Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Web 2.0 - Simply Explained


I've been doing some reasearch on the internet for the book I'm writing. I get frustrated when simple concepts aren't explained in language everyone can understand. Take "web 2.0" for example - google it and you'll get a kazillion hits. As for Wikepedia, here's the first line of their huge entry on the subject:

" Web 2.0 is a term describing the trend in the use of World Wide Web technology and web design that aims to enhance creativity, information sharing, and, most notably, collaboration among users. These concepts have led to the development and evolution of web-based communities and hosted services, such as social-networking sites, wikis, blogs, and folksonomies. "

OK - here's my simple explanation (for simple minds like me!).

Web 1.0 - ONE WAY communication. Usually, a static web page that allows you to read content on a web page. Minimal to zero capability to respond.

Web 2.0 - TWO WAY (or more) interaction. The ability to communicate back to other users and systems by searching, sharing, creating, collaborating, messaging, networking, blogging, poking, voting, 'digg'ing, etc. All about interacting with the people, messages and ideas presented.

Voila...and easy to remember too! You heard it here first....

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Small Businesses missing out on online business opportunities


 A recent survey by Australian accounting software company MYOB, suggests that Australia’s small businesses may be missing out on online business opportunities. Out of almost 1700 small businesses surveyed, 41% have a website, 55% have yet to register a domain name and 29% use their websites for e-commerce. 

 Only 11% of businesses in the transport and storage industry have a website, the lowest of any sector, ahead of agriculture (27%) and construction (29%). As would be expected, 72% of communications, media and marketing businesses have a web presence, followed by cultural and recreation services (71%) and ICT businesses (63%).

Saturday, July 26, 2008

Just when you thought iPhone was it - here comes the Nokia E71


Just as everybody has been queueing up for the new 3G iPhone, here comes Nokia. According to a review, they describe the new Nokia E71 as: "This great white hope from Finland is a smart device that gives the iPhone a run for its money in a lot of different areas ".

Some of the key features include: a trim profile, decent 3.2-megapixel camera, a good range of fun(ctional) features and - it's UNLOCKED.

For businesses, setting up Nokia’s Mail program required minimal IT help. The QuickOffice application allowed the creation, editing and sending of Word/Excel/PowerPoint files on the fly and browsing of PDFs with Adobe Acrobat Reader - all without feeling too “business”.

Thursday, July 24, 2008

Businesses prefer Facebook...but do they know how and why?


 According to a recent poll conducted by web company Netregistry, almost 30% of 1200 Australian small and medium sized business respondents use Facebook, while 13% use LinkedIn and 12% use MySpace. 

Other online communication applications are also being used with 13% using blogs, 12% internet forums and 11% YouTube. A Smart Company article notes that "it seems very few are doing so with a business strategy in mind - 72% of people polled said they do not have a social media strategy in place". 

 The real question is: what are they using these online business enablers and applications for? Do they actually know how to identify, develop and manage business relationships and opportunities through the online channel?

Young Republicans, Web 2.0 and a Road Trip


 A group of four college Republicans have set off across the USA in a rented Ford Explorer to remind America that not all young people are Barack Obama supporters. 

The quartet, who call their project "Where is the Red," left from Florida in June, and are currently in Ohio. They plan to end their tour in conservative Orange County, California in late August. As they travel, they're doing volunteer work for the Republican Party and broadcasting the trip in Twitter updates, blog posts and a Google Maps application tied to their GPS. Christie Jackson, 22, one of the four young Republicans says, "We're just trying to draw attention to all the young people who are already excited, and who sometimes get ignored by the media." 

Conservative bloggers have been despairing over the enthusiasm gap between supporters of John McCain and those backing Democratic rival Barack Obama. Polling data shows that 60 percent of Democrats under 30 voted for Barack Obama during the primaries, while only 34 percent of Republicans in the same demographic voted for John McCain. 

Sites like Things Younger Than John McCain poke fun at the presumptive Republican nominee's age, and a torrent of anti-McCain videos are flooding YouTube. The Republican road trip - organized by the College Republican National Committee -- is meant to energize McCain's younger supporters. All four of the traveling quartet are blogging, and one of them, Chris Caraballo, a 24-year-old film student at the University of Southern California, is shooting video. 

Joining Caraballo and Jackson on the road are Kerry Donnelly, a 21-year-old Fordham University graduate, and Jeremy Harrell, 22, a University of Miami at Ohio graduate. "One reason we're using the technology that we're using now is to draw attention to the fact that there are new, interesting, relevant, and extremely efficient ways to get information to people," says Jackson, who just graduated from Clemson University. "That's why we're keeping track of our trip ... through our blog and other Web 2.0 tools."

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Fortune Brainstorm TECH: The Internet for Business


Left to right: David Kirkpatrick, Michael Dell, Gary Hamel, Mark Benioff, Christiane Zu Salm (Credit: Rafe Needleman/CNET)

From the 21st-23rd July 2008, Fortune held its Fortune Brainstorm TECH 2008 conference in Half-Moon, California, USA. The purpose of the event was for business executives to better understand how technology will be a determining factor in their company's future sustainability.

In the opening session, moderator David Kirkpatrick asks the question, "Is tech making the world a better place?"

Michael Dell and Mark Benioff of, opened with the changes in business, stating that the web gives companies a communications connnection with customers. "We put big ears on," Dell said, referring to customer feedback systems that Dell uses. Benioff added that "Our customers are ganging up on us," and "our product managers have less to do. The Internet is the great accelerator."

Author Gary Hamel strengthened the argument with "The great scandal of management is that, most workers are disengaged. The Internet is great at harnessing customers' imaginations more than employees. It's going to make a lot of traditional executives very uncomfortable." From a society perspective, he also said that the web is "empowering people to create like never before in human history. We are emancipating human imagination."

What's the learning from this? The customer is King - more than ever before - as they become more web-savvy. Businesses need to reconcile their traditional planning and marketing management with the smarter and increasingly connected customer.

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Monday, July 21, 2008

Cisco Telepresence 'on-stage' holographic video conferencing


The launch of Cisco’s On-Stage TelePresence Experience, created by integrating Musion 3D Holographic Projection technology with Cisco TelePresence, was the result of an incredible effort on the part of 25+ Cisco employees across a half a dozen groups, plus another dozen individuals representing the vendor community. San Jose was jolted by an earthquake, informed De Beer. 'But we are fine, as you can see.' The 250 spectators nodded. 

Cisco's Telepresence has become `cuter', as Chambers put it, with holographic meetings replacing video conferencing in the near future. Cisco and Musion Systems will be marketing this as part of Cisco's Telepresence range of video conferencing products. "This is wonderful. I can even see the sweat on your brow," said Chambers to Chuck. Such holographic meetings can be captured and broadcast over IPTV, so any TV or PC with a broadband (wireless/ wired) connection can tune in. 

Telepresence is now available in 28 countries, and Cisco says over 150 rooms are now capable of high-definition video conferencing. Five years in the future, telepresence will no longer be about devices. Homes and hotels will use holographic conferencing, said Chambers. And it will get better. Three-dimensional holographic conferencing will first be used at large expositions and conferences, and would later trickle down to enterprises. 

Over time, it might even be used at home. Your grandmother could virtually walk into a living room and talk to you - her image travelling over seas and countries over the Internet. A teacher could face 50 students and give a lecture complete with expressions and body language. The possibilities of this decidedly realistic application are numerous.

Unlike McCain, many seniors depend on the web


With Barack Obama now in the top 20 on business network LinkedIn and with more than a million Facebook friends, Mr. McCain seems to be missing the online boat. 

Republished from From 

NEW YORK (AP) -- If Sen. John McCain is really serious about becoming a Web-savvy citizen, perhaps Kathryn Robinson can help. Robinson is now 106 - that's 35 years older than McCain - and she began using the Internet at 98, at the Barclay Friends home in West Chester, Pa., where she lives. "I started to learn because I wanted to e-mail my family," she says - in an e-mail message, naturally. 

Blogs have been buzzing recently over McCain's admission that when it comes to the Internet, "I'm an illiterate who has to rely on his wife for any assistance he can get." And the 71-year-old presumptive Republican nominee, asked about his Web use last week by the New York Times, said that aides "go on for me. I will have that down fairly soon, getting on myself." 

How unusual is it for a 71-year-old American to be unplugged? That depends how you look at the statistics. Only 35 percent of Americans over age 65 are online, according to data from April and May compiled by the Pew Internet Project at the Pew Research Center. 

But when you account for factors like race, wealth and education, the picture changes dramatically. "About three-quarters of white, college-educated men age over 65 use the Internet," says Susannah Fox, director of the project. "John McCain is an outlier when you compare him to his peers," Fox says. "On one hand, a U.S. senator has access to information sources and staff assistance that most people do not. On the other, the Internet has become such a go-to resource that it's a curiosity to hear that someone doesn't rely on it the way most Americans do." 

McCain spokeswoman Brooke Buchanan presented a somewhat updated picture when contacted by The Associated Press on Friday: "He's fully capable of browsing the Internet and checking Web sites," Buchanan said. "He has a Mac and uses it several times a week. He's working on becoming more familiar with the Internet." 

That's a good thing, says Tobey Dichter, CEO of Generations on Line, a group that helps bring seniors - including the 106-year-old Robinson - into the digital age. "He needs the self-empowerment" of going online himself, says Dichter. "There are too many people surrounding John McCain who are willing to print an e-mail for him" -or do a search on his behalf, like the aides who, he says, show him the Drudge Report. "But that cheats him of an opportunity to let his own mind take him to the next link," says Dichter. "If he doesn't know what links are available, he will only get exactly what he's asking for, and nothing more." 

Why do most of us - 73 percent of Americans - use the Internet? The top three reasons are, in order, e-mail, informational searches, and finding a map or driving directions. But there are dozens of other conveniences: Online banking, shopping, travel or restaurant reservations, job searches, real estate listings, and of course, the news (McCain, like many people over 30 or so, prefers his newspapers the old-fashioned way.) "The Internet is the ultimate convenience appliance," says Fox. 

McCain may be in "digital denial," as Dichter calls it, but his family sure isn't: His wife, Cindy, has been seen scrolling away on her Blackberry, and daughter Meghan, one of his seven children, blogs from the campaign trail on McCain Blogette. 

As for McCain's Democratic rival, Barack Obama is 46, and thus in an age group where fully 85 percent of Americans are plugged in. A CNN clip available on YouTube shows him so engrossed with his Blackberry while crossing a street that he bumps into the curb. McCain's frank admissions of his offline state have led to discussion of whether being wired is a qualification for leading the free world. 

One aide, Mark Soohoo, defended the senator's lack of wiredness at the Personal Democracy Forum in New York in June by assuring the panel: "John McCain is aware of the Internet." One blogger opined last week that all the fuss is silly. McCain, wrote Newsweek's Andrew Romano, hasn't become computer literate because he hasn't needed to. "When aides are responding to your messages and briefing you on every imaginable subject, the incentive to get online sort of disappears," he wrote. 

McCain is hardly the only prominent, wealthy, powerful man in the country to lack an affinity with computers. To take one, Sumner Redstone, the 85-year-old chairman of Viacom, "is not an avid user," says a spokesman, Carl Falto. "He's capable of going on but doesn't do it frequently." On the other hand, famed Broadway director Arthur Laurents, 91, whose "Gypsy" is now a hit on Broadway, is known to respond faster to e-mails than to phone calls. 

Among fellow senators, aides to Sen. Robert Byrd, 90, say he has a computer but prefers to speak directly to his staff and doesn't carry a Blackberry. What keeps some American seniors unwired? Some lack immediate access to a computer, Dichter says. But intimidation, she says, is the greatest problem. "One has to be compassionate with a person who hasn't gotten onto the information highway early, because the cumulative vocabulary is so intimidating," she says. 

Also, many older people "feel they have a perfectly happy life without it. They feel that the world is overrun with electronic devices already." But, Dichter says, such people often change their minds when they realize they can get family pictures via e-mail - not to mention health information, support groups, and local community news. And Fox, of Pew, notes that seniors outpace other age groups in tracing their family's genealogy online (a third of them say they do so, compared to a quarter of all Internet users.) Robinson credits her computer with helping her withstand the effects of a stroke she suffered in 2003. "In my case I had a stroke and as a result could not talk," she says in her e-mail. "The computer has been a lifesaver for me."

Sunday, July 20, 2008

The car of the future has an extension cord and a great big laptop battery.


The next evolution of the automobile will be plug-in hybrids that get their juice from a household electrical outlet. They'll start rolling into showrooms within in 18 months. Experts say plug-in hybrids could account for about 20 percent of vehicle sales within a decade -- and half of all sales by 2050.

"It all boils down to the three ways electricity is better than gasoline," says Felix Kramer of Cal Cars, a plug-in advocacy group. "It's cleaner, it's cheaper and it's domestic."

Advocates say plug-in hybrids are the best chance to address global warming and wean the nation from oil. Consumers remain unsure about electric vehicles. Ethanol's a shaky proposition because of the food-for-fuel debate. And it'll be decades before hydrogen is a viable option. That, advocates say, leaves plug-ins as the best option.

"The discussion is no longer one of 'if,' but of 'when' and 'how,'" says Chelsea Sexton, executive director of the advocacy group Plug-In America. "This has moved beyond the grass-roots level into the policy and business arenas."

It all starts in 2010. General Motors promises to have the Chevrolet Volt rolling into showrooms by then. Toyota says it will roll out a small fleet of plug-in Prius hybrids to see how they do. Volkswagen has similar plans for its plug-in Golf. And Fisker hopes to have a few dozen pricey Karma sedans in driveways within 18 months. Ford and others are moving more slowly, aiming for 2012 and beyond.

Automakers know plug-in hybrids are their best shot at meeting tightening federal fuel-economy regulations. They're also responding to a seismic change in the market as record-high gas prices have consumers, fed-up with paying through the nose for gasoline, joining environmentalists to demand fuel-efficient cars.

The Department of Energy has handed out more than $60 million since 2006 to advance hybrid and battery technology and hopes to disburse another $62.3 million by the end of next year.
Both Barack Obama and John McCain have hailed plug-in hybrids in general -- and the Volt in particular -- in recent weeks and promised to spur development of such cars if elected.

"We have the plug," he says. "The cars are coming. All we need is the cord."

Saturday, July 19, 2008

Ledger's Joker the most exciting movie villain of the decade


Just went to see the new Batman movie The Dark Knight earlier this week. The review that sums up the role of Heath Ledger for me is from Wired Blog Underwire.

The review states that "Ledger inhabits the clown prince of crime, embracing Joker's hard-R American accent, smeary makeup, puppet-master body language, freakish facial tics and brilliantly perverted logic with a ferocity that electrifies every scene he's in. Twitching with menace, Ledger generates a nearly unbearable tension in his encounters, tossing off nihilistic one-liners fast on their way to becoming pop-culture catch phrases: "Why so serious?" "Let's put a smile on that face." "And here we go." "I'm not a monster. I'm just ahead of the curve."

And "At one point, the Joker declaims: "I am the engine of chaos." In what would be his final fully realized performance, Ledger made that engine purr, sputter and roar with heartbreaking vitality".

If Heath Ledger doesn't receive an Oscar for this performance, the Academy Awards are a joke (pardon the pun). Great movie but made possible by an outstanding characterisation by Ledger. He left us with his best for last.

Friday, July 18, 2008

Talent as a Competitive Differentiator in Business


 I was once asked a question about whether talent is the biggest competitive differentiator in the business world. I think talent is definitely a key competitive differentiator but to have sustainable competitive advantage, you need a very important ingredient - it is talent PLUS passion. 

 Talent plus the passion to succeed in personal or business endeavours - or frankly anything one puts their mind to - is the ultimate competitive advantage. I've seen this when reviewing two candidates who have almost identical talent profiles. The one who gets the job in my book is the one who wants it more. In my twenty-two years of management experience, this person almost always turns out to be the highest performing and highest achieving. 

 Best example? Basketball legend Michael Jordan. Above average talent playing in an average team. In the early days, he excelled personally but his team couldn't quite keep up and deliver. He then directed his passion for the game from a focus on himself to what he could achieve as part of the team. The six NBA titles speak for themselves as much as the numerous MVP awards. 

 That's talent plus passion.

Social Networking: Party On Dudes


 I like analogies and for me, although the word "communities" is used to describe social networking tools, I sometimes think they are more like "Parties" i.e. events. Stay with me on this. I have been and go to a number of business parties such as business functions, corporate event after-parties, corporate hosting, etc. 

I also attend personal and family social functions like kid's birthday parties, weddings, christenings, etc. At these parties, I meet various people - some of which I "connect" and/or "introduce myself" with either commercially or socially, and some of which I don't. 

 The analogy for me is that social networking tools - mySpace, LinkedIn, Facebook, Xing, Plaxo, Spock, etc. - are all huge online parties. I tend to 'attend' LinkedIn and Facebook parties more often as there are more people I connect to there than others. It doesn't mean I don't 'drop-in' to the other parties from time to time to see what's going on. Party on!

Thursday, July 17, 2008

Personalised Web Services Online


 While the launch of the 3G iPhone is the flavour of the month of July due to the attention on the uptake of mobile applications and services, there is a greater trend of the adoption of personalised web services. 

The health care industry is one leading example. Hitwise data indicates that visits to the Health & Medical – Information category in Australia was at the highest point ever over a 3-year time period in June 2008. There was a 27.4% increase in visits to Health & Medical – Information websites year-on-year comparing June 07 and June 08. 

Virtual Medical Centre, an Australian website that provides health information written by medical professionals, was one of the fastest growing websites contributing to the growth in this category. Traffic to Virtual Medical Centre gathered momentum in August last year, and since then has increased by 322.7% amongst all websites. 

 Two other websites of note are the genetic web-based service, 23andMe and Google Health, which allows users to organise their own health information. The author notes that there are many trust, privacy and regulatory issues that need to be nutted out before these types of websites will flourish.  

Facebook Experiment - Telstra Fan Page April 2008


When I was working for Telstra, I conducted a social networking experiment on Facebook. A Telstra Fan Page had previously been set up on Facebook with 34 fans. Commencing on Saturday, 19th April 2008, the experiment tested if I could increase the number of fans in seven days just by utilising my friends network, which numbered 200. 

The theory was that based on a recommendation (invitation), I could get my network to sign-up as 'fans'. The goal was to get to 100 fans in seven days by simply inviting contacts. By midnight on Friday, 25th April, there were 116 fans registered - an increase of 341% during the test period. The numbers doubled by Monday 21st April (69 fans) and tripled by Thursday, 24th April (102). 

 What did I conclude from this? Two things - (a) don't underestimate the power of your personal network for something they may support based on a recommendation and (b) the Facebook friends network is a good way to rally for a cause quickly and efficiently. My thanks to all those who particpated.

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Internet responsible for rise in sexual disease?


 Internet dating and Viagra are among the suspected causes of a sharp increase in sexually transmitted diseases in people over the age of 45, according to research coming out of the UK. New statistics from West Midland health protection authorities show that sexually transmitted infections are on the rise, and not just in young adults, but also in the more mature. 

Previous sexual health campaigns and awareness programs have concentrated primarily on the under-25s, but this latest research demonstrates that sexual risk-taking is also a trend in the over-45s. "Increased international travel, Internet dating, new drugs to counter erectile dysfunction and overlapping sexual networks may also be factors," he says.  

Japanese developing 3D display in your hand


 Japanese researchers are developing a gadget that could enable a person to hold a three-dimensional image of someone in the palm of their hand. They hope the gCubik, which is still at the prototype stage, will be developed to move in real time and appear to speak. "The ultimate image we have in mind is having a small person in your palm," said Shunsuke Yoshida, a researchers involved in the study at Japan's National Institute of Information and Communications Technology. 

 "Suppose you have a picture of your girlfriend smiling on your desk. She could be smiling as a 3D image in a cube," he told AFP at a recent gathering of imaging researchers in Tokyo. Grandparents could use the device, which comes in a 10cm cube, to see a 3D image of a distant grandchild, while business people could view prototypes from afar and school teachers could use it in science classes, he said. 

 At the moment the device has a still image but efforts are underway to make it move in real time, Yoshida said. The panels have many tiny lenses on liquid crystal displays. Unlike conventional 3D displays, which are viewed only from the front, the gCubik can be seen from three sides, giving different images from various angles. And, unlike conventional 3D, users will not need glasses to see the benefit. 
Yoshida said the team hopes to put the technology to practical use within about three years by improving picture quality, getting rid of cords now attached to the cube and allowing viewing from all six sides of the box. The team also wants to give vocal sounds to the 3D image in the future, making it appear as if the person in the cube is speaking.   

Net could be 100 times faster: Sydney Uni Scientists


 According to ninemesn, University of Sydney scientists say they have developed a new technology that could speed up the internet - and not cost users an extra cent. 

Described as "a small scratch on a piece of glass", the university's photonic integrated circuit boosts the performance of traditional optic fibres, Professor Ben Eggleton said. "This circuit uses the 'scratch' as a guide or a switching a path for information - kind of like when trains are switched from one track to another - except this switch takes one picosecond to change tracks," Prof Eggleton said of the technology developed over the past four years. "This means that in one second the switch is turning on and off about one million times." "Currently we use electronics for our switching and that has been OK, but as we move toward a more tech-savvy future there is a demand for instant web gratification." 

 Prof Eggleton said initial testing of the technology showed it was possible to achieve internet speeds 60 times faster than the current Telstra network. But if developed further, the circuit could reach speeds 100 times faster, he said. "This is a critical building block and a fundamental advance on what is already out there," Prof Eggleton said. "We are talking about networks that are potentially up to 100 times faster without costing the consumer any more."  

iPhone 3G Launch: One Million Sold in 3 Days


According to, despite activation and configuration problems which frustrated users, Apple sold more than one million iPhone 3G mobile phones on the launch weekend from Friday, 10th to Sunday 13th July, 2008, according to the company.

The phone went on sale in 21 countries - Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Hong Kong, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Britain and the US - on Friday 10th July and will go on sale in France on Thursday 17th July.

"iPhone 3G had a stunning opening weekend," said Steve Jobs, Apple's chief executive. "It took 74 days to sell the first one million original iPhones, so the new iPhone 3G is clearly off to a great start around the world."

Glitches caused when an Apple server designed to let users activate their gadgets
crashed under the load of existing iPhone owners trying to upgrade to new software that was released at the launch of the iPhone 3G. Most of the glitches appeared to have been solved by Monday morning, but the problem was a severe embarrassment for Apple that prides itself on maximising ease of use for its customers.

The new iPhone 3G updates the previous iPhone with much faster connection speeds and built-in GPS, but many analysts believe the most significant update is the new software that allows users access to thousands of applications developed by third parties and available through Apple's online store.

Microsoft, Netflix and Social Networking

ABOUT DEVICE AND SOCIAL NETWORKING CONVERGENCE: Another step was taken today in device and social networking convergence when Microsoft announced that their Xbox 360 game console would stream movies from Netflix. According to, Microsoft announced details about updates to its Xbox 360 gaming console, including a partnership that will allow instant streaming from Netflix - including social network integration with the Live Party System. "We are creating a completely new social entertainment experience, and Xbox 360 will be the only video game system where you can access your library of instantly streamable movies from Netflix and turn any room into a virtual movie theater," John Schappert, corporate vice president of Interactive Entertainment LIVE, software and services business at Microsoft, said in a statement. "For Netflix, it represents an important step forward in making instantly streaming movies on the TV more broadly available to our members," said Reed Hastings, chairman and CEO of Netflix. On the social networking front, the Netflix partnership will also enable users to watch movies together through the Live Party System. Gamers can create "parties" of up to eight friends who can chat in the dashboard, follow one another from game to game, share slideshows of personal photos, or watch movies from the Netflix library. The console will also include Xbox Live Primetime, live gaming events broadcast simultaneously to the gamers' systems and the consoles of their friends. 

Monday, July 14, 2008

World's oldest blogger has made her final post - aged 108.


And they say the older generation can't use technology...

The Australian woman renowned as the world's oldest internet blogger has made her final post, aged 108. Olive Riley, of Woy Woy on NSW's central coast, died in a nursing home just after 6am (AEST) on Saturday. She will be mourned by family and an international readership in the thousands.

"It was mind blowing to her," her great grandson Darren Stone, of Brisbane, told AAP on Sunday night. She had people communicating with her from as far away as Russia and America on a continual basis, not just once in a while."

Olive had posted more than 70 entries on her blog - or as she jokingly labelled it, her "blob" - since February last year.

The ardent Sydney Swans AFL fan shared her day-to-day musings and her life's experiences raising three children on her own, living through two world wars and the Depression, her work as a station cook in rural Queensland and as an egg sorter and barmaid in Sydney.

In her final post, dated June 26, an increasingly frail Olive noted she couldn't "shake off that bad cough". She also: "... read a whole swag of email messages and comments from my internet friends today, and I was so pleased to hear from you. Thank you, one and all."
Olive's musing live on at and more recently at

She was born in 1899, and would have turned 109 on October 20, 2009. "She enjoyed the notoriety - it kept her mind fresh," Mr Stone said. "What kept her going was the memories she had, and being able to recall those memories so strongly." Olive's funeral will be held at Palmdale Cemetery, on the NSW Central Coast, late this week.

Sunday, July 13, 2008

WYD08: Am I Invited or Not?


I was walking along Sydney's Hyde Park last week and couldn't resist taking a photo of this Event tent for World Youth Day commencing the 15th July.

I felt welcome when I read the top banner but when I got nearer to the doors.... #noentry

About Iggy Pintado in 2008

ABOUT ME IN 2008: 
I'm an accomplished and experienced business leader, executive, coach and mentor. Over the last 22 years, I've held professional, management and executive positions in marketing, sales, channels, operations and online management at both technology giant IBM Australia (1986-2006) and until recently, at telecommunications specialists, Telstra. 

 I'm a ‘super-connected’ networker and am in the Top 30 most connected business networkers in Australia on Linkedin with currently over 3300 direct connections and 12.5 million secondary connections. In April 2008, I co-founded a business networking consulting, marketing, coaching and mentoring business called ConnectGen, where I am CEO and CNO (Chief Networking Officer). This business is under development so watch this space! 

 I'm passionate about passing on my knowledge, learnings and insights to large and small organisations alike. I'm regularly invited to present at business conferences, tertiary institutions and leadership seminars. I'm also a sought-after mentor as I am held in high regard by people I've managed and worked with during my corporate career. I actively mentor senior managers, top talent professionals and graduates at companies he has worked with. 

 In summary, I'm a passionate, motivated and experienced leader - and people-person - who brings a wealth of experience and knowledge into the 21st century business online world. I'm ready, willing and able to provide this acquired expertise to any organisation, group or audience - and to my newly established blog!