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Lookout Searches Outlook and Files

Posted by: leelefever on March 3, 2004- 4:00pm

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OK, I'm pretty psyched about Lookout. It's a search bar for Outlook: If you use Newsgator, you'll need to install a patch. Found the fix in the Lookout support forums (notice the RSS feed for the forums- they're going to be on most forums soon.) Via: Scobelizer

New Tool: Create RSS Feeds via Email

Posted by: leelefever on February 1, 2004- 4:00pm

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As many of you may know- RSS is a way for you to "subscribe" to a web site so that you are notified whenever something new is posted. More and more sites are creating RSS "feeds" that allow you to subscribe to them without providing an email address. You need a newsreader to "subscribe".(More on RSS basics here) This entry will describe how you can create an RSS feed and then post information to the feed by sending an email to a specific address. Robin Good pointed me to a new tool tool that... Continue Reading

Web Conferencing Jungle Tour

Posted by: leelefever on December 17, 2003- 4:00pm

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I went into the jungle today with a group of folks led by Robin Good (aka Luigi Canali De Rossi) of MasterNewMedia.org. Of course, the jungle is just a metaphor. It was a pretty incredible cross-platform experience that led us through a number of web conferencing platforms. There were about 8-10 folks from all over the world- Italy, S. Africa, Portugal, US and Canada. Robin wanted to show us alternatives to expensive platforms like WebEx and the former PlaceWare- now Live Meeting. He... Continue Reading

NewsGator Rocks for RSS

Posted by: leelefever on November 20, 2003- 4:00pm

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So I'm just starting to use NewsGator for reading RSS feeds and so far I'm really impressed. I use Outlook to manage a lot of information and having the RSS feeds come into Outlook folders is key for me. I haven't really tried that many alternatives, but it's surely the best I've seen so far. I think it takes us one-step closer to having an tool that makes RSS easy for the non-geeks out there. If you're not sure what RSS is, go here.

NetScan's Graphical Analysis of Newsgroups

Posted by: leelefever on November 10, 2003- 4:00pm

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A while back I wrote about Marc Smith, Sociologist at Microsoft Research who is studying Usenet Newsgroups. I met and saw a presentation by Marc recently and I've been keeping up with NetScan- the tool they use to analyze newsgroups. I've been impressed with some of the ways they are graphically representing the growth and activity of the newsgroups over time. The screenshot below came from this TreeMap. It looks incredibly complex, but once you read the key, and view the whole thing, it... Continue Reading

Open Source Demo Directory

Posted by: leelefever on November 4, 2003- 4:00pm

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This site seems to be a good resources if you're looking to demo open source products. It has demos for Content Management Systems, Weblogs, Groupware, Forums, eLearning.  

Cool Tool: An IE Browser-Based Spell-Checker

Posted by: leelefever on August 5, 2003- 5:00pm

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ieSpell- Spell Checker for Input Text Boxes I'm going to use this little free tool- any time you use Internet Explorer to post a message, you can use this tool to check spelling. So handy... From the site... ieSpell is a free Internet Explorer browser extension that spell checks text input boxes on a web page. It should come in particularly handy for users who do a lot of web-based text entry (e.g. web mails, forums, blogs, diaries). Even if your web application already includes spell checking... Continue Reading

Web Conferencing Tools and Reviews

Posted by: leelefever on July 22, 2003- 5:00pm

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When I first started getting into online communities in the late 90's, I heard about David Woolley's Thinkofit.com as a resources for reviewing and linking to forum software tools. Since that time, David has continued to add onto the site and I was particularly interested to see that he has similar resources for Real Time Conferencing, also known as "web conferencing". Using these tools, people can participate in a conference call and view a presentation on their computer screen at the same... Continue Reading

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