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Tue 27 Mar 2007

Odd notes from Nexus 2007

Category : mac and the internet

These scraps have been idling around for awhile, so out with it and get on with life.

A chance to thank in person
I was thankful that Nexus allowed me the opportunity to thank two people in person that I've never met before - Uzyn, for his Today RSS feed and James, for transferring the Yesterday.sg domain to us in response to wistful post-meeting comments.

That was nice to do!

Technology struggle
That was funny to see. Wireless networks choked up, and dying laptop batteries leading to disappearing userids on the back chat by late afternoon. User traffic spikes at such meetings are usually not well supported, but still interesting to see.

Battery technology struggled although VanTan made do once she discovered a power source in the alternate room! I felt my 14.1" iBook with its large battery might have just held its ground with judicious usage. Pity the hardisk was kaput. Still the handphone SMS-ing to Kenneth was fine except that I'm not good at multi-tasking especially with SMS - so I lost coherence but Kenneth put it all up rapidly for me to rue!

The back channels were funny, even hilarious at some points, but it meant the speakers were not in sync with the audience. You could imagine how a summary of questions emerging from back chat has its uses as the waiting time for the floor mikes were long - the panel was enthusiastic about their responses!

But broadcast to audience? I remember Jani who bravely spoke up in 2005 at Blogger.sg on behalf of nature blogs - she felt that it distracted the crowd significantly and it spoilt that opportunity.

Still, will file it away along with the other tools featured to figure their use elsewhere in future. It was a nice exhibition that way!

What about crowdsourcing?
Closest to my heart, the crowdsourcing session was so crowded, organisers scrambled for chairs to get a good many people seated. Good response!

That day I met Divya, whom mac-user Ashwin had mentioned to me. Well this morning she wrote to say she threw up an industrious post on at the Web Standards Group Singapore. Go read! Interestingly, she noticed, in the little time that she was present, that we never really did get on with "crowdsourcing"!

We were doomed from the beginning - the chair, panel and certainly a number of us in the audience are a little fixated on the "citizen journalism" angle, which is still larval here. But I definitely enjoyed Kevin's introductory slides then, which are still undergoing refinement post-Nexus with the help of comments. And the panel's comments were interesting.

However the session got distracted by a Tomorrow/Ping.sg exchange which was pretty much old news and a little insular. Still that did generate some exposure for Ping.sg. I have to confess I find the site a little complex for me but Uzyn says I should revisit it since he's tweaked it since I first tried it. He produced an interesting post on how and why he started it - isn't it amazing what a geek can do when bored? Lock more of them in a dark room with a terminal, I say!

Kevin polled the crowd - 80% blog - and so the discussion, as Kevin suggested, will continue in the blogosphere. E.g. if you still need a crowdsourcing fix, Divya points to "Crowdsourcing: A Million Heads is Better than One." By Josh Catone. Read/Write Web, 22 Mar 2007.

On the way to lunch, I took it down a couple of notches with Ivan and Metacole separately by discussing the role of comments. More on that, some other day.

Meanwhile, a shout to Gurmit whom I usually see pedalling in Ubin, Walter who appears to be feeling irreverent today and Kenneth - the podcasts are emerging!

Also see Ong Jiin Joo who says "Call it what it is - User Generated Content" and Bernard Leong, who has pretty much collected most recent links. Read 'em, as I now some of you have and you'll detect the exuberance; I'm glad!

TDM must be happy!

There is still Ivan's comments to anticipate with some relish!

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