Bopo fees excessive?

Bopo fees

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I was scanning my Bopo Visa card statement this morning and I noticed they charge a 25 cent fee every time I use the card and a $1.00 fee every time I top up the card with funds (it’s essentially a debit card). I’m no expert on bank fees, but does this seem excessive to you? I’m not sure if it’s just that i’m seeing the fees broken out individually for every transaction instead of seeing them aggregated as a single monthly line item and that’s grating on me or if they really are excessive. Thoughts?

Howard Rheingold Gets Twitter

This is absolutely the BEST summary of why Twitter works that I’ve read. Of course, it’s by Howard Rheingold, the guy who brought us “Smart Mobs” and who introduced me to the online world when I read his book “The Virtual Community” back in 1993.

We were fortunate enough to have Howard as a very early guest on <a href="http://">G'Day World, way back in March 2005.

Here are just a couple of Howard’s reasons why Twitter works, but read the full article for the rest of the story.

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Variety — political or technical argument, gossip, technical info, news flashes, poetry, social arrangements, classrooms, repartee, scholarly references

Reciprocity — people give and ask freely for information they need (this doesn’t necessarily scale or last forever, but right now it’s possible to tune your list — and to contribute to it — to include a high degree of reciprocation)

A channel to multiple publics — I’m a communicator and have a following that I want to grow and feed. I can get the word out about a new book or vlog post in seconds — and each of the 1300 people who follow me might also feed my memes to their own networks. I used to just paint. Now I document my painting at each stage of the process, upload pix to flickr or flicks to, then drop a tinyurl into Twitter. Who needs a gallery or a distributor?

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G’DAY WORLD #316 – Peter Bourne, Author

The Deserter

“THE DESERTER” is an ambitious novel by Peter Bourne. It explores the tensions between Israel and Palestine through the relationship of an Israeli doctor, who has been in England for 20 years after a fight with his father, and his siblings, when he returns home to Jerusalem for his father’s funeral. I really enjoyed the way Peter used the story between the family to explore the many facets of the Israel-Palestine conflict. I recommend the book, especially if you don’t know much about the situation over there and you are looking for an accessible entry point into becoming familiar with the issues.

The song today is “Hasta Siempre Comandante Che Guevara” by Carlos Puebla.

leather ipod pouch

leather ipod pouch

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I went to the Rose Street Artist Market in Fitzroy for the first time today (well apart from attending the annual graffiti art exhibitions held there) and I thought it was totally brilliant. I’m so sick of going to so-called ‘markets’ in melbourne and seeing the same old shit everywhere. Everything in Rose St looks like a one-off original piece of art. It’s kind of like a real-life Etsy. I picked up some clothes and this little leather pouch. At the time I didn’t know what I’d do with it, I just liked it. When I got back to the car I decided it was the perfect size for my touch and headphones. I’d rather this than something off-the-shelf at my local Apple store.

Also got ready today for the big Reilly garage sale tomorrow. If you’re in Melbourne, and you envy my CD collection (1500 cds of the finest music EVAH), then come to 297 Ballarat St Yarraville around 10am.

Help Chris Saad Design a Logo

Classic situation for Chris Saad. Read his blog below. Anyone want to help him design a new logo? While you’re at it, I’m still looking for a LOTU logo. I’m thinking I might copy someone’s logo, try to get a C&D myself. Looks like it’s a good way to get free publicity.
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As many of you may know Red Hat recently sent a Cease and Desist claiming that our DataPortability logo was too similar (Identical, in their words) to their Fedora Logo.

While the claim is arguable, we have decided that rather than dispute the issue, we would take the advice of community members to hold a Logo Competition to replace the current logo with a new one.

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G’Day World #315 – Maria Sipka, Linqia

Maria Sipka

A few weeks ago I was introduced to Aussie entrepreneur Maria Sipka (and her husband JC) over breakfast in Yarraville by Ryan Trainor (G’Day World #280). We had a great chat and a few days ago I chatted to her from her home in Barcelona. Maria has a fascinating story – born in Bratislava, Slovakia, immigrated to Australia when she was a child, in her early twenties she learned how to leverage lots of investment properties and then decided it wasn’t all about money and went on a search for a greater purpose. This has lead her to Barcelona and her new start-up, Linqia, a meta-search site for online communities and groups, which has just gone into public beta.

We talk about Linqia, “The Starfish And The Spider“, zen buddhism, her recent wedding in New Delhi (see above photo) and her motto that “The person you are in five years is determined by the books you read and the people you associate with”.


The music on this episode includes:

Black ViolinBlack Violin
“Brandenburg” (mp3)
from “Black Violin”
(Di Versatile, Inc)

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Only the Lonely...Cowboy Elvis, Cowboy Elvis
“The Bartender’s Song” (mp3)
from “Only the Lonely…”
(RecEDGe Records)

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