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Catching up – Metro Trains website

Having moved across to Reactive a few weeks ago (might have spoken about that, think I did), I want to start to point to some of the excellent work that is being done by the team.

First of the bat is the Metro trains website, which went live a couple of weeks ago now.

http://www.metrotrains.com.au/

Metro are the new metropolitan rail service for Melbourne, having inherited the network from Connex.

Executive Presence blog

Have been reading a bit from Harrison Monarth’s ‘Executive Presence’ blog recently and have just bought the book – a very good read I thought and I like a lot of the ideas and strategies put forward in his writings.

I’d recommend the blog, extremely good read.

Advisor: My husband has a virtual girlfriend

Okay so I started reading this because I loved the slightly creepy flavor that it left in my mouth…people tend to do some weird shit when confronted with things like dating sims and this was an interesting look into that world.

http://www.boingboing.net/2009/10/27/advisor-my-husband-h.html

Plus I always did like Boing Boing. But I digress.

The thing that really got me thinking was one of the comments at the end of the story;

“I have a box of dead Tamagochi from my kids I feel weird throwing them away the kids loved them so much but being kids moved on to other things and you you can bring them back to life I guess but its weird”

I loved the whole feeling of this post – in the end the kids went beyond the bounds of the virtual, got bored and moved on to something else – and yet the slightly weird feeling of harbouring the dead remains (even if you CAN bring them back to life!).

Virtualisation of both pets and relationships doesn’t change our basic frameworks for dealing with existence, and as such we still place the same mores and values around the virtual relationships (and lives) as we do around the ‘real’. So we can end up in some very strange situations (but the Tamagotchi is DEAD daddy!).

I wonder at how this is going to affect us as virtualisation becomes more entrenched in many aspects of society and we get more ‘virtual’ relationships…

Future iPods

Kinda liked the idea of an iPod ring, maybe just because I don’t wear them…

http://holykaw.alltop.com/a-glimpse-into-the-future-of-ipods

Open Text Fax Solutions

Another Open Text site that we launched over the past few days is the Fax Solutions website (the new brand for Captaris).

Relatively short turn-around when compared to the Connectivity site – this one was done in around 2 months and was the result of the trip that Ayesha and I took to Seattle to meet with the Captaris team and Paul Stables, who is Open Text’s Head of Digital.

Very good trip in the end and the site has hit all of the goals that were set for it so far, which is great to see (launched on time too!).

http://faxsolutions.opentext.com/

Open Text Connectivity

Went live with the new website for Open Text’s Connectivity brand (formerly Hummingbird) a couple of days ago – really nice to see this one go live finally as it had been a very lengthy project with a lot of technical hurdles attached to it.

Lots of extension of RedDot functionality though so there is likely a fair bit of knowledge and value that we’ll get out of this one (plus it is a great looking website too!

http://connectivity.opentext.com/

ACMI site refresh is live!

Since 2001, Areeba have partnered with the Australian Centre for the Moving Image. The 2009 refresh that we have completed was delivered on the Open Text WSS (RedDot) CMS Platform and is Phase 2 of a rejuvenation project which has seen production workflow improved, the content management system has become the major hub of all the organisation’s published content and the homepage and internal pages have been creatively redesigned.

Managed this one through from start to finish and I think we came up with a really nice result overall

Radiohead Blazes a Marketing Trail – good read I thought

Really liked this one, good article…

PARIS — Epochal pronouncements from rock stars should sometimes be taken with a dose of skepticism. In 1966, John Lennon declared that the Beatles were more popular than Jesus. Since the 1960s, Jesus has enjoyed a bit of a comeback, while the Beatles’ music is still unavailable from legitimate digital music services

But people in the music industry tend to listen to Thom Yorke, lead singer in the British alternative rock group Radiohead, for Radiohead has cultivated a reputation as one of the most future-proof bands around.

Read it here…

Mobile Surfing – FaceBook and Bebo

This one from Business and Leadership – FaceBook and Bebo are now apparently the most popular social networking sites for mobile surfers. See article here

6 Steps to Kill your community

Really liked this one, it was worth a read

6 Steps to kill your community, plus another seven bonus ones!

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