Technorati Tamed

Posted in Uncategorized on September 16, 2008 by conanthelibrarianoz

Technorati has some cool stuff if you are really into blogs, but I’m prettyu much inclined just to take feeds from the blogs I want to keep up with and discover other stuff via Google. I guess the outstanding feature is the way Technorati ranks blogs.

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Thing 23 – the end???

Posted in Uncategorized on September 16, 2008 by conanthelibrarianoz

Finally there. I’ve posted my comments on our 23 things blog, which I’ll link to when the comments are published 🙂

Library 2.0 – Thing 22

Posted in Uncategorized on September 16, 2008 by conanthelibrarianoz

If using Web 2.0 apps in libraries means that Library 2.0 is a reality then Q.E.D. But, I do have some lingering reservations. The concept or principles  are certainly overhyped and fluid, but I guess that’s what it is all about?

iGoogle – Thing 21

Posted in Uncategorized on September 16, 2008 by conanthelibrarianoz

Had an iGoogle account before staring 23 things, but left it pretty much alone foe a while. Now I have customised it and actually made it my homepage! Well, in IE, which I don’t use that much, preferring FF by a mile. Still iGoogle has some nifty features and cetainly fills you screen if you add 20+ gadgets and feeds!

Google Books – thing 20

Posted in Uncategorized on September 15, 2008 by conanthelibrarianoz

Quite a project – while still in beta and controversial in terms of copyright, it would seem crazy for publishers to campaign against it. After all, if a book is out of copyright it provides an interface to buy the item, so in effect it is another sales channel for publishers!

Some of the scanning is a bit dodgy though and to quote Wikipedia “…some pages are not scanned or are scanned in such a fashion as to make them unreadable”

Google Docs – thing 19

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , on September 15, 2008 by conanthelibrarianoz

Although not quite there yet in functionality, I’m sure this is the future, or at least part of the non-Microsoft future. Cloud computeing is surely the way of the future. In practice there are a few glitches, e.g. my PowerPoint opresentations were stripped of their themes when uploading, minor problem but a worry. Word docs fared better and surprisingly a .pdf file uploaded perfectly – no edititing though, which would be expected.

Google Maps – thing 18

Posted in Uncategorized on September 15, 2008 by conanthelibrarianoz

I’ve found this pretty useful and a good alternative to Wheris when Wheris does not cut the mustard. Google maps still does not know about Eastlink yet and when I got directions from Frankston to Camberwell the route was a little strange – perhaps optimised for distance rather than speed?