Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Technorati...

This exercise should have been completed ages ago. So a handy cheat is to click 'post options' on the bottom left, and alter the date. Done! (It may not fool anyone, but it makes me happy.)

Right... I joined Technorati and added, and became a fan of, my blog. Hey, no one else was going to do it...

I found the site easy to use. I added a few favourites. I'm not so sure I would use this site on a regular basis, but I do appreciate the way it tracks and rates blogs. Perhaps if I had more time for blog browsing... Nah.

Saturday, August 9, 2008

Sc.rump.tious...

Okay, so what do I think of del.icio.us?

Well, I transferred all my bookmarks to delicious and got the shock of my life. There were admittedly only 10 per page, but 109 pages worth of bookmarks!! A bit much, so the sensible thing to do is change the number to 25 bookmarks per page... only 44 pages... much better.

I do like the way the flat hierarchy makes my links more readily accessible, as well as reminding me of all the interesting links I had meant to pursue, but somehow never got back to... and I like the way delicious synchronizes my bookmarks, and makes them available from any computer.

My post has been tagged delicious and could confuse someone looking for a delicious meal, a bit of semantic confusion, but generally tags are helpful.

Today's link: 100 Extensive University Libraries from Around the World that Anyone Can Access

Monday, August 4, 2008

So much information.

It's everywhere, and it can be a problem to keep track of all the news, sports, weather and blogs you follow. This is where RSS, a web feed, can help by checking your subscribed feeds for any updates, and downloading them automatically to your reader or email.


Google Reader is a good example of a feed reader. I have found it easy to use and organise.

I created a Bloglines account and subscribed to a number of feeds, but I must say that while similar to my Google Reader, I prefer the latter. Ease of use, and perhaps familiarity, influenced my choice. I also joined Technorati and favourited (modern internet terminology, really...) a few blogs, and have added a link button on my page that would enable browsers, the human variety, to add my blog to their feeds.

Interesting...
2008 National Book Festival Podcasts include interviews with R.L.Stine,Sharon M. Draper, Arthur Frommer and Pauline Frommer, and others.

Friday, August 1, 2008

Talking Tech, briefly...

iTunes is one of my favourite technological tools, although more of an application I suppose. It is a media player and a form of web feed in that it can be used to subscribe to both video and audio podcasts which are updated on a regular basis. These are free, and include Times Online Book Podcast (audio) which has interviews with authors such as Jodi Picoult, Stephen King and Richard Dawkins to name but a few, as well as TEDtalks and Cranky Geeks which are video podcasts.

So I'm sure that this would probably be my favourite new technology, if I could afford it. It is growing in popularity. One of the main reasons I would love to own one is that, after the initial expense, books become so much cheaper. It would pay for itself in no time!
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