25 September 2014



I have been using SoundCloud for a while now as a way of improving my ukulele playing.

The latest app however, no longer supports commenting. Huh! I know right? I can’t even reply to other people who leave comments on my recordings without going to the website.

So I went looking for an alternative because I always like to try new things anyway.  Audioboo – now Audioboom – popped into my twitter stream from someone talking about using it with students to record podcasts from field trips.

So here is one I made earlier. The Android app for this also does not seem to support commenting. I also cannot get the app to work on my Acer Iconia tablet. Just crashes. But it’s OK on my Samsung phone.

More experimenting to be done with this I think.

24 August 2014

Sharing some Twitter experiences

During the week I met with some of the Bond University Women’s Network organisers to share our experiences with Twitter.

On the 19th of September they are hosting an event (Speak Up Forum) where we are going to experiment with social media as a way to introduce another dimension into the BUWN experience for members and others to share ideas and speak up about issues affecting them.

So we went around the table and talked about the things we knew about twitter (very limited number of characters, lots of rubbish on there) and what we didn’t know about twitter (how do hashtags work, how to have an effective network focusing on big issues and not just cat pictures, what’s an RT and an MT).

I used this slideset as a starting point to cover off some basic content – Thank you Benoit Guilbaud @benguilbaud.

Some other tips and resources:
  1. Use a photo or avatar or logo – don’t just use the egghead – to distinguish yourself from other twitter users
  2. Twitter’s very own getting started guide is worth a look at and should reflect any recent changes to Twitter functionality.
  3. Consider TweetDeck or Hootsuite for a dashboard look at Twitter and the ability to schedule tweets if you get seriously into twitter
  4. 7 steps to building an effective Twitter network
  5. The more you contribute, the more you’ll get out of it

CAUL Leadership Institute

Recently I was in Canberra for two days at the CAUL Leadership Institute.
Attendees were from Australian and New Zealand universities and we were treated to the counsel of some University Librarians (Directors) and experts in the higher education arena. I found all of the sessions very accessible – even on Friday afternoon (Day 2) it was still easy to stay focussed.
We had a mix of presentations, conversational question and answer panel sessions and activities. Nothing as confronting as Aurora – which I was fortunate enough to be at in 2004 – but engaging and quite fun. Who would have imagined having 2 minutes to pitch quite outrageous business plans to fictitious Vice Chancellors?

Ian Young, VC from Australian National University set the scene for us with his outlook for the higher education sector, Maree Conway got us practising some foresight skills, Sue McKerracher Executive Director of ALIA was the one who took us down the outrageous business pitch track, Belinda Robinson Chief Executive of Universities Australia shared her insights into communication strategies using the successful #scrapthecap campaign as a case study.

Topics ranged over strategic thinking and how that is different to strategic planning, communicating, presenting yourself and your message, lifestyles of the rich and famous, er… work-life balance, and more.
Thank you to the very generous and frank sharing from those involved in organising and presenting, and a big thank you to fellow attendees for some stimulating conversations and networking.

I certainly felt revved up at the end, and my brain was buzzing as I waited for my flight at the airport on the Friday evening. Strategic communications from our managers' group is one of the things I have already put on the agenda for our next meeting, and my LinkedIn network has grown as a direct result of the connections made at this event.

Lake Burley Griffin at sunrise on a cold morning.

I managed to get up early both days to take a walk in the cold Canberra air. This first shot was taken on Thursday morning at sunrise at Lake Burley Griffin. It was -2°C. The next day was quite balmy at 1°C and I walked up to Parliament House.

20 August 2014

Blogging from Word

I used to like using Live Writer for blogging, but last time I tried I couldn't find an updated version to install. So, I thought I'd give the Word blog template a go.

This post is being composed in Word.

I'm not very confident about how pictures will work as the set up doesn't seem to enable posting pictures the way LiveWriter did when posting to Blogger.


Let's see.

Lakhsa photo – attempting to upload from a local drive:


Inserting a picture from linked Flickr account:

Inserting a chart – pretty neat.

Inserting a screenshot – captures and inserts directly into editor. But will it upload?


How will the table look?








Only Blood Oranges


29 July 2014

Automated Task creation from Evernote Checklist

This tweet intrigued me this morning. Thanks @colwar

By this afternoon I had automated tasks being added to Outlook based on checklists in Evernote notes. And still managed to fit meetings and other work in between. I didn’t worry about the text expansion aspects described at the post as my tablet/phone apps for Evernote have easy to insert checkboxes anyway.
My steps…
  1. Using this post from DEG Consulting via @tabletproductiv as a guide I signed up for TaskClone
  2. In TaskClone I set Task App to Outlook and Task App Destination Email to my work email address. Along the way I tested sending these to a Trello board and it worked great. I just don’t want to use Trello for work reminders.
  3. I set my TaskClone:Evernote corresponding tag to #todo so that TaskClone knows which Evernote notes it should monitor. Each checklist item gets its own task created so they can be managed separately. This image shows the note after it has been handled by TaskClone which sets |TC| after each checkbox so that if the note is updated in the future and new checklist items are added it knows not to duplicate existing tasks.
  4. In Outlook I had to set up a rule that runs a script based on this advice. I may need to tweak the script (setting different due dates) & rule (deleting the email) but I now have tasks being created based on emails received.
Downside: This script will only run in Outlook client (not on Exchange server), so the tasks will not be syncronised to my phone/tablet until I’ve logged in at work. Using other compatible task managers would avoid this. For example with Trello the items appeared immediately as tasks in the app.