Saving Skype Voicemail

This is not particularly new, but I thought it worth making a note of, since there still seems to be some confusion about whether it’s possible to save Skype voicemail messages as audio files onto your computer. There are other ways, but this one, posted at SkypeJournal last year by a guy called Carlos, does the …

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Conflicts of Interest, And The Search for Truth

Michael Arrington of TechCrunch has an interesting post about conflicts of interest, bounced off a comment by Jason Calacanis who quoted a rumor he had heard that it was possible to “buy a review at TechCrunch”. (In other words, pay money to get a positive review on the website). There are some good points in …

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Blogs and Diaries from the War

I’ve been writing in my WSJ.com column recently about the loss of tangible history, where our move to digital artefacts — letters replaced by emails, snapshots by digital pictures, SMS messages by postcards — is depriving of us of things we can touch to reconnect us to the past. A wonderful piece by the NYT’s …

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A Patch in Time?

Further to my earlier post about what I felt was Symantec’s somewhat tardy and insubstantial public response to the discovery of a serious vulnerability in its own Antivirus software, I don’t feel much more at ease after an email exchange with their PR folk. First off, Symantec has, by midday in the Asian day, come …

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The Presence Problem

Steve Smith of Lavalife makes a good point about the surge of new products which extend the use of Skype beyond the desktop. Great for mobility and wider access, bad for one of the key benefits that IM-related programs like Skype bring us: presence. (Presence merely means being able to signal whether you’re online, whether …

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A Fatwa Against SMS Scams

Indonesia’s Islamic council of ulemas, MUI, has concluded their session with the issuance of the nineteen fatwas, or legal opinion concerning Islamic Law. Contrary to what the non-Muslim world thinks, a fatwa is not a sort of death sentence, although in certain circumstances and for some people they can be. Most are mere clarifications on where …

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Indonesia’s Quake

For anyone interested in helping the victims of the Yogyakarta earthquake, in which thousands of people have been killed inside their heavy stone and slate homes, here’s Indonesia Help – Earthquake and Tsunami Victims. Sadly, this website was originally set up for the tsunami, now 17 months ago, but has been quickly resurrected to provide …

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Reporting Timor

Further to my post about the dearth, despite millions of dollars of aid, of any local Timorese media outlet reporting the chaos/civil war going on Timor Lorasae, here are some bloggers who stepped into the breach. Of course, they probably have satellite connections, but they convey authentic and powerful accounts of what they’ve seen: Diligence, …

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Symantec’s Hole

I am starting to be a bit concerned about the future of blogs, but there’s no question a blog is the best way to get information out to people quickly, especially if it’s about the Internet, technology or tech-related stuff. It needn’t be a blog, but it needs to share the blog’s most powerful features …

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Internet Darkness Over Timor

Timor-Leste is, sadly, again exploding into violence as disgruntled former soldiers have turned on their former bosses. Australian and New Zealand troops have been deployed in the country in a sad echo of what happened in 1999. This after billions of dollars of aid from the West to rebuild a nation that survived a quarter century …

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