Monday, June 9, 2014

Thing 3 - Utilities (23 Mobile Things program)

I really like Google Goggles.  I loaded it to my Galaxy S4 and did quite a number of tests on a variety of products in my office and for the most part it was able to search the text on the item and find me the product or information online.  A travel bottle of lotion from a hotel took me to the site where I could order more if I wanted.  An art print poster in my office of Buffalo Bill allowed me to find it online and order another copy if I wanted it.  Finally, I had a framed picture that didn't have a single word on it but using Goggles, I could find out what it was (though I was unable to find it to purchase again!)

The RedLaser Barcode & QR Scanner was the other utility that I utilized from the list.  Again, it seems to be geared towards smartphones so I while I could load have loaded it to my iPad, it would have been the iPhone version so I decided to load it to my Galaxy S4.  The app was easy to install and not too bad to navigate.  It isn't immediately apparent that you can scan QR codes but when I did scan them, most of the time they worked.  When I scanned a QR code, it would bring up a very basic screen that showed the web address and asked if I wanted to go to it.  Every code I scanned went to the correct website.

I tried RedLaser with an ISBN from a book on my shelf, Groundswell: Winning in a World Transformed by Social Technologies by Charlene Li.  It showed me costs for this item from a number of online sites, found it at a Barnes & Noble (and local libraries), and gave me reviews, etc.  I'm going to try this out with more products, etc. as I can see the value in it.

Decided to skip the StandApp as the reviews made it seem a bit glitchy and even though I could see the value, it felt like something that would get a bit out of control and I would probably end up ignoring or deleting.

Thing 2 - Mobile Device Tips (23 Mobile Things program)

I will be the first to admit I haven't utilize each and every device option available to me.  However, I do keep investigating and find new things.  I have a Samsung Galaxy S4 phone and utilizing some of the tips list, I found a few that to my liking.

I don't know why I did see this before, but you can enable voice commands for your camera on the Samsung Galaxy S4.  By turning these on, I can now say "Cheese" and it will take a picture.  You can also utilize "Record Video" to start the video going.

I'm also a big fan of the Air Gesture options.  On the S4, when you receive a call, you get this odd set of circles on the screen that you have to "swipe" either to the left or right (more of a "up & to the left" or "up & to the right") to answer a call.  Sometimes this isn't so good.  Another option is to enable the air gestures which allow you to wave your hand either to the left to reject a phone call or right to answer a phone call.

I do have an iPad and will take a look at the tips there.  We also have a Galaxy Note tablet at home so more to explore there.

Friday, January 17, 2014

Shaking off the dust: Thing 1 for 23 Mobile Things MN

But I'm a Librarian lives!

After nearly 5 years, I revived this old blog to participate in 23 Mobile Things MN.

This program, put together by the Minnesota Multitype Library Systems, brings us forward 5 years from the 23 Things on a Stick program.  Rather than focusing on just web-based applications that require an Internet browser, we've moved on and are talking about apps for devices like tablets, smartphones, and the like.  It's all about the mobile!

So, Thing 1 of this program is to have a blog (check) and get it register (check).  My goal is to really utilize more apps than I have been with my devices.  I have an Android phone, an iPad, and have access to an Android Tablet.

I'll also be one of several folks around the state, and several in the SELCO/SELS region, who will be cheering on participants in the program.

So, follow along with me here or via Twitter (#23ThingsMN).  Let me know what you think.

Friday, November 20, 2009

Maybe this blog lives?

A funny thing happened when I was looking at my Facebook profile this morning - I saw that I'd put in a link to this blog in there. Ah yes, this blog.

Well, as you can see, it has been a good long while since I've added anything to this space. Originally, I had set it up as part of participating in the 23 Things on a Stick program that was done by the Minnesota Multitype Library Systems back in 2008. I had good intentions.

But life and work got busy and this poor little old blog just got neglected. Oh, and now Facebook and Twitter have become so integrated into what I do with technology that a blog seems almost quaint.

However, I'm going to give it another try. Though it may be adding just one more thing onto the Web 2.0 mountain I've created, I feel like I need to try and do this. I can't guarantee that everything I write about will be spellbinding or even thought provoking, but I'm going to try it as an outlet.

Saturday, February 21, 2009

MTOAS - Thing 24

MTOAS, in case you're wondering, is my acronym for More Things on a Stick. I thought I'd use that plus "Thing #" when posting about the various things, rather than typing out that title every time. Call it lazy or call it indicative of my profession - we librarians LOVE acronyms. ILL, OCLC, OPAC, ILS, and so on we truly revel in using acronyms to have discussions.

So, Thing 24 of MTOAS asks us to refresh our blog. OK, I've brought it back to life, change some colors, and updated my profile a bit. I like my avatar so it's staying, but I may add some photos just because. I haven't kept up with this blog as I wanted to (good intentions and all) but will keep trying. I had a friend from high school and college tell me he'd read my blog previously so that is some motivation. Plus, one of the library directors from our region called me last week looking for some motivation to do MTOAS, so I figured I'd use that opportunity to get motivated.

I like the idea of blogging but always had the question in my mind of "what do I say on a blog." Well, I'm moving past that and will do many different things on here. I'll blog about MTOAS, library stuff, direct people to interesting things I found, and maybe sometimes just vent. If people want to read it, great. If not, no problem. I'm not looking to hand out advice, be an expert in anything, but want a place to just talk about things.

I'm very bad at following blogs - I've used feed readers that I quickly forget to check. I'm going to keep trying but I need to make a plan as to what I really want to follow. I guess I haven't found anything at this point that motivates me enough to follow it. I also don't comment much, although that may change with using Twitter (I comment sporadically on tweets) and Facebook, which is ALL about the comment.

Feel free to comment on my blog anytime about anything, even if it has nothing to do with the post. All I ask is that you be courteous. More later...

More Things on A Stick - Reviving this blog

Yes, this blog does still exist. I noticed that the only thing that has been updating on this thing is from Twitter. However, I'm motivated again to keep up blogging by joining the More Things on a Stick program for MN library staff. Maybe I'll actually finish this program, even though I have started using some of the things from the 23 Things on a Stick program that was the predecessor to More Things. Well, here goes nothing!

Monday, July 28, 2008

Thing 7, Part 4

I have done web conferencing over the last few years and have experienced some good ones but most have been mediocre at best. The web conference I participated in (although I had to cut it short due to back-to-back meetings) was done via MINITEX for the new EBSCOHost 2.0 interface. Have to admit it wasn't too bad. The software used was MS Office Live Meeting (Web Access). It has a number of features in it, including a chat function. You can chat with either the entire group in attendance (public) or individual attendees (private.) I did use the function at the very beginning just to say hello but didn't do private chat as I didn't know anyone on the list personally. There was a separate but similar function to send in a question to the person running the program. Again, didn't use this but could see this being less of distraction than asking the question on the phone. My only disappointment with these systems is the need to call a phone number to hear audio. I think that there are programs out there that don't require using the phone but most web conferencing seems to still hold onto that piece.

I have to say that the software evolution has been for the better. Certainly I've found less need to go through and test the software before I join the conference online. Most systems seem to handle this just fine. I do like offering this as an option to people to cut down on the need for travel to meetings. We've even tried it here at SELCO with some of our committee meetings with some success. We used GoToMeeting.