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  • Conferences, Speakers and Lightning Talks Oh My! | James Purser
    any last minute brain waves or inspirations get in quick LGWN10 For the second year in a row I m going to be helping out with the audio recordings and general organisation of the Local Government Web Network Conference LGWN10 represents the only as far as I know grass roots conference aimed specifically at those working with the web from within the Local Government sector It s constantly evolving and

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  • Thoughts from the Train - The Dawn Chorus | James Purser
    filter proposal dead buried and cremated Huzzah they declared the witch is dead Except of course the witch isn t dead yet All of those celebrating today seem to have forgotten their recent history The filter proposal that the Labor party took to the 2007 election was an opt in model with a much tighter purview it was only after the election that it expanded to the beast we see today Given that the Coalition is the party that brought the phrase Non core promise to the national language what insurance do we have that the Coalition won t change their mind after the election I m going to hold off on the dancing in the streets Mark Latham This elections WTF Seriously channel 9 do you even care about being taken seriously anymore There was an excellent question in last nights Q and A to Julia Gillard How big a tool do you think that Mark Latham is To which Julia Gillard answered reasonably well There are some things that just can t be measured If 9 had any journalistic integrity left whatsoever they would be giving Latham the bums rush as soon as possible Family First A tale of two candidates Well hasn t the Family First twitter mess been interesting Wendy Francis Family First senate candidate for Queensland posted several tweets indicating that she thought that legalising gay marriage was tantamount to legalising child abuse After copping a huge amount of flack she pulled the tweets but then gave an interview in which she stood by the statements and in fact went further comparing the children of gay parents to the aboriginal stolen generation It went all down hill from there The national president of Family First tried to claim that a staffer posted the tweet then

    Original URL path: http://jamespurser.com.au/blog/thoughts-train-dawn-chorus (2014-01-05)
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  • Sunday Morning Rant | James Purser
    much each party is controlling their various media packs however it takes two to tango The media is meant to be there to hold the parties up to the light not help them keep mushrooming the populace Waving Away I ve already written about this on my wave blog however I ll mention it here as well If Google doesn t feel it can support the development of the Wave and associated technologies then it needs to hive them off into something similar to the Apache Foundation The Island of Doctor Nauru Are we so seriously damaged as a country that we can actually think that prison camps on an island as far from anywhere as possible is an acceptable solution for such a small problem as boat borne asylum seekers Did we learn nothing from the last time this was attempted Yeesh Oh and Labor you re not getting out of this one scott free East Timor If you want to help out the East Timorese economy why not give a bit on the whole oil and gas fields thing You know something that might actually create jobs and build an economy LCA2011 Miniconf Submitted Last night I submitted the following miniconf idea to linux conf au Where the Year of Linux on the Desktop was always a pipe dream and indeed has become a by word for the triumph of hope over experience the last three years has seen the rise of FOSS on your phone With Google Nokia and HP now operating fully open development platforms including Core OS development in the case of Google and Nokia the time has never been better for FOSS development on what is already becoming THE ubiquitous computing platform This miniconf would explore the FOSS mobile development landscape from the tools

    Original URL path: http://jamespurser.com.au/blog/sunday-morning-rant (2014-01-05)
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  • Thoughts From the Train - Throsby - My Really, Really Safe Seat | James Purser
    down the priority list for the other parties Just a quick aside I m sooo not a fan of the head office selecting candidates model that the ALP and others use While Jennie George has proven herself to be a good representative for the region and the Labor Candidate Stephen Jones is proving that he s treating the campaign seriously the idea that the rank and file should be overridden so easily just doesn t sit right with me Anyway back onto topic Part of what makes Throsby a safe Labor seat is the attitude of the other parties to trying to capture it It s a vicious circle it s a safe Labor seat so we won t waste money on trying to capture it so it continues to be a safe Labor seat Oh they ll put up candidates because they can t be seen to be dropping the seat altogether but the campaigns are usually limp to non existent leaving most people to wonder who the hell it is that is looking out at them from the ballot paper Take for example the Nationals candidate for Throsby Alan Hay The only information I could find on him came from the nationals own website he s listed under NSW candidates From what it looks like there isn t even a brochure site for him hell he doesn t even rate his own page on the Nationals website The Liberal candidate Juliet Arkwright at least warrants her own page on the Liberals web site but they seem to have forgotten what she looks like and if you want to contact her you apparently need to go via the Liberal party offices in Sydney Peter Moran the Greens candidate also gets his own page no the woman dominating that page

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  • Thoughts from the Train - The Election Campaign So Far | James Purser
    climate change is happy to play on peoples ill informed fears of a miniscule group of people and is happy to simply follow the polls and a party that is hesitant to do anything to tackle climate change plays on peoples fears of a miniscule group of people and is happy to play to the polls Please tell me I m not the only one who s sick of being treated like a moron by the parties Are we as a country so backwards that we can t be trusted with big words and actual explanations of policies On that note does anyone expect the proposed Leaders debate to be an actual debate or just talking points at ten paces If it s going to be the latter then I think I ll switch off I m pretty sure that the debate between Jimmy Smits and Alan Aldas characters on West Wing has spoiled all real life political debates for me Enforced preference deals truly suck Parties should not be in a position where they get to direct your preferences The senate voting system should be changed to remove the need for above below the line voting and optional preferencing

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  • Planning Alerts Android App - Version 0.6 | James Purser
    here Home Blogs James Purser s blog Planning Alerts Android App Version 0 6 Submitted by James Purser on Mon 12 07 2010 21 55 Okay here s the next release of Planning Alerts AU This version now checks to see if GPS or Wireless Location Detection services are activated and prompts you if they aren t Changed the Icon and marker graphics if anyone wants to contribute graphically please

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  • Planning Alerts Android App - Version 0.4 | James Purser
    version I ve fixed the following Map crashes when there are 0 alerts Added About dialog Preferences Menu option now works in AlertsDisplay Alert TextView now clickable calls AlertWebDisplay and displays Planning Alerts Page for specific Alert AlertDisplay now shows a message if there are no results Now there are still councils for whom Planning Alerts doesn t have results for and they are still looking for help so if

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  • Planning Alerts Android App - Version 0.3 | James Purser
    select Map to view the various alerts How to use it On a fresh install before you select an option you need to fill out your address details to do this select the Menu button and then Preferences Fill out your details and you ll be set Future Features Saved Searches Currently the app pulls down a fresh set of results with every call This needs to be changed so

    Original URL path: http://jamespurser.com.au/blog/planning-alerts-android-app-version-03 (2014-01-05)
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