Today Show and 2UE
Clip courtesy of the Nine Network Australia
Went on the Today Show this morning to talk about cyberbullying and a case that has just finished in the United States involving a former model, which will open up a whole new can of worms.
Liskula Cohen was called a Skank and several other derogatory names on a blog. Deciding she had been defamed, Cohen took Google to court to make them reveal the name of the anonymous blogger so she could take the person to court – and she won.
It is not known whether Google will appeal the decision (more than likely due to other implications regarding privacy issues), but what it does say is that within the court system, the benefit of the doubt is turning towards those who feel they are being bullied online and have no recourse.
Personally, I think this si a good idea. The internet has been a bit like the Wild West, with little or no control over what is said by whom about who. Most often there is little or no way a person can address an issue where they think they have been wronged. This decision, if it stands, will change all that.
Was a lot happening on 2UE, with a lot of info covered. Talked about this pair of CK sunnies that have a USB attached in their right-hand frame. They are suitable for taking on holiday when you can upload you snaps, or take them with you. With 4GB of memory, that's about 1000 pictures or 3 movies.
Rodney was asking about a good quality camera to take on holiday. He was asking about the Panasonic Lumix, which I think is a pretty good brand to be using. Canon also make some good units that are dust and waterproof, which would be suitable for taking on holiday.
Kerry spoke about the Kindle e-book reader and how great they are. As far as I know, you cannot buy one from Amazon unless you have a US-based credit card. If anybody knows how you can get one from Australia, I'd love to know.
Matthew suggest that Steve should have downloaded the Apple application that chases down your phone if it is stolen. Steve didn't have that on his phone, but I suggest it is well worth getting.
Michael had problems with his Beyonwiz set-top box and the sound. It could be something wrong with the box itself, or the strength of the signal he is getting. I'm inclined to think it might be something to do with the latter because he said it was happening at the same time most nights.
Ray was interested in a new desktop computer. I recommended the BenQ nScreen, which is an all-in-one computer with an in-built hard drive, and has been designed with the likes of Ray (who is a baby boomer) in mind. It is cost-effective and very suitable for word processing, emailing and surfing the net.
About Charlie Brown
Charlie Brown is one of Australia's foremost commentators on consumer lifestyle technology. He publishes, produces and hosts CyberShack, is Channel 9's technology expert, and hosts Life & Technology and 2GB and NewsTalk 4BC.
Charlie is able to communicate, educate and inspire a huge audience, without confusing technological jargon.
Life & Technology is on the air Sunday mornings at 10am on 2GB and NewsTalk 4BC.