By Stephen Downes
September 22, 2004

Travellers Rejecting Hotels with Iffy Wi-Fi Service - Survey
This is my second and final newsletter from Cairns - it's off to the Great Barrier reef this morning and then on the flight to Darwin this evening. I now have something like fifteen or twenty hours of audio recordings. Anyhow, this article suggests that travellers are avoiding hotels with iffy WiFi connections. Funny. I have yet to find broadband in a hotel hre (and am really feeling hobbled by it). Oh, for a wireless feed! By John Tilak, Digital Media Europe, September 22, 2004 [Refer][Research][Reflect]

BlogWalk 4.0 Aftermath
Coverage of the recent BlogWalk 4.0 conference in London. The BlogWalk series of confrences have been consistently insightful, so this item will be worth a look. Notice the conference-specific aggregation of RSS feeds, just as I described here on the Sunshine Coast and in Cairns. By Sebastian Fiedler, Seblogging, September 22, 2004 [Refer][Research][Reflect]

Link-Only (Basic Blog Post Formats, Part 1)
I'm not going to link to all seven parts of this series as they unroll, but the tolic is intriguing and this link will get you started if you're interested. The author is beginning a series of posts on types of blog posts, beginning with the basic link post. If the rest of this series follows this lead, the types will be defined and advantages and disadvantages of each will be described. By Amy Gahran, Contentious, September 22, 2004 [Refer][Research][Reflect]

How Blog and Wiki Fit Together (For Me)
I've been talking a lot over the last week about blogs and wikis. This item looks at how the two technologies fit together. My plan is to put together (or convince someone to put together) a small addition to wiki software that allows a wiki page to import an RSS feed - preferably a topic-specific RSS feed that aggregates a number of blogs, and to place that feed inside a wiki page. Via Owrede Log. By Julian, Synthesia, September 20, 2004 [Refer][Research][Reflect]

A New Low For Spammers: MLX Package Comment Spams
MLX is a system for exchanging learning objects, and it support comments on these objects. For some reason (because spammers usually pick bigger targets) it has been spammed. I'm sure Alan would agree with me now, 'Pull' is the future of the web, 'Push' is just an open invitation for spammers. Getting Google to tweak PageRank won't fix this; it is impossible to keep spam out. By Alan Levine, CogDogBlog, September 20, 2004 [Refer][Research][Reflect]

Peter Hope's MA Thesis
I haven't read this, but I want to make sure not to lose it. So here is the link, and I'm sure it's good stuff, because Peter Hope knows as much about learning object metadata and SCORM as anyone. By Peter Hope, Undated [Refer][Research][Reflect]

Business Networking Systems, Dead Already?
The death knell has sounded for social networking systems, and I have to agree, because they don't do what they are supposed to do, which is to link people together. My analysis - and I have talked about this before - is that because these systems are centralized and isolated from each other, and because they allow only the exchange of messages, they do not provide very good connectivity at all. A social networking system must be, like society, distributed. By John C. Dvorak, PC Magazine, September 20, 2004 [Refer][Research][Reflect]

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