Wednesday, November 7, 2007

Week 9-10: Thing #23 Final Thoughts.....

I finally finished - I think. As for this adventure I've been on it's been fun and frustrating all rolled into one. I learned that I'm not as computer illiterate as I thought, but able to learn new things including new computer skills and new ways of doing stuff that easily accessible on the Internet. You just need to know where to go and what to look for. In fact I've started looking for new ways to help me with my church. I do a lot of PPT for them and the cost of updating the Microsoft programs at church is not cost effective, so using the Internets free access to such things as "ThinkFree" or "GoogleDocs" are very helpful way to help a non-profit like my church.

I like going on FLicker for photos, creating Advatars, Meez, Speech Agents. Searching Bloglines news articles, Creating my LibraryThing List, Learning and making my Wiki. Learning about new webb applications like GoogleDocs & ThinkFree. YouTube of course - I had fun searching for stuff and also searching for Podcasts.

Not all the sites gave clear, precise directions, once you got started directions, icon or keys need to be explain or made more simpler, by working through the process I figured things out. In some of the weeks to much stuff was crammed in for my work load, if something like this is done again can it be spread out over more weeks.

Yes, I would definitely do this again, because I learn more than I thought I would. I was also able to help others though this process which help me learn more about myself. Thanks HC for giving me the chance to learn more.

Week 9-10 & so on; Thing #22 Overdrive Digital Media

I love to listen to books on tape. In fact I spend most of my work and drive time listening to book on CD. Only because the news is boring and I don't always like to just listen to one type of music. As for work I work in the basement and so the radio doesn't work down here, so books on CD or tape are a great way to pass the bordem while working. In the past I have tried downloading books from Overdrive and it was confusing. This time again the directions once I decided on a title was difficult to determined what to do next. So at the moment I have 2 titles on hold and will see what happens. I like that you can download the books on to disc or other devices so that its moveable. I would use this system again in the future.

Monday, October 29, 2007

Week 9: Thing #21 Podcast

Podcast - are varied in their usage and interesting to listen too. Some I clicked on seemed like a something you would listen to at college or for meeting. I then looked at Christian Music and found "100TH EPISODE - New Christian Music PodCast For August 21, 2007, Featuring A Preview Of New Music From Caedmon's Call, Point Of Grace, needtobreathe, By The Tree, Carried Away, Lenny LeBlanc and Casting Crowns. This New Release Tuesday, we celebrate our 100th episode of the New Christian Music PodCast. Thanks for listening and we look forward to another 100 episodes full of amazing new music each week." which was interesting to listen to.

Friday, October 26, 2007

Week 9: YouTube Video - Worth Watching!

Man Painting a picture for 2 songs lengths:

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Week 9: Thing #20 YouTube

"Mom's Song William Tell Overture"

This is very good and I keep coming back to this YouTube video. Some of the YouTube videos are junk, sexual nature, some not worth the trouble posting and some are of interesting tape. It took me a lot of time to go through stuff and fine what was interesting to me. I still wonder why some are posted.

"Top Ten Best Christian Songs 2006" These are some of the greatest Christian song made so far. I really enjoyed finding this YouTube video.

Thursday, October 18, 2007

Week 8: Thing #19 Web 2.0 Award Site

After looking at the Web 2.0 Award short list I decided to look at Collaborative Writing and Word Processing. Listed was,, and . In the previous #18 Thing I explored Google Docs and decided again to look at this, but then decided to look at ThinkFree Online service. I liked that it's a complete package for folks who work at home, travel and for small or large companies who share computers at work. ThinkFree Online exceeds all other online office suites available. It gives you access to the files and applications you need when you need them and it’s FREE to users for editing, creating, and sharing Microsoft Office format documents (Word, Excel, PowerPoint) without buying any software. To me this online office suite is impressive, excessable and easy to use and would apply easily to library use. Cost wise I would use ThinkFree online service or buy the ThinkFree office desktop verison instead of purchasing any more Microsoft products.

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Week 8: Thing #18 Google Docs, Zoho Writer and web App.

This was interesting in that the web based applications are very close to the Microsoft version I use at home. I first tried Google Docs presentation(Microsoft PowerPoint version) since I've been doing lot more .ppts for my church over the past 3 years and is interested in other forms or ways of doing .ppts. Google Docs was easy to set up and create, limited backgrounds to choose from, but enough to use for this part of this project. My problem came when I wanted to download it, save it or use it for part of this blog. Couldn't figure out how to do it had to go the help page and get directions. It wasn't clear on the main screen. Finally figured it out and got it uploaded to my blog only to have it come in as the edit screen version. Which wouldn't do and thought it should come in as a presenter view. So I had to rework some things and figured it out. When you save it, then go to the presenter view and copy the link at the top right corner it will give you the presenter view link instead of going through to publish.

I then tried Zoho Show another version of .ppts. This was more complicated when I highlighted something and it wouldn't do what it was supposed to do. So I had to retype the entire sentence it to get it in the right font I wanted. Then it would center the type. Again I had trouble trying to upload it the blog and had to try several different paths that would allow me to blog it, but finally did.

Over all I prefer Google Docs presentation package better seemed more comfortable with the set up and over all applications. Enjoyed playing around with this.