eTydskrifte en eKoerante – Bloemnuus

EK is ’n groot ondersteuner van e-boeke, e-tydskrifte en e-koerante.

My lewe is ook redelik rekenaargerig omdat ek alles wat ek doen tot ’n groot mate op die een of ander digitale apparaat plaasvind. Dit is of ’n rekenaar, iPad of ’n selfoon.

Dit is dus redelik snaaks dat ek tot vroeër die week nie Volksblad in digitale formaat ontvang het nie. Ek het, soos die meeste mense, na Volksblad se webblad en ook News24.com gegaan om die nuutste nuus te kry, maar nooit het ek gedink om in te teken nie. Ek het gedink ek sien mos alles wat ek wil sien op die web.

Die probleem is dat ek wel gereeld die gedrukte weergawe van die koerant gekoop het. Daar is tog meer in die koerant as net die hooftrekke.

Ek het toe hierdie week ingeteken op die digitale uitgawe van Volksblad. My eerste indruk is dat dit vir my ’n ideale formaat is en dat ek dit maklik op rekenaar en op iPad lees. Dat dit in Pdf- en ePub-formaat is, stel jou in staat om dit op ’n aantal platforms te kan lees. Ek kry ook die idee dat dit makliker lees as die gedrukte koerant. Ek kan sekere dele vergroot of verklein en tog kan ek die gevoel van die uitleg van die koerant ervaar soos die gedrukte weergawe.

Ek dink hierdie is ’n opsie wat sterk oorweeg moet word. Die enigste negatiewe aspek is dat die koste van die digitale intekengeld dieselfde is as die gedrukte intekengeld, maar ek is seker dat dit met die tyd sal verander. Dit is ’n baie goedkoper verspreidingsmedium en ek glo dat dit ekonomies sin sal maak om die intekenprys te verlaag vir die digitale weergawe.

Dit verander egter nie die feit dat hierdie opsie sterk oorweeg moet word indien jy wil inteken op Volksblad nie.

Terloops, daar is ook heelwat ander koerante en tydskrifte in digitale formaat beskikbaar. Gaan kyk gerus by www.mysubs.co.za vir meer inligting.

Engage the internet in its totality – Eden Express – JuicyBrain

What do you do online? Do you log in just to check your email and maybe do some banking? Do you also visit one or two websites? Or do you really engage with the content that is available online? Do you share your life, experiences and knowledge online? The best time to start your own blog is during the winter months. You can take some time in the evenings to firstly setup your own blog and after the setup is complete, to write one or two posts. Your blog can take many different roads.

You can start with a blog sharing some of your thoughts or you can share the photos that you have taken in the area. I hear you saying that you are already doing that with your social network. Yes, in your social network like Facebook you can share your ideas and also photos, but would you not rather own your own content on a blog that you own and that you control? You do need a social network to promote your blog, so don’t think for one moment that I want you to leave your social network site.

Just like with a personal blog, you can use the same platform to start your own company website. You should not be paying thousands to start a company website. Visit www.wordpress.com, www.posterous.com or www.blogger.com and start your own website. These platforms are free and will give you a chance to see if you can maintain your website or blog without having to pay loads of money.

If you need advice, feel free to email me at nico@juicybrain.co.za. Nico is a new media expert. (www.juicybrain.co.za)

Maak die beste van jou CV

HOE bemark jy jouself? Bevat jou Curriculum Vitae (CV) die jongste inligting? Wanneer laas het jy die moeite gedoen om dit by te werk?

Jy moet onthou dat jou CV nie meer ’n dokument is wat getik moet word op ’n ou tikmasjien nie, so jy kan maar werklik die elektroniese weergawe van jou CV gereeld bywerk.

Om die waarheid te sê, dit is nie werklik deesdae genoeg om net jou CV op jou rekenaar te hê nie. Jy moet in hierdie moderne wêreld ook ’n plek op die web hê waar jy jou volledige CV (dalk net sonder jou huisadres en telefoonnommer) beskikbaar kan stel.

Hier is ’n paar wenke. Maak seker dat jy jou CV iewers op die web uiteensit waarheen jy iemand sal kan verwys indien hulle meer inligting oor jou benodig. ’n Baie goeie plek om dit te doen is op ’n professionele sosiale netwerk soos www.linkedin.com.

Dit is ook belangrik om te onthou dat jy op die web geken en leer ken kan word deur dit wat jy op jou sosiale profiele plaas. Jy moet dus baie mooi dink voordat jy daardie status op Facebook of Twitter plaas. Jy moet in ag neem dat enigiemand, insluitend die eienaar van die besigheid waar jy dalk oor ’n paar maande om ’n pos wil aansoek doen, kan sien wat jy aangevang het. Moet niks op jou profiel plaas wat jy nie met jou Ouma sal deel nie. Jou sosiale profiel is deesdae deel van jou CV.

CV’s verander baie en dit is ’n goeie idee om ’n bietjie op die web te soek na nuwe idees van hoe jy jou CV kan moderniseer. ’n Baie belangrike konsep om deesdae in jou CV te sit is grafika. Kyk ’n bietjie na www.resumup.com en ook www.visualcv.com vir ’n paar idees en ook vir hulp met jou nuwe CV.

Take ownership of your name – Eden Express – JuicyBrain

This week I am writing my first column called JuicyBrain for Eden Express. This column will focus on digital technology, the Internet and innovation. For the first week I have decided to start with the very basics. First of all I think it is vital that we all register our names online. Yes, own your name on the Internet. You need to own your name before someone else does. This could be your company name or your own name. Maybe even your child’s name. Owning your name is no longer such an expensive exercise. You basically pay a fixed fee per year just to renew your registration.

It is said that a young couple in the US actually had to change the name they wanted to give their unborn daughter after they realised that the name they chose was registered online. That in itself was not the problem, but the problem was that it was registered by a well-known porn star with the same name.

If you plan to start a company or if you are thinking about the name of your baby, it is a great idea to first type the name into your browser address bar. Good options to check are .com, .co.za, and .net. These three are the most important for South Africans. There are of course many other extensions that you could also make use of.  To register a .com domain I recommend you follow this link www.wookio.com.

I registered my name a few years ago and I am still very happy that I did. I registered both the .com and the .co.za domains and you will also be able to read all my previous columns and also this one online whenever you visit the JuicyBrain blog at www.juicybrain.co.za. You will find the weekly column and much more there.

Readers with any questions related to digital technology are more than welcome to e-mail me. If I am able to assist,
I’ll gladly do so and might even discuss your question in this column to enlighten others.

Nico Baird is a new media expert and can be contacted at nico@juicybrain.co.za or visit www.juicybrain.co.za.

New MacBook Pro with Retina Display

If you have read my column over the past few years you will know that I am an Apple fan boy. As many other Apple enthusiasts I watched the WWDC2012 (World Wide Developers Conference) which was held this past week, to see what will be the new goodies from Apple.

A new line-up of MacBooks were announced but one of the announcements was a new MacBook Pro with a Retina display. Just as thin as a MacBook Air, but with loads of processing power. Light weight, incredible resolution and powerful! I do believe that the photographers all around the world not be able to wait to get their hands on this machine. Even though the price point is not as high as was expected it is still quite an expensive machine and will probably be available at over R20 000 in South Africa. For more information about this amazing new machine please visit http://www.apple.com/macbook-pro/
The new OS, Mountain Lion, will be available very soon and it will be available at $20 which is less than R200 for this new operating system. iOS 6 is also soon be available for upgrade. With more than 200 enhancements and upgrades on both OS systems this is a huge improvement on the previous versions. I should mention that there are a huge number of assistive technologies incorporated into the new iOS and will be a huge deal for parents of children with learning disabilities.

For all of the Facebook fans I can mention that Facebook will now be deeply integrated into the new iOS 6 this will be available on iPhone and iPad.

There are just too many new exciting advances that are made and way too many features that I can mention in this column, and I hope that you take the time to visit the website and go through the list of enhancements.

MOOCs are here!

LAST week I enrolled in a MOOC. Yes, a MOOC. I have heard about MOOCs in the past, but this is the first time I am actively participating in one.

But let me first explain what it is.

MOOC is the abbreviation for Massive Open Online Course.

It is an online course usually presented by an established university, which is open for anybody to take part in free of charge. The one that I am taking part in is presented by the Oxford Brookes University with the title First Steps into Learning and Teaching in Higher Education (http://vle.openbrookes.net/).

The course spans several weeks and you can either participate or receive certification, or you can just participate to gain new knowledge. The main aim of the MOOC is for everybody to contribute their knowledge through reflection, the gathering and sharing of information and online discussion.

MOOCs can easily be created and maintained by one or two teachers or lecturers at an institution. All you need is interest in a subject, a structure of what is to be learned, some content and the participants will bring the rest.

All you as an instructor or teacher will need to do, is guide the discussion and the participation. The learning will take place when all the participants start to contribute and reflect.

I know this is a very academic column, but with so many schools and academic institutions in the area, I am sure I’ll give someone an idea or two for future training.

To explain it even better, I have loaded a video clip on www.nicobaird.com which will visually show you exactly what MOOCs are.