Wednesday, December 30, 2009
Anyway the solution to my problem is a little embarrassing :( - Flickr requires at least 5 photos to be added before they become searchable ....
Sunday, December 27, 2009
13 Enlightening Case Studies of Social Media in the Classroom
Tuesday, December 22, 2009
Lots of icons to give you ideas for your own ones.
Friday, December 18, 2009
e.g. Odyssey phone (like iPhone !)
Thursday, December 17, 2009
Saturday, December 12, 2009
I think the basic part is free and there is a "studio" addin.
Wednesday, December 9, 2009
Only just started (courses are "under construction")
Tuesday, December 8, 2009
Thursday, November 19, 2009
Just cause I want to remember this if I find I need it in the future :)
FusionCharts (n.d.) - http://www.fusioncharts.com/free/download/?_doPostback=561369948
- FusionCharts Free helps you create free flash charts in your web applications.
- It supports a variety of chart types including bar, column, line, area, pie, doughnut
- (donut), combination, funnel, Gantt etc
Thursday, November 5, 2009
If you are using the Zotero addon for Firefox for your referencing, you can install the APA 6th edition referencing style by clicking here
Thursday, October 22, 2009
(Its real teckiee - but those who use zotero will understand)
Sunday, October 11, 2009
I am often confronted with students who have trashed their Hard Drives (or the drive have magically trashed themselves). This utility allows you to create a complete backup of the drive. Additionally if you want to upgrade your HDD to a bigger one it has a wizard to do this.
Also included is Magix Music Maker Silver for those of you who want to create your own "original " music.
Sunday, September 27, 2009
Tuesday, August 4, 2009
FileHippo.com (2009). Retireved August 4, 2009 from http://www.filehippo.com/
Monday, July 20, 2009
Does File and Web comparisons (free online and doesn't store the documents)
The site itself is at
Wednesday, July 15, 2009
Friday, July 10, 2009
Wednesday, July 8, 2009
Ok, so this is got to ba an example of poor "User Interface Design". I worked this out a month ago, and thought I'd document it.. but couldn't recall the steps (in spite of just having completed it!)
Anyway, thought I'd have another go today.. and eurika I worked out what to do!!
So follow these steps!!
- Click on your name (on the facebook bar at the top of the screen)
- Click on the Options link (Just below the [Share] button on the "Whats on your mind window"
- If "Stories Posted by You" > Available sites is not showing, click on the settings button (Just below the [Share] button)
- On the Available Sites: Click on Blog/RSS
- In the Public URL enter your blog site, then click [Import]
.. and thats all!!
Wednesday, July 1, 2009
Have added to my wiki
Monday, June 29, 2009
1. Free Standalone converter that can be downloaded to your PC (http://www.hellopdf.com/download.php ) and
2. A Web based converter ( http://www.pdftoword.com/ )
Of the two the web converter (#2) did the best (though not perfect) job though I'm always suspicious about web converters when they ask to send things to my email address that they are not collecting them. Will be monitoring my email for new spam.
Monday, June 22, 2009
However all is not lost, to change the View Source from the Default viewer, to either notepad or some other editor (I like pspad (http://www.pspad.com/en/) as its as quick as notepad but has better context editing).
- Open the Developer Tools (press F12 in the browser or Tools > Developer Tools)
- Select File > Customise IE View Source
- either select notepad or browse to where your editor exe file is stored (my pspad was in C:\Program Files\PSPad editor\PSPad.exe)
Makes you wonder why you get a glitzy viewer but no way to do simple editing. Would it be so hard to have a check box in the developer options to "enable web page editing" if they are worried about people accidentaly changing pages?? (And yes I know chrome suffers the same fate - but I am sure there would be a plugin for editing like in Firefox!!)
Thanks to Ramesh Srinivasan (2009) from Winhelponline for pointing me in the right direction.
Srinivasan, R. (2009)"The default View Source Editor has changed in Internet Explorer 8 - The Winhelponline Blog" Retrieved June 22, 2009 from http://www.winhelponline.com/blog/default-view-source-editor-changed-in-ie8/
Friday, June 19, 2009
Huang, S. (2009) MediaCoder - more than a universal audio/video transcoder. Retrieved June 17, 2009 from http://mediacoder.sourceforge.net/
Tuesday, June 16, 2009
Thursday, June 4, 2009
Wednesday, May 20, 2009
Something from Joyce :)
Rather than giving you a list of search results, Wolfram Alpha (what an awful name) will combine your terms to give you meaningful data. For example a search for Napier + Weather, results in:
You can access WA here: http://www.wolframalpha.com/ and to get started it gives you some suggestions for searches on the right hand side.
And you can read about other ways of using WA here:
5 Things that Wolfram Alpha does better (and vastly different) from Google which looks at complex queries, localisation, precision, calculation and comparison.
Friday, May 1, 2009
If the applications have been well designed they should have a move option available if you right click on the button on the Windows status bar. If this is so you can click move, now the sneaky bit - just tap one of the arrows on your keyboard - somehow this attaches the mouse to the mindow and by moving your mouse you can get your window onto your current screen.
Note: You may have to double click the button on the status basr as in order to move the window it has to be in the windows desktop.
Wednesday, April 29, 2009
Searching the we came up with lots of false hits... and the answer is actually quite simple in 2007.
Use the Slide Show tab and in the Monitor part of the ribbon change the "Show Presentation on" to "Monitor 2..."
No wonder there is no online help !!!
Friday, April 17, 2009
Temporary solution found at http://www.virtualbox.org/ticket/3655. There is a dll (in a zip) - post towards the end (2009-04-15 18:20:43 changed by frank) that fixed the issue. (though virtualBox lost the connection when I restarted the computer after I sent it into hibernation.
Indications that this will be repaired in a patch to 2.2 in the "near" future!
Wednesday, April 8, 2009
Must try it at home :)
In the email it stated...
icloud, the online service that gives you the freedom of your friends, files and digital life on any computer. After 8 years of development icloud is today officially launched worldwide as the online PC for everyone without a PC
Linkoping, Sweden - April 7th, 2009 - Xcerion today announce the launch of icloud, the world's first free online computer, giving everybody in the world their own online computer packed with free storage, applications, virtual desktop and backup accessible from any computer connected to the Internet. Starting today the icloud service is available in English, Chinese, Russian, Spanish, Portuguese, German, Swedish and Filipino languages.
The public launch of icloud builds on a closed beta testing program and the incorporation of user feedback from iclouder's worldwide. icloud is proud to announce free icloud accounts for everyone at http://icloud.com.
Daniel Arthursson, the founder of icloud say, "With icloud, we put a virtual computer together with free storage and free applications in the hands of everybody in the world, it's the PC for everyone without a PC. Everybody can now access and share documents, photos, music and their complete digital life from any computer".
The public version includes:
- Access to your friends, files and digital life on any computer
- 3 GB free storage space to safely store documents, photos and music online
- 30 free applications such as Office, Mail, Music, Video, IM, Sharing, Games, Collaboration and Development tools
- 20 free widgets
- Free backup to provide secure storage, including WedDav
- Zero installation, icloud runs in your Internet Explorer or Firefox browser
Tuesday, April 7, 2009
Monday, April 6, 2009
Anderson, T. (2009) Beyond LMS Keynote to Canada Moodlemoot 2009. Retrieved April 6, 2009 from http://www.slideshare.net/terrya/beyond-lms-keynote-to-canada-moodlemoot-2009
Friday, March 27, 2009
The Windows Memory Diagnostic tests the Random Access Memory (RAM) on your computer for errors
Thursday, March 26, 2009
- 2009 April: Conficker Internet worm (http://www.virtualmv.com/wiki/index.php?title=Virus/Anti-virus_software )
- IE8 Now released
- Google Chrome Updates available (use Help About -- I think)
- Google Chrome experiments (http://www.virtualmv.com/wiki/index.php?title=Internet:Web_Browsers)
- Google Earth has been updated also (different navigation controls)
- AVG 8.5 Update. Be very careful as it is easy to install the "free" trial version. Read the prompts carefully!
- breathingnet.org (see earlier post)
- Office Live Update (allows you to share/ store documents in MS-Office in the Internet Cloud on Microsoft Servers) - like googledocs
Found by DR
Belja, D (2008) CO2 emissions, birth rate & death rate simulation. Retrieved from http://breathingearth.net/
Wednesday, March 25, 2009
- Chrome Experiments (Google, 2009) http://www.chromeexperiments.com/
- Chrome Experiments showcases the applications that require significant data processing using multiple Web pages simultaneously
(Naone, 2009, March 18)
E, Naone (2009, March 18)Browser Coders Make Chrome Shine. Technology Review. Retrieved March 24, 2009 from http://www.technologyreview.com/web/22315/?a=f
Sunday, March 15, 2009
Now I use virtualBox to create a virtual machine in which I only install the software relevant to the development environmment. It means the actual developmet environment runs faster and it doesnt handicap my working PC.
I have put some instructions on my wiki at http://www.virtualmv.com/wiki/index.php?title=VirtualBox
If you want to make modifications to the wiki entry you will need to create a userid and login. Apologies for this as I know this is not a "true" wiki thingy.
Another big advantage is that I can run virtualBox on another computer (e.g. my Vista one) and can use the virtualBox image without change and it includes all the set up stuff as well - which is brilliant. I found this particularly useful when my work PC was upgraded. My virtual machines were up and running with all their weird configurations once I'd installed virtalBox, copied over the virtualMachines and connected them up.
Friday, March 13, 2009
Adding system memory is often the best way to improve a PC’s performance. However, upgrading memory can be difficult and costly, and some systems have limited memory expansion capabilities, making it impossible to add RAM.
Windows Vista provides a way to add memory to your system using a USB Flash drive which is called ReadyBoost to improve performance without having to add additional memory to your system.
The flash memory device serves as an additional memory cache, which means that your computer can access the necessary data much quicker than it can access data on the hard drive. This is how you Speed Up Vista with Vista ReadyBoost.
Its best to use a USB flash drive that you can spare and then plug it in an empty USB slot, preferably at the backside of your system so that you won’t have it in sight.
Now you should see a pop-up with the option “Speed up my system, using Windows Ready Boost”.
If you are not prompted, just follow these steps.
- Go to start
- Select My Computer
- Right click your flash drive
- Choose Properties
- Select the ReadyBoost tab
- Check “Use this device” and tweak the settings, click apply and you’re done.
The minimum requirement for the USB flash drive is at least 256mb.
Monday, February 23, 2009
Are you applying for tenure, promotion or a new job? Do you want to include evidence of the impact of your research? Is your work cited in journals which are not ISI listed? Then you might want to try Publish or Perish, designed to help individual academics to present their case for research impact to its best advantage.
Harzing, A-W (2009) Publish or Perish. Retrieved February 23, 2009 from http://www.harzing.com/pop.htm
Thursday, February 12, 2009
Wesch, M. (2007) Information Revolution, YouTube. Retrieved February 12, 2009 from http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-4CV05HyAbM
Tuesday, February 10, 2009
Will troll over my old notes to see what I can add!
Thursday, January 29, 2009
So, here is another tool that will be useful, 25GB free online storage!
go to http://www.microsoft.com and if it doesn't show its called skydrive
If you have a live account (msn or hotmail) go to http://home.live.com/ and look for skydrive or if you dont have a microsoft passport go to the same url and create one. As far as I can tell you dont need a microsoft email (hotmail) account. I using my work one fine.
It allows others to access your folder. I am having trouble receiving zip files via email so this may be a way to get them to me.
Sunday, January 18, 2009
1. Create an icon (duh!) - use Google to find an icon creator if you dont have one (e.g. GIMP or Paint.net with an addin) , and place in the root folder of your removable drive.
2. Create a text file (using notepad) called Autorun.inf (if there is already one it is likely to have an ico file setting already so all you need to do is change the ico file name).
The Autorun file only needs
icon = .\NameofIconFile.ico
Monday, January 12, 2009
Basically, Mikes solution involved using System Restore ( ...and we also did not know you can create a Password Recovery Disk in Vista)
1. Reboot and press F11
2. Select Advanced Options > Microsoft System Restore (Make sure it is NOT the one that restores to the Factory setting or you will wipe out your computer!)
3. .. this leaves recovery manager and shows the latest restore points. Choose one before you changed the password (Luckily a Windows update had occurred a couple of days earlier and after about 10 minutes Vista was reset.) .. MAGIC
For a heavy weight password recovery check out..
Offline NT Password and Registry Editor
Note Bill Detwiler (2009) has a video demo of how to do this online. Note Bills warning about quitting the program or the changes are not written to the computer.
Detwiler, B. (2009) Video: Reset Windows passwords with the Offline NT Password and Registry Editor. IT Dojo. Retrieved May 21, 2009 from http://blogs.techrepublic.com.com/itdojo/?p=140
Sunday, January 4, 2009
2009 has started and I have all but completed my PhD. As such it is time to have a look at my virtualMV web site and the many systems I have developed to support my research. The opening page of http://www.virtualMV.com has changed ( not very flash.. but that's for later) as I move content from my custom system to the wiki. Am in two minds as to wheter I will be building a new wiki based custom solution in PHP/MySQL or adding some extensions to MediaWiki. Upgrading myu current version of Media Wiki has not proved to be easy.
So, keep an eye out for changes..