What's happening elsewhere

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The web and social media have turned many of us who never dreamed we'd be speaking in public into public speakers. It's turned us into online job seekers and buyers. It's taught us how to take a computer to a public coffee house or bookstore to do our day's work in a crowded place. This week's look at the blog world offers up some ideas on those topics.

Are you now or will you be a public speaker in the future? (Sounds like an FBI question, doesn't it?) Blogger Lisa Williams, in her article GTD for Public Speaking: Event Prep Checklist PDF and Lisa’s Presentation Tips has some excellent recommendations for present and future public speakers. She tells you how to get organized before the event and what to do during the event.

A couple of tips I found especially important:

Do not trust the local technology.
Do not assume that the Internet will work. Take screenshots or screen video of the sites you want to demonstrate. Less stable but quicker, load them as tabs in a tabbed browser and flip through the tabs as you talk (but if you accidentally click a link, you may not be able to reload if the internet connection is not good). Do not assume that you will be able to demo audio from your computer unless you specifically ask.

Do not trust your own technology.
Your computer may fail or may not cooperate with the projector. Burn your presentation onto a CD, put it onto a USB drive, and make one version of your presentation in PDF (because that will work even if the laptop you borrow doesn’t have Keynote or Powerpoint.

Sharon at Ghosts in the Machine wrote about Lessons from the massive privacy breach at Monster.com. As you may know, monster.com is a huge job search site, where many people have posted resumes containing personal information. Monster was breached by hackers this week and over a million people's personal data was stolen.

Ghosts in the Machine lists seven tips to safeguard your information, and comments,

Most of us wouldn’t leave our houses without locking the doors, but we can so easily become complacent about the amount and type of personal information we share in our day-to-day activities.

Always ask yourself: is the convenience worth the potential risk?

San Francisco's brave experiment to provide city-wide free wireless seems to have suffered some setbacks this week. Earthlink pulled out the deal, leaving Google as the only provider. Earthlink was supposed to provide high-speed fee-based wireless. Google's free but slower service continues. All is not lost as Engadget reports:

For those paying attention, you'd know that betting the farm on San Francisco's muni WiFi project ever coming together wouldn't exactly be the best move, but it appears that Sonic.Net is stepping in to provide an alternative. The California-based ISP has reportedly conjured up an initiative to bring an ad-supported MuniFi model to San Franciscans.

I didn't bet the farm on it, but I'm clinging to the pipe dream that free wireless for both phones and computers will some day be as common as the free radio and TV signals we can now grab out of the air.

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