One of my personal resolutions for 2006 is to be less sloppy with tagging and organize my rss feeds.
I use newsgator for my Cambodian feeds and wanted to consolidate and organize in bloglines. So, had to figure out if there was a way to export them from newsgator and import into bloglines. You have to save the "OPML" file from program onto your hardrive and then upload/import it into the other. However, I had a heck of time finding how to do that in newsgator because the interface isn't intutitive or I'm stupid.
Luckily they have fairly quick email tech support. Here's the instructions for later.
To export your NewsGator Online OPML:
1) Sign in to NewsGator Web Edition. 2) Click the "NewsGtor Manager" tab. 3) Click "Edit Locations". 4) Under "NewsGator Web Edition" click "OPML" 5) On this page you will see your OPML URL. Right-click on it and choose "Save Target As" to save the file to your computer. Make sure you save the file with a .opml file extension.
If you're OPML is marked as "Private" which is the default, you may be prompted to enter your NewsGator Online user name and password.
One thing I hate about these two RSS readers is that you can easily organize on the fly which means I need better discipline.
Not too long ago, a researcher looking at early childhood and technology asked me for permission to include a reference to my post, "Mommy, what's a blog?" Today, I discovered the future: Miniscobleizer! Thus inspired, I started a group on flickr called nptechkids.
I really should be finishing up moving over my files, configurations, and last couple of software programs, but I started woolgathering instead. I found an article called "Ten Bloglines Hacks." There's a great hack to add "tag in delicious" instead of a clipping file and a pointer to a windows blogging client called elicit that I must compare with ecto. However, I can't see why anyone would want to read their feeds in Tivo!
The article describes how MoveOn is experimenting with flickr, believed to be the first political campaign to make use of flickr. The article points out that adhoc groups have formed on flickr to support photo sharing and organizing around political topics, but MoveOn's use of flickr is on a larger scale. They have been able to review, organize, and make available over 11,000 photos to members and flickr uses. They turned to flickr because their own internal system for sharing photos was not as robust or flexible. For example, being able to find sort through large amounts of photos to find the best ones. In March or April, they worked with Flickr to build their own system using Flickr's API.
The article describes the system and how it is working (very well). Also, some added benefits or outcomes for MoveOn, in particular,
Apart from being able to save server space and involve volunteers,
MoveOn’s engagement with Flickr has had some unexpected benefits that
come precisely from using a platform that is designed to push power to
the users. Kane recalls, “One of our campaigners wanted a slideshow of
photos from a recent action and was able to put it together himself,
just by selecting the tags he was interested in and using the Flickr
slideshow app.” He adds, “It's also made finding pictures for the
MoveOn homepage and other materials a snap -- MoveOn staff can easily
browse photos by campaign or time period.”
The article concludes with this thought:
The larger lesson for other organizations is this: As social networking sites like Flickr, del.icio.us (also just bought by Yahoo!), and MySpace
attract millions of users, it may make sense to go where the people
already are and start playing with the same tools, not only because
those tools may offer all kinds of benefits to the organization, but
also to see what unexpected benefits may engage people. What MoveOn is
doing with Flickr is just a beginning.
Imagine a software conga-line with floppies and CD-ROM's snaking around the computer and waving little hands. That is what's happening here today after wiping the hard drive and re-installing the operating system on the computer. Now I'm in the process of getting my software on and reorganizing god knows how many gigs of data that I've ported over from my old computer.
Meet Zarah Jane Almeida who works as a producer for Mlup Baitong's Environmental Advocacy Radio Program. She has been blogging about her work and life at Sreisaat Adventures in Cambodia since January, 2004. Born in Roxas City, known as the seafood capital of the Philippines, she graduated from the University of the Philippines with a degree in mass communications. She moved to Cambodia in April, 2000.
1. How and why did you find yourself in Cambodia?
Five years ago, after more than three years of working as a TV producer, I lost my enthusiasm for my work and resigned. My sister was working for an NGO as a volunteer agriculturist in Cambodia and encouraged me to take a job there.
2. Tell us about your work in Cambodia with the NGO, Mlup Baitong.
Mlup Baitong’s mission is to address the problem of deforestation in Cambodia, with a focus on educating the public on conservation of natural resources. I manage the over-all production of the radio program, attending production meetings and conducting in-house training for the local radio program staff so that they can take over my place after a period of time. It was difficult to learn to the language at first! Now, I enjoy working with my colleagues, traveling, searching for stories, interviewing people and listening to their stories and just interacting with them. Although I come from a different culture, it doesn't hamper my work. It is a benefit.
3. How does your NGO use technology to support your advocacy and education work?
Our organization gets feedback from listeners of our radio program via email and sms text messages. (I got an exchange deal with a local mobile phone company and they gave us a free dial number so that listeners can call in during the broadcast for free for one year.)
After broadcast, we re-edit the material and distribute for pagoda broadcasts in the provinces during holy days. The monks broadcast it through the pagoda public address system, a rudimentary system composed of a cassette player connected to an amplifier. The monks help us with our environmental education and advocacy work. I've written about this program on my blog and posted photographs on flickr.
The Community Forestry committee was also provided with a digital camera to aid them in documenting illegal activities that they've encountered during their regular patrols inside the forest. The pictures are very vital evidence when the committee members write reports to local authorities or our organization to seek assistance. The committee members of Community Forestry and Ecotourism projects were trained in basic computer skills and English language skills.
4. Tell us about your blog?
I started my blog with the main goal of keeping in touch with family, relatives and friends from far and wide. I want them all to know about my work in Cambodia, and life here in general. My Indonesian friend introduced me to blogging. Using chats, she taught me how to start a blog and upload pictures.
When I started to get lots of visitors, I realized why not blog more about my work with Mlup Baitong? Although my blog is primarily for family and friends, I am inspired to read comments left by visitors saying that they learn more and something different about Cambodia’s environment.
The WorldWideHelp Group would like you to join us in Remembrance Week. It's designed to remember the one-year anniversary of the Tsunami as well as the other major disasters that stroke our world during the year. They want to use the energy and power of the online community that came to together to help people impacted by these disasters and remind us that people are still suffering.
Okay, I can't help but think about the famous Australian line, "Now that's a knife."
Mal Booth, Head of Research Centre, at the Australian War Memorial Museum comes word of museum podcasting from down under ...
We've just ventured out for the first time into podcasting. These are designed to accompany a 'treasure trail' in our museum over summer (in the southern hemisphere). They are our first shot at it and I don't think many if any others down here have tried, so subscribe or have a listen. (I like the podcasts MoMA Audio do and we've used them as a bit of a role model, even though we are a history museum.)
We recorded them so that would best be enjoyed on an MP3 player in front of the object in the museum, thus tying the website and its content to actual visitors. So, they don't include basic material about these objects that can be found in the text panels or the displays themselves.
This raises a question in my mind as to whether any museums are or will create podcasts for virtual visitors or just as a tool for actual, real-time visitors?
Every 5 years or so, I'm forced to upgrade computer before it dies or becomes so slow I'm not productive. I've been doing that since I owned my first PC (286) in 1984. I try to get a machine that will be workhorse for at least five years. I usually purchase in the fall when Dell and others will negotiate prices with you. Then spend some down time during the holidays migrating from the old computer to the new.
Each upgrade cycle, it has gotten more and more difficult because the amount of data I keep and the number of must-have software and the tweaking. Or maybe I'm just getting old ...
This whole year I found myself thinking about switching to a Mac - after twenty plus years of being a PC user. I decided, in the end, that it would have been too expensive and because my home office has a LAN that I share with my husband who is a PC user - and for the sake of our marriage we decided not share a cross-platform LAN. Maybe in 2010 well both switch!
So, this year, my new, bigger and faster computer arrived in early December just when I was packing my bags to go to London for the GV Summit. It sat in the box for three weeks during the holiday rush and December work deadlines. Why couldn't I open that box? Did I really want to subject myself to changing my work habits when I'm under pressure to get things done? What new challenges would await me when I opened that box? Will it be a plug and play experience or will my children ask me why I'm using the "f" word so much?
How will I ever make migrating all my software, tweaks, customizations, configuration info, etc. as efficient as possible so I can start the new year ready to roll?
The first couple of steps are done:
- Set up switch box so I can bounce back and forth from my old system to new system from one monitor and keyboard. - Create the master list of what needs to be ported over or installed on new system (config. info, software owned, software downloaded, files) - Identify what config info can be exported/imported - Think about file folder structure and how to improve on new system -- since I've been using tagging, my file folder and document naming habits have gotten totally sloppy. I have 20 years of files on my hard drive - honestly. Do I really need all that? - Research the trick your IPOD music collection can live on different computers or at least be copied over. - Identify what software won't work on the 64 bit system and find alternatives (esp. virus software) - Identify - roughly the priority order of moving things over and getting operational - Set a deadline for moving the old computer downstairs to the playroom and setting up with educational software that is age appropriate for Harry and Sara. They won't care if the computer is slow.
Getting started ....
It was a little annoying to learn that 64-bit virus protection option from Norton was the corporate version with a minimum license purchase being a ten-pack at $50 per license. This is progress from six months ago and noted here. However, got a tip that they might approve a one-license purchase and to call about it (1-800-721-3934). So as not to be totally unprotected, I grabbed anti-virus software from AVAST because the home version is free and if I can't get a one-license deal from Norton, perhaps professional versional version of AVG is best. No, I'm not regretting not buying the Mac and only a little regretting the 64-bit xp.
The priority to get operational was my email and firefox so I could blog and get email. What does that say? I experienced culture shock with Outlook because the interface for Outlook200 and Outlook2003 are very different, but it appears to be mostly cosmetic.
Hmm ... this is liberating .... I can discard some rules, unsubscribe from lists, and reorganized folders and task categories ... yes, this is going to be slow. Thank god you can export/import rules and pst files! Also need to get plaxo running and decide whether or not I need spambayes or just the Outlook junk filter. Advice? And of course, have to dig up my GTD notes on how to customize outlook tasks -- haven't got that memorized.
Hmm ...this is going take a long time ...
First impression ... I'm totally happy with the bigger flat monitor - it's larger than my previous monitor and better resolution. Hey, I might not need the stronger prescription for reading glasses after all ...
Update: I have decided that Windows xp-64 is not worth it and after some back and forth with tech support learn that it doesn't come automatically shipped with new computers -- special request. So, this is was a big mistake on their part. So, now I'm going to wipe the hard drive and go back to Windows XP 32-bit. I raised hell with customer care and am awaiting some compensation .....
I met Katy Pearce via the Global s and I'm going to participate in her blog mentoring project and you can too!
Here's the description:
Interested in developing the worldwide blogosphere? Like working with young people?
We are looking for bloggers from around the world to be a blogging mentor for 1 week sometime in February, March, April or May 2006.
The project, Young Caucasus Women, is a group blog for young women from the Caucasus region (Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia). The young women will be given a topic to blog on each week, although they are welcome to blog on any topic throughout the week.
We need bloggers to blog on a specific topic on Sunday, hence inspiring the young women's blog entries. The topic and week need to be determined at least month in advance.
Then throughout the week, the adult mentor blogger would need to comment on the young women's blog postings.
THAT'S IT - simple, yet a project with a lot of impact.
You don't need any background in the region. Just be culturally sensitive, have a topic that would be of interest to international young women and have a blog. We'd love to have English language bloggers from around the world.
Interested or know someone who is? Contact katy (at) katypearce (dot) org for more information.
There are almost NO blogs written by national individuals living IN-COUNTRY in the Caucasus. Generally blogs are written by ex-pats or diasporas. The students participating in this project are high school aged foreign exchange students currently in the US. The hope is that they will continue blogging once they return home in the summer of 2006.
The immediate aims of the project are:
To highlight the similarities and learn about the differences between young women in these neighboring countries.
To promote citizen journalism in developing countries as an alternative to mainstream media.
To promote weblogs as a method of democratic expression.
To expose young women to journalism and technology.
I met Lucy Hooberman, of BBC R&D at the Global s London Summit where I learned about her pledge on pledgebank. (There was a lunchtime presentation of pledgebank).
I, Lucy Hooberman, will mentor a minimum of two people in the developing world in the area of my skills base and expertise (media, communications, broadcasting , democratic media building, participatory media, community video). I will do this for free for a minimum of six months (in my free time). The mentoring will be in person or via email/skype and the mentoring connections will be established by a website and database that I am willing to take responsibility for creating but only if 250 other people will mentor a minimum of two people in their skills.'
I signed up, but in a email this morning Lucy needs 47 more pledges to go! So, if this mentoring project strikes your interest - sign up!
Why are we holding a sign that says "Buy Made in Cambodia Clothes?"
Cambodia has become a big player as a garment exporter by passing labor laws, providing decent conditions in factories, offering benefits we take for granted in us (vacation, maternity leave, paid overtime) and working with socially responsibility companies that sell clothing.
Now that the Multifiber Agreement (a vast package of tariffs and quotas that had the effect of keeping China’s garmnent industy in check) has been eleminated, sweatshop free is expensive and less competitive.
So, take a look at those "Made In" labels in your closet and consider it when you're out shopping for clothing. If you are wearing "Made in Cambodia," feel good because it was probably made by a woman (garment workers are mostly female) in good working conditions and being paid livable wages.
I had the pleasure of sitting next to Dina Mehta, a blogger from Indian and fabulous person. She posted this about the Menu for Hope, a little fundraiser by food blogger, to help people affected by the earthquake in Northern India and Pakistan. I love seeing how grassroots fundraising translates to blogs. Even better, according to a comment, they've raised $5,600 so far. I'm going over to donate -- entry level donation is $5.