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Links to my published articles online
List of Publications with Full Citations

Language Networks on LiveJournal (pdf)

Adolescent Diary Weblogs and the Unseen Audience (pdf)

A Longitudinal Analysis of Weblogs: 2003-2004 (pdf)

Conversations in the Blogosphere: An Analysis "from the Bottom Up" (pdf). Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences (HICSS-38) Best Paper Nominee.

Weblogs as a bridging genre (pdf)

Bridging the Gap: A Genre Analysis of Weblogs. Winner of the 2004 EduBlog Awards as best paper.

Common Visual Design Elements of Weblogs

Women and Children Last: The Discursive Construction of Weblogs

Time until my next publication submission deadline
If everything goes well with qualifying I will again be submitting articles for publication. I hope to submit as follows:

1 July 2008 23:59:59 UTC-0500

Links to my conference papers online
The Performativity of Naming: Adolescent Weblog Names as Metaphor

Buxom Girls and Boys in Baseball Hats: Adolescent Avatars in Graphical Chat Spaces

Time until my next conference submission deadline
1 December 2008 23:59:59 UTC-0500

Adolescents and Teens Online Bibiliography
Last updated July 8, 2005.

Weblog and Blog Bibliography
Last Updated November 22, 2005.

A weblog to gather quotations from my academic reading.

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My Book2
New books are added but reading status is rarely accurate.

June 03, 2008

Research in GoogleBooks

So many of the books I want to read are not available through the Indiana University Libraries or are in long-term storage, I place that must be on Pluto given how long it takes to get a book out of long-term storage. I long ago found that many of the books I want are available on GoogleBooks but given first the problems of reading lengthy works on a computer screen and the lack of annotation tools or page prints, I had pretty much only gone to their site to double check front matter before I put through an inter-library loan fo the real paper book.

Well I think that practice might have changed today. Today I found FireShot, an add-on for Firefox that allows you to both take page shots and annotate them. I still love SnagIT for clips but the annotation feature here might make FireShot the preferred alternative for this researchers work with full pages. Hummm Wonder how I can use it for research?

p.s. This is a first release so undoubtedly there are a few bugs to workout.

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February 01, 2008

A new software toy to archive research text and materials

In this week's online wanderings I ran across the Center for History and New Media. In looking over their site I found some very interesting freeware in Scribe.

Scribe is a free cross-platform note-taking program designed especially with historians in mind. Think of it as the next step in the evolution of traditional 3x5 note cards. Scribe allows you to manage your research notes, quotes, thoughts, contacts, published and archival sources, digital images, outlines, timelines, and glossary entries. You can create, organize, index, search, link, and cross-reference your note and source cards. You can assemble, print, and export bibliographies, copy formatted references to clipboard, and import sources from online catalogs. You can store entire articles, add extended comments on each card in a separate field, and find and highlight a particular word within a note or article. Scribe's uses range from an undergraduate history research seminar to a major archival research project.

Main Features

* Create very long notes (up to 64,000 characters)
* Store published and archival sources (up to 22 types of sources)
* Create, print, and export bibliographies
* Copy footnote and parenthetical references to clipboard in Chicago or MLA format
* Import sources from online catalogs (one at a time only)
* Index note and source cards using a large number of keywords
* Store contact information and notes on authors
* Add extended comments on each card in a separate field
* Search notes and sources by author, title, keyword, note, comments, and other fields
* Perform word search: find and highlight a specific word in the note
* Link sources to notes
* Link sources and notes to images
* Create cross-reference links between cards
* Create an outline and link it to cards
* Create a timeline and link it to cards
* Create a glossary for your project
* Import from bibliographic managers and online databases
* Export to RIS and Zotero RDF

While Scribe was originally designed for historians, I don't see a disciplinary limit to it's use. So far I like it for linking to my archived email discussions and the like. We shall see how it holds up as I test it over time.

They have other freeware as well, check out their Tools page.

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November 02, 2007

The OpenSocial Family is Growing

One day out of the gates and OpenSocial is growing...maybe this is the tool we all dreamed of for cross-platform social interaction - the social utility's utility.  The following is from The web is better when it's social at OpenSocial

There are many websites implementing OpenSocial, including Engage.com, Friendster, hi5, Hyves, imeem, LinkedIn, MySpace, Ning, Oracle, orkut, Plaxo, Salesforce.com, Six Apart, Tianji, Viadeo, and XING.
Related post:
Google Announces the OpenSocial API

Powered by ScribeFire.

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October 31, 2007

For those of us who have to deal with Sakai products

Well they are making it better, though I'm totally unsure how much of that is Sakai and how much is Indiana University. Either way there is a new addition to the platform on the way, from CampusTechnology

Live! Integration Coming to Sakai Open-Source LMS


By David Nagel
Education technology developer Elluminate is bringing its Live! collaboration suite to the Sakai Collaboration and Learning Environment, an open-source learning management system. The move is part of a new alliance with Unicon, a company that specializes in providing support and services for open-source software to education.

Elluminate Live! is an e-learning, conferencing, and online collaboration tool designed for use in education, providing support for a variety of learning management systems, including Blackboard, Moodle, Sakai, WebCT, and eCollege. It includes features like note taking, two-way interactive video (up to 640 x 480), archiving and automatic indexing of e-learning sessions, various tools for teachers (timers, pop-up announcements, sorting of participants by hand raising, etc.), whiteboarding, and various other collaboration tools.

The plans for the new Sakai integration include adding synchronous content for distance learning; creating Live! sessions for delivery to live classroom environments; adding recordings of live sessions for review; recorded tutorials for assignments; the creation of virtual rooms in which students can collaborate; the ability to invite guest speakers to attend and moderate sessions; and the ability for instructors to create virtual offices.

The integration is expected to be completed and available for the public in spring 2008. Sakai supports Mac OS X, Windows, and various flavors of Unix.

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Google Announces the OpenSocial API

At AoIR this year, there was a lot of talk about the desire (should I say "need"?, for a tool that crosses social utility boundaries.  Well it looks like some progress has been made to that end with the release of the OpenSocial API on November 1, 2007. 

We can all play with it tomorrow and see if it really does work that well, or if it's just another new tool for spam - as I fear.  Come on, how many Brazilian propositions should one girl have to refuse?  LOL

No doubt this creates some interesting possibilities for research projects.  Autoethnography of your social network anyone?

Google has announced OpenSocial, a new open API for social networks. The new standard will allow developers to create Facebook-like apps on any social network site that implements it with the same calls.

The open API will have three parts

* People
* Storage
* Activity stream

All of these calls will have a GData counterpart and they will use HTML and Javascript only. Google is considering adding OAuth (Radar post) to the API.

On Thursday the following links should go live:

* http://code.google.com/apis/opensocial -- the documentation for OpenSocial
* http://sandbox.orkut.com - a sandbox for testing apps

Google's launch partners are hi5, iLike, Slide, LinkedIn, Plaxo, Ning and SixApart (the largest). Check out Techmeme, Techcrunch, and the New York Times for more coverage.

Google will be holding the first of their developer CampFires at the GooglePlex this Friday to explain OpenSocial. A CampFire is Google's new method of disseminating information to developers. These events will be invite-only and will include about thirty developers. Video of the event will be available in the days following.

Google's OpenSocial API will gain traction with a lot of social networks, but I doubt that we will see Facebook or MySpace supporting it. Both are large enough to require their own API. I'll be curious to see how each site extends the OpenSocial API and how that affects adoption and app creation.

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September 13, 2007

Publish or Perish...the software

Thanks to Elijah for helping me kill one of those useless hours I have laying around.  LOL  I want to spread the joy and let all of you kill time - passing out knives - and maybe give you a useful tool for your research as well.

If you haven't checked out Harzing's Publish or Perish I strongly recommend you do so now...if not sooner.  This is one of the coolest search tools I've seen, ever.  In essence take Web of Science and make it publicly accessible and let it bump up against Google Scholar and you have Publish or Perish.

Like most folks I started out my play time with a vanity search and then a variety of keyword searches, and was rewarded for my efforts.  I will sleep better tonight knowing that Bridging the Gap: A Genre Analysis of Weblogs (pdf) is the most cited "blog" paper listed.

Even my solo and first author works are getting pretty good citation.  What can I say it's cool to see numbers to actually know someone is using the work.  Qualitative has it's place because it's always nice to hear that someone likes the work, but it's very cool to see those citation numbers...hard and cold and quantitative.  LOL  One of the few places I really really like numbers.

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March 09, 2007

ThinkingRock and GTD

If you have read this blog for long you have probably guessed that I am a proponent of "working smarter not harder."  To that end I keep testing to-do software trying to find the interface that is pleasing to the eye, intuitive, and flexible...and while I have used a variety of programs over the years I keep testing hoping that someday one of them will more closely match my work style.

Well my new favorite is ThinkingRock a great donationware program from our friends downunder.  What I like about this little program...aside from the fact that it is a little program that will even run from a USB drive, is the overall design.  To use ThinkingRock you do a brain dump by collecting your thoughts with a description and assigning a topic, if you want.  Then you can process your thoughts by creating and/or assigning them to a project, giving them due dates or marking for inactivity (I used this code for research ideas), and even deciding what would be a successful outcome of the action.  And if you are like me, and you reorganize things periodically, you will like that every field is editable.  So you can move an activity to a different project or change any of the fields to match changes in your environment.

This is a very cool program, I've been really impressed...so I suggest you check it out and see if it works for you too.

powered by performancing firefox

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May 24, 2006

Reference Management Sofware...a new tool

I found a reference to a new online-, or offline-, based reference management tool.  I'm going to check it out and invite you to do the same.  It's called WIKINDX.

WIKINDX is a free bibliographic and quotations/notes management and article authoring system designed either for single use (on a variety of operating systems) or multi-user collaborative use across the internet.

Current version is 3.3.1

Developed under the GNU GPL license, the project homepage can be found at sourceforge and the required files/updates are available for download there. A FreeBSD port by Babak Farrokhi may be downloaded from http://www.freshports.org/www/wikindx.

The sourceforge site has all the appropriate contact details, forums for you to report bugs, request features etc.

It sounds very interesting.  I think I may, with a bit of help I'm sure, be setting up a database to test it out on my own data.  The site says it has:

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April 24, 2006

Anconia RocketPost

I've been using Anconia RocketPost for my blog entries, I love the program but the technical support leaves something to be desired.  I've had a problem running the software that I need their advice in correcting.  To date I have emailed one of the programmers directly, he has commented here in the past, then after receiving no response I submitted a tech support form through the website...still no response.  I'm not sure what the problem is, and I hope they figure out what holds up their customer service so that those of us who have bought the program can use it.

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March 19, 2006

Tips to improve your laptop or tablet use

The Student Tablet PC blog has been collecting user tips. The post Master list of 220 submitted tips, plus some of Tracy's favorites is a useful list not just for tablet users but also for anyone who uses a laptop. Here are a few of the ones I plan on using on my laptop.

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March 05, 2006

Poductivity and/or creativity enhancement tools

Early last week DIYPlanner had a post on "What five items for enhancing your productivity and/or creativity can you not be without?" I hit me that this meme might be really helpful for prolurker readers, and for me when I read what y'all do to keep your productivity up. SO here are my top tools and a bit of explanation on why they make the list. p.s. I use a paper planner so there is no calendar program on this list.

General tools

Academic recordkeeping tools

Research Tools

Ok I'm tagging three of you to get this ball rolling - David Brake, Angela Thomas, and A Learner's Space.

p.s. One of the nice things about doing a list like this periodically is you find out which of your programs have updates available. LOL Several of these were updated or plans were made to update for those that I must buy a-new.

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February 23, 2006

Confessions of a software junkie

Steve Richards - Adventures in home working pointed me to what looks like a great deal on a potentially useful project software program with web integration. Check out his post with hacks below, Are you a GTD convert, looking for a great tool? Oh and the program is $5.00 right now. I'm gonna play with this one for a bit. Per the Axosoft site, this social marketing experiment ends Friday February 24, 2006. Requires access to a Microsoft SQL server database.

I recently came across a quite amazing offer from AxoSoft, that allowed me to get a 5 user version of their project management software OnTime for just $5 rather than $495, even better the $5 was donated to the Red Cross! I have been struggling to find a project/task management solution thats flexible enough for my needs so I thought I would give it a try.

You can get access to the offer from here, there is no link on the web site, so the only way is through the blogsphere. At the time of posting they had taken 645 orders and raised $3225 for the Red Cross.

5 minutes later my activation key arrived and I was up and running. You need to install MSDE, but once thats done you have a 5 user system that is really powerful. Here are a few of the highlights:

* It's designed to support defect, feature and task tracking/management, but its very easy to re-configure it. In my case I changed Defects to Activities, changed a few field names and removed a few others and I now have a project management and task management solution, instead of a bug tracker!

* It's client server, it has a great web client that connects to an SQL server or MSDE database

* They say that MSDE can easily support 50+ users

* It has a web client as well that's broadly equivalent in functionality

* It allows you to build a hierarchy of projects, and browse your tasks at any level in the hierarchy

* It allows you to sort, group, filter and search items

* It allows you to store a description, notes, attachments (linked or embedded), work logs, emails and more against every item

* It's wildly configurable, the descriptions of pretty much every field and view can be changed to suit your needs and pick lists like status, priority etc can be customised

* It allows you to create emails, from items

* It allows you to automatically monitor any number of pop email accounts, and auto-process the emails that arrive in them. In my case I created a number of email accounts and associated them with the activity and task lists. Found that I could then automatically create an archive of emails associated with each task, just by forwarding or cc-ing the email accounts I created and placing the task number in the subject field, (for example adding [#44] anywhere in the subject would attach that email to activity 44.

* You can create custom fields, add them to forms and and then group by them, which is great for GTD users, although you already have severity, status, priority fields as standard, but you can add fields for different places and different categories.

This is a truly amazing tool for the small project team, but really excellent for a single user as well. Unfortunately the 5 user for $5 trial may soon be over, but don't despair because the 1 user version - which is functionally the same - is FREE of charge. Here is a sample screen shot:

<Click here to access a screen shot of OnTime2006>


A few other notes:

* You will want to backup your database, to do that I created an ODBC connection (in control panel) to my database and then added the following command to the batch file that does my regular nightly backup. (onetime is the name of the ODBC connection)

OSQL -E -n -D onetime -Q "BACKUP DATABASE onetime TO DISK = 'D:\Steve\SQL server\master.bak' WITH INIT"

* There are some really great screen cams that show you how to use it, start with the overview to get an idea of the power

* I found a bug in the pop email account monitoring service, it doesn't seem to download attachments, which is a real shame. They are working on a fix.

* This is not a great solution if you need to keep your tasks in sync with your laptop, desktop, PDA etc. However you can use the automatic email processing to allow you to create tasks by sending the appropriate account an email, which is pretty easy. In fact as many of my tasks are initiated by email in the first place it's often pretty natural to do it that way. There is a feature request in to create Outlook sync.

* Check out the support forums for more bugs and issues

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February 05, 2006

coComment, Clear conversation in the Blogosphere

ProBlogger has a pointer to a new free service for bloggers and blog readers.

What is coComment?

coComment is the only service that allows you to enjoy the full potential of blog comments on the web. Before coComment, the blogosphere was not a global conversation, but tons of fragmented, hard to follow, and untrackable discussions.

Using coComment, you can now keep track of what you have been commenting on, display your comments on your blog, and see what is new in the discussions you are participating in (if other users are also on coComment).

Since I'm a lurker and not a big commenter this service is probably not very useful to me. Now if they let you watch others spread the joy of commenting, I might be up for it. Would make for interesting research wouldn't it.

coComment is currently in beta phase, registration is only possible with a personal invitation code

Maybe if we ask really really nicely? It sure would be great to have some invitations to hand out to the academic and biblio-blogosphere.

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January 31, 2006

Might have to do a trial run on RoboForm

Oh dear a new software program that look very interesting. Check out RoboForm, I might have to download the trial and check it out.

Roboform is the top-rated Password Manager and Web Form Filler that completely automates password entering and form filling.

RoboForm was named PC Magazine Editor's Choice, and CNET Download.com's Software of the Year. RoboForm:

  • Memorizes your passwords and Logs You In automatically.
  • Fills long registration and checkout forms with one click.
  • Encrypts your passwords to achieve complete security.
  • Generates random passwords that hackers cannot guess.
  • Fights Phishing by filling passwords only on matching web sites.
  • Defeats Keyloggers by not using keyboard to type passwords.
  • Backs up your passwords, Copies them between computers.
  • Synchronizes passwords between computers using GoodSync.
  • Searches for keywords in your passwords, notes and Internet.
  • Portable: Pass2Go RF runs from USB key, no install needed.
  • PDA-friendly: sync your passwords to Pocket PC and Palm.
  • Neutral: works with Internet Explorer, AOL/MSN, Firefox.

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November 24, 2005

VIP Organizer

For the last month I have been testing a PIM called VIP Organizer. Yes I like my hipster PDA but I need something with the ability to set times as well as due dates. Basically I need something finer grained. While I simply love UltraRecall I do like keeping some information separate...it makes it visually easier for me to sort out what I have to do today from what is due down the road. Basically I need a simple project planner.

So I ran across VIP Organizer and I have liked using it. The interface is fairly intuitive and attractive and I have lots of options for organizing data. I decided I was going to buy it, up until I went to buy the program and found out a thing or two about it. First the software is $49.95, not the most expensive out there but neither is it the cheapest. However that $49.95 buys you one download, and if you pay an extra $6.95 you can have additional downloads for up to one year. So if your hard drive crashes, or like me you reformat periodically, or you buy a new computer you better plan on doing it in that first year because afterward you will be forced to pay for a new program.

This I do not like, at all. It's a good business model for the company...steady stream of revenue and that $6.95 is insurance rather than a product to be made. But for the consumer this is a bad idea. So I won't be buying their program any time soon....not at those prices.

Oh well back to the hunt for an easy to use to-do list/project planner.

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November 13, 2005

I'm now an Anconia RocketPost user

Yesterday I paid my money to buy a professional copy of Anconia RocketPost. I've played with the trial version for a couple of weeks now and really like it. Plus I've traded emails with the programmer on a issues and have been impressed with the response.

The professional version allows me to run any number of blogs on any number of CMS. Which is important since shortly I will have three blogs on two different platforms. I run a small blog for my religious community, small and not very well kept of late. Plus shortly, as in within the next two weeks, loisscheidt.com will be moving to a new host and will be transformed from a static site to an MT weblog. I'm mostly looking forward to that being done as I will have to do a lot of data entry to finish the move.

If you are running a single blog check out the Home version which is a bit less expensive. Oh and if you have a Blogger blog they have a free version of RocketPost for you.

Related Posts:

My 1000th post
Why I'm sticking with WB Editor as a blog client

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October 21, 2005

Why I'm sticking with WB Editor as a blog client

Over the last 22 months, the life of this blog, I have used or tested a fairly broad group of desktop publishing clients.  But with things about to change as I will shortly have two blogs to maintain since loisscheidt.com is moving to blogging software next month.  Because of the change I've been keeping my eyes open for reviews on clients that would allow posting to two blogs so I can update here and there with information like new publications.  So it was with significant interest that I read jkOnTheRun review- RocketPost blog editor software review.

RocketPost says it is a one-stop-shop for blog maintenance with FTP, text formatting, and multiple blog maintenance features.  But it's massively expensive software at $149.00 and even with the current $50.00 discount $99.00 for a blog client is pretty hefty.  But I decided to go ahead and give the program a 30-day test maybe if I really liked it it would be worth the price. 

Well two days into the test I have uninstalled the program and here is why.  1) Installation is supposed to be intuitive but isn't.  The program doesn't specify which file it needs to be linked to on the blog so those of us with non-standard installations better know what file it needs if the default subdirectory isn't in place.  2) support questions go unanswered.  The company has a category for questions from non-purchasers and those must be pretty low priority as my simple question asked two days ago has gone unanswered as of this writing.  Guess they don't realize that current non-purchasers can be come tomorrow's loyal customers.  3) the program continually crashes.  After completing the installation I have not been able to consistently make the program run or have it upload a single entry.  And because of item 2 above I needn't bother asking a question of the support folk.  Oh and I have uninstalled and reinstalled the software twice before doing the final uninstall.  So I would still like to see this program in action but it probably won't happen until after my next reformat, which is long in the future assuming that it will run on my set-up which is currently in doubt.

Well while I was testing I decided to go ahead and download Qumana, a free blogging client I have seen used on some sites.  All in all the program is good.  It has a pleasant interface which allowed me to do most of my usual HTML coding via clicks on icons.  Plus it allows for technorati tag insertion, which I wanted to play with as well.  Though I have uninstalled Qumana as well because of two points: 1) the program adds a "produced with Qumana" statement at the end of every post.  You can delete it on the screen but who what's to mess with that every time you post.  2) I couldn't figure out how to get to the HTML codes to add stuff not available in their icon set.  You probably can't get there from here but I want that power when I need it.

So I'm sticking with WB Editor for the time being.  I hope that they will add some new features, especially allowing posting to more than one blog.  But until I find something better this is my bird of choice.

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October 03, 2005

Writeboard collaboration tool

Writeboard makes it easy to...

Write without fear of losing or overwriting a good idea
Compare different versions of a document
Collaborate with colleagues on copy, proposals, memos, etc.
Subscribe to documents via RSS and be notified of changes
Keep your writings organized with Backpack integration

Writeboard is perfect for...

Authors, journalists, PR folks, editors, and publishers
Bloggers or freelance/independent writers
Letter writers, songwriters, poets, comedians, creatives
Students, professors, and groups collaborating on a paper

Looks interesting for collaboration or maybe whitepaper dissemination. I will have to play with this more but it also looks like it might have pedagogical uses as well.

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September 30, 2005

Dealing with the university's course software beta release

Just got off the phone with a very nice and polite tech guy who explained to me that what I needed the courseware software to do is unavailable.  Now what I want the software to do is pretty simple and straightforward, and should be available in a "Beta" release but isn't in this pre-Beta Beta release.  

The tech gay said "It's a special feature that the software doesn't perform that action at this time."  SOOOO in other words it's now a special feature that the software sucks.  I complemented the tech on both his professionalism and his ability to keep his sense of humor, he was working hard not to laugh along with me at what was said. Sorry this one was just to funny not to share. 

Remember this line the next time you need to get out of a sticky situation, "It's a special feature..."

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September 09, 2005

Two software programs I am taking for a free ride

Following is information about the two new software I am demo-ing, both were free to try.  I love new software it's like an addiction...I want to try them out and play with them, then if I like them I buy, and when I find something better I throw them away.  *maniacal laugh*   

I am looking at AJS as a possible research diary program.  I have tried a couple of others but have not found one that lets me do what I have visualized in my head.  Maybe this one will work.

AJS for Windows

Keep a protected and secure journal offline with the ability to send it online or e-mail it as a blog. XJS's input engine delivers scan-to-journal, voice, video, word processing, and handwritten (Tablet/Pocket PCs Only) input portals. XJS delivers the solution you need to fulfill your personal diary/journal needs. It provides importing/exporting features needed now and the accessibility required for the future. Easily add news to your journal with the included XML feed reader with a click of a button to have it forever. XJS stands as one of the few providers of a multi-operating system offline journal solution. Developers can extend XJS, giving new methods of input, new journal processing features or new entry fields.

Recall Plus is a study program that has some cool features including mindmapping and animation.  Not sure if it will be useful to me at this point, but it looks cool.  I bought GoBinder last summer and used it, minimally, to help me design classes for the fall.  Recall Plus may not be enough of the right thing to make me change, though it too looks very cool.

Recall Plus

To get a real feel for where it is coming from - Read why RecallPlus HAD to be produced!

RecallPlus is a program written specifically to get students learning faster by automatically getting them to use optimal learning and study methods in their actual day to day study time.

The specific problem it fixes is that if you are someone who wants to apply the latest in learning theories to your day to day learning there was literally no way you could do it efficiently or easily before the advent of RecallPlus.

RecallPlus was initially written by a doctor studying for a specialty exam.  He decided to 'learn how to learn' and checkout some 'study skills' websites, and found that if he wished to learn optimally, he really needed something more...

There was simply no way he was going to be able to apply all the better learning techniques so that he could learn faster, without ongoing help!!  There was no software to help - concept map programs were not able to help with revision and not designed for whole sets of notes.  Revision optimizing programs (e.g. flashcard programs), did allow sets of notes BUT were visually boring and limited.

He did need a system of some sort otherwise he was not going to be able to apply the study skill improvements that were going to get him through that exam fast - so RecallPlus was written! 

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August 25, 2005

Oh my god not another prolurker post?

In response to Kaye's implied question in her meta-post - I live and die as a blogger because of desktop blogging clients.  Love these things.  I see something interesting I want to post for other...open the client and click, click, click it's on its way to the blog.  If I had to actually open my blog's posting page I would have far fewer posts then I do now.  LOL 

Oh and this post was written on WB Editor 2, picture at right.  I also use w.blogger as a backup. Oh and I have a lot of the usual HTML coding I need programmed into ActiveWords, very very handy.

Funny thing is I commented to a friend late last night, roughly 10ish, that I couldn't believe I had seven posts up for yesterday AND I did first-day of classes prep AND taught from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.  No wonder I went to bed last night very very tired.

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July 28, 2005

New posting categories

I've created three new categories for posts now that I have more capacity for such things.  They are called:  Memes...rolling along, Native American Flutes (NAF)...and the people who love them, and Software & Hardware...Oh my.  I'll be adding more categories shortly to better describe the content of the site.  Of course I'm still debating on the use of tags...we shall see on that one.  Links are also available on the left sidebar under "Categories".


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