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  • The Gunslinger (The Dark Tower, Book 1)
    The Gunslinger (The Dark Tower, Book 1)
    by Stephen King
  • The Dragonbone Chair (Memory, Sorrow, and Thorn, Book 1)
    The Dragonbone Chair (Memory, Sorrow, and Thorn, Book 1)
    by Tad Williams
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When not engrossed reading a good book on my kindle, watching science fiction, singing with the Cappella Singers or looking for new apps for my Iphone or Ipad l also trawl through the Internet and post useful articles on my Blog. I welcome your thoughtful contributions or questions.  I mainly hangout on Google+ where I find a nice level of engagement and plenty of interesting posts. I also use Twitter and Facebook. For video conversations I use Skype but am actively looking for an alternative. I am still amazed at what you can do on the Internet and where it's possible I enjoy being an early adopter.

I am a Secular Humanist and passionate supporter of Social Justice issues and can be found on Google+ in heated but respectful debate on these and many other topics. When reading I enjoy Science Fiction, Fantasy and History as well as good smattering of Politics. If I had to choose a hero a word that is often over used I would say Carl Sagan. So that's me if you want to know more just drop me a line via my Contact Page or through the social media sites I have mentioned. 

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I have recently become a Co-Manager of a Google+ support page called Oasis in the Stream If you are new to Google+ or want to learn more about it and other Google products please pop on over and join the discussion.



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Facebook Subscription

Facebook Subscription

Facebook have just introduced an option to allow you to subscribe to a Facebook Profile. This is a big change to the Facebook model. Facebooks previous model was that you needed to be a friend on a Profile before you can see and collaborate. Now you can subscribe and can see public posts. If you have a Facebook Profile you can opt in by activating subscription or if you are not comfortable you can leave it alone. I have set Subscription up on my Facebook Profile. If you would like to subscribe my profile is

To learn more about Facebook Subscription take a look at the link below. 


Facebook adds Skype Video Calls

Facebook and Skype have joined forces to enable Skype video calls from within Facebook. You don't need to have the desktop Skype client or a Skype account.  You can click on a video button either on your friends profile or chat window. The first time you do this you will be asked to accept a small software install. Here are the instructions.

Facebook video


Before you can call your friends, you need to complete a quick, one-time setup:

  1. You will be asked to complete the setup the first time you try to call a friend, or the first time a friend tries to call you. To call a friend, click the video icon at the top of your chat window.
  2. Simply click the “Set Up” button and follow the instructions for how to set up video calling on your browser.
  3. Once you’ve successfully completed the setup, the call you’ve started with your friend should connect automatically. If it doesn’t, you can call again by clicking the video icon at the top of your chat window.

It is interesting that Facebook and Skype have released this just as Google has started opening it's Google+ that has video conferencing built it. 

Tell me what you think of Skype on Facebook.


Education & Facebook

If you are an educator and you are considering adding Facebook to your teaching tool box you might want to take a look at The Facebook Guide for Educators. You can download a free copy from the Facebook Safety Centre With lots of debate raging about Facebook and security the guide may be a valuable document so you can assess any possible use you might want to make of Facebook in your class room.


Facebook Update Messaging

Facebook Logo

Facebook announced today that they we be making big changes to the Facebook messaging systems. Those who currently use Facebook would know how clunky their current messaging system is. Facebook say that they will integrate all your messaging and give you a email address.

These changes will be progressively rolled out via invitation. With over 500 million Facebook users it may take a number of months before we all see the changes. I will wait until I can get a chance to try it before making any judgements. For further information I have included a reference to the Facebook blog post announcing it.



Facebook Groups

Over the last few days Facebook has created a new "groups"option. In essence it allows a Facebook user to create a group and depending on the privacy setting allow it to be public or invite only. It allows users to create groups for specific topics of interest and gives the user more control of how they interact with friends. Under the old system friends were lumped in one bucket now you can create groups of friends depending on your needs.

I created an invite only group called "Elearning, Social Networks & Web 2.0" to test the new groups option. If you would like to join this group just email me. This group is a place to chat about all things elearning. 


The Real Life Social Network

With rumours of Google creating it's own social networking platform "Google Me". Here is a slide show from Paul Adams a senior user experience researcher at Google. I first read about this on Smarterware. I have embedded the slide show. It is very interesting particularly if you have a Facebook account. One of the big problems with Facebook is having all your friends in one bucket and not being able to group them. With the demise of Google Wave we may see some elements end up in Google Me. I am looking forward to seeing what google has to offer.