On The Social Media Aspects Of Blogging

Note: this was the first blog post written for DECO7350, but the date was changed to make it into the master feed for the subject. The link "This is DECO7350!" originally referred to the URL "". That website has been taken down, and its blog posts have been gathered here.

Kicking out the JAMMs for 2012

The DECO7350 tutorial on the 13th of August was a group discussion on a single article: Flexible collaboration transparency: supporting worker independence in replicated application-sharing systems. The paper concerned itself with the design and analysis of the collaboration transparency system Flexible JAMM (Java Applets Made Multiuser). I thought it would be good to investigate the software, and put it through its paces. Alas, the last iteration of the software and its website (with its badly anti-aliased pictures) was 1998. This makes it to the web what the pre-Cambrian era is to geology, and I did not feel comfortable working through the build instructions, dealing with primeval versions of the Java API as they did. Since I wanted to get my collaborative awareness on as easily as possible, I reckoned it would be best to look up alternatives to Flexible JAMM.

Cultural Competency and Indigenous Education

There's been a bit of consternation at Larvatus Prodeo over the post Culture Wars: self-fulfilling prophecy time. The gist is that Universities Australia have a new National Best Practice Framework for Indigenous Cultural Competency. "Not something, if you read the key points, I’d have thought should be overly controversial". Yet at the end, we had:

Võ Nguyên Giáp: 100 years old today.

It's newsworthy. Not many other veterans from the Việt Nam conflict got to score a century. So what would I like to say about him? I'd like to avoid the twin perils of hagiography and defamation. Let's go with a small bullet point history.

Nguyễn Cao Kỳ (1930-2011)

And so departs a Prime Minister and Vice President of South Việt Nam...