Thursday, September 27, 2007
  Collaboration online tools developing
Published NZ Herald September 19

The promise of online collaboration on the internet should help teams or groups of people work faster, more efficiently and more creatively without having to be in the same place.

The reality is that a lot of the tools and processes supposed to achieve that haven't really worked.

So what has worked?

"Email has won. You have to use email," says Dan Randow of Christchurch company

However, email isn't so good for many-to-many communication.

Randow believes what's needed is email list servers with really good web interfaces.

Google Groups and Yahoo! Groups offer list servers but they brand them and set the rules, and use the interface to deliver content for their real customers - the advertisers.

The software is free but users can't build their own branded site with it.

  Field series
Published NZ Herald September 6
What: Field Series: New Works, by Mike Petre
Where and when: McPherson Gallery, 14 Vulcan Lane, to September 15

Alot of farming is about looking. Standing by the fence looking at the paddock, checking there is nothing out of the ordinary, getting a sense of the health and heft of the beasts.

Mike Petre brings that observational experience to his painting, now on show in the heart of downtown Auckland.

Raised on a farm west of Piopio in the King Country, Petre has been around animals all his life. "Working them, farming them, butchering them. I carried on from there."

  After Action for Another Library
Published NZ Herald September 27

Indonesian troops in East Timor set fire to all books including private collections as they left in 1999. Photo / Reuters
When the Indonesian Army left East Timor after its people voted for independence, it burned every book it could find. Not just the books in public and university libraries but the bookshelves of private individuals were dragged on to the street and burned.

As an activist who had joined an East Timor solidarity group while studying at the Drawing College of Arts in Melbourne, Tom Nicholson was asked by friends in Dili for books in English to replace those lost.

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