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NEW EMAIL ADDRESS

Posted in city of fremantle, community, internet, Uncategorized by freoview on October 15, 2019

 

Please note and pass on that my new email address now is roelloopers48@gmail.com

There is only one word wrong with internet service providers and that is the word service. Spent one and a half hour with my mate Glen to try to set up my new Telstra Bigpond account but alas I can’t use my bigpond email address. Pathetic!

And all that because IINET no longer provides a dongle service.

Roel Loopers

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BAD BROWSER, WEATHER AND MOOD

Posted in city of fremantle, internet, photography, rain, Uncategorized, weather by freoview on December 15, 2018

 

B&W rain

 

Hello Freo. I am back!

Finally back on line as my browser suddenly did not work this morning, probably due to my 10-year-old Mac. If anyone got a more recent one they want to sell for not too much please let me know.

Not much to report today, but the weather forecast is not too good for tomorrow so I am posting one of my favourite rain photos of 2018 again.

Roel Loopers

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RAISING CHILDREN IN A DIGITAL WORLD

Posted in children, city of fremantle, family, internet, social media, Uncategorized by freoview on August 1, 2018

 

Member for Fremantle and Minister for Child Protection and Women’s Interest Simone McGurk will be giving the welcome address at the Raising Children in a Digital World on September 6 at the South Fremantle Football Club at Fremantle Oval.

This is a fundraiser for Fremantle Primary School’s P&C, and tickets are for sale. Everyone can attend!

The talk is by Dr Kristy Goodwin, a leading digital parenting educator. She has worked with schools across Australia and Asia.

Dr Goodwin will share her simple formula to determine healthy screen-time limits and will arm parents with a host of strategies and ideas to help kids develop healthy technology habits.

She will explain how technology is impacting children’s learning, sleep, social, language, play, physical skills and their vision, hearing and posture.

Dr Goodwin will give parents advise with practical strategies about how to best raise kids in a digital world. Parents will learn how to get the most out of their child’s screen-time so they can finally ditch the guilt and guesswork.

This should be a really good talk and is a topic that a lot of parents are worried about.

Tickets can be booked at:  https://www.trybooking.com/WRDW

Roel Loopers

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BLOG OFF LINE ON SATURDAY

Posted in blog, city of fremantle, social media, Uncategorized by freoview on July 15, 2018

 

My apologies to regular Freo’s View readers who missed out on new posts yesterday. My WordPress account was compromised and it took 24 hours for WP to repair the problem.

Back on line again and a few more posts to come today, but first coffee!

See you later!

Roel Loopers

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INTERNET ACCESS MEANS INDEPENDENCE FOR DISABLED PEOPLE

Posted in art, city of fremantle, communication, daada, disability, internet, Uncategorized by freoview on June 6, 2018

 

 

The beautiful hall of DADAA, the former Fremantle Boys School at Princess May Park, was packed full this morning for the launch of the CENTRE FOR ACCESSIBILITY  by Stephen Dawson MLC.

The CFA’s aim is to promote digital access for people with a disability. This is not about compliance, but about people!

A short video showed the major issues for disabled people when accessing the internet. “Every website has got too many words. Very difficult to find stuff” “You want my cash, make your website accessible”

Stephen Dawson MLC said the Centre for Accessibility was about effectively engaging with on-line content and that it needs to be stressed that it is about independence for people with a disability.

The on-line informations needs to be available to everyone, as every person has a unique contribution to make to the community. Abled people sometimes take for granted what others don’t have. It is about breaking down the barriers!

The first three targets to improve on-line information are local government, providers of disability services and arts organisations. Many others will no doubt follow and make their on-line content more accessible to disabled people, e.g. add captions to video content, provide a transcript for audio-only content such as podcasts, audio volume needs to be adjustable, when using audio alerts also provide the visual equivalent.

The former Chair person of DADAA Helen Errington gave a very insightful speech with a lot of humour. She was not impressed with the early 8.30am launch and suggested to take the A out and make it a lunch next time.

Access to the internet means independence for us, she said, as it enabled her to do on-line food shopping, socialise via Twitter and Facebook, do research, find tradespeople and services, etc.

We were isolated before the internet and going out is often an ordeal. “Through the internet the mountain has come to Mohammed. We just want to be included”

I believe the Centre for Accessibility is a significant step forward toward real equality. It is practical and achievable rather than tokenism. See: http://www.accessibility.org.au

Well done to all involved. This is a great initiative, so very disappointing that I did not see anyone from the City of Fremantle in the crowd.

Roel Loopers

 

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FREMANTLE TO HOST INTERNATIONAL WIKIMEDIA CONVENTION

 

Fremantle will host the second only WIKIMEDIA ASIA OCEANIA CONVENTION next year from October 31 to November 2. The first one is held on Bali this month.

Between 400-500 delegates are expected to visit and stay in Fremantle for the convention at the Esplanade Hotel, so that is a boost for our local traders.

Wikimedia partnered with the Fremantle Society years ago for the Freopedia project, which put QR codes on historic buildings for tourist information, but unfortunately the project was later discontinued.

No doubt Fremantle will prominently feature on the internet and social media when all the international guests are in town.

Roel Loopers

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LIVE STREAM ALL LIVE TRANSPORT TRIPS

 

Awassi Express

 

I just want to put this out there and see how serious the Australian government, our politicians, and the live trade exporters are.

We all know shit happens in the world, especially on sheep ships, and we also suspect that we only get to see the tip of the iceberg as far as animal cruelty during transport to the Middle East  is concerned.

My suggestion is to put cameras on every deck of every live trade transport ship and live stream the images 24/7 on the internet, so that everyone in the world can monitor what goes on and alert authorities when the animals are not treated well and are in distress.

Roel Loopers

FOLLOW FREO’S LEADING BLOG

Posted in blog, city of fremantle, communication, community, social media, Uncategorized by freoview on April 17, 2018

 

yellow reflection

 

I have received a few emails in the last few days from people who want to follow this Freo’s View blog and receive email notification whenever I publish a new post.

It is pretty simple. On the right bottom side is a little CUSTOMIZE window. Open it and click on FOLLOW and c’est ca, as the French say.

All blog posts also automatically go to Twitter and Facebook, so if you prefer that just follow me on Twitter or befriend me on Facebook.

Freo’s View is very popular and has many followers but I can only write about things I know about, so if something interesting is happening, if you are organising an event, exhibition, open a new shop, etc. please do inform me by sending an email to roel.loopers@iinet.net.au. My blog is a free not for profit community service!

I photographed the yellow art reflection around lunchtime today.

Roel Loopers

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250+ CLICKS TO FIND OUT WHAT’S ON AT FREO FESTIVAL

Posted in aboriginal, city of fremantle, culture, fremantle festival, Uncategorized by freoview on October 25, 2017

 

Wardarnji

 

I had another look at the City of Fremantle’s pathetic attempt to promote the Fremantle Festival this year, as there is no printed program, for environmental reasons.

On the homepage of the Freo City website there is no mention of the festival, so I clicked What’s On? but no mention there either. From there I went on Fremantle Story. There is nothing on the front page there either that promotes the festival, which starts in two days, and will visitors to Fremantle click on the Fremantle Story website to find out, if they are unaware the festival is on?

I then went on the Fremantle Festival website, and on the homepage I clicked on schedule, which gave the option to click on the individual days, which I did.

I now got a lot of colourful images for each event, but to find out at what time and in which location they are I would have to click on each and everyone of them.

Do you have any idea how many clicks and how time-consuming that would be ? You’d need to do more than 250 clicks to find out what is on during the two-week festival!

There are 9 images for the 27th, 23 for the 28th, 25 for the 29th, 18 for the 30th, 20 for the 31st, 21 for November 1, 30 for the 2nd, 29 for the 3rd, 33 for the 4th, 31 for the 5th, 10 for the 9th, 9 for the 10th, 8 for the 11th and 6 for the 12th.

As a commercial photographer I have been in the communication industry for 50 years, but have never come across anything so inadequate to promote a festival.

I have no doubt there will be many Facebook pages for individual events, but one needs to know first the events are on before one can connect with them on social media.

Does anyone at the City of Fremantle and the website design company really believe people will make the effort to find out what is on when it will take forever to do so?

The attention span in the modern world is very short, so this form of communication is far too tedious and cumbersome. Which planet do you live on guys?

 

Roel Loopers

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WIKIPEDIA EDITING AT NOTRE DAME UNI

Posted in city of fremantle, education, internet, notre dame university, Uncategorized by freoview on October 23, 2017

 

It is Open Access Week, so join the WIKIPEDIA editing workshop at Notre Dame University this Wednesday, October 25 from 1.30-3.30pm.

Wikipedia is one of the first open access resources on the internet that many people consult for information on a topic. Because of this, the research community has an important interest in ensuring that Wikipedia has accurate, comprehensive coverage of content that links to freely available open access research literature.

Join Gideon Digby, Vice-President of Wikimedia Australia and Lydia Dawe, Liaison Librarian, for an interactive session which will cover:

  • Detailed guidance for creating and editing Wikipedia entries in your area of research
  • Suggestions for improving relevant articles
  • Learning how to edit Wikipedia for beginners
  • Using Open Access repositories and directories to discover articles to add to Wikipedia
  • Wikipedia in the academic context
  • Best practices for communication with other Wikipedia editors

This is a free event.

Venue: Tannock Hall of Education ND4/203
Corner Cliff and Croke Streets
Fremantle

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