Saturday, May 30, 2009

Pipes!


I found the Pipes site through the 2.0 awards list.

One can use it to combine and customize feeds and other online data. The visual interface makes experimentation and discovery immediate.

My goal was to try to combine several "new" or "coming soon" book lists with the SPL feed about what has been recently added to the catalog, but wasn't successful in the time committed so far.

I was able, however, to create one large feed out different twitter accounts that I follow. Some that I follow "officially" through the account I set up for 27 Things, and some that I follow "silently" through GoogleReader. This new feed means there's only one link to check, and it shows all of the replies that are often hidden.

Check it out: SPL-Twitter RSS Feed

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Online docs

For this assignment I tried out both doc features.

With Google Docs, I'm sharing a spreadsheet to help plan a camping trip (like the earlier wiki example). It's working out well to make changes, and I like be able to update while I'm away from my home computer.

I'm writing this blog post in Zoho, and can already see many possibilities. The interface is familiar right away, and I can see how easy it will be to use.

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Monday, May 18, 2009

Wiki

Learning about wiki was quick and easy.



A wiki is as strong as its contributions. Often, this means that it is open to everyone, and that a large number of people are editing and using the information--keeping it valid and accurate.

I have seen the circ binder on SPL@ recently and enjoyed the few pages that I tried. I look forward to exploring it more in-depth the next time I sub.

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Sunday, May 17, 2009

Technorati

The Technorati Web site was down for a lot of this week while it was moving its servers.

I did find an interesting article from it about mounting cameras (temporarily) on Galapagos tortoises from www.msnbc.msn.com.

The concept of "authority" was interesting. Crowd-sourcing to know when something is relevant or valid (a big variable on the Internet)? But, I didn't get to explore it very far due to down time and site errors.

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

del.icio.us

I enjoyed watching the Otter tutorial video, but I didn't read the us.ef.ul article (dated 2004!). I found some good tips from skimming the habits list: bookmark it all, add tons of tags, watch what others post.

From visiting delicious (it's really just one word now?), I found two articles that I wanted to read on the currently popular list. And, just now, looking again I found a tag that I wanted to follow. I can see how instead of searching the entire Web for a specific phrase, that it will also be beneficial to browse related tags to find relevant (and tested) information.

I have an old account from 2007 when I wanted to make sure that my bookmarks were backed up and I could access them from multiple computers. But, I haven't kept up with it.

This re-introduction has inspired me to try again with a new criteria. Currently, I wade through browser history or duplicate Web searches to find sites again, only bookmarking something that I visit on a daily or weekly basis. Now, I'm going tag them all!

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Tuesday, May 5, 2009

LibraryThing

I created a LibraryThing account and added my Daniel Pinkwater books to it (widget in right column).

I haven't quite figured out how I can best use this site. The idea of having a catalog of my books is very tempting. Especially by ISBN number (there are some books of which I have multiple editions). But, the limit of 200 books for a free account feels... limiting. If I take the time to add that many, I would find out if I'm using it enough--and the lifetime membership is reasonable.

I have been using GoodReads to track what I'm reading and want to read, although not what I own. Maybe there is a way to combine the two?

Monday, May 4, 2009

Reflection is the new drop shadow


I found Wet Floor Maker through MakeUseOf. It creates a floor reflection of the image you upload.

I recognized this as a recent image trend, but I didn't know how really 2.0 this was until I read the related wiki page, "Wet floor effect is a graphic effects technique popular in conjunction Web 2.0 style pages, particularly in logos."

(The original photo was taken at Griffith Observatory.)

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Saturday, May 2, 2009

+75

I don't want to miss all of the great information being posted as part of the 27 Things project. So, I subscribed to all of the participant blogs.

All that mouse clicking took almost 15 minutes, but you can do it in less.

If you're using Google Reader (and it sounds like you are), download this OPML file to add all of them at once.

Directions:
1. Save the file to your computer
2. From Google Reader, go to your "Settings" page (link is in the upper-right, next to your username)
3. Open the last tab, "Import/Export"
4. Browse to where you saved the file, click "upload"
5. Go back to Google Reader and find all 75 subscriptions in a folder called "SPL - 27 Things"

27Things-subscriptions.xml

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