Tuesday, March 27, 2007
It got really frustrating at times and it was not the reward that kept me working on this--although I think it's really nice that you are offering an incentive to participate. I kept going because I really appreciated the opportunity to learn about things that I would not have known about and/or explored on my own.
One thing I wish I had known when I started this was the number of accounts I would have to set up to use various sites. If I'd known, I would have made an attempt to make some kind of a system for the account names and passwords that would have helped me remember them. Doing the exercises partly at home and partly at work sometimes left me unable to access something I wanted to work on because the password I needed was on my list at my other location.
One thing I would have been happy to see included was a section on MySpace. Yes, I already know about it and I can use it if I want to, but I don't because it is so geared to younger people it just feels weird to be on it. If I had an assignment I'd feel I had a legitimate reason to be there.
I think it would be interesting to do something like this again in a couple of years. I imagine things will have changed alot--the things we know about will have better features (or not be used any more) and there will be new things that it would be helpful to be guided to.
Thanks for bringing this to us. Thanks for your comments and all the effort you put into it. It was definitely worthwhile.
I would probably use audiobooks if I spent a long time in the car each day. I've tried them on long plane trips but unfortunately I didn't pick titles that really grabbed me and I haven't finished an audio book yet. I guess I need to audition them before I waste ipod space on them.
Monday, March 26, 2007
LibraryThing is ok. I was surprised when choosing which site to use as a source for a record to attach my books to that Amazon was more helpful than LC. LC consistently had "(date?) after the title. Amazon let me see the dates of various editions. The books I listed, not necessarily my favorites--just titles I could think of, are not especially popular. My most popular book was #396 on the popularity list. I did look at the lists of some of the other people that had listed some of my books hoping to find other titles I would like or could use, but the results were disappointing. Maybe if the site catches on there will be more people and more books entered and that aspect will improve. Some of the recommendations were good, though. This could be an alternate place to Amazon to look for things I might like to read. I like that LT links you to Amazon, etc. so you can get more info on the recommendations immediately.
There were discussions about only 2 of my titles and the discussions really weren't about my titles anyway. The books were just mentioned in passing. So, so far, the social aspect of this site doesn't offer me much. I'll probably go back to it, though, for the recommendation aspect.
Friday, March 23, 2007
#18. This is the third time I've tried to write something and post it on my blog. I'm using Google docs because I find it simpler to use than Zoho. Zoho isn't hard but I couldn't get it to change the font. I don't know if it was me or them, but after I'd tried it several times I went looking for something else.
I think it's great that utilities like this exist, especially for people who do not have a computer of their own or who do not have it with them and need to write something and access it from home later. I'm glad I know about them so I can tell customers about them.
I thought it was interesting that Zoho provided some templates and thought that the resume template would be the most useful. Then I was disappointed to find that they didn't have a general one. I know you can get them other places, but it would be convenient to have it all on one site.
I also tried Zoho's To Do list but I didn't like it. I found it cumbersome--too many separate boxes to put information in.