Greetings from Malaysia

Today is my first presentation so I thought I'd better write a post sharing what I've done over the last two days (besides prepping) before all the official stuff starts! I've spent a lot of time at this desk, tweaking presentations and checking email accounts, this is a work trip after all.  Luckily the view is great. I went to the Butterfly Park, so many butterflies! I went to the Orchid Gardens, incredible to see and to smell! - Climbed all 272 steps to the Batu Caves Viewed the Petronas Towers from the top of the Menara Tower And walked around a lot at all the different markets Read more [...]

What do you think of Google Flu Trends?

I'll admit it, I'm sucker for Google products - Reader, Gmail, Docs, Blogger, Chrome and I know on some level the dangers of that.  I have lots of bookmarks in delicious about it.  This morning while I was watching the news  I heard mention of something new - Google Flu Trends.  According the the site: We have found a close relationship between how many people search for flu-related topics and how many people actually have flu symptoms. Of course, not every person who searches for "flu" is actually sick, but a pattern emerges when all the flu-related search queries from each state and region Read more [...]

Socialminder = Fail

I'd like to apologize to anyone in my address book/contact list/ Linkedin network who received and invite from me to Socialminder (no I am not giving them any linky love).  I got several invites from friends yesterday. Because my friends are awesome and so well connected, it's not unusual for us to get beta invites to cool new tools.  So this morning I clicked  on the link and signed up to check it out, not realizing that somewhere in the process I was spamming all of my contacts.  What does Socialminder do? how well does it work?  I'll never know, because thanks to this serious social media Read more [...]

YouTube – not just about your 15 seconds of fame anymore

It looks like YouTube will be partnering with MGM to host some full length films (The Magnificent Seven) and old television programs (American Gladiators).  I didn't see anything about the quality of the videos, if you visit YouTube regularly you know the quality of uploaded videos is pretty poor, surely the shows will be better.  Maybe if they are willing to play MGM videos at better quality it wont be long before we see the option for other accounts to have better video quality.  Like accounts belonging to libraries.  ;-) Read More: MGM to Post Full Movies on YouTube Report: YouTube Read more [...]

The new MaintainIT cookbook is out – The Joy of Computing

MaintainIT cookbooks are a great (free) resource!  "Planning for Success, a guide for the overworked librarian" one covers: Planning and Decision Making covers the ins and outs of creating a technology plan that ties to your strategic priorities and goals. Communication and Partnerships delves in the fundamentals of day-to-day technology communication from a “techie” and “non-techie” perspective. It also includes some important guidelines for working and collaborating with key stakeholders. Buying and Deploying Technology goes through some of the core actions and decisions you need Read more [...]

I’m going to Malaysia!

I know I've shared this story with many of you in person, so forgive me if you've already heard it. It seems like ages ago that I got invited to attend the International Conference on Libraries, Information and Society, but it was only in June that I got a Facebook message asking me if I would consider attending. Yes that's right a Facebook message, about 90% of the communication, planning and details for this visit, were done though Facebook. It seems like I've been planning and preparing for it for ages. I know some of you wondered where I've been over the last month or so. But the time Read more [...]

Phishing Scams in Plain English

The Common Craft Show is a series of short explanatory videos by Lee and Sachi LeFever. Our goal is to fight complexity with simple tools and plain language. We call our format "paperworks" and publish a new video about once a month. Website: Read more [...]

Pecha Kucha

Pecha Kucha - 20 slides 20 seconds a piece on a single topic Rebecca Jones - I didn't get good notes, sorry :) Stephen Abram - trendspotting is television affecting our world, Kennedy vs Nixon debate, then Obama vs McCain, blinking youtube video of Palin saying she can see Russia from porch visual popular – twitter Olympics yahoo trumps NBC webkinz – when your stuffed animals have a social life online club penguin – Disney kids on social crack, soccer mom is average gamer geocaching portability mainly mobile focus – phone not laptops, we're old with our laptops in front of us David Lee Read more [...]

Twitter & how the “twittest” use it for keeping up

Michael Sauers and Christa Burns cant explain you have to to do it, and you have to do it with friends to get the experience post – tweet tweeting methods – web, desktop client, bookmarklets, via email, via sms, blog to twitter (twitterfeed) url past 140 character limit will usually convert to tiny url twitthis twitterfeed – run rss to twitter account twirl @username if replaying d username message – private message nudge username l: location informatin follow username leave username block username invite phonenumber #hashtag direct messages go to only you, other msgs are public, can Read more [...]