Flowchart — new free online flowchart site and I have invites!

July 13, 2008

So, I volunteered to whip up a little flowchart of a project. It’s fairly straightforward and the critical path is rather obvious. I also think I’m pretty good with flow charts. Not only have I been to lots of project management workshops and classes, but I spent way too much time in a previous position (information/document specialist & blueprint librarian) working with Visio. Somehow, not only the job of managing the organizational chart for a relatively huge division of a global company, but much of record keeping of their project management, had fallen to the IS at some point.

Unfortunately (or perhaps, fortunately!) I no longer have Visio to spit out those beautiful interconnected flowcharts and structured org charts. So, in the past, I’ve used Word, Excel, or some other product, when I’ve need to fake a flowchart. Today, in digging around on the net a little, I found a beta test of a new free online flowchart creator, flowchart.com (think you can remember that? LOL). It is not perfect (for one, entering colors by hexcode didn’t seem to work, and the colors are very standard, otherwise) , but whoa! it works otherwise.

So, if you want to try this flowchart site, you can either add your name to the que for an invitation, or you can drop me an email, and I’ll send you an invite. I only have 6 invites left.

Organize your inbox

July 8, 2008

Well, this only works with outlook email at the moment, but here is the claim:

…information will become much easier to find. When a new email arrives, the sender’s full communication history appears in the Xobni sidebar, including past conversations, attachments and contact details. Xobni also includes a blazing fast email search tool..

I first read about this free software in june’s issue of wired. . Sounds great, hmm? Basically, it helps you manage your inbox — but only in outlook (at least at the moment).

Educational uses for social networking sites

July 6, 2008

First-of-Its-Kind Study at the University of Minnesota Uncovers the Educational Benefits of Social Networking Sites
University of Minnesota News (06/19/08) Badaracco, Luisa

University of Minnesota researchers have determined the educational benefits of social networking sites such as MySpace and Facebook and also found that low-income students are in many ways just as technologically proficient as their more advantaged counterparts. The researchers found that 94 percent of students in the study used the Internet, 82 percent used the Internet at home, and 77 percent have a profile on a social networking site. Students said social networking sites taught them technology skills, creativity, being open to new or diverse views, and communication skills. Data was collected over six months from students in 13 urban high schools in the Midwest. In addition to the initial surveyed students, a follow-up, randomly selected subset were asked questions on their Internet activity while they used MySpace. University of Minnesota learning technologies researcher Christine Greenhow says students that use social networking sites learn and practice the kinds of 21st century skills that educators say are needed to be successful. “Students are developing a positive attitude towards using technology systems, editing and customizing content, and thinking about online design and layout,” Greenhow says. The results show that social networking sites provide more than just social fulfillment or professional networking and have implications for educators, who have an opportunity to support what students are learning on the Web, Greenhow says. The study contradicts a 2005 study from Pew that suggests a digital divide is forming in which low-income students are technologically impoverished.

More at Univ. Minnesota News

Top 100 Web2.0 Apps

April 26, 2008


By popular vote and includes some of the big faves: flickr, youtube, lots of google apps, pandora, etc.

To see little previews> http://www.webware100.com/

To catch a peek at some of the new upcoming stuff, check out inviteshare.

i &hearts robot

April 24, 2008

I’m not one for product endorsements — for one thing, technology products are rarely as good as they seem they should be (Littermaid self cleaning litterbox, cool mp3 stuff that only works with ipods, etc.), but I think I love my new vacuum cleaner. Yes, I &hearts a vacuum cleaner. In case you haven’t seen/heard about it, the roomba is a self cleaning vacuum cleaner, a robot of sorts. Oh, wow, it is soooo cool. I can set it and voilá, my house is clean. Of course, it’s not perfect — it’s a little noisy, and it takes a while to get through the house.

So now, I’m wishing I had a scooba. One step closer to a rosie the robot.

watch your TV anywhere

April 21, 2008

I actually heard about this from my sister. 😉
We were talking about watching television series while traveling and elsewhere. She mentioned that my niece only watches “TV” on her computer — kind of a teen’s version of Tivo, in that she can watch what she wants, when she wants. It’s true that many networks are starting to stream their series (and some older series, too!), in addition to offerings from Hula.

Anyhow, she also mentioned this device from Sling Media, which if I understand correctly, allows you to watch YOUR TV on most any device, any where. Sounds cool, except if someone else is using your television (family member, friend,pet sitter, etc.), will you be watching what they are watching?