November 2008


I’ve enjoyed this week. There were only two ‘Things’ to do but this meant that I could spend more time on each one (rather than rushing from one ‘Thing’ to another!).

So this week I watched one video clip on RSS, which was very amusing and informative, and another on how to add feeds.  I really like the idea of RSS feeds and it started me thinking about how they can be of value, whether it be when new articles are added to the online journal sites I read or an update on the ‘What’s on’ list at a theatre.

I set up an RSS aggregator in Google Reader and subscribed to a few newsfeeds/web sites by clicking on the RSS icon – although at first I couldn’t understand why the entries were not appearing on my Google Reader page. I ended up added then by copying and pasting the URL. And then I noticed that they were being added to a default ‘Reader’ already set up on my home P.C.! 

Of the two I’d say I prefer Google Reader to Bloglines, it looks better, and it is much easier to organise your news feeds.

I then had a go at searching for feeds using the search tools Topix.net and Syndic8.com. They appear to be web sites made up of RSS feeds. Syndic8.com I didn’t like at all, it was difficult to use, but I was more impressed with Topix.net.

Week 2 has been a good week although I soon realised that one hour a week wasn’t long enough to spend on this. I did add a cool image I’d found on the site of an e-Type jag and added it to my blog but there were too many distractions (like work!) at work so  I gave up on the rest until the weekend.

So this weekend I discovered the wonders of Flickr!  I set up a Flickr account, which included creating a ‘Buddy’ icon, I then uploaded one on my own photographs (well my sister’s actually, all of the photos I take are rubbish!) on to Flickr and included it in a post to my blog.  It didn’t go without incident though! It took several attempts to enter an acceptable URL for linking Flickr to my Blog. It was very frustrating, but I got there in the end!

I then had a brief look around the ‘Commons’ image database – an excellent resource that I will revisit when I have more time.

And finally I was introduced to ‘Mashups’ – Great fun! There are so many possibilities. One that caught me eye let you create a jigsaw from a photograph.

Roll on week 3…


My creation

Originally uploaded by guinnie1

Mashups are fun! I’ve used one called Flickrtoys to create a jigsaw of one of my favourite album covers. For a fee this can be turned into a real jigsaw – there’s an idea for Christmas!


Manchester

Originally uploaded by guinnie1

I hope this works – it’s my second time of trying to add a photo from Flickr onto my blog!

Wow, there are so many pictures on the Flickr site it’s unbelievable! Found this great photo of my dream car, an E-Type jag (with 3 windowscreen wipers – of course!)

E-type by Jennifurr-Jinx.

Finally finished the week 1 tasks. To recap I watched a video clip on Web 2.0, very informative, and although my P.C. doesn’t have sound I don’t think it mattered; I filled in the survey, and then I set up a blog. I wasn’t too keen on using the ‘WordPress’ site – I didn’t find it very intuative – which may partly explain why I set my blog up with the wrong name! – but no worries as Dave P. sorted this out for me (Thanks Dave!).  I also set up for myself e-mail accounts on Yahoo and Google, and made sure I made a note of the login details!

I finally have my own blog! How exciting (and scary!)

I am really looking forward to increasing my IT knowledge by ’25 Things’ over the next few weeks.  Also a bit apprehensive that there will be ‘Things’ that I will struggle to understand – but I have my Daniel watching over me so I’ll keep smiling what ever!