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About eight years ago, when I was working at the National Library of Australia, I had the opportunity to visit Vision Australia. We were user testing the Newspapers website and I went to observe a blind person navigate their way through a few set tasks.

Our user was an experienced online researcher. […]

By |November 2nd, 2015|Product reviews|0 Comments

Olixar bluetooth speakers make music memories

Olixar bluetooth speakers
I think most of us associate memories with music. How can I forget Leonard Cohen’s plaintive Suzanne in the seventies, keeping me company on lonely nights? Or anything by Van Morrison, crooning love and dancing in the moonlight?

I remember listening with my transistor pressed to my ear, wishing I was crossing that Bridge Over […]

By |October 11th, 2015|Product reviews|0 Comments

How to be a Digital Editor – presentation to the Canberra Society of Editors

Thanks to the Canberra Society of Editors for this review:
Being an editor in a digital world
Well, that certainly sent a few CSE members home ponderin’ and weighin’! I’m talking about Bobby Graham’s thought-provoking presentation at our June general meeting about the editor’s role in producing digital content for websites, mobile phones and tablets.

The usual number […]

By |October 1st, 2015|digital|0 Comments

Tim tests the Mac Large Print Keyboard

Is your vision a bit low? Try the Mac Large Print Keyboard.
My life is divided into three low vision experiences. The first was from the age of five years to 20 years when I wore thick glasses. In those days as a teenager, it was embarrassing to wear specs. Remember the saying, ‘Guys don’t make passes […]

By |September 22nd, 2015|Product reviews|0 Comments

Kitsound Peruvian Audio Beanie

Canberra is cold in winter. Most June mornings we’ve woken to temperatures well below zero. That makes walking the dog not much fun. I have to rug up with layers, coat, gloves and a beanie just to get out of the door. And walking at 6.00 am can be a bit dull as it’s still […]

By |June 29th, 2015|Product reviews|0 Comments

Editing in the digital age

The Interim Digital Transformation Office has put forward the notion of ‘Chief Editors’ in the public service.
I like the suggestion as it coincides with a talk I’m giving to the Canberra Society of Editors on what it means to be an editor in the digital age. How has editing changed over the past few […]

By |June 24th, 2015|publishing, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Bibi tests Gumdrop for iPad

With the new Gumdrop rugged protective case for iPad, I’m never again going to be able to use the excuse, ‘My dog ate my homework’.

I thought this hardy, rubberised protection capsule wouldn’t suit my needs, but I was pleasantly surprised. The tyre-like toughened backing feels good to hold and the screen protector allows me to […]

By |June 1st, 2015|iPad, Uncategorized|0 Comments

It’s a digital world: write, edit, index

Over the past decade, print publications have been published online as PDF. While I like PDF for various reasons, it doesn’t provide the most readable content, particularly on my iPhone.

I work with clients to convert these print-ready PDFs into alternative digital formats: HTML for web pages and ePUB for iOS and Android.

Digital first
This retrofitting process […]

By |May 19th, 2015|digital, Uncategorized|0 Comments

#fashfest at #CBR

Its fun to fashion from time to time. Last Friday evening Bridget and I went to #fashfest, Canberra’s premier fashion show.

It was catwalking, colours and clothes – all the way. We had prime seats in the second row – after posing for our celebrity shot in front of the media wall.

The audience was young, old […]

By |May 18th, 2015|Bobby|0 Comments

We will remember them: Canberra’s war memorials

Our city is the location of memorials of several kinds. We have memorials dedicated to Canberrans who have served and died . . . These memorials reflect a common human desire to remember the past, and to commemorate war’s effects, in deaths and in other sacrifices. This book offers a superb opportunity to learn more […]

By |April 28th, 2015|books, Uncategorized|0 Comments