...and other information to keep staff in the Technology Loop

Tuesday, March 21, 2006

Five questions about blogs

1. What is a blog?
A weblog is just a tool for organizing information. Think of a weblog the same way you think about a physical book or magazine—-it is just a tool, so it can be about any topic.

2. What do blogs look like?
Well, you're reading one right now. Many follow the same format. There's a title at the top and a sidebar for archives and links. Most importantly, there's a column of posts—-brief entries arranged with the newest stuff on top, often peppered with links to other websites.

3. How many blogs are out there?
Weblogs first started popping up on the internet in 1998. As easy-to-use self-publishing tools were developed, the phenomenon grew exponentially. Technorati currently tracks 30 million registered weblogs, a figure that doubles every 5-and-a-half months.

4.Who writes these blogs?
Corportations, news hounds, libraries and librarians, politicians and talking heads, rock stars, tech folks and everyday people...basically, anyone who has something to say and, increasingly, many people who don't.

5. How do I start?
Sign up for my Tech Talk--Weblogs: Fresh Content, Fresh Context. There are two sessions scheduled, Wednesday, March 29th or Monday, April 10th. Come out, discover a bit of history, see creative examples of how people are using weblogs, then learn how to set up one of your own in the hands-on portion of our workshop.

Sunday, March 19, 2006

ThinkFree Office Online

Here is another free, online office-like application that looks and feels like Office. A basic account is free. You just need to create a username and password--just like you would for a free email account.

Here are some details from the ThinkFree site:

With ThinkFree Office Online you can :
  • Create Microsoft Office-compatible documents from the Web.

  • Open and edit your Office documents anywhere and anytime.

  • Create powerful Web presentations using a familiar interface.

  • Add flickr photos to your documents.

  • Post ThinkFree documents directly to a blog.

  • Convert your existing documents to PDF format, simply use the Save As PDF
    function in the File menu when saving your document.

  • Save your documents in ThinkFree Office Online. You can create, read and revise your documents anytime and anywhere you want. If you save your documents in a secure Web storage account provided by ThinkFree Office Online, you can access and edit them at school, home, work or anywhere else you can think of.

  • 30 MB of free storage.

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Give ThinkFree a try, and post your comments below. We will be interested to see what staff think. http://online.thinkfree.com

Thursday, March 02, 2006

And the winner is...

Congratulations to staff at Steele Creek, winners of the Core I trivia contest. Way to go Steele Creek! And thanks to everyone who participated in the contest. The details for the next contest will be announced soon.