Category Archives: Of interest

This blog is resting

Bad Hair Day

Phew – life is a bit hectic at the moment & I can’t keep up my blogging for On the Nodes. I hope to return soon.

In the meantime you can keep track and find lots of resources at my other web presences – see the sidebar.

I’ll be posting about free Web 2.0 tools for small business here.


New Year – New Name

The summer holidays are almost over downunder so it’s time to get back to work – and to blogging.

In 2009 my name change is complete – Carol Skyring. I’ve updated the About page to reflect this. I’ve also started a new personal web space (access through: which is still taking shape. In this space I’ll have links to all of my ‘stuff’ and other information you may not find anywhere else ;->

Happy Web 2.0-ing – I’ll start with the posts in a couple of days. I’ve added a few new categories so topics should be easier to find.

Have a great break

As we in Oz are heading to the beach for the summer holidays…..

I know that some of you are watching the snow fall. (This photo courtesy of my Plurk buddy Roswellsgirl)

Have a great break wherever you are. I’ll be chilling out far away from the computer for a couple of weeks so I’ll see you back here in mid-January – unless the surf is still up ;-)

Blog Action Day

Today is Blog Action Day – the day bloggers unite to publish posts that discuss poverty in some way. By all posting on the same day we aim to change the conversation today, to raise awareness, start a global discussion and add momentum to an important cause. Blog Action Day is a nonprofit, grassroots movement of thousands of individual bloggers coming together for one cause.

The big question is why should we care about someone else’s problem? It’s not our issue, right? Wrong! If you’re asking yourself that question then no need to read on…..

Next question: How can technology be used to fight poverty?

In many cases it can’t! The worst kind of poverty means that you have no food, clean water, shelter and/or medical care. There are many wonderful organisations that help relieve these shortages.

However, information poverty is another form of poverty that we can address. Information empowers people – computers and the internet give access to information.

So what can you do?

  1. Why not volunteer your computer skills to a local charity that helps relieve poverty in your area (yes poverty does exist just round the corner from you!)
  2. Contribute to the One Laptop per Child Foundation.
  3. Donate your old computer and mobile phone to an organisation like Computer Aid International.
  4. Through Kiva, make a microloan (as little as $25) to help entrepreneurs in developing areas lift themselves out of poverty.

If one of these doesn’t appeal to you then do your own thing & be proud. Oh – and how about giving us some more ideas about fighting poverty through technology – use the comments box.


Twittories are stories composed 140 characters at a time by a diverse group of collaborators using Twitter to submit their entry. This was a neat idea that started in December 2007 – but seems to have stalled after the first story.

You can read the rules of twittories and also the first story: The Darkness Inside.
Maybe you’d like to start your own twittory since this effort seems to have petered out.

No posts for a few weeks

I’m travelling overseas so no posts until after 13 September.

LearnX video & slides

For those of you who were at my LearnX presentation (and those who weren’t) here are the slides & the opening video.