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Views & ReViews on Digital Gadgets For Us Baby Boomers!

Website evaluation; hmmm post or email it?

HCI website evaluation Let me see, the assignment details on Bb indicate to post to a blog and paste the URL in Bb and the assignment reads like a paper to be submitted. OK then, I’m posting it to this blog AND emailing it to the Professor!

December 14, 2007 Posted by | Education-related | , , | 2 Comments

SLoodle !

Now THIS is interesting: Second Life being leveraged with Moodle presenting SLoodle! We were all expecting this, weren’t we? The video is only 4:03 minutes – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qOFU9oUF2HAgive it a viewing and tell me about your reaction. http://www.sloodle.org/

December 1, 2007 Posted by | Education-related, Second Life | , | Leave a comment

Another *new* social networking site!

Another *new* social networking site: http://www.flock.com

This one collects your “favorites” (favorite sites, favorite feeds

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, and favorite media) all on the Home page. Its clean and attractive interface makes working with it straightforward. I will be exploring it in detail over the coming days and will report back. In the meantime, give it a try yourself!

November 26, 2007 Posted by | Blogs, Education-related | , | 1 Comment

New “twist” for Second Life…

Move your body in RL and you move your body in SL: now THAT’S a new twist. Check this out: http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/21917042/ 

November 23, 2007 Posted by | Education-related, Second Life | , , , | Leave a comment

AT&T Customer Service: NOT!

OK, I admit it. This is not so much about *new* technology. It’s about *old* technology in a company (AT&T) that’s trying to convince telephone users that it IS *new* technology. Bologna! Continue reading

November 21, 2007 Posted by | Education-related | , , | 7 Comments

Back in the saddle…

OK, so Cadre Xiii has met in Beantown and now we’re onto semester finals (papers). While I have some time on my hands, I’ll continue with the saga of the upgrade which Sean, so aptly noted, “…upgrade, upgrade hardware, upgrade, upgrades nearly impossible so shop for a new computer, repeat.” And, to his point, I have added to my Christmas list an Apple iMac: 24″ 2.8 Mhz w/ Leopard and iLife already installed. Easiest way to “upgrade” is to buy the new machine. The one I am (was) upgrading is a five year old G4. hmmm, perhaps a “barely used” computer sale in the near future. Any interest?

November 21, 2007 Posted by | Education-related, Mac, Uncategorized | , , , , | Leave a comment

Time Out!

Just a quick note to inform that I’ll be away from this blog for a few days (maybe and maybe not). The Cadre’s meeting in HA-VAhrd and MIT this week. I am uncertain how much time I’ll have to devote to this Mac/interface thread. HOWEVER… since I will be in one of THE hottest *new* technology developments areas of the WORLD, who knows what I will find to write about!!? 

Be back soon!

November 5, 2007 Posted by | Education-related, Uncategorized | | Leave a comment

Leopard installation complete!

  Continuing the Saga of Upgrading to Leopard…I was told I would be phoned at 11:00 A.M. this morning. At 11:55, my office phone rang: it was Apple Product Support (Dean). He uncovered a few more possibilities for us to try. Nada. Zip. Zilch. We were getting nowhere or so it seemed. Actually, he was eliminating alternatives. By 1:15 P.M. we had swapped the keyboard, the mouse, and the monitor (there was a Unix IOUSBFamily error causing the infinite scroll I mentioned yesterday. Somehow, swapping these components discontinued the error scroll and enabled us to work in the kernel (at least that’s where I believe we were). Had it not been for the time I have spent in DOS, I would have been hopelessly terrified: typing cryptic code wouldn’t have been the Apple of my eye; however, I was comfortable and we went to work.

The upgrade is complete. At least the Mac works again. However… Continue reading

October 31, 2007 Posted by | Education-related, Mac | , , | Leave a comment

Adobe Connect Academic User’s Group

Exciting, interesting and oddly spooky… while researching (google-ing) installation problems between PowerPoint 2007 and Adobe’s Presenter (an add-in that enables ppt files to be used in broadcast/rebroadcast on Adobe Connect (formerly Marcromedia Breeze and competitor with WebEx), I discover Adobe Connect Academic User Group (ACAUG). This is SO new Continue reading

October 24, 2007 Posted by | Adobe, Education-related | , , , | Leave a comment

Thought about Blog Research

It’s a little bit funny (now I’ll have THAT tune in my head all evening!), as I research educational blogs, e-learning blogs, corporate training blogs,  to add to my blogroll (blog worthy-of-link), I am surprised at the number with most recent post dates months ago – some even last year or later. There’s another research topic there: contemporary topic web sites that seemingly have their authors evaporate. If contemporary, wouldn’t the author be “on spot” and relevant? (hmmm, how frequent will MY updates be?).

October 23, 2007 Posted by | Blogs, Education-related | , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment