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Monday, November 3, 2003          
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Turning Your Knowledge Into Cash: Are You the Next Online Professor?

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Tune in on Monday, November 3rd to learn more about how you can cash in on your "knowledge collateral". Want to know which electronic campuses are inviting you to teach? Which ones have the best tools? The best opportunities to earn a profit from your special brand of knowledge? From raising ferrets to raising the Titanic -- whatever your talent or skill, there's a market, and I'm going to help you find it.

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What Did We Talk About During the Last Few Shows?

Monday, October 20, 2003

Flash Mobs ... Social menace or future champion of collective community action?

From PDAs to cellphones with text messaging, as the latest round of gadgets hits critical mass in the consumer computing market, a fountain of innovative social applications seems to spontaneously erupt. The latest trend? "Flash mobs" -- gangs of pranksters whose collective action is fuelled by a variety of mobile computing gadgets.

Are "Flash mobs" to mobile computing what Napster was to "peer-to-peer networks"? Social menace or future champion of collective community action? Tune in on Monday, October 20th to learn more about how this latest trend in consumer computing is taking hold in wired communities in the U.S., and is beginning to catch on globally.

Suddenly feel the urge to join one of these secret societies on one of their next clandestine events, or simply learn more about what they've been up to? Here are the online hangouts of some of the more notorious "Flash Mobs" ...

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Rather just talk about it? Social menace or future champion of some collective community action? You be the judge over in the "Edible Computer listener forums". I'm inviting listeners to share their own ideas about the kind of future innovation that the "flash mobs" trend might lead to.


Monday, October 6, 2003

This is one fashion trend you definitely DID NOT see at the Emmy's last week: "wearable" computers ...

While it might be a while before you see a Calvin Klein PC miniskirt go down the catwalk, high tech company Xybernaut is looking to put a backpack PC on your kids' shoulders, and a head-mounted colour display on you. Sounds a little far-fetched? Not according to companies like Bell Canada who thought outfitting 19 technicians with lightweight wearable computers and saving each an hour a day was a good bet.

Whether you're a company looking to save time and money in the field, or a parent looking for ways to give little Johnny the competitive edge at school, tune in on Monday, October 6th to learn more about how this latest consumer computing trend might be your next best investment.


Monday, September 22, 2003

Throw away your business cards and burn a mittful of mini-CDs. It's a memorable yet cost-effective way to reach out and touch someone ...

Why hand them a business card when you can hand them a business card CD? Maybe you're looking to gain an edge with a potential employer by tucking a portable, a multimedia resumé in their hand, complete with an audio video greeting and dynamic examples of your work? Or perhaps you're a small business person looking for a cost-effective way to leave a big impression with the folks you have the chance to network with at a meeting? Hand them your best PowerPoint presentation on a mini CD instead of your business card, and they're sure to remember you. Maybe you're an independent music artist or filmmaker looking for a novel way to reach out and touch someone with demo songs or a trailer of your new production? Hit the Toronto Film Festival armed with a mittful of your best stuff on a business card CD.

Tune in on Monday, September 22nd to learn more about this affordable, portable media, and to find out where you can get top-notch presentation software and CD burning utilities for free.


Missed my shows on dealing with the latest round of viruses and tools to stop them in their tracks and clean up after them when they're gone? You can still help yourself to the tips and the tools by clicking on the links above.


A Note from Sue ...

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gentle listener :)

Over the years I've received some interesting feedback from my listeners, but the past show produced a bumper crop, and not exactly the kind I want to inspire. A number of you wrote to share the frustration you've been experiencing while visiting this website looking for links to some of the things that I talk about on the show. You've been met with broken links, super-slow web page loading times, and a host of other bugs that left you tearing your hair out.

First of all, let me offer you a hearty apology!

The service hosting my website has been the victim of hackers this past while, leaving some nasty problems for the great folks that host it, and some hangovers that seem to be popping up in unhappy ways.

In addition to cleaning up as I become aware of where some of these lingering problems remain, I will also be changing the format of the website itself. I'll be returning to a text-based format for the "front door" (like this web page that you are reading now), and giving people the option of entering the "virtual studio" from there if they wish. For those of you who are visiting on systems with lots of power and fast internet connections, you'll be able to set the studio as your default webpage when you visit in the future, and you'll find some new features arrive. For instance, you'll be able to see and interact with other visitors in the virtual terrain, attend online workshops designed to give you more information about some of the things I cover on the show, and have your own customizable space to store your favourite tools in and invite friends in to chat.

For people with more modest systems and internet connections, you should find the simpler front door to the website easier to use, and less intimidating.

I'm always grateful for your feedback, especially when there are things that make it more difficult for you to get at the tips and tools that I share on the show. I want your experience as a listener, and as a visitor to the website, to make your journey as a computer consumer easier and more valuable. If things are getting in the way of that, don't be afraid to yank my chain and tell me about it   ;^)

As always, if you have some thoughts on what you'd like to see covered in future shows, I invite you to visit the Listeners' Picks forum to tell me about it. I'm always looking for stories to share about great new consumer computing products and services.

Have a terrific Monday morning, and let's keep talking!



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