Twitter, Jaiku or Pownce?

19 Jul 2007 (Thu)

“NOT ANOTHER TWITTER CLONE!” was my response when I heard of Jaiku and more recently Pownce. Thanks to Google search, I managed to find the results of a Jaiku, Pownce or Twitter poll and read a really useful review on all three by Grace at the bottom of all the comments:

I’ve had a twitter and a pownce. I tried both for a good amount of time, especially since I have friends on both, but none on jaiku. However, I ditched them both for jaiku in the end, regardless.

Twitter’s good points:

  • it was first, thus more popular
  • streamlined

Pownce’s good points:

  • ability to share actual files
  • attractive templates
  • comments on posts

Jaiku’s good points:

  • ability to stream other feeds
  • their “badges”
  • comments on posts

I’ve found that twitter and jaiku are actually on the same level when it comes to server hiccups. I was turned off by pownce’s apparent lack of a separate method of displaying my posts. Jaiku’s feature of streaming my other feeds eventually won the war in my eyes.

Since the poll results shows that Jaiku leads with 48% (or 193) of the votes, I decided to ignore Pownce and checked out Jaiku instead. Added my twitter and ClappingTrees blog feeds to it. Looking good. I’d probably choose Jaiku too. If I do, I may need to start using Twitterfeed so that I only need post in Jaiku once and that “jaiku” would turn into a “twitter” and then a “tumblr”. What’s your take on this?

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How I started the ‘R-C-G’ fire at Geek Terminal

10 Jul 2007 (Tue)

LAST THURSDAY, AT THE GEEK TERMINAL CAFE, I announced to all present at the BNI Crescendo meeting, “I am an Internet Coach. I am also the one who started the ‘R-C-G fire’ at Geek Terminal.”

“R” is for “Renaissance”. On June 11, I suggested to the leader of BNI Renaissance, to hold its weekly meetings at the Geek Terminal. The chapter did so the very next Wednesday.

“C” is for “Crescendo”. As a result, a few days later, Renaissance’s mentor (also a founding member of BNI Crescendo) advised Crescendo to hold their weekly meetings there too. They did so the following Thursday.

“G” is for “Global”. Shortly after, some BNI Global members apparently visited Crescendo at the Geek Terminal and decided to hold their meetings at the cafe too — on Tuesdays.

How did I know of (or rather started noticing) Geek Terminal in the first place? It was through blogs! Many bloggers in (such Ben Koe, DK, Keropokman and many others) had been writing about the Geek Terminal, how customers can surf wirelessly and connect their PCs to power points anywhere within this cafe! And so this was how the “R-C-G” fire started. All because of blogs, and partially thanks to me, three BNI chapters (and thus around 60-80 people) are now having business breakfast at the Geek Terminal every week!

Afternote: BNI, by the way, stands for Business Network International. There are over 20 chapters in Singapore alone. I joined the Renaissance chapter as a member a few weeks ago. The Global chapter, for some reason, has disappeared from the listing.

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A video guide to the celebration – by an absentee!

8 Jul 2007 (Sun)

THANKS TO WEB 2.0 AND CHILLYCRAPS, I managed to follow this morning much of what had happened at the’s first anniversary celebration at the Geek Terminal yesterday afternoon on 07/07/2007 — even though I couldn’t be there at all. ;-)

First, I read Chillycraps’ Pinging Party post and found the official recording of the live webcast on Ustream:

This recording, however is almost three hours long! :-p So, here’s a quick guide to this video:

  • 0:00 NTT and Rinaz warming up the camera, people streaming in, testing on stage…
  • 39:00 Award Presentation begins with MCs Brendan and Rinaz.
  • 45:00 Most Entertaining Blog: Chillycraps
  • 51:15 Most Interactive Blog: EastCoastLife
  • 58:00 Most Insightful Blog: Cobalt Paladin (entertaining video around 62:00)
  • 71:00 Best Photoblog: Keropok Man
  • 81:00 Best Blog Design: Veron
  • 88:30 Most Controversial Post: EastCoastLife
  • 97:35 Most Entertaining Post: EastCoastLife
  • 103:42 Most Insightful Post: dk99
  • 115: Best Citizen Journalist Post: dk99
  • 120:30 Post of The Year: EastCoastLife
  • 125:30 Blog Of The Year: Veron (Suddenly, there was no sound!)
  • 131:00 How Got Started (Haha! Uzyn used the word “Web 2.0″ to describe!)

Read the rest of this entry »

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Can OLPC eliminate poverty?

3 Jul 2007 (Tue)

“… ONE LAPTOP PER CHILD (OLPC)… it’s about eliminating poverty,” said Nicholas Negroponte, chairman emeritus of MIT Media Laboratory and chairman of the OLPC project, while giving a keynote presentation at NetEvents Press Summit last December. He continued:

“And that’s the reason we do it, that’s why everybody who’s involved in the project is involved with it. And the belief is very simple. That is that you can eliminate poverty with education, and no matter what solutions you have in this world for big problems like peace or the environment, they all involve education. In some cases, it could be just with education and in no case is it ever without education. And we particularly focus on primary education.”

Dr Robert Kozma, emeritus director of the Center for Technology in Learning in SRI International and a consultant on technology in developing countries, begged to differ in a recent article in OLPC News. He wrote:

“…a key to the success of the center is having a manager who is not only technologically skilled but familiar with the informational needs of the villagers and is capable of searching the vast resources of the internet to meet these needs…. it is important to start with an understanding of what people need and their context rather than what the technology can be made to do. Taking this perspective, it is not clear that the widespread distribution of computers to children is the way to eliminate poverty in Africa.

“Rather than spending hundreds of millions of dollars on XO machines, wouldn’t it be better and cheaper for national governments to support rural villages in their efforts to set up and staff internet-connected community telecenters where villagers have access to the information they need to improve their livelihoods and their lives.”

What do you think?

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