Friday, August 17, 2007
The program was interesting and although I found certain parts a bit boring as I could find no immediate practical use for them, I can certainly see how they would appeal to others in the system who could use them to perform their jobs more efficiently and in an innovative way. Overall I would say the program was useful in showcasing the various services and constructive diversions that are available on the net. On the down side I found that some of the applications (Flickr) were a bit time intensive to begin to use and work with to get them to do what I wanted them to. I think I learned allot from the program and would recommend it to anyone that has the spare time to work on it, but would suggest that some of the activities be reworked a bit to cut down on the time that it takes to complete them.
Wednesday, August 15, 2007
Two more to go. looking for pod casts has been interesting. There really is something out there for almost every taste and interest, and the quality ranges from amateurish to polished and professional. Again, unless you have an idea of what you are specifically looking for it is hard to just browse for something interesting as there is much too much material available for the amount of free time a typical person has available to them. My interests are more in music so podcasts did not interest me as much as streaming music sites do. As i like trance music two of the sites I go to often are http://somafm.com/ and http://www.di.fm/.
OK the end is in sight. I checked out the Youtube site and watched a few videos. Neat stuff but as with alot of things on the Internet now unless you know what you are looking for it is hard to browse for something interesting without wading through a bunch of boring stuff. I have the same problem with flickr, I know what I like but its had to search for it without getting allot of unwanted junk. I hope someone comes up with a way to quickly review result in a search by flicking a preview of an image at a speed at the edge of perception so when something catches your eye you can stop the process and go back to the image. Wading through typical results at normal scrolling speeds and having to read image descriptions is for the birds.
Wow I looked over some of the sites listed and was impressed by the variety of free services offered. I could really spend a few days exploring them all. I already spend allot of time looking over the items offered on Craigs list. I also thought the Omnidrive site was pretty cool, although 1 gig of online file storage is maybe not huge by today's standards it certainly is more than enough for what I could use it for. I imagine there are new sites and services popping up daily far more than I could ever hope to discover on my own.