Email usage drops in Canada


Two surverys, one by Ipsos Reid and another by comScore,  show that online email usage in Canada is declining. This change this reflects the generational shift toward SMS and social communications. It is unclear exactly what this will mean for the long term outlook of email relevancy.


Finally Bill C-28 - Canada's anti-spam / online protection act - is passed


Until today, Canada was the only G8 nation to NOT have an anti-spam law. The law, which I originally wrote about back in May 2009, got lost in the conservative government's mess of prorogation but finally came back to the floor in May of this year. Oddly, the lawmakers couldn't agree on a name for the law, so they passed it without one.

RSS in 100 seconds


When you've repeated the same information time and time again, maybe that's the reason you should make something to share. Here's a little informational video on RSS feeds.

Website development: a content strategy process


The website development process has come of age and finally moved beyond the old models from print and advertising, one where we focus on the content that the user will engage with from the very start. Today we plan sites starting with content.

Satellites overhead - moment of geek


To know when the International Space Station has flown over my location is just thrilling to me. As is the idea of doing my best to calculate when it will next pass over my region. Yes, I'm sure there is another place out there where I can find that information already calculated, but that takes away just a little of the challenge.

"Online users don't read." Wrong, they DO!


So just how true is the belief or common wisdom that online users don't read, only skim, and have no attention spam? If that's true, do we only go on the web to watch youTube videos? I don't think so. I think we seek information.

Productivity - Microsoft updates messing with mouse functioning in Word


This post is a much a note to myself for the next time this happens, sorry for the indulgence but I hope it helps someone else too. I've just lost too much time looking for the answer to this when it happens. As it's VERY important to get these steps exactly right, you just don't want to go with the "I think this was what I did last time" attitude.

Immediately after an automatic update from Microsoft I was no longer able to use my mouse within a Word 2007 document. It didn't matter if it was a new document or an existing one. The only thing I could make the mouse action on were the ribbons. Word allowed me to move around and work in the document with keyboard stroke but nothing was happening with the mouse.

Citizens bug Google's Street View Car


Not everyone is as enamoured with Google Street View in the same manner as I am, strangely some people think it's an invasion of privacy.For once, instead of being the one doing the so called "spying" the Google car was spied on for a while.

Where are my referrals from Twitter in my website statistics?


The short answer is they’re there but you’ll never really see all of them. That is of course until you make an effort to go get them.

A little love for Google Street View


I'm not the only one who thinks Google Street View is fantastic. Some devotes a little time to create something fun to honor it.