Extras

Extra! Extra! Extra!

For those of you who are curious about the “extra” incentives, and how that whole thing will work, here’s the deal. Each week that has an “extra” assignment will have a drawing in which 3 winners are selected. Everyone who completes the extras for that week will be entered in the drawing. (You do have to complete that week’s assignment as well — can’t just cherry pick the extras…..). One of the incentives will be a selection from the CDW-G* catalog. The CDW winner can choose from any of the items below. Let us know what your choice is, and we’ll order it for you. You can see details about each one by clicking on the link.

A big thank you to both Sue Whitford and Pete Santerre for these incentives. Sue is the person who persuaded CDW to donate items from their catalogue to krl2pt0 (to this day, she won’t say how…..). Pete scoured the catalogue and came up with these choices for us.

$20.33 Logitech Headset with Mic: http://www.cdwg.com/shop/products/default.aspx?EDC=476855

$20.75 Sony “Over Ear” Headphones: http://www.cdwg.com/shop/products/default.aspx?EDC=967244

$22.54 Senheiser “In Ear” Headphones: http://www.cdwg.com/shop/products/default.aspx?EDC=756509

$22.15 PNY 2GB Flash Drive: http://www.cdwg.com/shop/products/default.aspx?EDC=795358

$22.19 Micro Innovations Webcam: http://www.cdwg.com/shop/products/default.aspx?EDC=469951

$22.60 Memorex 100 Blank CD-R: http://www.cdwg.com/shop/products/default.aspx?EDC=422624

$22.28 Memorex 50 Blank DVD-R: http://www.cdwg.com/shop/products/default.aspx?EDC=1275836

Of course, these aren’t all of the incentives — in each drawing, 2 additonal prizes will be given away — searched for on ebay, in demand at fine boutiques everywhere, collector’s items already — you guessed it — krl2pt0 t-shirts. Dress em’ up, dress em’ down — everyone on the street will think you know something they don’t. Take your pick from medium, large or X-large; colors come in black or noir.

If you’re curious about how the winners are selected, here’s how that part works:

1. Everyone who completed the assignment for the week, and the extras is listed on an Excel spreadsheet

2. Excel selects a random number for each person

3. The 3 highest numbers are the winners — the highest number wins the CDW incentive, the next two highest numbers get the t-shirts

4. All drawings will be held in an undisclosed location and supervised by any unsuspecting soul we can drag in the room.

 

*CDW-G (the “G” is for guvmt) is KRL’s vendor for everything computer, except the computers (which come from Dell, who is also donating the laptop at the end of the dance, which Sue also procured, but that’s another story…….).

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bookmarklets

Here’s a post on adding del.ic.ious bookmarklets to you browser toolbar here on KRL computers.  This is a work-around to adding buttons.  Jeannie posted a link to a short tutorial on this yesterday, this is just a more detailed step-by-step account — told mainly in screenshots.  So, grab a cuppa whatever and pull up your recliner……

 Once you’ve registered for your Del.icio.us account, this is the first screen you will see.  Due to KRL security settings you will not be able to install buttons on your KRL computers from here.   Advance to the next screen shot to begin installing your Bookmarklets instead of buttons.  Bookmarklets work the same as buttons.

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To install your Bookmarklets, click on the Deli.cio.us Help menu in the upper right corner.  Next , click on the link to “bookmarklet buttons for any browser.” 

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On the next screen, click on the link “To install the buttons click here. (Recommended)”

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Once you have clicked this link, two windows security windows will appear – go ahead and click Run on both of these.   ================================================================================== del ss4   ==================================================================================

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The next screen will be a Welcome to Del.icio.us Wizard to install buttons – click on Add Buttons.

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If your buttons do not appear in your toolbar, follow the next steps.

  • 1. Go to Tools on the browser (far right corner) and click to open.
  • 2. Highlight “Toolbars”
  • 3. Then click on “Links” to place a checkmark
  • 4. Highlight “Lock the Toolbars” to remove the checkmark if its there

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Once you have done this, your Del.icio.us Bookmarklets should appear.

Well done!

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Podcasts

Podcasts

Basically, podcasts are audio or video files that you can download, play on your computer, and/or transfer to a MP3 player. An MP3 player can be an iPod or other portable device, but nearly all computers have media players that will play these files using programs such as iTunes or Quicktime or Windows Media Player (all of which are available as free downloads). There are also a number of websites that will allow you to search for and play podcasts right from the website.

There are several ways to subscribe to a podcast:

  • The easiest and most commonly used is iTunes. iTunes is a free download developed by Apple, and can be used on either Windows and Macintosh operating systems.
  • A second option is to use a internet browser such as Firefox (Macintosh or Windows), Internet Explorer (v. 7) or Safari (Macintosh). All of these browsers can subscribe to podcasts through RSS feeds.
  • A third option is to go to the site and download the audio files onto your computer and listen to the audio. But this is not really podcasting, and misses out on the automated download that the other two options offer.

The advantage of using iTunes is that each time you open the program, it will automatically download any new podcasts that you have subscribed to. You can simply let this happen in the background while you do other things, then listen to, or view them whenever you’re ready.

Because iTunes has to be downloaded to your computer, you won’t be able to use it at KRL, but it’s a great option for anyone who has a computer or laptop at home.

Subscribing to a podcast is just like subscribing to a text-based RSS feed:

  • locate the podcast you want to subscribe to
  • copy the URL of the podcast and then paste it into the Advanced > Subscribe menu of iTunes
  • whenever you open iTunes, it will automatically download any new podcasts that are available as long as you are connected to the internet

The podcasts that you download are stored in a folder on your hard drive. Some of them can be a bit large (5 -25 Mb). You may want to delete the files once you have listened to them or burn them onto a CD if you want to save them.

There are a wide range of topics that are available as podcasts. You can find news programs; commentary on history; tutorials on photography; music and concert performances; programs on the arts; poetry or literary readings; short films; animation and much more. Here are three sources of podcasts you might want to check out:

You can find additional selections through search engines specifically for podcasts such as Podscope or Podcast Alley. You can also find both free and commercial podcasts at the iTunes Music store.

Here are some internet sites where you can search for and play podcasts directly on the site:

A warning is in order — you might find some of them quite addictive.

Feedreader Accounts

Here are some resources to help with setting up an account in Bloglines, Google Reader or Microsoft Outlook. (See the link at the bottom of this page for additional feedreaders).

Setting up an account in Bloglines:

Helene Blowers from PLCMC has created a short YouTube video on Using Bloglines that walks you through adding a subscription to Bloglines step-by-step.

When you’re ready to give it a try, here’s a link to Bloglines.

Here’s what your Bloglines page will look like once you’ve added some subscriptions to it. This shows a page with subscriptions to krl2pt0 blogs. The titles in bold followed by numbers in parentheses alert you to unread posts in that blog.

Bloglines page

This lets you scan your subscriptions and see in a glance which ones have new content. Click on any title and Bloglines will show you a page with all unread items. From there you can go to the actual website if you wish, or simply stay in Bloglines and read the new items.

Bloglines also lets you keep an RSS feed of a search term. When you click on the search tab at the top of the page you can choose from 4 different types of searches from the drop down menu:

  • Posts
  • Feeds
  • Citations
  • Web

If you enter a search term and select either citations or posts you will see two links on the right hand side of the page:

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Click on Bloglines, and your search term will be added to your subscriptions. This will keep you up to date on all new posts or citations about your search term.

Setting up an account in Google Reader:

Here’s a link to Google Reader which has a short introductory video and tour to get you started. Since you already have a Google account, all you have to do is sign in to Google Reader. Once there, you’ll see a button to “Add a Subscription” (or search term). Paste in the URL (or type the search term) you want to subscribe to. It’s that easy!

Setting up an account in Microsoft Outlook:

Finally, here’s a link to a tutorial on setting up your RSS Feeds in Outlook 2007. (All of our computers at work have now been upgraded to this version). The tutorial’s a bit longer than the others (it takes about 15 minutes or so), but it walks you through the entire process and contains hands-on practice examples. You do need to have Outlook 2007 installed to do the hands-on part, but you can view the tutorial without any version of Outlook.

If you want to explore some other readers, many more are listed on Add to Any. One more, specifically for Mac users, is Shrook.

Once you start adding subscriptions to which ever reader you choose, you’ll be able to scan through your feeds in a matter of seconds, and can pick and choose what to read now or save for later. It’s a great way to manage all the new sources of information you find!

Contact krl2pt0

Please let us know if you have a question, comment, idea or just a general musing.

Just add your message in the box below and click “Submit”. We’ll respond by email or here in the blog as soon as possible.

Privacy

Seeing krl2pt0 mentioned on Matt Gullett’s blog showed how quickly we can become a thread in the dialogue about library 2.0. It’s also a reminder that we’ve jumped into a wide, interconnected world. What we say will be seen by many people, some we know, many we don’t. (Check it out — try a Google search on krl2pt0, or on your own blog). This is what is so powerful about 2.0 technologies, the ability to share ideas and facilitate community. Don’t be shy about adding your voice, just remember that what you say does become public.

Some terms and tips about this site

Some terms to know about this site:

I Want You - Blogospherepage — the 3 main things you’ll find in this blog are pages, posts and links. As we go through the 19 weeks of krl2pt0, each new exploration will have its own page. In this blog, each individual post is identified with a tag

post — a post is an individual entry, usually about a specific topic. Posts are compiled chronologically with the newest post on top. In this blog, you can find posts in 3 ways:

  1. each individual post is listed in the “Tag Cloud” which is also in the right sidebar
  2. different pages will have links to specific posts
  3. all individual posts are compiled on a single page titled “Posts”, which you can see in the right sidebar

tag — tags are like keywords — labels that are used as to identify something. Tags can identify the content of a webpage, a blogpost, a picture or video — just about anything that you can find on the web. In this blog, each individual post is identified with a tag

tag cloud -- this is a collection of all the tags in the blog

sidebars — sidebars are found on the side of a page or post — they typically contain links, information, images or advertising. In this blog, there are two sidebars, one on each side of the page

Blogroll — a Blogroll is a list of links to other blogs and/or websites. Here, the Blogroll is in the left sidebar and contains links to the blogs of all krl2pt0 participants

Links — links are shortcuts ( or hyperlinks) that take you to another website, page, post or document. Any text that you see that is colored blue and underlined is a link — just click on the link to go to the new site. Links you find in pages or posts here in the blog will all open in a new window–close the new window when you’re finished; links in either of the sidebars will open in the same window — use the back button to get back to the original page you were viewing. Think of the links you come across as sidetrips — you can read them as you find them, or at a later time. Many of these provide additional information on a topic for those who are interested in digging a bit deeper

Archives — the archives, found in the right sidebar, contain a list of all posts, categorized by month. Clicking on the link for any month will bring up a page that contains all of the posts created during that month

How to navigate around the site:

Right now, you see 5 tabs at the top of the page:

  • Home
  • About krl2pt0
  • Week 1 — Getting Started
  • Week 2 — Blogging: Sharing Your Story
  • Week 3 –Tagging

 

As new pages are added, you will see them as new tabs at the top of the page, and in the right sidebar. You can get to any page by clicking on its tab at the top of the page, or by clicking on its title in the right sidebar. If you click on any one of the tags in the tag cloud, it will bring up an abbreviated version of that post. Clicking on the title (underlined in blue) at the top of the post will open the complete post.

If you find yourself still scratching your head about any of this, send us your questions via the “Contact krl2pt0” page, or in an email to krl2pt0@gmail.com.