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v6.2.1 - moving along, a point increase at a time

Review: Prepare to Meet Thy Doom: And More True Gaming Stories

Prepare to Meet Thy Doom: And More True Gaming Stories by David KushnerMy rating: 4 of 5 stars This was an interesting collection of short stories on video games. It is by no means comprehensive, but it was interesting to read nevertheless. It's a good, short, read for people interested in video games and how they impact (and are impacted by) society. I think this book spent a little too
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Review: Masters of Doom: How Two Guys Created an Empire and Transformed Pop Culture

Masters of Doom: How Two Guys Created an Empire and Transformed Pop Culture by David KushnerMy rating: 4 of 5 stars Interesting book about the people and the company that brought you Doom and Wolfenstein 3D. As a kid I was introduced to these through shareware disks bought at the local Staples office store. It's interesting to hear what happened both before and after my introduction to
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Review: MOOCs and Educational Challenges around Asia and Europe

MOOCs and Educational Challenges around Asia and Europe by Bowon KimMy rating: 3 of 5 stars This was an interesting overview of MOOC (and some about OER) initiatives in selected Asian countries. It's interesting to see the role that MOOCs and OER take on in different contexts. I did find some issues with some chapters (naming things MOOCs which aren't really MOOCs), but I guess this was
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Review: Deep Work: Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World

Deep Work: Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World by Cal NewportMy rating: 3 of 5 stars I've gone back and forth with this book. While listening to it some parts were just 2-stars and others were 4-stars. Perhaps the 4-star part was confirmation bias on my part. That said, some things in this book are just causes to roll your eyes, and other parts make a ton of sense. Over the
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Review: The Art of Language Invention: From Horse-Lords to Dark Elves, the Words Behind World-Building

The Art of Language Invention: From Horse-Lords to Dark Elves, the Words Behind World-Building by David J. PetersonMy rating: 5 of 5 stars While I don't see myself conlanging any time soon, this was quite a fun read (and a pretty good book if you are interested in linguistics but don't know where to start!) There were quite a few examples from Game of Thrones (which I guess is the most
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Review: Networked Communities: Strategies for Digital Collaboration

Networked Communities: Strategies for Digital Collaboration by Sylvie AlbertMy rating: 2 of 5 stars It was an OK book. Definitely focuses more on the organizational and managerial aspects of networked communities (which aren't of much use to me at the moment).  There were some interesting nuggets of information buried throughout the book if you looked carefully enough.  I am kind
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Review: Group Cognition: Computer Support for Building Collaborative Knowledge

Group Cognition: Computer Support for Building Collaborative Knowledge by Gerry StahlMy rating: 3 of 5 stars Enlightening but I thought it was a bit imbalanced. The theoretical pieces of the book were very interesting (and dense). I tried getting through these chapters in a manner of days and I don't think I got everything (or at least things seem a little fuzzy at the moment).  That
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Review: Star Trek: Gold Key Archives Volume 1

Star Trek: Gold Key Archives Volume 1 by Arnold DrakeMy rating: 2 of 5 stars As a piece of cultural history this was OK. Some interesting stories, but they read more like the off-brand Kirk, Spock, and McCoy... Perhaps think of them as Kork, Speck, and McKay of the series called "Star Blazing" and you're good to enjoy without feeling weird about "space esperanto" and going to a different
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Review: E-Research Collaboration

E-Research Collaboration by Murugan AnandarajanMy rating: 4 of 5 stars An interesting collection of works on collaboration (if my highlights are anything to go by). There were a few elements in this book that deserve attention in my literature review.  The case studies that are presented don't help a ton in my contexts as they tend to be not related to the topic of collaboration as
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Review: Collaboration Uncovered: The Forgotten, the Assumed, and the Unexamined in Collaborative Education

Collaboration Uncovered: The Forgotten, the Assumed, and the Unexamined in Collaborative Education by Merle RichardsMy rating: 4 of 5 stars Quite an interesting collection of perspectives (and stories) about person-to-person collaboration in higher education. I think that you are looking for a book that deals with collaboration at the lower levels (i.e. not institution-to-institution) this
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Review: The Cathedral & the Bazaar: Musings on Linux and Open Source by an Accidental Revolutionary

The Cathedral & the Bazaar: Musings on Linux and Open Source by an Accidental Revolutionary by Eric S. RaymondMy rating: 4 of 5 stars Quite an interesting collection of essays on open source programming and culture. GoodReads tells me I've read this before, but I wonder if I just read the essay with the same name rather than the whole book (I didn't remember it, or perhaps I see it
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Adieu Raptr!

Well, in a couple of weeks Raptr is pulling the plug on the video-game social network which originally aimed to bring together a more unified view of gamers by allowing people to track the amount of time they put into playing games, showing off their achievements outside of closed and platform-specific views, and bringing people who play similar games together.  I actually liked this quite a
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Review: Legacies: Book #3: Purgatory's Key

Legacies: Book #3: Purgatory's Key by Dayton WardMy rating: 4 of 5 stars This was the third in the "legacies" trilogy that I started reading this past summer. Fun book. I wouldn't say that the TOS crew is "my" crew (was introduced to Star Trek with TNG), but it was a fun novel to listen to (audiobook format), and it does give a bit more background into "number 1" (Majel Barrett's character
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Review: Collaboration 2.0: Technology and Best Practices for Successful Collaboration in a Web 2.0 World

Collaboration 2.0: Technology and Best Practices for Successful Collaboration in a Web 2.0 World by David ColemanMy rating: 3 of 5 stars Not a bad read. The technology bit is a little outdated by this point. I think there is some good stuff here, if you ignore the technology. For a book that says that technology and process need to go hand-in-hand, it sure does focus on technology a
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Review: Best Defense

Best Defense by David MackMy rating: 4 of 5 stars Interesting continuation of Captain-to-Captain. I was unaware McCoy had any kids. Fascinating - as Spock would say. I find this alternate universe quite interesting. No hunger, no pain, no being tired...is it all in their minds?  I know that Star Trek has explored the mirror universe (well, they just scratched the surface), but it would
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Awesome, awesome, cross-over!

Last week on Reddit I came across this image, which makes for an interesting cross over between the Assassin's Creed universe and the Stargate University.  The next game in the Assassin's Creed series hits the consoles this fall and (as the name suggests) it goes back to the start of the Assassins (and probably the Templars), and the aliens who posed as gods... The origins take place in Roman
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Review: Interviewing as Qualitative Research: A Guide for Researchers in Education and the Social Sciences

Interviewing as Qualitative Research: A Guide for Researchers in Education and the Social Sciences by Irving SeidmanMy rating: 5 of 5 stars Quite a good read on conducting interviews as part of educational research. It does seem to focus on phenomenological interviews, where the interview is the one and only approach, but it might be useful for other cases where interviews are one of many
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Review: Teaching Crowds: Learning and Social Media

Teaching Crowds: Learning and Social Media by John DronMy rating: 5 of 5 stars I've had both a physical and a digital copy of this book for ages, but only really gone through select passages since I've had it. This time around I read through it cover to cover. It's interesting to read about sets, nets, groups, and collectives, and how they are instantiated using various technologies. I
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Review: Star Trek: The Next Generation - The Gorn Crisis

Star Trek: The Next Generation - The Gorn Crisis by Kevin J. AndersonMy rating: 3 of 5 stars This was an OK graphic novel. The watercolor inspired art direction didn't really do much for me. It wasn't bad, it just was not something that I was drawn to as compared to other comics I've read. The story was also mediocre. I was expecting more in-depth Gorn lore, and it seemed like a very throw-away
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Review: Star Trek: The Next Generation - Hive

Star Trek: The Next Generation - Hive by Brannon BragaMy rating: 4 of 5 stars An interesting post-nemesis cross-over between TNG crews and Titan (how else would you get Troy and Riker back?). The story is pre-JJ (where we already see B4 as having morphed into data), and this comic sets the stage for that to happen. A future Locutus, after the Borg have conquered everything, sends Data into
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Review: Internet Inquiry: Conversations about Method

Internet Inquiry: Conversations about Method by Annette N. MarkhamMy rating: 4 of 5 stars An interesting collection of researched essays on doing qualitative research on the internet. The book is setup in a Question prompt-response-responses to the response manner. In a sense it's a bit like a dialogue, or a panel discussion, but in written form.  It definitely gives you some food
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Review: Star Trek: Nero

Star Trek: Nero by Mike JohnsonMy rating: 4 of 5 stars An interesting filler graphic novel that tells us what happened to Nero and his crew between the time the went back in time, and when they started their psychotic trip to destroy the federation. Where did they get the Borg tech though for the Nereda? Did we ever find this out and I am just blocking it? Also, in the Kelvin-timeline,
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Review: Armada

Armada by Ernest ClineMy rating: 5 of 5 stars I was looking forward to reading this book as soon as I discovered that it existed. I really liked "Ready Player One" and this book did not disappoint. The book has a ton of references to (mostly) 80s pop-culture and it indulges the conspiracy theorists that say that the government is preparing us for the imminent arrival of our alien foes.
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Review: Place-Based Spaces for Networked Learning

Place-Based Spaces for Networked Learning by Lucia CarvalhoMy rating: 4 of 5 stars Interesting book of cases in Networked Learning. It's fun to see some familiar researcher names pop-up where you don't expect them. This book seems like it has a well-rounded selection of case studies where Networked Learning and Space intersect. Good read, even though not all of the chapters really pertained
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Review: Drive

Drive by James S.A. CoreyMy rating: 5 of 5 stars Interesting short novella about the person who developed the propulsion systems used in this universe (and who is mentioned in passing in the first novel). Pretty good for a world-building - I hope there is more later on talking about the history of this verse and how the belt became the belt. View all my reviews
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Review of The Architecture of Productive Learning Networks

The Architecture of Productive Learning Networks by Lucila CarvalhoMy rating: 3 of 5 starsI'd give it 3.5 stars if GoodReads would allow it. This is an interesting book on case studies (essentially) on how people have implemented Networked Learning in their various environments. Some examples might resonate with you, and others might be too alien. Overall I think it's a good idea book. Some chapters
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Review: Exploring the Theory, Pedagogy and Practice of Networked Learning

Exploring the Theory, Pedagogy and Practice of Networked Learning by Lone Dirckinck-HolmfeldMy rating: 4 of 5 stars I liked this particular book on Networked Learning. It provided a nice balance between theory and actual practice. I think I am addicted to this Networked Learning thing.  I have a three more books on my to-read list on GoodReads, and I bookmarked the proceedings for
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Review: The Design, Experience and Practice of Networked Learning

The Design, Experience and Practice of Networked Learning by Vivien HodgsonMy rating: 4 of 5 stars Continuing my reading into the presentation I want to do this April, and working on my readings for my dissertation proposal, here is this book.  This was quite interesting to read, and it definitely went by faster compared to another Networked Learning book I read recently. The edited
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Review: Networked Learning: An Educational Paradigm for the Age of Digital Networks

Networked Learning: An Educational Paradigm for the Age of Digital Networks by Christopher JonesMy rating: 3 of 5 stars Not quite the book I thought it would be. I was expecting to read more about Networked Learning itself, but instead I think I read around networked learning: in what environment networked learning exists, and how to think about it. For example reading about learning theories
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The dutch are the best. Period!

Found on Facebook through Simon Ensor.  Loved this video introducing the Netherlands to Trump ;-)
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Five Star Review

A little humor from this weekend's SNL.The thing was pretty funny, but I really disliked the lack of attention to detail.  Petros (πέτρος) is a Greek name, whereas if they were going for Russian - which I think they were based on the accent that the Uber driver had - the name should have been Piotr (Пётр).
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Review: How to Prepare a Dissertation Proposal: Suggestions for Students in Education and the Social and Behavioral Sciences

How to Prepare a Dissertation Proposal: Suggestions for Students in Education and the Social and Behavioral Sciences by David R. KrathwohlMy rating: 4 of 5 stars Finished this - maybe a little later than I expected (the semester ended a month ago :p) but it's done. Overall not a bad book. It's easy to read and it provides a lot of food for thought in terms of what you should have in your
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Swarm year in review

Well, 2016 is done,  and one more social media app sent me my comings and going from last year.  This time around it was the Swarm app - formerly known as foursquare before the rebranding.It's not surprising that my most checked-in places are train stations (spent quite a lot of time in them last year, not just going to and from work, but also on our trip to Spain in October).  It's
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Facebook's year in Review

Figured out how to extricate this from facebook and upload it to YouTube.It's a little inaccurate (some old photos of me where tagged by someone, and I don't often post photos of myself on facebook, so that isn't as accurate as people who post a lot of Fb) - but it's fun to look at anyway. Και του χρόνου!
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Goodreads year-end-review

Couldn't escape the GoodRead year-end-review!I am generally very conservative when I set my reading goals each year because I tend to think of books as thick things that take a long time to get through.  However, as this year has proven again I've read more books than I expected.  If you notice, you'll see that it's a lot of comic books and star trek novels (audiobook or text-to-speech ebooks
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Connecting on Miitomo

Seems like I haven't really found many friends and colleagues on Miitomo yet (maybe I am not the right demographic?)  So, if you're reading this, try it out and connect ;-)
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Gamercat explains miitomo

All I can say is... "yup..."
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Star Trek / Robotech Crosover

The other day I was browsing pintrest, which now gives me recommendation on various things Trek and space-based Sci-Fi.  I came across some fan art on a Valkyrie class attack ship which reminded me a lot of the Macross Saga (aka Robotech).  Now that would be an interesting crossover!
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I'm 88 eh? You don't say!

The other day I took one of those silly Facebook tests. You know, the ones that ask you some limited amount of questions and they tell you something about yourself (your ideal profession, your age, your brain capacity, when you're going to die - whatever).  This is nothing new, I remember doing silly tests like these since I started surfing the web in 1995 (hey, remember the Spark, and their
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Adieu, LiveMocha

Well...seems like LiveMocha is going away.  The approach that I liked about LiveMocha was that it utilized social networking, and networks, for the purposes of language learning.  So, me - being a native speaker of Greek and English, I could earn points by teaching others those languages and  I could use those points to the in turn learn something new.  It allowed someone to be
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Year end review of books

While we still have a few more weeks left in 2015, and I probably will finish one more book (the one I have in progress and listening to during my commutes these days), this is a mostly accurate view of my 2015 reading list.  One year I made my goal to read 30 books in a year - failed it.  Since then I've decided to keep it simple and focus on reading a book a month.  If I go over that
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iPod, I am your father!

This seems a little dated these days, I mean...what "kids these days" will remember an iPod classic? ;-)  That said, here's another find from stories from the facebook wall
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Adieu Raptr...

Normally with these "adieu" posts the service or software I am writing about the service shuts down or the software maintainer no longer updates the software. In this case Raptr isn't going away, but it's changing focus.  Raptr is (was) a great service to keep all of your gaming information in one place. I could consolidate my xbox gaming, my PC gaming, and the few PS games that I play in one
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Adieu, Orkut!

Well, I guess Orkut's time came!This past weekend both my Google accounts (because for some reason I needed 2 Orkut accounts ;-) ), got a notice that Orkut was (finally) closing down. Back when Social Networks were new (or new to me), back in 2004, I had created social network accounts on a lot of networks. I was interested in comparing various functionalities and affordances of each platform so I
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Ακόμα δεν υπάρχει μια λύση για το Google Reader.

Σε περίπου ένα μήνα, και όσο είμαι σε διακοπές, το Google Reader θα πάψει να λειτουργεί. Ακόμα δεν έχω βρει μια λύση που να μου αρέσει αρκετά.  Ακόμα χρησιμοποιώ το Google Reader μέχρι να τα φτήσει, από το iPad με το Reeder και από το Nexus μου
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Top 5%, eh?

Well, this is probably old news, but a while back I got this note from LinkedIn saying that my profile was among the top 5%.  Pretty cool!I must admit that I was simultaneously creeped out, and delighted that I was that "popular" on the web.  I am wondering what that says about my personality.  I am also wondering, in the grand scheme of things, what this 5% means.  Maybe for next
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On Social Networking...

The other day one of my long time friends and colleague posted on Facebook a quick pondering: is LinkedIn the right place for academics? The underlying thought is that LinkedIn is very instrumentalist and positivist in how it represents someone. Essentially what this means is that we setup profiles that represent a reality that we want to market to others, and we want to pass on that reality (our reality)
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Adieu OpenFeint...I guess?

Well, this one crept up on me. OpenFeint, a cross-platform social network for gaming is closing its doors in a few weeks.  It started life on iOS, as far as I know, and later on got onto Android and Windows Phone.  Initially the pitch was global leaderboards for games, something that I really didn't care for much in my iPod touch days...but then came the achievement badges for games and that
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What is Google+? (ROFL)

άπαιχτο! (awesome!)What is Google+ (Google Plus) and do I need it? from Epipheo Studios on Vimeo.
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The power of the network - random thoughts

I was listening to Leo Laporte on Twit the other day and he and Robert Scoble were talking about how great Twitter is (all hacking of the twitter homepage aside) when trying to find some information. You just throw out your query into the twittersphere (is that even a word?) and your followers will answer it.Well, this might work for celebrities, but does it work the the average-joe-twitterer? For
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Social profiles living on after a person's death - some thoughts

A while back I read this post (I wish I could remember the link) about Facebook suggesting that he reconnect with his friend but there was one gotcha in this situation - his friend had passed away a number of months ago - therefore even if this person tried to "reconnect" it would be a one-way conversation (unless they enlisted the help of medium).In any case, this got me thinking.  These days
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Αντίο λοιπόν και στο Zuni!

Σήμερα το πρωί, στο τραίνο που ερχόμουν στην δουλεία, καθόμουν και διάβαζα τα email μου στο iPhone (μάλλον έπρεπε να διαβάζω περισσότερο, αλλά τέλος πάντων). Εκεί που διάβαζα και έσβηνα email είδα το παρακάτω:Τη Δευτέρα 7 Δεκεμβρίου
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Net4Mac – Κοινωνικό δίκτυο για χρήστες Mac

Έχω δει πολλά κοινωνικά δίκτυα τον τελευταίο, facebook, myspace, linkedin, και το ning σου επιτρέπει να φτιάξεις δικό σου κοινωνικό δίκτυο με ότι θεματολογία θες! Σήμερα ανακάλυψα ένα κοινωνικό δίκτυο για χρήστες Mac που λέγετε Net4Mac.Κατεβάζεις
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Δοκιμάζω τα mycorner.gr και zuni.gr

Είπα και εγώ να δοκιμάσω μερικά ελληνικά κοινωνικά δίκτυα. Ήμουν ήδη μέλος του fatsa.gr (αν και δεν έχω βρει πολλούς φίλους) οπότε είπα να πάω να δω τι τρέχει με το mycorner και το zuni. Εντάξει, δεν λενε και πολλά, η αλήθεια είναι πως
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Πάει το Hi5!

Μετά από δυο (ή τρία;) χρόνια ως μέλος στο Hi5, έκλεισα επίσημα τον λογαριασμό μου. Περισσότερο χρησιμοποιώ το twitter, facebook και myspace παρά το Hi5.Πριν κάτι μήνες έλεγα να τον κρατήσω τον λογαριασμό μπας και με βρουν φίλοι που δεν έχουν
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Zuni.gr podcast...

Άκουγα τις προάλλες ένα podcast από το metablogging.gr και είχαν ως καλεσμένους δύο τύπους από το zuni.gr. Έγινα μέλος στο κοινωνικό τους δίκτυο, δεν έχω φίλους επειδή πήγα κάπου αλλού πανεπιστήμιο, και δεν προσκάλεσα κανέναν φίλο επειδή
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Κριτική: Θέλω συνδέσμους μεταξύ Social Networking και Addressbook/iCal!

Εδώ και καιρό χρησιμοποιώ τρία κοινωνικά δίκτυα (social networks) να βρω και να συνδεθώ με παλιούς και νέους φίλους, συγγενείς, και συνεργάτες. Τα δύο μεγαλύτερα που χρησιμοποιώ είναι το facebook και το LinkedIn. Φυσικά υπάρχουν αρκετά
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