Friday, May 9, 2008

Thing #23 Wrap-Up

The favorite thing I learned about is the whole challenge. I found that one by-product of this exercise is it builds confidence when tackling other tech. issues; you try more things out.

What I liked least was I would have liked more time to explore and get comfortable with whatever "thing" I happened to be working on; I felt a little rushed. (We're a little short-handed here at the moment.)

The Web 2.0 services I've shared with friends and family are Library Thing, Picasa, YouTube and podcasts, with more to come.

Thank you to the Committee for answering my questions along the way. I did have my share.

Thing #22 - ListenNJ

I tried doing this on a Ref. Desk computer but had trouble because of our security. I was advised by the WebThings Challenge Committee to try doing it on PCPlus and it worked. It's a good service to our customers, and the time allotment of 10 days should be sufficient.

Wednesday, May 7, 2008

Thing #21 - Podcasts

I found a National Public Radio podcast on "This I believe," which are philosophies or core beliefs by famous and not-so-famous people.

Tuesday, May 6, 2008

Thing # 20 - YouTube

I played around with a few areas of interest and have included a vegetable musical instrument for your listening enjoyment.

Monday, April 28, 2008

Thing #19 - Web 2.0 Awards

I like Pandora. I'd never heard about it before, and it's a good way to discover artists you wouldn't get to know on your own. I like the feedback tab too. I also looked at the travel winners: farecast and realtravel, and these look like they will be useful when I plan my next trip. I usually use Yahoo travel.

Sunday, April 27, 2008

Thing #18 - Web Apps

This is a great tool. It saves all of the back and forth goings-on - the attachment to this one and that one as described in the mini video - and makes editing and contributing to a document efficient. I don't currently have a project at my branch that could make use of a Web application such as this, but OCL's program brochure may be able to be done this way. An aside: Firefox wouldn't let me into Google Docs. I had to use IE.

Friday, April 25, 2008

Thing #17 - Play in the sandbox

I had trouble with this one. The instructions that were emailed to me were incongruent to what I had to do to get my comment posted. I never got the screen that asked me for a password, and I had to delete my post twice because it displayed my email address instead of my "name." During the log-in process there were times when I got 2 boxes (name and email) and times when I got one. I tried the lengthy URL first, and then the tiny URL and both sets of instructions did not apply. Did anyone test these? Aside from this, I can see the usefulness of an application like this. It saves a million emails on the same subject and having to be married to Delete.