frustration

Thursday, December 14, 2006

finish line

Learning 2.0 has been a very educational adventure. (A little long perhaps, but educational.) I have been introduced to online tools that I never knew nor understood. At least now it's not all geek speak to me.

Favorite exercises:

I think the blog format was a great concept for log-keeping. Plus it was fun designing the page graphics. I'm considering creating a new, private blog for my own book summaries. I've kept computer notes on nonfiction titles for years. This would be so much easier and "friendlier" looking than plain MSWord docs.

Podcasting grabbed my interest immediately. Within seconds I found several sites that I can download old radio shows for free. ("Free" is a nice four-letter-word.) If Santa brings me the MP3 player I'm wishing for, then I'll beeline to Yahoo's podcast directory by New Year's.

I was somewhat familiar with the wiki concept before completing 2.0. In fact, Sunday Morning on CBS did a nice segment on competing online encyclopedias and wikipedia just last week. I did bookmark one particular wiki for/by librarians. Intending to revisit and root around for teen programming ideas.

Having varied interests and little free time (There's that "free" word again.), Bloglines has definite appeal. RSS feeds would allow me to narrow my topic selections to specifics like Roman archaeology, old radio shows, science news, etc. And Bloglines allows me to sort the links by topic, which makes it easier to navigate.

In conclusion, Learning 2.0 was a good experience. Sort of a crash course for the online ignorant. Like probably everyone else who made it to the end, I'll keep my notes. You never know where you might want to go tomorrow...

net library

Well, finally Learning 2.0 hit on something I was already familiar with. (I know, I know, ending with a preposition...)

I like the site. I would like it better if Mclib had more titles available on net library. (One of my favorite mystery characters was cut from the lineup.)

Adult audio books circulate quite well downstairs. I expect that as adults become more computer savvy, that ebooks will continue to gain in popularity. Just a different way to "check-out" library books.

Wednesday, December 13, 2006

happy dance!

The podcasting exercise was definitely worth doing: I found several podcasters of old radio shows on Yahoo's directory. I've collected these shows since I was a teenager, and now I find they're FREE for the downloading. (The internet can be such a nice surprise sometimes!)

Here's the RSS link to one site http://www.botar.us/botr.xml.

You can bet I'll have hundreds of shows to listen to during my work commute...

Monday, December 11, 2006

U tube

I dug up the old Christmas Coca-Cola commercial. It was one of my father's favorites from a more innocent time...

You Tube was easy to navagate, but it's awash with a bunch garbage. Goes with the territory, I suppose.

Library apps? Why not upload all of mclib's commercials?

Sunday, December 10, 2006

F-O-O-D

My 2.0 site search involved food, of course. Seriously, this was one application I had thought of earlier in this Learning 2.0 "experience."

I found a site called toEAT.com. It functions as a restaurant directory. Fine for large cities. I tried Nashville with an "italian" tag. Popped up several establishments, as you might imagine. I chose the Spaghetti Factory, one of my favorites. It gave me a very nice street map, plus address, phone. A comment feature, as commonly used in hotel directories, was nice. Unfortunately, no users had left reviews of that particular restaurant.

Very friendly site though. A lot easier and faster than mapquest search.

explorer probs

I was able to create an account on Zoho, but internet explorer kept shutting down my composition before I even began writing. Happened three times, and I gave up.

Saturday, December 09, 2006

learning 2.0 wiki

Easy as pie to add/edit post.
What more to say?

Even I can do it!

wiki wonka

Now THIS one I see LOTS of possibilities. Like most surfers, I've used wikipedia in the past. Of the links given in Learning 2.0, I most appreciated the one for librarians. Like cruising a network or conference of fellow professionals. Lots to learn from each others trials, successes, and no doubt failures. I plan on going back to check out programming ideas for teens...

Other applications could be club postings/events, especially teen groups. One app I would have liked when I was a business traveler was a city restaurant wiki. For example, a wiki of the best restaurants in Atlanta. My favorite places to eat are usually hole-in-walls, and who else can tell you but the locals?

Very versatile app.

Techno What-ee?

Sorry, but most of this flew over my head. Unlike other web tools, this one left me at the bus stop. I have difficulty seeing practical uses for Technorati. Even after reading the site's FAQ page, it seemed more tailored to computer geeks than to a newbie like myself.