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OzCHI 2004 Debrief

Wednesday, November 24th, 2004

I’ve just returned from OzCHI 2004 (which, as it sounds, is an Australian CHI conference). While I was disappointed with some of the papers (there were a number that covered quite old ground), many were interesting, and some were even quite entertaining.

Better than the papers were the people and discussions, as usual. Someone asked me at dinner “Are you talking work?” – “Hell yes”. Of course we were – client work, university work, how to combine academic and practitioner work, strange ideas, interesting projects, and much, much more.

It was great to get home to my family (and shortly to my own bed), and the 4 days of good conversation will keep me thinking for a while.

The ultimate spam irony

Monday, November 15th, 2004

I’ve been spammed by a site that lists all of the anti-spam software. Far out!

Do we blog instead of discussing

Monday, November 15th, 2004

I was thinking today about something and wondering whether I should mention it here or on a mailing list.

That started me thinking about a couple of mailing lists that were quite active a few years ago but are quieter now. I know that mailing lists go through cycles, but compared to 3 years ago, most of the mailing lists I subscribe to are relatively quiet. The level of discussion is much lower and the issues being raised are not really discussions anymore but links to articles or question/answers.

So that made me wonder whether the issues that we once discussed had gone away (no!) or whether perhaps they are being discussed elsewhere instead – in blogs rather than on discussion lists. Thinking about the types of issues that have been posted on some of my favourite blogs (oops, I need to update my blogroll) makes me think that the interesting issues are being discussed in a different place to where they once were.

Hmmm…I wonder. It’s interesting to look at how communication changes over time.