Tuesday, June 29, 2010

The cloud

After getting an iPad, the need for thinking about file management and storage becomes a necessity. Without a USB drive, and only 16 GB of storage, and without a natural file management system, some different storage method is needed. Enter cloud computing.

Monday, June 28, 2010

iPad – first impressions

I’ve gone and done it and ordered an iPad from Trade Me. Hand on heart I am not an early adopter, or an Apple fanboy.  I don’t have an iPhone let alone a mobile phone, don’t own a laptop.  But I do seem to go for products that are new or stand out from the crowd (I miss my Mini.  Damn you rust!).

But as the iPad is not yet available in New Zealand, I did jump the gun a little by trawling through the dozens of trademe listings for the best looking deal. This in itself was revealing. I did a keyword search and found the category Apple>Computers>iPads, and thought this category would have all the iPads. However, after ordering it, I found others listed under mobile phones. These have since either been sold or moved, but “what is an iPad for?”, and what category it fits in, is an ongoing debate online. I think it’s fair enough calling it a computer; it’s certainly not a phone. Some of the detractors have called it a giant iPod touch, which I think is actually a bit of a complement rather then an insult.
I’ve read so many reviews, so much positive and negative hype, the iPad is certainly provocative but it’s hard to know what to believe. So it was great to finally grab hold of an iPad and work give it a go.

Thursday, June 24, 2010

M-learning

Earlier this year I attended an M-libraries symposium held at Victoria University Library.

It was advertised as a full day of activities with “presentations, showcases and workshops of m-learning in action with critical focus on library planning, implementation and delivery will be highlights of each symposium.”

What it transpired to be was a series of lectures, with some audience interaction, by a m-learning expert from Canada. It did not focus on libraries, in fact it was more an introduction to the issues and challenges in introducing m-learning to learning institutions, not something the mainly librarian crowd could really comment usefully on, but it is an important issue and something that librarians should be engaged with. I would have loved to have seen a more diverse audience of educators who had a role in shaping the way learning is delivered, but we tried to make up for it by thinking like a bunch of educators, which in fact, is what librarians are.

Monday, June 14, 2010

Writing a disclaimer

I’ve realised that my blog doesn’t have a disclaimer. Now I do wonder if a disclaimer is even necessary but it’s probably better to be safe then sorry. Not wanting to reienvent the wheel I thought there'd be a good online disclaimer that would inspire me. There were some funny sites with these disclaimers I particularly liked:

"The opinions expressed herein are not necessarily those of my employer, not necessarily mine, and probably not necessary

The opinions expressed here are not those of my employer, my wife, my church, or myself... But they are the opinions of Elvis as revealed to me through the medium of my pet hamster, Lee Harvey Oswald...

The opinions expressed herein are those of absolutely everyone at National Instruments: the management, staff, stockholders, their spouses, children, dogs, and cats. In fact, everyone in Austin also agrees. No, make that Texas."

Some more regular disclaimers can be found here

So using these as my inspiration I’ve cobbled together this below:

This is a personal weblog. The opinions expressed here represent my own and not those of my employer. These posts are a snap-shot of my thinking at a certain time, and my thoughts and opinions are subject-to-change. Comments belong to their authors and do not represent my own or my employer. I welcome comments but reserve the right to publish, or delete at my discretion.
Any comments would be appreciated!

Friday, June 11, 2010

5 minute review: Kobo ebook reader from Whitcoulls

Thanks to a member of staff, I had a welcome chance to see the first widely available ereader in New Zealand, the Kobo ereader, sold by Whitcoulls

I’ve had a chance to use several other ebook readers, and in comparison Kobo wins.

Why?