Tech Happy

I’m posting once again for the L2.0 project- this time on three of my favorite add-ons for Firefox.

1. Cooliris Previews – mouse over any link and see a small preview of that page in a pop-up box. This is an excellent tool for scanning through google search results quickly!

2. Firebug – my new best friend. This is a web development tool that allows you to examine (and edit live) HTML, CSS and javascript in any webpage you are viewing. I used Firebug to tweak the new layout.

3. PDF Download – for whatever reason, opening a pdf file within Firefox occasionally locks up my browser. This extension gives you control over how a pdf file opens and/or saves.

What are your favorite Firefox extensions?

JenSpace and Flickr

Originally uploaded by cursedstorm

I set up a flickr account over a year ago just to see what the fuss was about. I uploaded three photos and then promptly ignored the account. I am not a huge picture-taker. If you were to collect photo evidence of my existence between the years 2004-present, you would probably be compelled to file a death certificate. I’m that bad about taking pictures. I’ll try to work on this. In the meantime, who wants to chip in for a new digital camera? Takers?

A useful thing I learned today: how to organize my photos into sets. I have one set with a total of THREE photos (and all so originally titled). Nice. I was happy to see how easy it was to post to your blog directly from flickr by listing your blog in your flickr account. I’m not sure I liked how I customized the photos to post, but it’s easy to change later.

So above is a year-old pic of my desk. These days it is considerably moreā€¦ lived in (read: messy- a sure sign of productivity!).

L is for learning. L is for libraries.

When I heard that IU Libraries had adapted the PLCMC Learning 2.0 program, I was excited. I first heard about the program from Michael Stephen’s blog about a year ago. I followed the program (though I didn’t actually participate), curious about how Web 2.0 was being applied in libraries.

Although I’m already familiar with blogs, wikis, RSS, Flickr, etc., I am thankful for the IU incarnation of this project for one reason: I finally have no excuse for not having a blog. I’ve been meaning to create one just for myself (I don’t count the Oliver Crumb blog, because I served as an administrator during the brief time that the show was in production), but couldn’t justify the time that would be spent playing around with a blog of my own.

Of the 7.5 lifelong learning habits, I’d say goals and initiative are my strongest habits. I know what I want and I’m good at garnering resources to fill my “toolbox.” I follow through with my plans and I’m usually pretty good at responding to unforeseen challenges with a positive attitude. Sadly, I definitely fall flat on my face in the “play” department (work-related play, that is). I get projects done but I don’t allow myself a lot of time for play. Although play is listed as a half of a habit, it is probably one of the most important. I’m not going to learn anything about podcasting until I allow myself time to goof around with the applications.

So here’s my new goal: use this L2.0 experience to create web-me 2.0. It doesn’t matter that my workload isn’t easing up or that Life has a habit of happening. When it rains, it pours. I’m gonna play in the puddles.