June 21, 2012

Ahhh!  Dam!  I have a problem with my articles not posting to the other site properly.  So I added back in the “recent posts” widget.  I’m hoping this fixes the problem when I post my articles.  Fingers crossed.  Please work.  I’m sorry for the late articles.  This first post took longer then I expected as I wasn’t happy with the 800 words.  So, I had to rewrite and re-edit the article about 20 times.   I’m having the same problem with this second article, so I have decided to post the finished one first.  I’ll finish the second one in the next couple of days.  Decisions.  Do I put it in or leave it out, it’s so frustrating. Removed posts widget as problem not fixed.

Posted in Journal

The Dietetics Board Censors Diabetic Blogger

Day 61-2012-03-01 Bring down blood sugar

Day 61-2012-03-01 Bring down blood sugar (Photo credit: jaysalikin)

Why is the Board of Dietetics censoring a blogger?  To answer this, I need to tell you about two characters in this story.  Who will you side with?  On one side is a blogger and on the other is a large organisation.  At the heart of the matter is how the Healthcare sector is dealing with social media.

Drew Bowling wrote an article about Steve Cooksey (the blogger).  His article deals with censorship and free speech on the internet.  So, let us begin.

Steven Cooksey has type II diabetes.  He took daily insulin shots to control his blood sugar level.  Steve then decided to change to a no-grain/low-carbohydrate diet (Paleo Diet) which he maintains.  His health improved and he setup a website (Diabetes-Warrior) to share his story.  His site states that he took 4 shots a day before switching to the Paleo diet and now requires no injections.  The site offers tips and his disdain for American Diabetes Association (ADA) policies and guidelines.

The Seat of Government

The Seat of Government (Photo credit: Ewan-M)

The ADA didn’t approve of Steve’s blog.  Then in January 2012, the North Carolina Board of Dietetics/Nutrition stopped him because he breached the licensing law.  This means you can’t give personal diet advice, freely or for compensation, because you breach the unlicensed practice of dietetics and will be criminally charged.  Applying this law seems strange considering people often blog about diabetes and diets.

Steve amended his comments and joined forces with the Institute of Justice to file a lawsuit against the State Board in the federal court.  The question here is, does the government’s power to license occupations supersede one’s right to speak freely.  Only time will tell.

Marietje Schaake @ State of Social Media Summit

Marietje Schaake @ State of Social Media Summit (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Who you choose is your decision.  The government, healthcare sector and businesses in that industry haven’t embraced social media properly.   People use it to find information and treatment for health related issues by researching it or joining online communities and forums.  They hate the system of guidelines because it’s not listening to them.  They want their problem solved.  Greater transparency and online community involvement is needed.  How can governments be involved?  What can the healthcare sector do to improve social media relations?  The solutions are there, you only have to look.

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Posted in D'oh, Ethics

Producing Water from Air in Drought Areas

Logo da fundação Bill & Melinda Gates

Logo da fundação Bill & Melinda Gates (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Can we produce water from air in drought areas?  Yes.  Why’s it important?  It’s simple, the world is running out of land to produce food.  Countries and companies are buying land in other countries to produce food.  Feeding the human population is one of the world’s biggest challenges.  Several foundations, like The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, challenge younger generations to help solve world problems.

Australian industrial designer Edward Linacre, who won the James Dyson Award in November last year, has created a simple Airdrop Irrigation System.  This system obtains water from the humid air by using the soil to lower the temperature to produce condensation.

Namib desert beetle (possibly of genus Onymacr...

Namib desert beetle (possibly of genus Onymacris or Stenocara), in Sossusvlei, Namib desert (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

It’s documented that people turned air into water in ancient Ukrainian towns around 600 BC.  With his research into the Namib Desert beetle, it gave him the concept and insight to use their natural ability.  With nature the providing solution, the logical step to solve the problem was to merge science and nature.

Australian rural communities, and around the world, fight to grow crops in increasingly difficult conditions.  In order to save these communities, he needed to design a way to make it easy for farmers  to install and maintain the system.  So Edward  Linacre produced a low-tech, self-sufficient solar-powered solution.  At this development stage, it produces 40 ml of water in an hour from the air.

Mandala irrigation

Mandala irrigation (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

There’s a lot of interest from around the world and in Australia.  However, it’s the industry interest in trying to develop the concept into the agricultural system and for large-scale development that is the next step of evolution.  Edward’s current aim is to now look for an industry partner.    His goal is to see this implemented in a global scale for drought-stricken communities.  Do you think communities will benefit from this solution?  Should this device be used to help poorer farming communities around the world?  Can solutions be found from merging science and nature?  What other solutions can we create from this concept?

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Posted in Ethics, Whoohoo

June 12, 2012

Decided to change the right side bar.  The Archive widget seems useless, so I have removed it.  I also realised that the RSS feed with the recent articles can replace the recent posts widget.  So I removed it as well.  It looks far better now, I’m glad I did it.  The site is still missing something, what is it?  Dam!  I still haven’t put a “Thank You” page.  I need to fix this asap.

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May 30, 2012

This is a big thank you to all the people who are sharing this site.  I would also like to thank all the people who have added RSS feeds of this site to their communities.  Thanks for sharing and helping to grow this site. 🙂 Keeping this site maintained is never easy and it’s a reminder that when businesses enter social media they need to invest time to help it grow.  Always try to communicate to your followers as much as possible.

Posted in Journal

HTML5 – Merging Websites and Mobile Devices

What’s HTML5?  Why’s it merging websites and mobile devices?  HTML is basically the written coding or language that runs the internet.  It’s going to change the way we deal with the internet using desktops and mobile devices.  In other words, this software update is making our lives easier.  How’s this is going to impact on businesses and online communities?

The main improvement areas are Multimedia, Storage and How we view sites on devices.

English: Computer icon of Adobe Flash CS4 Prof...

English: Computer icon of Adobe Flash CS4 Professional (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

It now supports multimedia,  which means sites can embed media with simple tags.  To put it simply, you will no longer need to download plugins like Adobe Flash or Java to watch videos or listen to music.  This also means streaming multimedia on smartphones without the need for plugins.

Then comes storage that allows you to store offline data for web apps.  This means that you can create files or draft emails when your offline and when you connect it will automatically synchronise with the web-based app.

The biggest impact will be in viewing sites on devices.  It  adjusts automatically to the size of the browser in displaying the size and amount of text on it.  To simplify it, you’ll only need a website for mobile devices.  This is a big bonus for businesses and online communities.  This means that it will be cheaper to produce than mobile apps for systems like iOS or Android.  This may mean that organisations don’t need to hire developers to make digital, app-like experiences.

Icarus Tablet Bluefire

Icarus Tablet Bluefire (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

There’s also a greater increase in the use of drag and drop function on websites and apps.  It’s going to streamline many of the common functions for users.

As a consumer, we won’t notice it.  Maybe, televisions and appliances with screens will probably be the next evolution stage.    Businesses need to think how to incorporate layouts and designs to make website content appealing.  Why?  Mobile users can now see you.  Does your site need a social media facelift?  Time to look at free sites that offer drag and drop templates for business websites.

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Posted in Software, Trends

Can Shareholders Drive Company Change?

Citigroup Center building at 500 W. Madison St...

Citigroup Center building at 500 W. Madison St Chicago, IL, USA. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Can Shareholders drive company change?  Yes, as CEO’s run the company for shareholders.  Many shareholders have forgotten the power that they can make changes if they believe the company is not heading in the right direction.  This is due to the fact that shareholders didn’t concentrate on company long terms goals for profitability.

CEO’s and the company board have worked  on short-term goals to produce record company profits and increase the stock value.  Why?  Due to the fact that they’re paid “Bonuses” for achieving these goals.  The sad reality is that these companies will fall due to the lack of long-term goals that involve building for the future generation.

With the recent fall of iconic company brands, do shareholders want lip service from these CEO’s?  Their pay packet has increase greatly, but the share value has become stagnant.  Why are Shareholders letting this continue?

In a recent article by Patrick Allen, he talks about shareholder insurrection.   Shareholders rejected the pay deal of a CEO,  he resigned and still got a golden payout.  This is building distrust between shareholders and senior staff.  Company boards need to be more open to shareholders for a resolution on the executive income model.

GE Shareholder Meeting protest

GE Shareholder Meeting protest (Photo credit: Fuzzytek)

Shareholders have to force management to change and drop the “Retention Bonus” and “Payouts” mentality.  We need to start creating more meaningful rewards focusing on real long-term growth.

Reward CEO’s for genuinely improving the business and pay them modestly.  Business does  not improve  if you strip staff, smash unions and cut costs where possible.  If CEO’s are serious about cutting costs then the board would all take a pay cut and reduce bonuses and payouts.

Shareholders need to understand that CEO’s who focus on long-term goals to improve the business need time to slowly and patiently build the market value.  This should lead to a rise in share prices and dividends.  It’s about building for the next generation.

There are shareholders growing around the world that are starting to feel that the high pay packets for CEO’s are over rated.  The time of action has come and they are making the change.  They are voting against these high pay packets of CEO’s in companies like Citigroup and Credit Suisse.  As a Shareholder, are you sick of the pay racket?  Do you want change?  Will you as a Shareholder drive the company to change?  What other business concepts is useful?

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Posted in Business, Ideas, Management

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