Friday, September 26, 2008

Exercise # 20 - ebooks

I loved the idea of Amazons 'Kindle' - being so portable, compact, battery run, no wires,fairly cheap (but not sure of the cost to load books onto it).Apparently it holds free Wikipedia, 200 books, 1000's of magazines and newspapers with the option to upload more when necessary.

The BEST thing I discovered about ebooks was that whilst reading the type one also has access to pictures, sound clips, video and animated graphics.I couldn't download any though to verify this.

Looking at Project Gutenberg I found "Taming of the Shrew" easy to find but couldn't download any of it. Perhaps I had to download other applications to view but ran out of time. This is something I definitely will be getting back to.

Loved Google Earth and You Tube - Can you imagine zooming into a part of the world and watching videos about that very location.

exercise # 19- podcast

Still a bit confused about this but potentially quite useful.

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Exercise # 17 - Web 2.0

With so much to choose from this was quite difficult. I did enjoy Events which could then be broken down into Comedy, Family, Theatre, Festivals, etc.It told you what was going to happen, when and a little information about the event BUT it was all in America so Whats The Point? Is there a similar site in New Zealand?????

In a library setting this would be jolly useful to the community instead of having to put local items up on a physical noticeboard.

Check it out yourself: was useful too but again, only found books in America.

You Tube Fun

Wow, I do like this - all I need is the time to discover all it has to offer.

Youtube is so easy to use. I especially liked the funny video clips (funny animals was one) and I can see the possibilities of being helpful to people with the "forums" where one can ask questions, get support, and give advice. The " create a group" would be very useful to the community and I can imagine how wonderful it would be to actually see real-life people demonstating pruning roses (for example) or propagating plants. I suppose cooking demonstrations on tv is actually "grown-up you tube"!

Wednesday, September 24, 2008



Well, this seems too good to be true......

Ive been quite embarrassed by my ineptitude.... but had to try spell check.... and it worked...

but where the hell are the beautiful smileys I had here?

Got quite excited as Zoho seemed so easy to use, similar to Word but with all the optional extras (smileys) and menu thingies (spell check, font, colour etc) so close at hand. I liked the idea of being able to "preview" pictures and images too and the best thing will be to share for example holiday photos and let friends comment on each one! It also promises an 'instant chat facility" and when time allows I will have to come back to this one later!

Exercise # 15 - rollyo

This site seemed a bit bland at first and not very satisfactory regarding "rare books search" and "quick quotes" as advertised.

Then I created an account and searched for "World Affairs" as being one of the categories offered. Rollyo then informed me that "no web pages meeting that criteria" !!Well, HE can just Rollover and die then with THAT attitude!

Then tried "Travel and hotels" (wishful thinking but maybe one day) and lo, found a link and here it is (hopefully)....…

Saturday, September 13, 2008

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Wednesday, September 10, 2008

exercise # 13 and a half!

Exercise #14 - Library Thing

By Jove, I think I've got it.......and about time too.

Library Thing is great for small institutions and personal use. I would have liked to list "reading for the future" but couldnt find a category though I know there's got to be one. It is good for sharing others peoples book reviews and reading lists of books similar to your own, but I was just wondering if it were possible to get into anothers list by category alone eg Philosophical books?

I do enjoy our own "OPAC" system for tracking down similar books.

Here (hopefully again) is the link to my Library Thing.

Monday, September 8, 2008

Exercise # 13 ***

I have now been on Generator for three weeks and its been the best three weeks of my life! (Well, almost!)

I LOVE Generator. I want to use all of it (and I will sometime).

Tried the "Comic Strip" but was only given the option to Print or email but not to save - so how could I have done this, O Generator Gurus?

Also tried to send "Glowtext" to blog but couldn't. Hopefully this one came through.

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

exercise # 11- Wikiwonder

Wiki certainly looks too good to be true and so easy to use.

I have tried to send a link to Pom Thesaurus 'The Wonder of Wikis' as that sums wikis up perfectly....but I can't. Please go to Favourite blogs and read it yourself.

Thank you, cyberNINNY!