Wednesday, October 17, 2007
Tuesday, October 16, 2007
Yeh yeh I’ve done this before and not that long ago but I just got some new sites. First, Mashable had one of their famous listings 70+ Online Language Communities and Resources and then I found this interesting little site called Lost in Translation. All this seems a little redundant since we’ll probably have Star Trek like language translators in 5 years or sooner but go ahead and
Sunday, October 14, 2007
Now I’m not sure what a whole bunch of statistics about one’s website are really good for but one day I showed my reference class how I knew they were really only doing the assignments during our class times and not out of class, which got a lot of laughs. Anyway, there are a bunch of sites and programs dealing with website stats. Here’s a good article on 10 of them including Google Analytics.
Thursday, October 11, 2007
I heard about this site from Chris Mathews when he was on the Martha Stewart Show. It’s a Web2.0 site that lets you bet on just about anything but it does it as a zero sum market (minus a tiny commission). What’s interesting is that as a free market, the price of the “bet” represents the real time feeling or intuition by the market as to the possibilities of that bet. Confused? Sorry! Ok, go to Intrade. On the left click on POLITICS-2008 US ELECTION. Slide down until you see 2008 Presidential Election Winner. When I was here, Hillary’s contracts were going for about 44 or $4.40. If you buy one and she wins you get $10. If she doesn’t become president you get zero and lose your $4.40. If more people think she’s going to win, the price will go up. You can sell anytime.
Now some things I’m still foggy on like how things get started but it is an interesting site.
Sometimes you just stumble on to something and you think “Boy where have you been hiding?” Today I found Jimmy Ruska’s various websites. He seems to have all my interests and none of my laziness. Especially check out his Massive Free Education List and his video blog. Also notice the search tool at the top of his main page. He’s got a bunch of those Google hacking tricks built right in. I’m sure there’s a bunch more things I just haven’t found yet.Play!!
Wednesday, October 10, 2007
Tuesday, October 9, 2007
As part of a grade in a class toward a library certification, I had students compose Web2.0 assignments. This assignment was done by Julie Lord
Video Game Emulators
I'm sure you remember the Super Nintendo Entertainment System, also known as the SNES. It was quite popular in the 90's after the Nintendo Entertainment System (Also known as NES) became out-of-date.
You can download the "System" itself onto your computer. This System is called an "Emulator". There are different types of Emulators for the
SNES, but I've found that the program ZSNES works best. You can download this emulator at http://www.zsnes.com . When you are at the ZSNES
website, you will notice on the left, a box with the title ZSNES Blip. Within the box, you will see the "Latest Version", which should be 1.51.
Now download the appropriate operating system you are using, from Windows, to Linux, or even DOS. When the file is done downloading, it'll
be in a Zip file, located wherever you saved the destination to.
Now you can simply Unzip the file titled "zsnesw151.zip". Unzip the file to whatever folder you'd like to place it into. I made my own subfolder
within my "My Documents" folder. If you run the program right now (zsnesw.exe), you won't be able to play any games just yet, however, you
can customize the window size to fit your screen by setting its resolution in the "Config" tab, then choose "Video". A list of
resolutions will pop up and you have to choose the appropriate one. Now, to configue buttons for the emulator, you can locate it at "Config" tab,
again, and click on "Input". From here, you can see what the buttons are to press, or even reassign them to new buttons.
Now, to download games for the ZSNES program, you can go to http://www.coolrom.com . "ROM's" are what the "Games" are called for all
Emulators. There are many types of emulators. You can find emulators for SNES, NES, Sega Saturn, Sega Genesis, Sega CD, Playstation, Gameboy, and
many, MANY more. For my project, however, I'm showing you the SNES emulator and it's games (ROMs). Now, at the http://www.coolrom.com
website, to find ROM's for the ZSNES, click on the "ROM Files" tab on top. It'll take you to a list of Emulators. The emulator we're looking
for is "Super Nintendo", so find it in the list provided, and click the link.
From here, it'll take you to a whole list, categorized Alphabetically. If you've played the SNES before, you can look for your favorite game
you remember, and simply click on it. If you are not familiar with the Super Nintendo, then I would suggest clicking on the "F" tab and then to
scroll down and look for "Final Fantasy III". When you find the link, click on it. It will take you to a new page, where you will have to wait
for about 15 seconds for the site to get the ROM ready for download. When the 15 seconds have passed, there should appear a button that says
"Download Your File". Click on the button and save the file to wherever you'd like it to go. Again, this file also comes as a ZIP file, just as
the Emulator did.
When the file is downloaded and complete, find it on your computer wherever you saved it to. Unzip the Final Fantasy III.zip file and place
the "Final Fantasy III.smc" file into your ZSNES folder. When this is done, you can turn on the ZSNES program. Go to the "Game" tab and click
on "Load". It'll open a new window within the emulator, where you can search for the Final Fantasy III.smc; However, the ZSNES should be able
to detect any ROM's you've downloaded and placed into the ZSNES folder. Find the ROM you would like to play, click on it and highlight it. On
the lower right side should be a "Load" button. Click it and enjoy the game.
Thursday, October 4, 2007
Next Generation Disks-Already
So most of you know that we have a format war between Blu-Ray and HD-DVD for this generation but check out what’s on the horizon. Disks that hold 1 Terabyte of stuff. That a lot of stuff.
And after yesterday’s email Jim Rhodes sent me a note:
Hey RA! Cool font site! I thought I'd share one that I LOVE,
www.acidfonts.com they have a HUGE collection of Free Fonts!
As part of a grade in a class toward a library certification, I had students compose Web2.0 assignments. This assignment was done by Carmen Santos
Do you need that special photo for a certificate, or something to add to your inspirational power point, or a graphic description of your lesson plans?
A GOOD FONT SITE
Are you tired of the same fonts that Windows provides? Try out this site:http://www.dafont.com/
Gothic seems to be what students like as they use it all over their binders. Go to new, choose the font that you prefer, click on download button to the right of the screen.Play!!
Wednesday, October 3, 2007
Youtube was the first and obviously the most with the $1.6 billion price tag but have you heard about some other tubes? TeacherTube is just what it sounds like-a place to put your class/educational videos. GodTube is for your Christian videos. BuscaTube is for your Spanish videos. TubeDesi is Indian videos. JewTube, a great name, is Jewish videos. FootballTube, The Daily Tube, ToxicTube, 80’sTube, and the list goes on. And I won’t even mention the Tubes your mother doesn’t want you to visit. Seriously, I’m not going to mention them.
Tuesday, October 2, 2007
As part of a grade in a class toward a library certification, I had students compose Web2.0 assignments. This assignment was done by Joe Diego.
Go to http://www.collegeview.com .
Do a search for
Click on the name of any of the best colleges or universities anywhere in the
Monday, October 1, 2007
Google Docs and PRWeb
in Plain English
Common Craft is back with two new videos in their IN PLAIN ENGLISH series. Their RSS, WIKIS, and SOCIAL BOOKMARKING IN PLAIN ENGLISH were all quick, cute and excellent. Now along come Google DOCS and PRWEB. Find links to all their products here.
Friday, September 28, 2007
Serena Miller is the Learning guide for September over at Learning2.1. Here’s her latest.
Thing 40: Retroland
Reminisce about the good old days.
I have a new favorite site and it's Retroland.com. Retroland is a social networking site where members can reconnect with the things they loved "back in the days" and interact with people who share the same fond memories. One of the features I like the most on Retroland is it's Retropedia. From the 1990s all the way back to the 1900s you can see a time line of things like music, fashion and school memories that defined (and embarrassed) the decades. If you see something that you remember fondly you can simply add it to your favorites and also add a memory post. When you add a memory post you can upload a picture to go with what you are talking about and what you remember about the subject. If someone likes your memory post they can give you a gold star (just like in grade school) and your posts ratings will increase. Check out the memories users had of the Slinky. You can also get to know other members by clicking on Retrotalk and posting on their forums which are all pretty active. My favorite would have to be the food forum.
1. Create an account on Retroland.
2. Explore the Retropedia.
3. Did you see a tv show, toy, or fashion accessory that you had long forgotten about? Blog about your experience.
Thursday, September 27, 2007
As part of a grade in a class toward a library certification, I had students compose Web2.0 assignments. This assignment was done by Rose Sizemore.
Typhoon/Hurricane/Cyclone Formation Forecast
It is helpful to know what Internet site is available and helpful to
you if you would like to monitor the progress of an impending storm--
while you still have power. Go to http://www.prh.noaa.gov/guam/cyclone.php
--And once you know a typhoon is out there you’d better get some instructions. We posted an Andersen typhoon preparedness video on Youtube.—RA
Wednesday, September 26, 2007
I found this great column over the weekend from
Tuesday, September 25, 2007
As part of a grade in a class toward a library certification, I had students compose Web2.0 assignments. This assignment was done by Joe Diego.
This website provides the steps to get federal student aid.
Go to http://www.fafsa.ed.gov
Click on #1 to get an overview of the information you'll need to start the process.
Go to eligibility and check whether you can qualify for federal student aid.
Click on documents and print a checklist of documents needed.
Go to FAFSA on the Web Worksheet and print it out.
Apply for a Personal Identification Number.
Go to deadlines to submit items on time
Monday, September 24, 2007
Rule the Web Widget and Bug Me Not
Those of you who use my blog will notice that I have a new widget at the top of my right side column. Through this widget you can get the latest 60 second podcast from Rule the Web one of favorite sites. #17 tells everybody about a cool little Firefox add-on and website called BugMeNot. After installing the add-on, whenever you come to a site that wants you to register to use the site, you just right-click, click “log in with Bug Me Not” and bingo your in. No more tedious registering for each individual site. I used it at learner.org and it worked like a charm.
Oh! And if you want the little Rule the Web widget for your blog, just click on the GET THIS WIDGET.
Friday, September 21, 2007
We’ve got both Pimsleur and Rosetta Stone language programs in our library and I’ve also shown people how to get free language lessons from, among others, videos at YouTube, podcasts at Itunes, and the videos over at learner.org. Now comes a new service called Mango. I played with it for awhile and it’s pretty cool. You get Spanish, French, German, Russian, Italian, Chinese, Japanese, Brazilian Portuguese and Greek for English speakers and English for speakers of Polish and Spanish. It’s fun and the pronunciation is very good.
Thursday, September 20, 2007
From Whence Cometh?
The other day my son, Reed, asked me where I get all the ideas for these emails. “Steal ‘em” I told him. “otherwise known as research.”
Seriously, there are some good sites to get information like I give you, they just don’t do it in the same wonderful way. Obviously, I’ve mentioned the Learning 2.1 site as a place to go. Then there’s the Download Squad, Rule The Web, Kim Komando’s emails and the podcast Net@nite and then there’s my new favorite Mashable. And that’s just the main ones. But yes, I know, most of us are too busy (or too lazy) to visit these sites for ourselves so we’ll just have to be content with getting our little piece of technology education through this email.Play!!
Wednesday, September 19, 2007
Back in March I told you about rhapsody.com that WAS offering free streams at which time they started to refuse the service to anyplace outside the fifty states. Anyway, along comes another service called Deezer that will give you all the free streams you want. It’s just the service to use with your Audacity recorder which, FYI, is called streamripping. The down side is that their library isn’t as big as Rhapsody’s but beggers…
Tuesday, September 18, 2007
Picasa on the Web
Even though I’m a big Flickr fan, I’m a bigger Google fan, so I thought I should take a good look at Google-owned Picasa on the Web. Now, I already use Picasa at home to organize my photos so I figured Google would make it easy to upload my albums and I was right. One click and a whole album was started on its way. Once the pictures got on the web it got a bit more awkward but still fine. Everything I could do on Flickr I could do on Picasa including the mapping. However, the first thing you have to do is get Picasa on your computer. Get it here. Then let it organize your pics and away you go. No more sending photos to family and friends. You’ll just send them the URL to your Picasa account for 100’s of pics. It couldn’t be easier and you’ll wonder how you ever got along without it. Here’s ours: http://picasaweb.google.com/rameyerguam
Oh! Oh! And speaking of pictures, try this image search engine. It’s pretty cool.
Monday, September 17, 2007
Now, I don’t often recommend just a website and except for assignment #4, in which I tried to be even handed, I stay away from politics. But a friend of mine recommended it. This is a great site. Uncle Jay Explains the News
Friday, September 14, 2007
There was an interesting posting on Learning 2.1 last week but it didn’t transfer to this email so well so I’m just going to give you the URL:
Thursday, September 13, 2007
So I mentioned the Reference class yesterday. What I didn't mention was that for an "A" students have to come up with 2 or 3 things that I can use in this email. Ed Lamb wants us to know that even if you're not in position to have a copy of Microsoft Office and PowerPoint, you can still view ppt files using Microsoft's free PowerPoint Viewer available here. And if you're not that great on PowerPoint you can watch a bunch of tutorials here. The tutorials are OK but nothing special. You'd think Bill could invest a couple extra bucks to give us some entertaining "How to's" on his products. And finally, here is an interesting ppt blog with lots of good links.Play!!
Wednesday, September 12, 2007
So they've got me teaching this Reference class for Guam School Library Certification. And, of course, I'm using this email/blog as the main class assignment, numbers 1 - 100 actually, which probably won't hurt my reputation as the
called 50 Great Widgets For Your Blog. I put the clock on my blog because people off island can never seem to figure out the time here. Al least that's what they're telling me on the phone at 3 in the morning.
Tuesday, September 11, 2007
Serena Morrow is this month’s Learning Guide over at Learning 2.1 and this is one of the coolest things I’ve ever seen.
Make video clips like the pros!
You don't have to be Steven Spielburg to create professional video clips online. Animoto is a web application that produces professional videos using their own patent-pending technology. Animoto is the brain child of producers from ABC, Comedy Central and MTV who definitely know their stuff. Animoto analyzes your images and the music you use and pieces everything together to where it all flows perfectly in sync. If you don't like how your video turns out you can click the Remix this Video button and have Animoto automatically change it up for you or tweak it yourself. No two video clips come out the same which makes for hours of fun, as I found out today. (You can check out Serena’s video here or see mine at my blog —RA)
Animoto is still in beta mode which means they are still testing things out and adding new features. One feature it doesn't offer yet is the option to link to your Photobucket account. But rest assured, I contacted the Animoto guys and it should be available in the upcoming weeks. Also, if you want a clip longer than 30 seconds it will cost. But, you can make as many 30 second clips as you want for free.
- Create an account on Animoto.
- Create a 30 second clip or Animoto Short, by uploading at least ten pictures. Still got the Flickr account from Learning 2.0? Animoto can link directly to it.
- Choose from one of the songs in Animoto's music library or upload your own music file to go with your clip.
- Embed your new 30 second clip onto your blog. There is a special code just for Blogger that you can use.
- Blog about your experience using Animoto.
Note: I’ve been playing with this since yesterday. It’s fast, easy and the family agreed it’s really cool. Thanks Serena!!
Monday, September 10, 2007
One thing we’re getting better at is getting interesting pictures around so everybody can see. Now Digg does pictures within the context of their regular news stories and people have been begging for months to separate them out to their own category. No luck from them yet but some other guy has started digpicz.com and we’ve also got reddit media. Now on these sites you can see just about anything so grab their RSS feed and try to keep up. For instance, here’s some great artwork:
and this one is cool.
Thursday, September 6, 2007
Google Earth Easter Egg
I told you about Google Earth and Sky in Assignment #148 but one of my favorite Blogs Download Squad had news of an Easter Egg in the New Google Earth. Evidently Ctrl-Alt-A gives you a flight simulator that’s great fun. Here’s the article.
This comes from PC Magazine. Here are their top classics websites:
Here are their top “undiscovered” sites though I’d already discovered a few of them.
Every time I go through groups like these I marvel at what I don’t know.Play!!
Wednesday, September 5, 2007
Tuesday, September 4, 2007
Today’s assignment I’m going to steal from the How-To Geek. I immediately went and got this add-on.
If you allow Firefox to store your passwords you might be worried about the recent security holes found in the password manager. The solution to these problems is to use the Secure Login extension to prevent Firefox from automatically filling in password fields, but at the same time giving you the automation that saves you time. In fact, using the hotkey means that this method is probably even quicker.
Using the Secure Login extension, you'll see these gold bars around the login credentials instead, but it won't fill in the fields automatically.
Here's where the magic happens…. just click the Secure Login button and the form will be filled and automatically submitted.
You can also use the keyboard shortcut Alt+N (customizable) to login even faster.
The button isn't automatically added to your toolbar after installing the extension, but it's easy to add: just right-click over the back/forward buttons and choose Customize Toolbar. You'll find the Secure Login button in the list.
The preferences have a lot of other options as well, like not automatically submitting the form when you click the button if you don't like that behavior. You can even customize the highlight color around the login elements.
Thursday, August 30, 2007
Real Player 11
Now I know I’ve just about beat this to death but I have to admit it works pretty slick. The new Real Player 11 has a feature that when your watching any video a little button pops up in the upper right corner of the video and asks you if you want to download the video. And it works. Not the huge files of Jing and not the .exe files of Screen2exe, just the file. I downloaded 2. The Youtube video came in Flash format but the other one came in IVR format which is some proprietary Real Player format. Neither VLC Media nor Gom Player could play the IVR format. But the IVR was plenty small--60 mgs for half an hour and it even took out the buffering gaps. Here’s the CNET Quick Tip with a little more insight. http://www.cnettv.com/9742-1_53-28974.html
I can’t really make up my mind if this application is either really cool or really annoying. I added it to my blog and the gist of it is when you point at a link, a thumbnail of the link comes up. Go to my blog and see it and after we’ll have a show of hands. Keep it or nay. If you want one yourself just go to http://www.snap.com/about/shots.php
And fill in the stuff. Couldn’t be easier. Then the decision will be yours too.Play!!
Wednesday, August 29, 2007
I found this article thanks to Download Squad
No 14 was this one
Save it for home but not in front of the kids.
Tuesday, August 28, 2007
The hot topic in Geek World last week was Google Sky. The latest version of Google earth included some pretty cool looks at outer space. CNET had directions:
To navigate to Sky, one must first download the latest version of Google Earth. A tiny round black icon with a planet resembling Saturn will then appear in the toolbar. Click on this to switch from Google Earth's Earth mode to Sky mode. Alternatively, one can also choose "Switch to Sky" from Google Earth's View menu.
The whole article is here:
Sunday, August 26, 2007
One thing I haven’t touched much in this email is virtual worlds. We hit Second Life a little back in Assignment #58, my kid plays with Runescape, and one of our techs and her husband do World of Warcraft which I guess is very popular. Second Life has evidently been losing its popularity since they won’t let people gamble any more. Anyway, here’s an article on what the author calls “casual” virtual worlds.
Here’s the Wikipedia article on the whole idea:
And this guy’s blog is devoted to rating bars in the
I’m not sure I can handle a virtual world. I can barely handle the real one.
Friday, August 24, 2007
Here’s another Assignment from Mary Kyle at Learning 2.1
Dressing up your photos
It seems that everyone has a digital camera, if not a high resolution one, then at least one on their cell phone. Everyday library computer labs have more people coming in wanting to edit their masterpiece images. If we don't have Photoshop or at least Picasa, what can we do? Last year we played with Flickr and it's a great online photo album and even has some toys to play around with the photos but what if you want to fix red eye or crop the photos before you post? After this exercise you can fix them online with just a computer with an internet connection.
I use Picnik the most but I discovered it first and I like it's flexibility. There are others but let's start here. You do need to register but your photos can come from Flickr, Picasa, and Facebook; or you can upload from your computer. Fixes the most common issues, cropping, image size, exposure, red eye, and many more. You can also apply a few creative filters using the Create tab. When you are done save it back where you got it or someplace new. You will need to login to Flickr, Facebook, or Picasa to open from or save to there. The interface is fairly clean and they add a few cute bits to entertain you if a process is a bit slow to load.
Here are a few more to try:
Fauxto - No registration, upload, edit, and save. Mostly I'll say, I'm impressed. I'm used to Photoshop and wow, this one gives them some free, to the user, competition. Layers, Filters, even looks like a software window on the screen. Some effects are a bit slow to happen but they do eventually.
I suspect Fauxto is why Adobe has announced the launch of a free online version of their popular Photoshop software. Rumor says to look for it in November.
Pixenate - reads from and to Flickr or disk. No registration. Simple tools, can't handle high resolutions but if you don't have a high resolution camera this is fine. Window isn't as clear as I'd like though.
Snapfish - product of HP and there are strings attached. You do have to register and editing is limited. Free unlimited online storage! Well, not so free if you want to download or print your images. I only mention it as someone may ask you about it.
I found a few more but had issues with uploading images, may be a browser or flash version conflict.
Pixer.us - cute name, wish it worked
CellSea - Created for Cell Camera Phone users.
ImageEditor - Associated with Google Photo Organizer, which is confusing since they also own Picasa another online photo storage and organizer site.
1. Pick one of the above mentioned Photo editors, or locate one of your own.
2. Edit a few pictures and save them.
3. Write about your experience in your blog and include either a link to or embed one of the pictures you edited. Maybe even a before and after images?
Thursday, August 23, 2007
5min.com a Videopedia
In my sojourns though the Internet the other day I ran across this site.
Prepare to spend at least an hour or so.
For example, here’s a computer trick you can play on your friends that’s fun, relatively harmless, and teaches you a little about your computer.
Wednesday, August 22, 2007
More Video Capture
It’s probably that you are capturing Windows Media or Real Player or
something. Jing needs hardware acceleration turned off to do that.
More about that here:
Hope that helps.
have a good day,
And it worked-- Right click on your desktop-Properties-Settings-Advanced-Troubleshoot-Move Hardware Acceleration Plunger to None.
Now I don’t know what that Hardware Acceleration thingy does normally so you are on your own after that.
Tuesday, August 21, 2007
Here’s Mary Kyle over at Learning 2.1
Mini or Micro Blogging
What is Mini Blogging? Where can I set one up? Why would I?
Mini blogs are limited to short messages (frequently 140 characters), they began as cell phone text messages limited to a geographic region that could be used to find your friends, find out what's going on in the area that night, or to invite your friends to all go to the latest Harry Potter movie on opening night together. The original miniblog, Dodgeball, has all but disappeared and isn't available in
The new mini-blogs are:
Twitter - your posts are called Tweets
Jaiku - allows you to set up groups and has easy search
Hictu - mostly popular in France, Italy, and England
Frazr - French and German
Pownce - allows the biggest posts and also can be used for file transfer (up to 10MB in the free version, sounds more like email) since an invite is required I can't find out much more about it.
Monday, August 20, 2007
Lyrics and Cheaters
One of the best Internet skills that you can have is the expeditious use of quotation marks. Sure, you can go to Lyrics.com to get words to a song but why not put 4 or 5 consecutive words of the song between quotation marks and into Google and watch those lyrics pop up.
One of my teachers wanted to know if an assignment paper she’d been given had been copied from the Net. Putting a few words in quotation marks and then into Google showed that it had.
Quotation marks make Google and other search engines treat the phrase as one big word and a significant 4 or 5 word phrase is usually specific to a given literary work. Ah, the power of knowledge!!
Thursday, August 16, 2007
Something new to play with. It’s called RaimaRadio. Now I know I got into this other Internet Radio Station program called Songbird back in Assignment #11, but that one couldn’t record. This one can and to MP3s and you can set it to record when you’re not around like recording Coast to Coast AM in the middle of the night. It’ll also takes out any empty spots caused by buffering and it’s supposed to break up the recording session into individual songs but I haven’t had much luck with that feature yet. It’s pretty straight forward and the learning curve is low so have fun.
It’s a Google Maps/Local Real Estate mashup but works well and fun to play with.
And Derek just left me a comment on Assignment #119-Craigslist
--have you seen allurstuff instead?
it's also a classifieds site, but with more emphasis on searching, and with a pretty slick google maps integration. (i think it’s the best out there so far)--
Wednesday, August 15, 2007
Raise your hand if you like good free programs. The King of GFPs is Gizmo Richards. You can spend days at his main site. He has a good monthly newsletter that I actually spent $10 to subscribe to and it had an excellent site in its latest edition. It’s got a list of the best open source programs and their pay counterparts. It’s here: