Author Archives: robin

word & character count

I recently had to edit a bio down to 200 characters. Yes, characters not words. Considering I started with 95 words and 591 characters, I was in need of serious help. I found these two lovely tools online. I realize this is not the most glamorous or fun tool on the web, but definitely practical. Just copy and paste your text in. One is character ...

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conference overview

Alot of interesting info at the conference I attended yesterday. A few practical things (how to use handheld scanners to do inventory — looks labor intensive but not hard) and an glimpse into captivate for creating tutorials. The social technologies program was most interesting. For one, the presenter demoed my favorite web 2.0 video. 😉Mostly, I was interested to see how many libraries in that ...

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Encyclopedia of Life

An awfully ambitious encyclopedia There are 1.8 million species of plants and animals known to reside on Earth. And an ambitious new project called the Encyclopedia of Life plans to catalog every last one of them. Over the next 10 years, the online encyclopedia intends to become an exhaustive database featuring descriptions, photographs, and maps for mammals and microbes alike. http://www.eol.org/

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Save 5 hours a day (a day!) the geek way

Save 5 Hours a Day, the Geek Way In a nutshell:1)Don’t watch tv – web it, divo it, only watch what you are really interested in 2)Don’t read spam (use a spam filter) and don’t waste time on meaningless surfing (youtube) 3)”Read” the newspaper while exercising (podcasts!) 4)Work when others don’t (ok, I do agree with this one as I have found if I work ...

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Google heads wireless

Google takes on wireless For a company that’s had an office in Washington, D.C., for less than two years, Google is wielding a surprising amount of power in the nation’s capital. Exhibit A is the influence Google is having on a closely watched government auction of $10 billion in licenses to provide wireless service. The Web search giant has hired some big guns to help ...

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