After speaking at length with my first year students, I realize they all seem to have a common challenge, staying organized! Well I have news folks, most people at some point face this problem until they find a solution that works for them. I am still plagued by post-it notes and a mess of ants I can’t get rid of. But I digress.
Is it surprising that in the age of log-ins, pins, and digital information that we find ourselves frustrated confused and yes..late? I have found, albeit by accident, but why split hairs, a program that claims it will keep track of research, project ideas, forms, procedures, expenses and receipts, and even lunch menus! Take out anyone? Check it out http://www.backpackit.com/examples
Did you take a year or two of a foreign language in high school? Do you wish you can retain what you learned and be able to improve through practice? Now you can! Learn spanish, or another popular language with the following free program.
Livemocha is the “social” way to learn a new language. It is an online learning community, with interactive lessons help you track your progress. The neat thing is that your teachers are native speakers! For those of you that are shy they offer self study as well. So far you can choose from the following languages English, French, Hindi, German, Spanish and Mandarin Chinese with more to come.
The buzz in the online community is about the new browser Google has come up with called Chrome, it will compete with Explorer and Firefox. Although the site is not live, word on the street is that the beta version will go live tonight. This is all well and good, but some may wonder what exactly does open source mean? “It is a program in which the source code is available to the general public for use and/or modification from its original design free of charge” (Calgary, 2008).
Google’s Chrome boasts of:
· will use special tabs
· an address bar with auto-completion features
· as a default homepage Chrome presents you with a kind of “speed dial” feature, similar to the one of Opera
· privacy mode; Google says you can create an “incognito” window “and nothing that occurs in that window is ever logged on your computer
· Web apps can be launched in their own browser window without address bar and toolbar
· To fight malware and phishing attempts, Chrome is constantly downloading lists of harmful sites” (Lenssen, 2008)
While the beta version will be using Windows in as many as 100 countries, it will eventually be available for Mac and Linux (BBC, 2008).
What do you think? Are more choices better? Does Google now have control over too much? Why or why not? I look forward to seeing your responses.
This will be the site address, although as of right now it is not up.
(2008), from Calgary Commerce Services Web site: http://www.calgary-ecommerce-services.com/glossary.html
(2008). Google launches internet browser . Retrieved September 2, 2008, from BBC News Web site: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/technology/7593106.stm
Lenssen, Philipp (2008). Google Blogscoped. Retrieved September 2, 2008, Web site: http://blogoscoped.com/google-blog.html
Swisher, K (2008). The Entire Google Chrome Browser Blog AnnouncementPosted at 2:15 PM PT on September 1, 2008 . Retrieved September 2, 2008, from Boomtown Web site: http://kara.allthingsd.com/20080901/the-entire-google-chrome-blog-announcement/
If you are addicted to Scrabble, you can now play the game electronically at Tuxwordsmith for free, in many languages. You get English Scrabble, French Scrabble, German Scrabble, Italian Scrabble, Greek Scrabble, Latin Scrabble, Dutch Scrabble, Swahili Scrabble, Spanish Scrabble, Russian Scrabble, Ukranian Scrabble, Swedish Scrabble, Icelandic Scrabble, Norwegian Scrabble, Finnish Scrabble, Brazillian-Portuguese Scrabble, Arabic Scrabble, Hindi Scrabble, Turkish Scrabble, Czech Scrabble, Kurdish Scrabble, Hungarian Scrabble …whew thats alot of scrabble!
Astronomy comes alive using a free simulation software that let’s you explore our universe in three dimensions. Its called Celestia and it is free! Travel the stars, the zoom feature lets you explore space across a huge range of scales, it comes with a huge catalog of stars, galaxies, planets, asteriods, comets and spacecraft. And you can add dozens of installs.
Time Management is a skill
A new start to the semester brings new classes, new professors, perhaps a new job, and add that the obligations to friends and family. How will you remember it all? How can you get it together before you forget something important? Dustin Wax, a contributing editor and project manager at lifehack.org and a Professor of anthropology and women’s studies in Las Vegas, NV came up with a four part system that will organize your time. His step by step system is found at the following address. http://www.lifehack.org/articles/productivity/12-hours-to-better-time-management.html
And that is what I am doing this weekend!
Nice to have all of you back have a great and productive fall semester!
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