Thursday, February 11, 2010

Photo booth software at home use…

I kind of wondered if photo booths would become a thing of the past (sigh, polaroid…) but at least one company is trying to move them to the home market. It does make you wonder a little if anyone will buy this….

Posted by robin on 02/11 at 10:51 PM
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Monday, February 08, 2010

Drupal basics for librarians

Class size is limited. Live interactive demo, too!

As the Open Source and Free Software movements gain ground, more and more open-source options are becoming available to libraries. In this two-hour online class, will discuss what Open Source does and doesn't mean, and will introduce a variety of different types of library applications (with an emphasis on web site tools) for which there are open-source versions available.

Yay, I'm teaching… (again)….

Posted by robin on 02/08 at 11:28 PM
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Facebook: content vs. action, privacy & more (presentation)

Presentation in January:

  • Uses of facebook
  • Social media netiquette
  • Privacy issues (including changes in Facebook privacy; content vs. action)
  • You are your brand

Posted by robin on 02/08 at 07:16 PM
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Mobile, social media & more research

The Pew Institute has been researching technology and various demographics.

The study in January covers internet, broadband & cellphone statistics:
55% of American adults connect to the internet wirelessly, either through a WiFi or WiMax connection via their laptops or through their handheld device like a smart phone. This figure did not change in a statistically significant way during 2009.

The most recent study (released Feb. 3, 2010) focuses on young adults and social media:
Even as blogging declines among those under 30, wireless connectivity continues to rise in this age group, as does social network use. Teens ages 12-17 do not use Twitter in large numbers, though high school-aged girls show the greatest enthusiasm for the application.

more at

Posted by robin on 02/08 at 06:32 PM
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Saturday, February 06, 2010

Facebook image uploader changes

I surely hope this is the last fb update for a little while. Everytime I teach a class on fb, everything changes! LOL

So, many of us (including myself and probably 85% of my friends who post images to fb) have been having problems with the uploader, especially with firefox (firefox, you used to be so dependable, but that is another post….) We've updated java, done all of the other magic tricks, but no luck. Of course, alot of us have had all sorts of issues with fb (nothing like a new version rolling out to cause breaks in current functionality…). Btw, more here about the new version of fb…

Anyhow, fb has been aware of the uploader problems, and has created a new uploader developed in house. More here. Lots of chatter on the net about this (just google it.. lol)

Important to know for Firefox users:

Facebook has started rolling out the new uploader and it should be coming to everyone within a few weeks. When you want to upload a photo, you'll be asked if you want to install the photo uploader plugin. Facebook says that this shouldn't take more than a couple of minutes. What it doesn't say is that the plugin is only available for Firefox, 3.5 mind you, not the latest 3.6 as Facebook says it has disabled it in 3.6 due to a security vulnerability, for Google Chrome but only on Windows and very recently it has been made available for Internet Explorer 7 and above.

Also, some chatter about a new email system from facebook, too.

Posted by robin on 02/06 at 03:51 PM
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