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What’s in a name?

'Names' from Penningtron via flickr CC

What’s in a name? Well, everything really. Welcome to a short rant about one of my pet peeves – the inability of otherwise seemingly educated people to spell my name correctly.  I don’t have a particularly difficult first name to spell, in fact it’s a very common name.  However, there are quite a few variations of the spelling and it seems to me that when doing business with me, checking which version I use is probably a) polite and b) professional.  I can cope with my name being mispelled if its the first time I’ve heard from you, or if you have taken a guess having only ever heard it spoken (because I don’t use the most common spelling).

However, if I have sent you an email, with my name on it in AT LEAST 3 places, why, why, WHY would you reply with the wrong spelling? It makes you look a) slightly stupid b) unprofessional and c) completely uncaring.

To use my favourite phrase : It’s not rocket science.

/endrant

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Favourites

During the week I organised my registration to ALIA Access in Brisbane in September.  So now, I have flights and conference registration – still working on accommodation.  I read a blog post from ProfHacker last month on eating well at conferences and thanks to Zotero was able to find it again to link it here.

The point of this post is actually to talk about Zotero (and the general concept of ‘portable’ favourites lists – gotta love the cloud).  I use it pretty extensively and find it a handy way to capture and sort the various websites and blog postings I come across.  I subscribe to a few blogs such as TechCrunch and LifeHacker Australia  that produce a lot of posts every day.  As I’m pretty keen on a zero inbox (or as close to it as I can possibly get) I use Zotero to help me get through it.  Essentially, I skim the email headers, if it might be interesting I go to the whole post, then either save it in Zotero to look at later or delete it.  It also means I don’t have to email stuff to myself from work or from home if I find things I think might be interesting in the other.

My question is, I have also dabbled with diigo and as I don’t see the need to maintain both, am wondering what the essential difference is.  I’m not particularly interested in the social networking aspects of diigo as I have plenty of other outlets – what I love about both is being able to save my ‘favourites’  and access them from wherever I am. 

Anyone out there with thoughts or experiences to share?

image: First Air 727-100 by caribb via flickr