There are currently about 30 delegates (including one of the joint chairs of the conference) sitting in front of their PC laptops, Macs and mobile devices checking e-mail, Twittering (you can read all the #iwmw2008-referenced tweets at http://twemes.com/iwmw2008), adding content to the conference Ning social-network site: http://iwmw2008.ning.com/ and probably a bunch of other stuff.
I’m just delighted to have connected to the Web via Eduroam, which allows users from participating institutions to connect to the network on another participating institution’s network.
So because Aberdeen and St Andrews both use Eduroam I am now able to connect to the Aberdeen WiFi connection using my St Andrews username and password. It’s a great system and I’m delighted that it works.
Mind you I had to install a piece of software from St Andrews that automatically configured my networking settings before it would work properly, and I was relieved that I’d been long-sighted enough to have saved that application to my flash drive just in case I ever needed it.
Today I needed it.
The weather is glorious! Too hot for me, I must admit … is it always like this in Aberdeen? I thought “Aberdeen … cold!” so I packed two jumpers and a couple of coats. It looks like I’ve come for a month, to the land of the Polar Bears.
I’ve been in shorts (and kilt) since I arrived.
Yesterday my colleague and I gave a 90 minutes workshop presentation entitled “Mind Mapping for effective content management” which introduced the concept of mind maps, showed why it was a good tool for use with Web projects and then gave a case study on how we used it in our university project to migrate 3,000+ Web pages into a new information architecture.
The workshop was really well attended, we had nearly 30 people packed into a small, stiflingly-hot tutorial room, and we both enjoyed sharing our experience and getting great feedback and questions from folks. But then it’s quite easy talking about something that you love doing and are passionate about.
On reflection, both during and after, we realised that we could have presented some of the concepts much more clearly, or at least in a more step-by-step fashion. Particularly when we made the leap from auditing a website structure using mind maps to auditing the content of a Web page.
However, with only 90 minutes to play with I think we managed to pack in as much as we could, as well as we could. We even finished bang on time, not a second before or after.
And then we could relax and enjoy the rest of the conference.
I got a promotional email from The Trainline today. Just how small do they think Scotland is?
Notice the highlighted text in the top-right (rounded) corner:
your local station is Scotland
Great! Well I’m glad that puts an end to the discussion I was having the other night about whether Cupar or Leuchars railway station is closest to Anstruther. The definitive answer, from the railway ticket company is: Scotland!
We took a walk down to the harbour in Anstruther, which is usually such a peaceful place to take visitors. Not yesterday, there were two petrol-fuelled generators powering something on a very busy small boat, with four or five folks climbing up and down the harbour wall ladders dressed in wetsuits looking very industrious.
I had the wee camera (Fujifilm FinePix A920) with me so captured the atmosphere on video, with a short impromptu interview with Jane and Kenny; Chris was obviously agreeing.
We had great fun. There was much fine food, great company and lots of laughter.
So … it would appear that the new Apple iPhone 3G was launched today. (That’s obviously not a photo of the new Apple iPhone 3G above, or even the old one. That’s my O2 Xda Orbit running Microsoft Windows Mobile 6.)
I didn’t know that until today. Until I started reading folks’ posts (called tweets) on my Twitter stream, and watching videos on Qik.
It would appear that the Worldwide Apple Cult™ managed to keep that news well and truly hidden from me. Well done!
Our man in Milton Keynes
Documentally … well, documented the day fabulously well. From getting up to arriving at the Apple store in Milton Keynes, standing in line, being served, going to the Apple store loo (!), and at one point even had one of the Apple assistants holding the camera while he unwrapped the Apple iPhone packaging — the man’s a genius!
Okay, I’ll qualify that last sentence. He’s not a genius simply for unwrapping a box. That could have been done by a simpleton.
No, there was an inclusiveness in that Apple adventure today in his Qik videos, that reflected something of the excitement and camera-derie (sic) of the day.
I watched a couple of other videos on Qik today, of folks standing in other queues, outside other Apple stores, in other towns and … well, they were probably about as embarrassing to watch as they were to make: no-one wanted to speak with the poor fella with the camera.
This is my favourite Qik post — cutting to the chase — this is the moment that the boxed Apple iPhone 3G became Christian’s. I love the cheer! The Apple Cult™ as one.
So, what’s all the fuss about? The new Apple iPhone 3G has:
3G network connectivity so you can surf the Web
Built-in Global Positioning System (GPS)
Install 3rd party applications
‘Push’ email, contacts and calendars with Microsoft Exchange
Wow! Cool! I can see you’re already impressed.
My Microsoft Windows 6 powered O2 Xda Orbit mobile phone has had three of those facilities for … well, since I bought it in April 2007, and I don’t want the fourth: Push email. I’m happy to synchronize it with Microsoft Outlook 2003.
Meanwhile, back in St Andrews …
My colleague Kevin came into work today with — can you guess?
That’s right, it was a new Apple iPhone 3G. Oh, sorry, did I not tell you? Apparently the new model was launched today.
He got the last one in St Andrews. Of course, when I say “the last one” I also mean the eighth one in St Andrews.
He wasn’t even intending on getting one. He just happened to pass The Carphone Warehouse on Market Street and decided to join the small queue that was already forming.
A few minutes later the manager emerged from the store and said,
Good morning potential customers of St Andrews in Fife. Thank you for your patience. I can announce to you, the consuming public of this Royal and Ancient Burgh, that we have a grand total of eight new Apple iPhone 3Gs.
So if I may, I shall ask the first eight customers who have formed this orderly and polite queue outside the shop window of my shop to kindly step inside and off with the rest of you, to your daily routines.
My best wishes to you should you quest further afield in search of this technological wonder which, if you ask me, has three out of four of the built-in functions of the O2 Xda Orbit a telephone that came onto the market over one earth calendar year ago.
And that was it. Those eight lucky fellas got their hands on a shiny new Apple iPhone 3G.
Well, seven of them did. The guy at the front of the queue, who’d been there since 5:00 am and who had been thoughtful enough to bring with him a wicker chair unfortunately hadn’t been thoughtful enough to bring with him his wallet!
I think the official and international response to that is: D’oh!
… and finally
This coverage of the launch, which happe… what do you mean the launch of what?! This coverage of the launch of a new kind of chocolate washing powder in New York City was brought to my attention by the splendid Sizemore:
… and rudely
And for those of you who like to read rude words on the internet, like ‘bum’ and ‘squelch’, there is always Maddox’s review.
This was brought to my attention by a visiting consultant today. And I thought I spent too much time on the internet!
The paragraph that made me laugh the most was:
[The iPhone is] not three devices in one any more than my laptop is you morons. Using Jobs’ loose definition of what constitutes a separate device, technically my laptop can be considered 8 devices in one: