Thursday, February 22, 2007


For those of us who seem to always have their computers go down there is help in retrieving iTunes data. bandwagon is an on-line backup for your downloaded iTunes purchases. Definitely worth checking out.

Friday, February 09, 2007

Giveaway of the Day

All of us in education know how tight money can be and so any help we can get is gratefully accepted. That's why I've added a link to Giveaway of the Day over at the right.

While the site often gives away, and let's not beat around the bush here, rubbish, some gems do come up occasionally.

On the day I've posted this, for example, it's a useful utility to convert PowerPoint presentations to video format.

Worth keeping an eye on.

Wednesday, February 07, 2007

Wireless Access

Fon are a Spanish company that organise wireless access throughout the world. The idea is that everyone that is signed up to the network shares some of their bandwidth with other Fon users. As you travel you can use free wireless hot spots from other members in the community.

The hardware aspect of this is a wireless router that you plug into your broadband connection to allow other Fon users, and only other Fon users, to connect and user your broadband connection.

As part of their celebrations for being one year old Fon are currently giving away 2,500 of these routers free. I've signed up.

This is a great way of widening wireless access without it costing loads. And a convenient way of me sitting in a coffe shop kidding on I'm working without it costing me £30 a month for wireless access.

powered by performancing firefox

Monday, February 05, 2007

Show, Don't Tell

One of the central tenets of e-learning materials that I try and push to my colleagues is that, where possible, show don't tell.

This video takes that on board and shows why Web 2.0 is actually important; and not just in education.

Google Documents

After my previous less than complimentary remarks on Google documents and spreadsheets I was contacted by several people who tell me that the facility is actually very usable. In particular the collaboration features are some of the easiest to use.

As someone who has always been willing to try new technologies, particularly when it may cause a delay to work I don't want to do anyway, I decided to check and see if I agreed.

Having a new project under way that will require some light office style documents to be created I'm going to attempt to complete it using only the the on-line tools.

I think you might need to wish me luck...

And it's a new world record!

That is definitely some kind of record.

AS I posted my last entry talking about how I'd try on-line Google Docs for my new project, you guessed it, my internet connection died.

So that is now officially my trial over. Six minutes that lasted. Until there is some way to have my work available off-line as well I simply cannot trust any on-line editing tool with my work.

So, when do Google add word-processing and spreadsheets to Google desktop? Together with some way of synching the data.

I'm looking forward to it.