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13
Jan
09

Today’s Special Links | Links do dia

At yesterday’s “Creating Video Narratives” workshop at Beyond Bootcamp, Washington Post video journalist Travis Fox shared his 10 guidelines for making video reports.

  • Golden Rule 6 Get close to the subject when interviewing them for audio purposes
  • Golden Rule 5: Stay quiet when shooting
  • Golden Rule 4: If you do not get the shot, you do not have it.

The new year brings with it the startling reality that I have got less than a month left on my NCTJ course.

I don’t know which scares me more: having to pass my exams in three weeks; or having to find a job. Probably both in equal measure.

While trying to decipher the difference between a ‘revenue support grant’ and ‘relative needs formulae’, I am also overhauling my CV.

Writing a CV is really difficult, especially when you think about the 50 million other people chasing the same jobs as you.

  • How do you make it stand out?
  • How many pages should it be?
  • Should you play it really straight?
  • Should you give it a humorous slant etc?
  • Is it okay to have gaps in your employment?
  • What if you haven’t worked for anyone yet?
  • Should you have a kitten pattern border running around it?

One of the common complaints from people in journalism about bloggers is that we just comment on reports in the news, we don’t do original reporting. It’s so often repeated it’s become a cliche, but it’s simply not true and I can prove it.

Seth Godin offers an interesting suggestion – and a wake-up call – to local newspapers hoping to get more local in a post titled Time to start a newspaper. The twist is that he’s offering this advice to real estate brokers or plumbers or anyone in local business looking to grow their local presence. And he thinks it would be easy to do:

Here’s how I would do it. Assume you’ve got six people in your office. Each person is responsible to do two things each day:

* Interview a local business, a local student or a local political activist. You can do it by phone, it can be very short and it might take you ten minutes.

* Get 20 households to ’subscribe’ by giving you their email address and asking for a free subscription. You can use direct contact or flyers or speeches to get your list.

As old media races to catch up with the Web and figure out how to successfully monetize print content online, one publication is taking a drastically different approach: web to print.

The Printed Blog, a startup founded and funded by former business productivity software entrepreneur Joshua Karp, is launching a twice-daily free print newspaper in cities across the country aggregating localized blog posts.

“Why hasn’t anyone tried to take the best content and bring it offline?” said Karp, who thinks print media is far from dying.

Continuing the free ebook spree, I’ve found 3 more on creativity and design.

The Vignelli Canon How do you design?

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02
Dez
08

Livros de informática antigos | Old Computer Books

Dictionaire de l'informatique - Pierre Morvan, 1988

Dictionaire de L'Iinformatique, P.Morvan 1988

Há algum tempo atrás as pessoas confiavam nos livros para aprender coisas. Aliás, os livros eram a principal fonte de conhecimento para gerações anteriores.

Durante uma limpeza aqui em casa descobri uma preciosidade da época em que me comecei a interessar por computadores (mas não tinha dinheiro para comprar um): o Dicionário de Informática, que me foi tão útil como um frigorífico no Pólo Norte, porque se dedicava a sistemas de informação e mainframes, programação hardcore, bleargh.

Depois lembrei-me que tinha outro livro, mais acessível, o Primeiros Passos em Informática, esse mais dirigido para utilizadores caseiros.

Once upon a time people relied on books to learn things. As a matter of fact, books were the main source of knowledge for previous generations.

During some housekeeping i found a treasure from those days of yonder when i started to get interested by computers (but couldn’t afford to buy one): the Computing Dictionary, that was as useful to me as a fridge in the North Pole, because it was more about information systems and mainframes, hardcore programming, bleargh.

Then i remembered that i had another book from those days, more easy to follow, entitled First Steps in Computers, that one written for more personal systems and home users.

Computer schematics,Dictionaire de L'Informatique

Computer schematics,Dictionaire de L'Informatique

A parte divertida é ver como as coisas mudaram em apenas duas décadas, dois terços da minha vida (ainda sou um jovem!). Nos items que constam  nesta viagem ao passado disquetes floppy que armazenavam uns imensos 360k e comandos em DOS.

Estes não são manuais de programação em Basic como havia para o ubíquo Spectrum – eu tentei fazer algumas coisas, mas estava mais interessado em esperar pela mensagem “Tape Load Error”- mas são também documentos de uma época em que o computador pessoal se insinuava cada vez mais na vida das pessoas, e a web ainda não era o que é hoje.

The fun part of this is to see how things have changed in just two decades, two thirds of my life (yeah, i’m still a young man!). Among the items that we can find in this journey to the past are floppy disks that stored a humungous 360k and DOS command lines.

These aren’t Basic programming manuals like there used to have for the ubiquituous Spectrum – i tried to do some, but i was far more interested in waiting for the dreadful “Tape Load Error” message -but are too documents of a time when the personal computers were starting to infiltrate into people’s lives, and the web didn’t stand for what it means today.

Premiere Pas en Informatique, 1987

Premiere Pas en Informatique, 1987

Floppy disks

Floppy disks

De destacar a frase que Pierre Morvan escreveu no prefácio do seu Dicionário: “…escrever  um dicionário de Informática implica alguns riscos: o risco de uma definição se tornar obsoleta mal acabou de ser redigida”. O que era verdade na altura mantém-se como verdade agora.

E vocês? Ainda têm alguns livros do género a apanhar pó algures aí em casa? Mandem fotos, e contem-nos o que se lembram dessa época.

I have to highlight a thought Pierre Morvan left in the preface of his Dictionary: “…writing a computer  science dictionary implies taking some risks: the risk of a definition becoming obsolete the moment it was written down”. What was true then, is still true now.

And what about you? Do you still have this kind of books gathering dust somewhere in your house? Send us some pics and tell us of what you remember from those days.

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