Category Archives: Newbies

Stuff I find interesting for people who are not exactly familiar with how the internet actually works.

Safer Internet Day, February 8th 2011

Safer Internet Day, 8 February 2011

It’s more than a game, it’s your life – you checked out the site yet? I tweeted it earlier)

Safer Internet Day is organised by Insafe each year in February to promote safer and more responsible use of online technology and mobile phones, especially amongst children and young people across the world.

The topic for 2011 is “our virtual lives” around the slogan ” It’s more than a game, it’s your life“. Continue reading

Ted Talks

The Thrilling Potential of SixthSense Technology –

If you follow me and my blog you know I’m a big technology buff. I enjoyed this TED Talk thoroughly:

At TEDIndia, Pranav Mistry demos several tools that help the physical world interact with the world of data — including a deep look at his SixthSense device and a new, paradigm-shifting paper “laptop.” In an onstage Q&A, Mistry says he’ll open-source the software behind SixthSense, to open its possibilities to all.

Everything in this presentation puts my iPhone to shame and gives us a glimpse of what the future of technology could hold for us. If you like this presentation you can find all the TED Talk presentations on either their website at or on their YouTube channel. Stuff to make you think…

digital native

I am an Immigrant in the Digital World

I was doing some research about “Digital Natives” for a freelance piece of work I am writing. I feel like a digital native but technically I am not so the research was an eye opener.

digital native is a person for whom digital technologies already existed when they were born, and hence has grown up with digital technology such as computers, the Internetmobile phones and MP3s. This definition does not apply to me.

I then come across a book by written Don Tapscott, called Grown Up Digital which discusses the subject of Digital Natives. There are a lot of videos about this book on YouTube but I found that he was interviewed by one of my favorite sites, Rocketboom back in December. The “Grown Up Digital” site states:

“Grown Up Digital is a must read for baby boomers and virtually anyone else born before 1977. As Mr. Tapscott observes, ‘The bottom line is this: if you understand the Net Generation, you will understand the future.’ And as my son often reminds me, the future is now.” 

The New York Times, Book Review, Sunday, December 21, 2008

For those of us who came before Digital Natives, like myself, we are labeled Digital Immigrants. I think it is very important to be able to identify which category you are in so you can identify your strengths and weaknesses.

One of the biggest problems I face in the workplace today is convincing (typically) middle-aged managers that they have to create material for digital natives. Most of my colleagues my age are convinced that by keeping all company activities on an internal intranet they have more control over company information. I’ve tried to get companies to use YouTube to show teaching materials and give resources away but they’re stuck thinking in terms of security.

Bottom line, if organizations and companies are too slow to cater for digital natives they risk being overlooked. Digital Natives live on the Net. Some old-school managers will need to get outside the box and if your  a digital immigrant, you should have a better understanding of just what your Digital Native co-worker is capable of doing.