Tech

Moderating backchannel content streams at conferences

Today I saw a tweet about danah boyd's speaking experience at Web Expo 2.0 earlier this month. Intrigued I followed the link and read her account of having a (twitter) back channel posted behind her during her keynote presentation. I intially clicked through because the tweet included a pretty sensational quote from the blog post which said danah felt objectified by the experience. Lots of other people have blogged this story (and I'm sure there were others too). What happened was pretty nasty. Please do read about it and think about how you would have responded in that situation. Write up your own response if you want. Then when you've finished, come back here.

What I really want

I've been fiddling around with multiple computers this year. I hate it. But I realized today that what I really want is this:

I want a single workstation for peripherals (monitor, keyboard, mouse) that allows me to hook into multiple machines. I want to be able to change computers as easily as changing desktops. It sounds so simple when I say it out loud like this. The solution seems obvious: on each desktop place a different VNC (or some kind of remote desktop) connection which is maximized. Will VNC (or equivalent) allow me to hook into the remote hardware the way I want? Is this really the solution that I'm looking for? Is it possible it will be this easy?

Probably not. But stay tuned just in case I've finally found the answer to life, the universe and multiple computers.

Taking the fear out of building a Web site

I've been building Web sites for almost as long as there's been a Web to build them on (I built my first web page 1996). I've been teaching Web technologies for a little over eight years. My favourite kind of Web site is one that takes care of itself because the site owner is excited and motivated and trained to update their own content! This fall I'm offering two unique courses for people who want to get started on creating and maintaining their very own Web site:

Git for Teams

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