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Efficiencies in Filing Year End Tax Returns

// November 23rd, 2011 // No Comments » // Cool Stuff

 

MC Systems in association with Tax Administration Jamaica is putting on a Payroll conference on December 1, 2011 to go over the new year end tax procedures. The admission for the event is an affordable $1000. This event is geared towards anyone who would like to be updated on the new year end procedures as well as those who have questions for the Tax Administration Department. Please RSVP using the contact details in the flier above. There is also a Linked In event so you can share it with your colleagues : http://linkd.in/u91t32

 

If you attend, please leave feedback on this post afterwards. Thanks.

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12 Dozen places to educate yourself online

// November 10th, 2011 // No Comments » // Cool Stuff, Life

Just a quick post sharing a link my friend @skreech2 sent me recently.

http://www.marcandangel.com/2010/11/15/12-dozen-places-to-self-educate-yourself-online/

It features 12 dozen places to educate yourself online. Personally I am a fine of MIT’s Open Courseware, but the link lists several other sources covering:

  • Science and health
  • Business and money
  • History and world culture
  • Law
  • Computer science and engineering
  • Mathematics
  • English and communication
  • Foreign and sign languages
  • Plus More

Hope you enjoy!

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Approaching Twitter Demographics

// March 30th, 2011 // 2 Comments » // Cool Stuff, Life, Social Media Marketing, Technology

Recently I was introduced to InMaps from Linked In. What it does is analyze your Linked In contacts and their contacts to show how your professional contacts are connected. It then colour codes them based on common links. Finally users who are more connected get bigger dots than others. See mine below:

InMap of Dmitri Dawkins

This is pretty cool because now you can see how your contacts are connected. But how else can data visualisation help us?

Location:

I have been trying to track keywords and events based on location via social media tools for a long time. The issue with social sites like Twitter is that people don’t set their location correctly. For instance if a Twitter user enters Jamaica as their location then it assumes Jamaica, New York, USA, not the country. Also people use other terms like jamdown, jamrock, or just cities like Kingston or Montego Bay. When trying to find tweets from a specific area even if the person matches the keywords the location may be off.

So I first considered creating a list of Jamaican twitter users, however how will this be updated (migration etc.)? Then I thought of tracking interactions and then flagging users as Jamaican, but once again that would require alot of human interaction. Ideally I want something automated and dynamic. InMaps gave me a potential answer. Track interactions between users and then group them into subsets just like InMaps. Couple that with a metrics system, where a user with properly filled out Location or listed under multiple twitter lists with specific keywords or Klout has a higher metric than others. When users are associated with other users with higher metrics it helps to create focal points for the network.

Online communities are associated by content, relation (friends, family, groups, alumni) or location. By establishing the link between individuals online we can create a dynamic social mapping tool more accurate than what currently exists, even more accurate than what the user them-self knows. This would allow analysis of keywords by social-location-grouping or possibly by profession, education, and more.

What are your views?

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A sound pioneer’s resonating chords

// March 7th, 2011 // No Comments » // Cool Stuff, Life, Technology

An article published in The Jamaica Observer on my Grandfather, Leslie Galbraith:

LIKE many others,

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I have been following with considerable interest the reminiscences of Leslie Galbraith in fellow columnist Mark Wignall’s Sunday space about the part he and others played in the development of electronic sound reproduction in Jamaica.

As we are aware, the sound system is an outgrowth of radio, which, in its early incarnation, used vacuum tubes to snatch modulated magnetic radiation from the ether and convert it into a form the human ear can detect.

Read more: http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/columns/A-sound-pioneer-s-resonating-chords_8469303#ixzz1FvD8d81B

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Swarming at Jamaica Pegasus

// February 14th, 2011 // 1 Comment » // Cool Stuff, Technology

Once again, The Jamaica Pegasus Hotel raised the bar with it’s 3rd tweetup on Friday February 11, 2011. Local twitter users converged “On top of the world” for the “Tweetheart” themed event. My friend Allison has already covered the main social aspects of the event here: http://nickmack.net/musings/why-the-jamaicapegasus-tweetup-is-relevant so I will go straight to what made my night:

Foursquare Swarm Badge

Foursquare Swarm Badge

At 8:44pm I felt like I had caught my unicorn when I unlocked the Swarm Badge on Foursquare. This is the most prized badge I have and am proud to now have it since I started promoting Foursquare use in Jamaica months ago. This is not the first event I have been to where I expected to unlock the badge. Originally I expected it to be unlocked at Monster, a party at Chilitos Mexican, however even though over 50 foursquare users attended, they were not all checked in at the same time. The Fiction Lounge also tried to unlock it at one of their events, with no success.

So without further adieu, congratulations to Jamaica Pegasus for hosting the

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first Foursquare flashmob in Jamaica. Keep on innovating!

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