The Channel products and services directory

The Channel products and services directory exists to allow the online listing of products and services in the Channel region. All line listings are free. Yes, that’s right free. So if you have a business, service, product, community group or organisation that you wish to promote online – well here is a good starting point.

Some conditions apply of course! You, your business, service, product or group must be either based in the “Channel” region or adequately demonstrate that you “serve” the region – even though you may not reside or operate from the Channel. When using the free online directory you would also agree to provide your details – name, email and phone – so we can keep we can keep in touch with you with news, special offers and keep you up to date with Channel happenings. We undertake to NOT share this list of members with anyone else – it is purely for the use of the Channel Telegraph.

We can of course offer a fee-for-service advertising and promotion solution to suit your business, product or service needs – from dedicated web pages hosted on the Channel Telegraph, online display adverts, through to web and email hosting services for your online identity and tailored web site designs. Working in conjunction with Tweezy New Media – we have all your online needs covered.

Quick – get a Wiki

In Hawaii wiki means “quick”. On the web it’s a wiki you goto to find the information you need – now! (Idle Thought: Just how many people answer questions on radio quiz shows while key-tapping on a Wiki or Google? I have sometimes searched for an answer to a puzzler – but not as a participant!).

The most well known Wiki is of course Wikipedia. It’s essentially an online encyclopedia that has been around since 2001 and has become a very popular way to get some quick facts and figures. It is often criticised for being inaccurate, with concerns over the “independent” nature of the edits made by anonymous contributors. There have been some interesting “edits” made on Wikipedia. Like Pepsi changing some adverse comments on the effects of Pepsi on your health; someone at the New York Times adding the word “jerk” many times in an entry on George Bush..and many more. How were these edits found out? Well try WikiScanner – a site that allows you to check what IP address made anonymous edits on Wikipedia and then that IP address can be linked to a particular organisation. Wikipedia itself has a good article on the WikiScanner.

But Wikis can be much, much more. Anyone can set up a Wiki. You can even get one hosted for free. I have personal experience in using Wikis. I am helping build an Oral Histories Wiki for my local community. All that are involved can log in and make edits and additions. In another example, our community are doing something local in relation to Climate Change by establishing a Wiki network where information can be exchanged – like car-pooling, buying fresh food locally and so on – visit the Channel Community Network Wiki.

Wikis are these days increasingly used by all manner of groups, organisations and businesses for collaborative access and contribution to a diverse range of data. A good blog that covers many of the issues relating to the rise and rise of Wikis is Grow Your Wiki - it has a great range of articles on Wikis and Web2 – well worth a look.

To get you started here is a short list of free Wikis:

Wetpaint

Wikispaces

Wikidot

PBWiki

Zoho

NOTCOT

There is so much to see on the web! And so little time to actually getting around to seeing it…

Here begins a new category that will build to be (hopefully) a useful list of the unusual, the weird, the fun, the educational and the down right strange – all out there on the web…ideas and suggestions welcomed!

First cab off the rank is NOTCOT.org – I like the approach and there are some excellent design and art links – together with some interesting content across a range of topics – mostly “picture posts” with links to the original source.

NOTCOT is a fascinating repository of design and ideas. This is what NOTCOT say about themselves:

NOTCOT Inc is a growing network of design sites currently including NOTCOT.com and innovative community contributed sites NOTCOT.org + TasteSpotting.com + NotCouture.com.

NOTCOT is a visual filtration of ideas + aesthetics + amusements. NOTCOT’s two sites have become the daily sources of inspiration for creatives everywhere, fighting the good fight against “creative block” since 2005 with visually stunning imagery, the latest in international trends, and a passion for all things well designed.

NOTCOT.ORG is a community of creatives, design lovers, and trendsetters – where .org serves as the studio bulletin board gone digital – each image and caption brings you to a place worth visiting. It’s about sharing what inspires you. Bookmarks, del.icio.us, digg, blogrolls, etc. make you read, search and think. This is the PICTUREBOOK to their novel. NOTCOT.COM is the editorial face of NOTCOT, offering in-depth features on products, artists, technology, innovation, and up-and-coming trends….

Web 2.0

Web 2.0 is one of the many changes we have seen in recent years. Web 2.0, a phrase coined by O’Reilly Media in 2004, refers to…

a perceived second-generation of Web-based services—such as social networking sites, wikis, communication tools, and folksonomies—that emphasize online collaboration and sharing among users. …(ref: wikipedia).

The development of Web 2.0 applications across the web is staggering. Just a quick glance at the plethora of apps at a directory site like Go2Web20 is mind boggling! While many seem to offer a different way of doing the same thing – many are an indication of the way in which we use the web is changing. As we build The Channel Telegraph we will try and highlight the good, bad and ugly of those Web 2.0 apps that seem to be popping into hyperspace every minute of the day…somewhere in the world.

Getting a better broadband deal…

I shouldn’t complain I am very happy with Netspace and the broadband plan I have chosen. $49.95 for 512Kbps @ 30 gb download…for those who live on my side of the black stump – that’s not bad…

But surely we must start to get a better ADSL internet access service, together with competitive pricing in Australia…

While the U.S. isn’t the best comparison for Australia in broadband provision options – many locations in Europe have even better infrastructure and hence better plans and pricing – its a good place to start…

I pay $39.95…

– in the U.S with Verizon you pay US$29.99 ($33.60AUD based on 1 AUD = 0.892499 USD)

But they get unlimited downloads, 3Mbps down and 768 Kbps up….

http://www22.verizon.com/content/consumerdsl/plans/all+plans/all+plans.htm

In Europe with BT will give you unlimited downloads at 8Mbps for EUR24.99 ($41.37AUD) (and that plan includes the cost of a wireless hub and phone and you can get free phonecalls……arrrrrgggggghhhh! – and then there’s Telstra’s service and pricing!! ;-(

http://www.productsandservices.bt.com/consumerProducts/displayTopic.do?topicId=15764

Why not Australia….??

Telstra on broadband fees: shape – not shaft

Breaking News: Telstra are going to shape, rather than shaft you on broadband excess usage fees.

“Customers who reach the 25GB monthly usage allowance on the Liberty 25GB plan will have their connection slowed to 64kbps for the remainder of their billing period – rather than pay additional usage charges.”

It’s like they just invented it…shape – not shaft.

Why has it taken so long? Has Bogpond finally found that there is a limit to the number of customers who will tolerate their egregious broadband pricing policies? Is revenue falling as more join other ISPs – I have had 30gb for some time – with shaping.

Hello? Telstra? Hello? Is anyone in there?

ACCC Goes Google

I was struck by both humour and incredulity when I heard that the ACCC was to take action against Google for “misleading and deceptive conduct” by “failing to adequately distinguish sponsored links from “organic” search results”.

If this is the type of action the ACCC is pursuing with our tax dollars, one can only assume that in coming weeks we will see the ACCC take so called News and Current Affairs programs to task for their badly disguised advertorials. While they are at it, they can add in a few newspapers, magazines, radio programs and other forms of media that all too often pass off adverts for news and current affairs.

Get real ACCC – Australians want you to pursue actions that really matter – like the appalling grocery and petrol pricing regimes in this country.

Musings from a hill overlooking the D'Entrecasteaux Channel