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Monday, January 28, 2008

Audio: LIVE from the Library Internet Seminar - January 24, 2008

Listen to the audio from my most recent LIVE from the Library Internet Seminar.

Listen: LIVE from the Library - January 240, 2008

Monday, January 21, 2008

Flip Video First Look from The Laptop Lady

My sister, Denise, is doing some great technology coaching out in the Coachella Valley and here is the first video in a series she is creating, called The Laptop Lady.

Mac: Fluid puts browser apps back on the Dock where they belong

If you are using browser-based web apps like Google Mail (http://gmail.com) or Zoho (http://zoho.com), it can be an inconvenience to have them all running in your web browser. One slip of the close window or Quit command can close all of your applications, as well.

Under Mac OS X 10.5 (Leopard) there is a way to put these web applications back on the Dock, where they belong. Fluid is a beta application that take as input a web URL and then packages up a Site Specific browser that runs in its own window, independent of Safari. The app appears in the Dock like all other apps and runs in its own space. My first test was to run Gmail in its own window to separate it from everything else I am doing in my browser. So far, it is working splendidly. It even shows me the number of unread emails in the Dock icon, just like a standalone email application.

You can try out Fluid for free using the link below.

Link: Fluid - Site Specific Browsers for Web Applications - Mac OS X 10.5

From their web site...

Are you a Gmail, Facebook, Campfire or (Insert Your Favorite Webapp Here) fanatic? Do you have 20 or more browser tabs open at all times? Are you tired of some random site or Flash ad crashing your browser and causing you to lose your (say) Google Spreadsheets data in another tab?

If so, Site Specific Browsers (SSBs) provide a great solution for your webapp woes. Using Fluid, you can create SSBs to run each of your favorite webapps as a separate desktop application. Fluid gives any webapp a home on your Mac OS X desktop complete with Dock icon, standard menu bar, and logical separation from your other web browsing activity.

Friday, January 11, 2008

Audio: LIVE from the Library - January 10, 2008

Listen to the audio from my most recent LIVE from the Library Internet Seminar.

Listen: LIVE from the Library - January 10, 2008

Saturday, January 05, 2008

Today's Walk and Gmaps Pedometer

I am trying to walk more since about mid-December in an effort to get some of my weight off. We used to have a route that was almost exactly one mile, but now I find that I have worked up to being able to do 2 miles with about the same amount of effort. This has caused me to expand my routes to check out parts of the neighborhood I don't normally see.

The graphic at left is from a great web application, Gmap Pedometer. Gmap mashes together software to measure routes with Google maps. It automatically will calculate the total distance, provide mile makers and even give a rough calculation of calories burned.

Link: Gmaps Pedometer

Thursday, January 03, 2008

Backup your data today - Mobile post from Utterz

Backup your data today

Mobile post sent by douglaswelch using Utterz. Replies. mp3

Wednesday, January 02, 2008

Elsewhere Online: Microsoft Office for Mac 2008 Hits January 15 with $150 Home Version [Gizmodo]

Microsoft Office 2008 is coming and it won't be a moment too soon. Office 2004 is getting long in the tooth and is none too happy running under Leopard (Mac OS X 10.5.1)

Of course, the interface has changed substantially, so there will be some learning to do, The Gizmodo article below covers most of the major issues.

Microsoft Office for Mac 2008 Hits January 15 with $150 Home Version [Office Returns To Mac]

There's no better sign of Microsoft's increasing acceptance of the Mac population than the latest version of Office for Mac 2008, the first Office with native support for Intel-based Macs. Like its Mac-side predecessors, this Office has its own interface and tools, many which aren't found on the PC. But whatever you use to create your PowerPoint presentation or Word doc, it will be 100% compatible with the 2007 PC Office edition. We've known it was coming for a while but now it's officially en route, hitting most retail outfits on January 15th at three key prices. We've been playing with the beta for a few weeks, too, and so far it's a smooth ride.

(Continued on web site)

(Via Gizmodo.)

Tuesday, January 01, 2008

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