Thursday, September 25, 2008

No 20: ebooks

From reading the Discovery Resources given I have finally ascertained that to me an e-book can be two things - (1) an on-line talking book to listen to, and (2) either the whole or part (public domain) of a book that you can read on-line (you can see the actual pages of a book!).
Google Book Search. Clear, precise, easy to use. Found the preview pages easily both for a classic (Moby Dick) and a modern (Sea Swept by Nora Roberts). Fantastic having a read - had a decent amount of time to have a read before the site told me I had seen enough of that book. I shall be back to visit this site again.
On LibriVox, I found the audio book for Little Women by Louisa May Alcott. Loved the fact you can download it chapter by chapter, or the whole book. Opened easily for me on the computer and I started to hear Chapter 1 - "Christmas won't be Christmas without any presents...". The recording is so clear. Could be useful at home.

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

No 19: Podcasts - easy layout. Heard a Davis Cup Tennis show - easy to hear. Everything after that would not load. Keeps mentioning 'episodes' - I think television!

Podnova - first impression - clean frontpage. I do find this site a little slow to conduct the search. Searched for a couple of musicians - found a couple of interviews. Found a couple of podcasts for radio stations and saw the word Australia - thought Hamish & Andy who feature on Rove. Sure enough I found some episodes (although the latest were May). Made a feed to Bloglines and low and behold here are the latest offerings - including this week's already. I am looking forward to hearing more. Here is the website address if interested -

Spent lots of time looking - at useful stuff? maybe - at rubbish? absolutely. I tend to look for music whilst playing with different sites. I am going to search for more radio shows. I was impressed by the quality of the sound for most of the podcasts I listened to. Overall, I do not have much need for podcasts.

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

No 18: You-Tube

Videos everywhere!

The library ones were a giggle.

Love all the music videos that can be found.

A video tour of all the North Shore Libraries on the homepage could be interesting.

I was surprised to find the following video - New Zealand sport - I think of You-Tube as American instead of global.
I liked the following video - if you follow rugby league and watched the Warriors match last weekend against the Roosters, you will understand the commitment, the determination, the passion, the teamwork, the desire, the captaincy, and the sportsmanship of the following moment during the game - not for the squeamish.

Thursday, September 18, 2008

No 17: Web 2.0 Awards List

I choose the category music. Then I chose to look at third place getter MOG (
I love MOG. They list albums and the song lists. They show videos (usually ones) without changing screens. You can find lyrics.
I found today's artists/groups plus artists/groups of old.
You can join the site and make posts about anything related to any musical group.
I loved MOG a lot and will be paying repeat visits.

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

No 16: Zoho document - Report of Accident

Here is my Zoho document but the stylising of it has gone haywire:

Employee's Report of Accident

REPORT OF JOB ACCIDENT: Employee’s preliminary report of work-related injury to employer.

Date of Report : Tuesday 16 September 2008 Rpt No. : 159841B

Report filled out by Mrs Doolittle [name] the Library [address]

The following employee reports an injury sustained in the work-related accident described below.

1. Employee name: Mrs Doolittle
2. Employee ID: BZ459210025
3. Designation: the Library
4. Employer Name: North Shore Libraries
5. Employee address: 123 Strawberry Fields
City: North Shore
Post Code: 0689
Phone: 09 4861234
6. Date & Time of Injury: Tuesday 16 September 2008
7. Address/place where injury happened: the stairs at the Library

8. Description of injury and part of body affected: bruised ego, scrapped hand, and scrapped knee
9. Signature of the Employee: Doolittle M

Monday, September 15, 2008

No 16: Zoho

Easy to make an account.

Once in, it took a bit of playing around to work out what to do. I finally found the 'Templates' under the 'Help' button. I was frustrated at editing several templates - not as efficient or as sophisticated as Word or Publisher. I used the 'Switch to' feature and tried Zoho Writer, Zoho Notebook, Zoho Planner (the 'to-do' feature), and tried to load Zoho Sheet. Again I was frustrated at how long each page took to open.

Each time I have logged on to my account, Zoho has opened with a different page - confusing. I did manage to post one of my Zoho documents to my blog (see the next blog above) - the instructions given by the Web 2.0 Team were spot on.

I like and understand the principle of having cyperspace hard drives - can access from everywhere but I do not think I like Zoho.

Thursday, September 11, 2008

No 15: Rollyo

Creating a search roll is easy - just find and add the URLs. I eventually found the Explore tab gives the other search rolls. I tried the Free Photos site and got lots of results. Some seach rolls are rubbish.
I made a search roll then went in and completely changed the sites and name. Easy.

Friday, September 5, 2008

No 14: LibraryThing

I like 'LibraryThing.'
The number of 'Groups' was amazing - some interesting names.
The discussion in the 'Talk' tab was not just about books - I saw some discussion about tennis.
The 'Search' tab was a little clumsy.
Joining was easy. Adding books to my library was easy.


Tuesday, September 2, 2008

No 12: Learning 2.0 Sandbox Wiki

I like this sort of wiki.
I edited the favourite movies, tv shows, and books pages.
I even added a thread to one of the pages. Easy to edit although the Editing toolbar did not load through dialup!
Could have a link from our Intranet page - a noticeboard/chatroom for library staff.