Aug 13 2009

A Capital Duo Talk Tech, Episode Three (“Richard Nixon”)

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Ep. 3! From this week forth we give a quick shout-​out of events nearby and around in the web-​field that we con­sider inter­est­ing and poten­tially worth attend­ing on top of the nor­mal bag of news. Oth­er­wise we have a quick chat about the Face­book acqui­si­tion of Friend­Feed, the new Google Search (beta!) and a brief men­tion of this week’s über ‘wankism’: a web­site ded­i­cated to chairs titled ‘chair whore’.

Pas­cal men­tions a short update: his site is live — check it out at klepas​.org — and notes he wants to write a howto/​review/​info arti­cle on using Jekyll from a designer’s perspective.

The main fea­ture this week con­cerns the recent lively topic of online news media, par­tic­u­larly revolv­ing around Aus­tralian media baron Rupert Murdoch’s deci­sion to alter his media conglomerate’s busi­ness online model from ad-​driven to a pay-​subscription model. We dis­cuss more in-​depth the prob­lems that print media and online media out­lets are run­ning into as of late, par­tic­u­lar in mon­etis­ing an online dis­sem­i­na­tion model some­how, and whether or not that will fly with today’s web-​tuned audiences.

This week’s ‘fuck you’ goes to Syd­ney Morn­ing Her­ald (who get no link from me! –Andy) for includ­ing adver­tise­ments that play music upon page load. Mean­while, our ‘tip-​of-​the-​cap’ to Mark Pesce, Pia Waugh and Sen­a­tor Kate Lundy who we are plan­ning an inter­view with to dis­cuss the awe­some work the two are doing in the open gov­ern­ment arena.

Other links in order of men­tion:
* as always mail us feed­back via and — we’d love to start a mail­bag.
* Casual WSG Syd­ney meet­ing on 18:30, 13. August, Pump­house, Dar­ling Har­bour, Syd­ney: http://​web​stan​dard​s​group​.org/​e​v​e​n​t​/​177.
* WSG Syd­ney meet­ing on 19. August http://​web​stan​dard​s​group​.org/​e​v​e​n​t​/​176 — 82 peeps already reg­is­tered (free).
* Vision Au. are run­ning two work­shops on web acces­si­bil­ity 19–20., August, Mel­bourne: http://​bit​.ly/​v​i​s​i​o​n​-​a​u​-​a​1​1​y-1 & http://​bit​.ly/​v​i​s​i​o​n​-​a​u​-​a​1​1​y-2.
* Web Direc­tions South ’09, Syd­ney: http://​south09​.web​di​rec​tions​.org/.
* Edge of the Web, Perth: http://​www​.edge​oftheweb​.org​.au/.
* Usabil­ity eval­u­a­tion and train­ing work­shop in Can­berra, 01–02., Decem­ber : http://​www​.peakus​abil​ity​.com​.au/​t​r​a​i​n​i​n​g​/​e​v​a​l​u​a​t​i​o​n​-​a​n​d​-​t​e​s​t​i​n​g​.​h​tml & http://​www​.peakus​abil​ity​.com​.au/​t​r​a​i​n​i​n​g​/​w​e​b​-​u​s​a​b​i​l​i​t​y​.​h​tml.
* For other web, design, and tech-​related events in Aus­tralasian region sub­scribe to the WSG Announce mail­ing list: http://​web​stan​dard​s​group​.org/​m​a​il/.
* Face­book acquires Friend­Feed: http://​www​.techcrunch​.com/​2​0​0​9​/​0​8​/​1​0​/​f​a​c​e​b​o​o​k​-​a​c​q​u​i​r​e​s​-​f​r​i​e​n​d​f​e​ed/.
* New Google Search: http://​www2​.sand​box​.google​.com.
* For your weekly dose of über wank: http://​chair​whore​.blogspot​.com.
* Pascal’s new site: http://​klepas​.org. [You’re such an atten­tion whore! –Andy]
* Again, Jekyll: http://​github​.com/​m​o​j​o​m​b​o​/​j​e​k​y​ll/.
* Jason Santa Maria’s beau­ti­ful web­site: http://​jason​san​ta​maria​.com.

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