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Wednesday, June 28, 2006

Great article on social networking

I stumbled across a great article on social networking this morning in one of my emails. It details the phenomena of social networking. It provides tips, real world stories, and insight into more than just myspace.com. I really think that it is worth looking at if you want to connect with the newest generation of students. It shows that myspace.com is getting more daily hits than ebay.com. Something to think about, isn't it?

Tuesday, June 27, 2006

My daughter loves the mike/Hope this helps

This is my daughter experimenting with the mike. How hard can this really be?
The black icon is for Perry in response to an email. You might want to check out the entry titled my first podcast. See below.

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Suprglu update

Journalists often revisit stories. Now I can see why. Suprglu is still guilty of many of the same faults as I reported before, but there has been some improvement. It still can take too long to load the page and update things, but it is getter faster. I find myself drawn back to the "class newspaper" that this site generates automatically. It is a conglomeration of the blogs we are using. I think it is pretty cool. You may want to check it out and let me know what you think.

Friday, June 16, 2006

Please Check Out My WebQuest

Hi gang,

Could you please check out my WebQuest and let me know what you think? It's my first one and I'm trying to combine our assignments five and six. Thanks for your time.

Wednesday, June 14, 2006

Topic Assignment: SuprGlu

Journey's song "Wheel in the Sky" summarized my feelings for this assignment perfectly in the following lines:

Wheel in the sky keeps on turnin'
I don't know where I'll be tomorrow
Wheel in the sky keeps on turnin'

I've been trying to make it home
Got to make it before too long
I can't take this very much longer.

I could hear the song in my head as I watched the little counter wheel spin around while I waited for feeds to be pulled in. It took about two hours to sign up, get my feeds in, and get my page to be visible to the outside world. I also did not get all my classmates included because of a limited number of feeds allowed. Contacting the factory was problematic. I had 65 windows pop up when I used Internet Explorer. Firefox said no way. I ended up going into my email and using the link provided in there. I also had problems viewing everything in Internet Explorer. The aforementioned song keeps playing in my head.

In all fairness, the concept of SuprGlu is great. This is a place to put together your own "newspaper" on the topic of your choosing. Some of the sites that pulled up were very interesting: Library Clips, Library Blogs, and Boggled by Chaos. In the hours that I spent making a class site, my results were not as polished. There were ways to add links and change the style sheet that I did not have the patience for quite honestly. Some people have had a great deal more luck in working with this site as is evidenced in the entry SuprGlu is SuprCool from thesocialsoftwareweblog. Also, the fact that SuprGlu is being run on a single server and may be slow is referenced in several locations on the SuprGlu site. With all that said, this has the potential to be a cool product given time, more servers, and more bandwidth. For free, you really can't complain.

The meat of the assignment was to ascertain the viability of this site's use in education. I really can't recommend it for that at this time. It simply is too slow for kids. We live in a world of instantaneous feedback. Scene changes in most commercials are about a second. Kids simply will not wait 15 to 30 seconds for sites to load. They will not take hours to build a site. This has the potential of putting a lot of information together on a single site quickly and easily. It just needs more time and to work out some of its growing pains. I will continue to tinker with this product in the hope that things get better. My recommendation is to wait for now.


Check the links above for the sites that I used.


With a prompt and polite response to my question about raising the number of feeds to include everyone, I have been granted more feeds and will include as many of you as I can. There is hope for the product. It seems to be run by genuinely passionate people.

Monday, June 12, 2006

Podcast for the Introduction of my web quest

This podcast was created for use as my introduction to my web quest dealing with using the search engine Google more effectively. If you have 20 minutes, please let me know what you think of it. Thanks gang,

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Sunday, June 11, 2006

First Podcast

Capturing Video

A neat program to capture video or audio called FRAPS. The download location for the freeware version is as follows http://www.majorgeeks.com/download.php?det=149 or http://www.majorgeeks.com/download3934.html for the shareware version. The shareware version is much easier to use. You have to pick a mirror site and download it. You install the file and run it. You then hit F9 to start the capture of video and F9 to end the capture of the video. You can find the video in the C:\Fraps\ and find your video clips. You can then use the video offline. It is a workaround to a bandwidth problem. There may be some copyright issues involved.

Saturday, June 10, 2006

Last night's trouble

I had problems getting last night's entry to post. I will investigate and get it fixed.


Friday, June 09, 2006

ECOMP 7007 assignment

Today's task is for my Lesley class is to create an entry for my blog. This is old hat as I have been posting your assignments.
Remember to enjoy your summer!