Thursday, May 21, 2009

Thing 47: Finished!!

I'm done and it's only a day late! I had a good experience with More Things on a Stick. I tend to shy away from new technology unless forced, so this program was really good for that. I know that some of the sites I discovered will be uber-helpful at the library, either for my personal use or that patrons can use for themselves.

Thing 46: WebJunction Minnesota

I thought I had signed up for Webjunction during the first round, but I couldn't remember what e-mail address I used so I signed up for a new account. This looked completely new to me, so it's entirely possible that I never had an account before. I went through and added some friends and started a course on Reader's Advisory.

I liked the calender of events. It was easy to follow and it would be especially useful if I were going for MN Certification.

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Thing 45: Cloud Computing

I can see definite advantages to using some of the Web OS systems. If you were required to take a lot of business trips, it would be nice to be able to have access to your work computer and all the programs on it. For me, I don't really have anything on my computer at home that I would need anywhere else. I would only ever need access to documents and I save those to flash drives anyway.

Another thing to think about with Web OS is security. To me it seems like you're remotely hacking into your home computer. If you're able to do that, what's keeping others from doing the same?

I cannot ever see myself spending money to back up my hard drive remotely. Especially after spending time earlier today on the Economy Thing, even 50 bucks a year seems like a complete waste. I would rather run the risk of losing all my information, cause let's face it... it's not all that much. I could live without it.

Thing 44: The Economy

I didn't really enjoy this thing. I'm really poor so the bad economy doesn't really affect me. I looked that the site, and while I thought it was a good idea for the government to have a website to help people with basic budgeting issues, it was really hard to navigate the site.

I looked at some of the other sites and really liked It seemed pretty simple to use, but I'm nervous about giving all my account information to some random website. Also, I like the garden idea to save money (or at least I would if I ate more than 2 servings of veggies a week), but raising your own animals is not all that economical. I know people who raise some animals, they've done it for 4H for years. It's expensive, especially at the beginning to get all the supplies. Plus once you've raised the animals, you have to butcher them yourself. I am a huge meat eater, but I also like that my meat comes in packages and no longer looks like a chicken or a cow.

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Thing 43: Online TV and Video

What can I say - its Hulu. I've used it occasionally to look up random videos, or to catch episodes of TV that I've missed. I don't have TV right now at my apartment, so if I don't mooch off other people (Kari) I have to find my television elsewhere. I've never used the queue thing, but I like it. If you find something, but don't have time to watch it right away, it'll wait for you. I have Fringe waiting for me because I missed last week's episode and the season finale is tonight! With Spock!

Monday, May 11, 2009

Thing 42: Music 2.0

Pandora is awesome. is awesome. I've used both before - Pandora for a few months and for about a year. I've never used the social aspect on either, though. I've also used The Hype Machine, but it got to be too much. If I'm bored, I'll sign on and look around a bit. I think online music sites are huge and are only going to get bigger in the future. People may listen to the radio in their cars, but any other time - they'd use internet radio or sites such as Pandora, because it'll always be geared specifically towards them.

Thing 41: Mashup your Life

I feel like I've heard of before, but I couldn't remember what it was all about. Now that I've looked a second time, it seems to be like an RSS aggregator, but specifically for social networking. I signed up, but the only thing showing up is my Facebook account. I signed up yesterday and checked back today, but still nothing. I did get an e-mail to activate the account that didn't work. That could be part of the problem. The link they sent me was a dud.

A few of my friends have linked their Twitterfeeds with their Facebook statuses, so that when they update one, it automatically updates the other. That's really not for me. Different people are on each service, so I would put different things up, or at least phrase them differently.

I'm gonna keep trying to get lifestream to work, but if it completely fails, I won't be all that disappointed.