Thursday, June 26, 2008

World's best presentation contest 2008

You think you got the best presentation skills?! Well, a contest organized by Slideshare has just opened, running from the 25th June to July 31st, enough time to have all your entries in by then. You are free to convince the world about anything, could be your dream, NGOs, the suffering in your community - a sure way to get that word out on finally getting the publicity you so much desired for your community or project.

Enter different presentations at most 10 times to increase chances of clinching the master prize, here. Remember to register, if you do not have an account, and files must not be more than 50 MB, read more of the contest rules, at bottom of this page. Nothing to do with illegal or pornographic material is allowed for submission. East African nationals are free to participate as they not part of the banned countries list. Sudan is the only African nation banned from participation, according to the rules.

Taking time to look at the winning presentations of 2007, is motivating as it would give you a clue to what odds you have to beat to win. I have enjoyed shift happens - voted among the winning presentations last year.

There are cool awards up for grabs, among which are;

best presentation, 1st award
Apple MacBook Air worth $1799
13-inch, 1.6 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor, 2GB memory, 80GB 4200-rpm PATA hard drive
- this is your prize, dubbed the world's thinnest notebook on the Mac site

2nd prize:
Amazon Kindle worth $359
Display: 6" diagonal E-Ink® electronic paper display, 600 x 800 pixel resolution at 167 ppi, 4-level gray scale, Size in inches: 7.5" x 5.3" x 0.7"

Micheal Lewis, best selling author of Moneyball, talking about the amazon kindle "...think of a book you'd like to read and in 30 seconds its on your screen. Its magic" read more here

Third Prize :
iPod Nano 8 GB worth $199
Could be great for listening to mp3 language lessons, music, storing all those files you want to move around with (a flash disk)

Now, lets see those prizes coming to East Africa guys, especially, UG.

Thursday, June 05, 2008

Oooh the web!

Its one of those days, where I spend several hours infront of a computer screen browsing around on the net. Today, is no different, with Internet cafe staff mentioning that am on course of breaking the record of sitting at the computer longest, at least in their cafe ;)

My browsing has taken me through checking and replying to my mails, reading the local dailies (Monitor and Newvision), reading a monthly scholarship newsletter, conducting a Google search on how earn-money-online, to mention but a few. Imagine doing this from morning till evening for a period of about 10 hours, only occasionally leaving to visit the restroom for a 5mins break. How many pages opened and closed, liked and disliked, detest because of their content and others you would to keep as references. At the end of it all, I can cannot recall them all, not even remember the message in the the first email I read.

The thought took back to the time I signed up for my email address, opening my first email (spam) and so thrilled some stranger is asking me to buy medicines in a US pharmacy promising that they will boost my muscles! Sweet memories, aren't they, if we were all to recall the first time we felt we were getting to communicate with the whole world. The only websites I knew then were yahoo for email and could find no further use for paying extra airtime to use the Internet.

The story is different now, with all the time so far spent today on the net, i still feel like I have just started browsing. My friends are just logging to chat on yahoo and msn messenger downloaded on this computer , the scholarships search-list is not exhausted yet (over 100 listings), I have not written a blog entry yet, so many news stories to read on google and bbc...especially the technology sections.

And now with my butt and legs almost giving way to fatigue, I cannot help it but start moaning ...ooooooh the web!!