Saturday, January 28, 2006

Monday, December 26, 2005

Second Blog Space

I'm testing out some changes and updates to my personal web site for blogging, podcasting, etc. Here is the link . . . hope to see you there!

UPDATE: I'm going strong on my Drupal enabled site. Come check it out!

Wednesday, December 14, 2005

MagneticTime: Written -> Spoken Word

Here is a fun little application that turns written word into spoken word for use on any .mp3 device. While they focus on the ability to "read" e-mails, one can think of all kinds of other uses . . . hmmm . . .

Friday, December 09, 2005 y.ah.oo!

Hmmmm. I've hung on to Yahoo! when I was "invited" to switch to gmail. While I may be "old school", I prefer the functionality of Yahoo! Mail. While Google is the darling of the internet (at least in seach where I use them all the time), Yahoo! keeps chugging away with social networking acquisitions like Flickr! and signalling they seem to have a clear idea of next wave to catch. Time will tell . . .

Virtual Canuck - Online End of Class Party

Toooo awesome! An Online End of Class Holiday PARTY - with podcasts and gifts of freeware and folks logging in from around the globe! I tip my hat . . .

Wednesday, December 07, 2005

Ponderance: iGeneration Course Utilizing Blog / Podcasts in the Edublog Awards

As we discussed in our NYU Online Course Facilitation course last night, several examples of courses being taught via blogs and podcasts are available for review on the internet. A handful have been nominated in the 2005 Edublog Awards, including Tama Leaver's iGeneration: Digital Communication and Participatory Culture blog that I have been following for several weeks. As I mentioned in a prior post, I really enjoy following Tama's blogs (he has a few he participates on), including iGeneration, Ponderance and Tama's eLearning Blog on edublogs.

It appears the iGeneration course utilizes the iLecture system, "an enterprise media capture, publication and management solution" within the University of Western Australia. Note that the example of the video and audio formats features the ability to have RSS syndication for podcasts.

Monday, December 05, 2005

Weblog Usability: The Top Ten Design Mistakes by Jakob Nielsen

Looks like I have a poor blog usability score based on Jakob Nielsen's Top 10 Design Mistakes post. No author biographies, no author photo, mixed topics, forgetting that you write for your future boss, and having a domain name owned by a weblog service appear to be my biggest violations.

Sunday, December 04, 2005

The MySpace Generation

An interesting profile of the MySpace Generation . . . we'll have to stay on our technology toes in order to find ways to motivate and inspire them.

Ponderance: PodWars

While the debate over "who created podcasting" has the same maturity level as a Chutes and Ladders game played by a few 5 year olds, it does provide insight into how history is retold and documented for the ages - as they say, history is almost always retold from the winner's perspective, rarely from the loser's side of things. If the facts about the PodWars can generate such heated debate (with a vast computer trail to gather and verify the "facts"), let's hope we always continue to be open to debate other "facts" about history from 200, 2000 or 2 million years ago.