Archive | April, 2012

There Is Something About Trains…

April 25, 2012


Rolling Through The Prairies

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Location: Rural Saskatchewan Canada
“Land of The Living Skies.”

Photographer/Author: John Zeus

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Why Wiki? Collaborate and Accelerate Productivity

April 24, 2012


10 Best Reasons To Use A Wiki

This video on YouTube provides “a look at 10 reasons how a wiki can connect teams within companies, helping them get more done, together.” (Description from YouTube)

Source: Atlassian Get your own wikiWiki’s allow for asynchronous collaboration and communication between groups of people. The excerpt below was adapted from Atlassian and is used for YMCA staff and volunteers participating in the Wiki Course. John Zeus is the author of the Wiki Course for YMCA’s Enterprise Wikis.

Why Wiki?

Confluence is a wiki used by more than half of Fortune 100 companies to connect people with the content and co-workers they need to get their jobs done, faster. Connect your entire business in one place online to collaborate and capture knowledge – create, share, and discuss your documents, ideas, minutes, and projects.
Driving collaboration at 11,800 companies world-wide

Atlassian Confluence wiki collaboration software is trusted by over 11,000 companies world-wide

#1 Get More Done, Together

Get the best people on the right tasks and produce better overall results by letting everyone contribute.

Break down information silos between teams, departments, and individuals – it’s crowd-sourcing for your organization.

Why Wiki Connect Your Team
Why Wiki Confluence Editor

#2 Anyone Can Contribute

Anyone can put content online, quickly and securely – just click ‘Edit’ and start typing.

A rich content editor does the work for you with Autocomplete, Autoformatting, Autoconvert, and shortcuts for everything.

#3 Connect People and Content

Bringing the right people into the work and discussions taking place in Confluence is easy.

Share content in seconds and @mention teammates in any page, blog post, or comment.

Why WIki Connect People
Why Wiki Capture Knowledge

#4 Capture Knowledge, Forever

Capture the tacit knowledge of your co-workers, often trapped in email, in Confluence where it’s never lost.

Instant and familiar, engage everyone and encourage collaboration with Quick Comments and Likes.

#5 Discover What’s Popular

Confluence makes sure you won’t miss another important conversation again.

With a live ‘Popular’ content stream and weekly email summaries you’ll never lose touch of what’s trending in your company.

Why Wiki Content Discovery with Activity Streams
Why Wiki Find Content

#6 Find Content, Fast

Quick Navigation and Search makes sure you find what you’re looking for, fast.

Start typing and watch Confluence suggest pages, blogs, files, and people.

#7 Keep Private Parts, Private

Confluence meets the demands of the enterprise environment by keeping your content safe and secure.

Permissions at the Global, Space, and Page level give you the flexibility to decide exactly who can view and edit content.

Why Wiki Granular Page Permissions
Why Wiki SharePoint and Office Integration

#8 Connect to Microsoft

Combine powerful free-form content creation and collaboration with the document management and workflow strengths of SharePoint and Office.

Get up-and-running quickly with out-of-the-box integration with Active Directory for user management and authentication.

#9 Easy to Customize & Brand

Create customized designs and brand Confluence to match your corporate style.

Expand your audience with complete branding, advanced design tools, drag-and-drop layouts, navigation, and drafts.

Why Wiki Easy to Customize
Why Wiki Extend Confluence

#10 Extend with Add-ons

Customize Confluence with themes, application connectors, content importers, and more.

Browse the Atlassian Plugin Exchange and find add-ons that extend functionality and connect Confluence to other enterprise tools.

A Wiki that Works for Everyone

Source: Atlassian Get your own wiki

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Earth Day Wild White Trilliums

April 21, 2012


A strikingly beautiful woodland wildflower…

Riverdale neighbourhood, Toronto, Canada | White Trilliums are some of my favourite woodland wildflowers. If you pick one it will take seven years to grow back.

It’s Earth Day when wild White Trilliums blossom in the garden. Native to the eastern woodlands of North America they blanket the forest floor in early spring.

A rarity, illegal to pick or transplant in some states and provinces because they take several years to recover. Provincial flower of Ontario and State flower of Ohio. Listed as an endangered wildflower in the State of Maine.

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My Shot – John Zeus’s Gallery: Photo 1 – National Geographic Magazine

April 18, 2012


My Shot – John Zeus's Gallery: Photo 1 – National Geographic Magazine.

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April 13, 2012


Pascha in 2013

Pascha (Easter) is traditionally the most important holiday for Greeks. This year will be the poorest Pascha in Greece. With many families relying on food banks and clothing donations for children.

Pascha is the Greek Orthodox Easter. In 2012, Holy Week observations started at the beginning of the week with Good Friday observed today, April 13th and Easter Sunday on April 15th. Kalo Pascha is Happy Easter in Greek.

Pascha in 2013

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Where in the world is this?

April 11, 2012


Can you guess the continent or city of this Starbucks location?

Where in the world is this?

Photographer/Author: John Zeus 2012.

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Laneways of St. John’s Newfoundland

April 10, 2012

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Youth Expression…Art…

The many laneways of downtown St. John’s Newfoundland offer plenty of colourful encounters. “Legal Graffiti” spaces help revitalize lane ways in the downtown area. Many people would normally not walk through this walkway photographed here because “it was so dingy and it looked so bad”. Now, because of the graffiti many more people travel through the back lanes.

St John’s legal wall quote
Art spaces such as legal graffiti walls legitimize and value creative youth expression, promoting the presence and activity of young people in public spaces’ prominent, not marginalized, space.

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African Penguin – Toronto Zoo

April 10, 2012


Endangered African penguin at the Toronto Zoo, a.k.a. black-footed penguin and formerly as the jackass penguin.

Penguin chick hatched in Toronto Zoo breeding program – Toronto – CBC News.

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