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  • In a recent blog, No More "Social" Media: It's Knowledge Media, Andy Krzmarzick proposed to change the name Social Media into Knowledge Media. In a following post, Gov 2.0 moves beyond ’social media’ — and why it’s more than semantics, Chris Dorobek wrote: “But the term “social media” is, in fact, dangerous because it gives people the opportunity to discount there very powerful tools with a broad brush… At the end, the power of these tools comes from their inherent ability to enable information sharing and collaboration, not from the social aspects”.

    These are valid suggestions and concerns. I have, however, some thoughts about the effects of terms we choose to describe things and I would like to suggest an alternative.

  • Loving WordPress is SO easy! You got thousands of great looking blogs, custom themes, free themes, premium themes and designers go beyond that by using WordPress as CMS for their non-blog projects. A while back I showed you 10 non-blog websites powered by WordPress, and now it’s time to take a look at 10 more!
  • The Design Need: You have an interesting article and want to give it a suitable title and advertise a link to the article somewhere else.
  • Snap quiz: Who won the 2009 Rogers Writers' Trust Fiction Prize? The fact that somebody might actually know the answer to such a question represents a real achievement for Canadian writers and publishers, who habitually fret that an image-addled world has forgotten them. Douglas Coupland would call it a “syzygy,” which is what happens when three celestial bodies line up to make an argument. Bettors would call it a “Triple Crown.” The effect is similar: Awarding three national literary prizes on consecutive Tuesdays every November has added new dimensions of drama to what was formerly a one-night coronation.

    The answer to the question above is Annabel Lyon, author of The Golden Mean, who dominated literary buzz and fall sales before the coveted Giller, which she lost to Linden MacIntyre. Her distinction lay in earning nominations for all three – the Giller, the Governor-General's and Writers' Trust awards – and the drama was her failure to win one until this week.

  • Google Wave, the search giant’s latest experiment in post-email communications, is hardly out the gate, with some of the first 100,000 private beta testers still waiting for their invites. (I just finally got mine today, two weeks after launch). But Google Wave already has a few secrets. The one that surprised me is that even though not that many people can use it yet, Google Wave already works on the iPhone.

    There are two ways to get Google Wave to work on your iPhone. The first way is to simply go to wave.google.com in mobile Safari on your iPhone. It warns you that you are not using a browser supported during the preview, but if you click through, it works pretty well. The site has obviously been optimized for Webkit-based browsers like the one on the iPhone and Google’s own Android phones (I tried it on Android, and it works there as well). You can select different conversation “waves” (or threads) and contacts, or dive into a specific wave.

  • The first thing that you should focus on is improving your ability to write clean, unambiguous, maintainable code. The following books should greatly help you with that:

    1. Test-Driven Development (Kent Beck)
    2. Refactoring (Martin Fowler)
    3. Implementation Patterns (Kent Beck)
    4. Code Complete: 2nd Edition (Steve McConnell)
    5. Working Effectively With Legacy Code (Michael Feathers)
    6. Clean Code (Robert C. Martin)

  • Photography often plays a major role in web design. So It’s no surprise that many web designers have an interest in it. However, there are so many aspects to photography such as lighting, composition, and equipment features that can make it difficult to master. In this article I’ve rounded up 10 of the best blogs that consistently produce valuable tips and resources to help you with your photography.
  • Designers have traditionally focused on enhancing the look and functionality of products. Recently, they have begun using design tools to tackle more complex problems, such as finding ways to provide low-cost healthcare throughout the world. Businesses were first to embrace this new approach—called design thinking—now nonprofits are beginning to adopt it too.
  • When it comes to security on the Mac, most of the people giving advice want to sell you something. Well, unclench for a few minutes to read this quick, painless and absolutely free guide to making your Mac more secure right now.
  • The publication is a lay-person’s guide on the issues related to predicting photographic print permanence. It applies to both traditional and digitally printed images. The problem to date has been a lack of accurate and coherent information on the subject by independent experts. Most information has been published either by the material manufacturers themselves or by the popular press in a sometimes over-simplified manner. The intended audience for this guide is the home imaging consumer, though others concerned with the care of photographic prints—retailers, wholesalers, pro-labs, and advanced amateurs or “pro-sumers”—will also benefit.
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