Let’s say you’re teaching a web design or digital photography lesson. You’ve made all your plans, you’re ready to go, but you have one problem – you didn’t sign up early enough to use the computer lab that has Adobe Photoshop installed on the computers. There’s still a lab available, but those computers are so old that they won’t even run a current version of Photoshop. So what do you do? Well you could reschedule, but do you have a plan B to be working…Continue Reading “myImager.com and FlamingText.com”
You have a report to write on the Vietnam War. No problem, you did your work. You found your references – all six of them. Wait … six? You thought you only needed five! Well you’d better think fast, your report’s due tomorrow morning and it’s already midnight. What do you do? Well you could try a Google search, but even the best search engine is hit or miss sometimes. No, your best bet is to use an encyclopedia. What, your edition of Encyclopedia Britanica…Continue Reading “Wikipedia”
For those of you that didn’t know, a “Podcast” is halfway between a blog and a radio program. In fact, most podcasters also maintain blogs that show similar content. They are easy to record and upload, where a special RSS aggregator then downloads the recording to your computer, iPod, or any device that can play MP3 files. (It’s just called a PODcast because iPods dominate the market and it’s a derivative of “BROADcast.”) Podcasts have two things going for them. First, because they’re saved as…Continue Reading “Podcasting”
Yesterday I mentioned RSS feeds, so today I thought I would describe them in more detail. RSS stands for Really Simple Syndication. It’s sort of like html code, but different in some key ways. Mainly, with RSS feeds the content comes to you rather than you going to the content. If a web site has an RSS feed option, you’ll see a little link or button that says “XML,” “RSS,” “Syndicate this site,” “Atom,” or something like that. (The feed URL for this site is…Continue Reading “RSS Feeds”
What do you do when you find a website you like? Why, bookmark it, of course! But wait, what if you’re in a lab and there’s no guarantee you’ll be on the same computer again? Or perhaps your a teacher using a shared computer in the teacher’s lounge? Or what if you want to visit the same site from home and from school? Well, you could always copy the sites’ addresses down by hand on a scrap of paper, but if your handwriting’s anything like…Continue Reading “Furl”
Your first web site is a step into the brave beautiful world of self publishing, where you can share your ideas, your masterpieces, and, dare I say it, your very soul with the world. Unfortunately, a lot of the so-called web page builders provided by the free hosting services out there leave a lot to be desired when it comes to customization. Lucky for you, web design isn’t too hard to learn thanks to web sites like Lissa Explains it All. (This is quite possibly…Continue Reading “Lissa Explains it All”
Not much to say this time. All I’ve got is this nifty java applet that demonstrates 2 point perspective. You can move the vanishing points and change the proportions of the rectangular prism in order to see how perspective influences the angles of the box.
You’re in a jam – your computer doesn’t work. It could be a virus, but then again maybe it’s something you accidentally configured wrong. Could it be that your software’s incompatible? Wait … is smoke supposed to come out of THERE?! Oh, if only your user manual didn’t read like it was written in a foreign language! Fear not gentle souls, for Leo Laporte is here! You may remember Mr. Laporte from the hit TechTV show, “Call for Help.” He’s also on the air in…Continue Reading “Leoville.com”