Wednesday, October 25, 2006

Switcher Tip: Print Screen - The Unofficial Apple Weblog (TUAW)

Print Screen - The Unofficial Apple Weblog (TUAW)

Great tips here on Print Screen for the Mac user...

Album Shaper — FreeSMUG

Album Shaper — FreeSMUG

This is a great site for you Mac people. Album shaper also comes in a Windows version (so it says). Looks like a nice little program but I need to read more about it before I download it.

Got another convert to the Mac platform. My nephew, who is a Navy pilot, just bought a new MacBook Pro. I configured it for him on the Apple web site. The next day, Apple had come out with a new pricing structure so he was able to save several hundred dollars AND get almost double the hard drive space. After he ordered it, the email confirming the purchase told him he was saving another $50!!!

He also has a Nikon D200 Digital SLR and takes some fantastic photos. He has had a few published as well. He is going to LOVE his new MacBook!!

Recycke Those Plastic Bags

The Plastic Bag Pages
things you can do with those plastic bags you get at the grocery store. Some very interesting ideas here....Recycling is definitely the name of the game. We recycle at home. Do you??

Sunday, October 22, 2006

Halloween Photo Tips

Photojojo » Halloween Photo Tips — Our Ghoulish Guide to Scary Snaps: "Jack-o-lanterns make for a unique and beautiful Halloween subject, but capturing their inner glow can be tricky. This is a case where it’s crucial you turn off your camera’s flash so it doesn’t overwhelm your candlelight. Your jack-o-lanterns are not going to move, so your best bet is to use a long shutter speed and set your camera on a steady surface or a tripod."

Free Halloween music

Bloglines | My Blogs: "Free Halloween Music - Download Free Scarey Songs and Sounds"

Copy Writing Tips

Copy Writing Tips for Search Engines Optimization (SEO)

Thursday, October 19, 2006

Miles Per Dollar

Off Topic (OT):

These folks put together a site that allows you to enter your gas price, distance and your miles per gallon. Once entered, you hit calculate and it will show you how much that drive costs you. Eye-opening!

Dewang Mehta Award

Dewang Mehta Award for Innovation in IT for NIIT Chief Scientist Sugata Mitra: "In villages located in remote areas from Kashmir to Kanyakumari, researchers reported hundreds of children teaching each other to use computers through NIIT’s “Minimally Invasive Education Kiosks.”"

In 1999, in an experiment conducted by Sugata, a computer connected to the Internet was embedded in a slum wall and left for unsupervised use by children. The findings of the experiment suggested that groups of children could learn to use computers and the Internet on their own, irrespective of who or where they were. Dr Mitra and his team subsequently verified this unique discovery in intensive testing through a large-scale experiment, across India and Cambodia.

School 2.0

School 2.0 - Join the Conversation
The US Dept. of Education site that explains it’s vision for “School 2.0″ is now officially up and running. As the site says, the vision is “a sketch and a work in progress” and “is designed to facilitate community discussions and preparations for short and long term educational and management goals.”

Blacboard Patent Lawsuit

U.S. patent claim against Waterloo firm concerns researchers

Google For Educators

Google For Educators: "Google recognizes the central role that teachers play in breaking down the barriers between people and information, and we support educators who work each day to empower their students and expand the frontiers of human knowledge. This website is one of the ways we're working to bolster that support and explore how Google and educators can work together."

Podcasting 101 -- How Educators Can Use This New Technology

Podcasting 101 -- How Educators Can Use This New Technology

Five Things You Didn't Know About Apple's iPod

Five Things You Didn't Know About Apple's iPod: "Popular Science has put together similar instructions in written form."

Haulin’ ‘Net 2006-2007

Associate Supt. of Innovation: From the Haulin'Net blog:
Recently, a guidance counselor correctly advised a group of aspiring collegians that a good percentage of future jobs have not yet been created. Yet many schools and school systems

Halloween Photography Tips

Halloween Photography Tips: Halloween

Teachers are reaching out to students

The Seattle Times: Education: Teachers are reaching out to students with a new class of blogs: "When students read each other's blogs and make comments, 'the work becomes a conversation instead of a one-way delivery of information,' said Warlick, a former teacher who wrote 'Classroom Blogging: A Teacher's Guide to the Blogosphere.'"

Tuesday, October 17, 2006

Home cures you can make with what's in your kitchen

Home cures you can make with what's in your kitchen

Off topic for sure...but very very interesting. Has anyone ever used any of these remedies?

Tuesday, October 10, 2006

Mean Vegetables

Mean Vegetables - New York Times
Research from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention published last spring suggests that overweight people live longer, etc.

YouTube - MIT sketching

YouTube - MIT sketching: Hopefully you can get to this YouTube site. A bit more advanced than the normal SmartBoard technology! Leave it to MIT. Think of the uses in your HS physics classes...etc.

Santa Clarita Valley, California

News for Santa Clarita Valley, California: "The classes were announced Sept. 27 during the city's annual Teen Scene Unplugged event, where Internet safety experts informed Santa Clarita residents of potential harms accessible to children via the Web and ways to protect children from such hazards."

Interesting concept of TEACHING MySpace instead of telling parents to just block it!

Sunday, October 08, 2006

Panic Button

Panic Button
"Panic Button is intended to help people that support end-users, either sysadmins/helpdesks, or those that simply help friends and family. I got the idea after getting frustrated by reports like “I had this error message on my computer. It said that the whatsit had caused a thingy operation”. No-one ever wrote down error messages, and could never remember what they said. I tried to teach people how to take screen shots, so that they could send screen shots of error messages, but that didn’t work."

Very interesting!

Saturday, October 07, 2006

Apple's Mac OS Market Share Rises 26 Percent Year Over Year

Apple's Mac OS Market Share Rises 26 Percent Year Over Year:

Key Percent Increases:

* Up 38.4 percent since January 2005
* Up 34.0 percent since April 2005 (Mac OS X Tiger launched April 29, 2005)
* Up 12.1 percent January to September 2006 - despite Intel transition
* Up 9.0 percent since August 2006 - just one month

I am learning the Mac OS and I am totally impressed! Almost 3 months and no crashes. Things are where they should be; extremely intuitive.

Get a Free Exhibit Hall Pass to Macworld San Francisco 2007

Switch To A Mac: Get a Free Exhibit Hall Pass to Macworld San Francisco 2007: "You can register here."

PC to Mac Tip

One button mouse!: "I was provoked to post this article after a friend wanted to 'test drive' my old Power Mac G5 (has a wireless one button mouse) as he's been thinking about making the switch. He kept complaining about the lack of a right button.

Friday, October 06, 2006


Joomla! - What is Joomla! ?: "Joomla! is an award-winning Content Management System (CMS) that will help you build websites and other powerful online applications. Best of all, Joomla! is an open source solution that is freely available to everybody."

Check it out and let me know what you think.

Tuesday, October 03, 2006

Kansas State University Launches World's Largest Course Podcasting Initiative - USA

Kansas State University Launches World's Largest Course Podcasting Initiative - USA

KSU will podcast over 6000 of its classes over the coming year. It is following suit with so many of the other universities. This will make it the largest podcasting implementation in the world.

So, how does the rest of the education world measure up to this?

Monday, October 02, 2006



If your book has an ISBN (they all do), you can auto-generate a citation with Ottobib.

Whether you need MLA, APA, AMA, or Chicago, Ottobib's got you covered. All you need to do is enter in the ISBN and hit "enter" - and there's the citation you need. Quite the timesaver;

How to recycle your PC

How to recycle your PC

In most cases, it ends up in a landfill. Only about 10 percent of all discarded computers are recycled in the U.S., meaning millions of computers could be leaking harmful chemicals into groundwater."

How to use your PC and Webcam as a motion-detecting and recording security camera - Simplehelp

How to use your PC and Webcam as a motion-detecting and recording security camera - Simplehelp: "This tutorial will take you step-by-step through setting up your PC and Webcam to act as a motion-detecting and recording security camera system. And the software required to do this is open source (free). "