Sunday, May 30, 2010

Every Grain of Rice Counts

Take a few minutes to relax with vocabulary challenges and create a donation of rice here.

Monday, May 24, 2010

Create HTML Signatures Right Inside Gmail

Using an email sig in GMail is something I had researched and kind of given up on, content to insert an image sig for fun when I wanted, like the one above.
Then I found this blog post. Now I can easily store and use a variety of signatures appropriate for different purposes. It's easy and versatile.
Create it once, save it as a canned response and insert it whenever.


Extend the Range of Your Wireless Network

This is a comprehensive article on the subject.

Sunday, May 23, 2010

Talk City

Talk City

Anybody have experience here?
621 people chatting in 180 rooms when I came across it. Quite a range of conversations.
I usually don't take much time to chat with relatives and friends, much less this, but I may.
TTYL -- Peter

Saturday, May 22, 2010

Zoom for Windows, free

Somebody on Google Buzz asked about zooming in Windows and I found ZoomIt.

"ZoomIt runs unobtrusively in the tray and activates with customizable hotkeys to zoom in on an area of the screen, move around while zoomed, and draw on the zoomed image. -- from Microsoft"

It was a quick download which didn't even have to install -- just use it. :-)

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Mozilla and Chrome

Check out Matt Asay's CNET News update on Mozilla and what happened to it.
I surely did appreciate it back when it was my browser.

Thursday, May 13, 2010

A Feast of Web Tools, Web Science and Discussions

Click on the title of this post or the Webwhompers link below and browse the Share menu item and the Blog. For sure I will return to read more and you may, too!

Boston University Teacher Bruce Hoppe writes at connectedness

"I have just unveiled Webwhompers, which bears the fruit of four years of my teaching Web science at Boston University. The site features a few interests of mine:
  • A solid layman's introduction to Web science, focusing on the intersection of mathematics, sociology, and the Web as it is used and built by regular people. It is all presented as an online textbook you can read here.
  • A case study in educational methodology. Unlike the online textbook, which is meant to be read, the rest of Webwhompers is meant to be experienced."

A Tool to Become Comfortable with the Habits of Blogging

Hi Larry, my bro'

You have a blog, but you haven't used it. It's burdensome to write two paragraphs of wisdom for each post.

It seems impossible that you would do this weekly or post daily. You don't want to pollute the channels with a lot of redundant filler. If you did, you know that people would not come back. You're too intelligent to do that.

How to leave behind these feelings and just start blogging? You know that you want to, that it's to your benefit.

Buzz is in my GMail because I turned it on. From it I'm learning to blog. I came across a good comment by this one who is in your professional area.

If you decide to take time, this is an engaging way to learn to blog. It's kind of like doodling on the piano. A lot it's about cultivating the ephemeral events of your day and sharing them, along with x-number of people of your choice doing the same. After reading each previous issue of the Atlantic Monthly, I shared an article which I thought particularly good.

Yesterday I got a follower from Ahmedabad, India.
There's a developer in Texas now in my GMail Chat and another
in Vancouver BC with whom I've spoken on the phone
has an interesting cloud software suite
generates discussions of Tesla, global warming, Ayn Rand, etc
There are two in China, one who offers a daily YouTube selection
these guys' Buzz is really refreshing with photos and architecture
they're not connected and I'm not familiar with either of their locations,
though I Wikipedia'd the cities

It all started when a Buzz user from India started following me on Buzz and I saw that I could learn from her. I think she's an IT student learning the technologies, really posting a lot of BBC-type stuff and the lovely Bollywood actresses, but in good taste. I commented to ask where she got a Flash image that I particularly like, then questions about AdSense, etc.

I started two blogs, a blog for my company with a theme of tech discoveries that I like and of course, company news -- and one for working through the Tagalog language book with my fellow-student, where I put some music, Philippine election news and such. I don't want to distract you with visits to these right now.

In order to learn, I put AdSense ads on one and also learned how to use AdWords, which I recommend for you to use so you will be there when someone searches like "counselor, Pasadena." You don't pay until they click, you set the amount you pay, the how-to is here

You can set your blog to go into Buzz automatically and you can blog via email.

If you want to get comfortable with creating your blog, give Buzz a try.

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

How to Save the News - Magazine - The Atlantic

Last night I enjoyed reading this article. It is composed of interviews with Google staff members and describes their formidable contributions to preserving the best of journalism as it leaves behind the printed-on-paper news business model. "Bundling" is the key concept, contrasting the printed newspaper and its revenue streams with what Google does -- some of which I didn't know in detail. Enjoy!
How to Save the News - Magazine - The Atlantic

Tim Ferriss - The Difference: Living Well vs. Doing Well

Even if you have only a few minutes to read the highlighted parts, this is a valuable reflection and reminder.

Saturday, May 8, 2010

First Summer Picnic with Friends

Friday, May 7, 2010

Test: posting by email

Haven't seen Dilbert for a while :-)

Thursday, May 6, 2010

URL's now available in various alphabets
Truly a milestone.

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Blogging is so easy: here's how