. Nondescript Posting Titles (time: create microcontent)
  4. Links Don’t Say Where They Go (anticipation: use link titles)
  5. Classic Hits are Buried (time: add highlights)
  6. The Calendar is the Only Navigation (time: use categories)
  7. Irregular Publishing Frequency (anticipation)
  8. Mixing Topics (recognition: carve niche)
  9. Forgetting That You Write for Your Future Boss (future value)
  10. Having a Domain Name Owned by a Weblog Service (future value: readership, links, search engine ranking)

Looks like i’d better do something about points 1., 2. and 5. ;-)

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Email Is So Five Minutes Ago ;-)

24 Nov 2005 (Thu)

Interesting piece of information from a recent report in BusinessWeek Online (curiously dated November 28, 2005), dubbing wikis as “Killer Wikis”:

…it’s easy-to-use and practically free wikis that proponents say offer the promise of collaboration beyond e-mail, even though big editing kinks remain and other quirks and security flaws are sure to surface. Internet research firm Gartner Group predicts that wikis will become mainstream collaboration tools in at least 50% of companies by 2009. At Ann Arbor (Mich.)-based Soar Technology Inc., an artificial-intelligence company that works on projects for the Office of Naval Research, wikis enable the company to slash in half the time it takes to complete projects. Soar engineer Jacob Crossman says that’s because the wikis eliminate the usual flurry of back-and-forth attachments and resulting document-version confusion that’s rife in e-mail. At Dresdner, Rangaswami says that among the earliest and most aggressive adopters, e-mail volume on related projects is down 75%; meeting times have been whacked in half.

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