Last week my superintendent came to me to after our last board meeting and said that the board was interested in holding paperless meetings. There is a vendor with a product specifically for this process, but I told him I’d also explore other options. So, for my meeting with my school tech coordinators on Thursday, … Continue reading Going Paperless with Google Docs
Sometime over the summer, and apparently without enough fanfare for it to ping my sonar, Google announced a new “search by image” service. The idea is that you can either upload an image file, or post a link to an online image, an Google will go out and search either for matches to that image, images that are “visually similar”, or if the image can be identified, links to information about that image. I finally got a few spare minutes to take a look, so I decided to try a few experiments.
Only recently did this new service come to my attention. My fellow Flickr photographer Eric Morris, aka The Rested Traveler, had posted a link on his Facebook page to a blog post where the writer used the image search to see if his images had been used without his permission. Having been the victim of photo theft before, I thought this was a good starting point. Continue reading “Google Image Search”
Yahoo is in trouble. That’s not news as it’s been going on for several years now, but it seems to be spiraling out of control even more. This week they announced a 4% reduction in their global workforce. Along with that they have announced the elimination of several popular services, including the social bookmarking site, … Continue reading The Perils of Cloud Computing
Yesterday Google rocked the eBook world by announcing its entry into the market. Their approach is to host everything in the cloud, and all access would be remote. The upside would be that your books are available on any device. The downside would be that you would have to be constantly connected to read them. There’s supposed to be a download option, but I haven’t read up enough on it. In fact, I’m not going to talk about the new service at all (apart from that brief introductory statement.) I’ll let the rest of the blogosphere do that, and perhaps follow up later. Instead, today I’d like to focus on what Google’s been doing all along with it’s Google Books service.
For whatever reason, I really hadn’t paid much attention to everything that was available in Google Books. It was something I knew about and had used on rare occasion. Lately I’ve been exploring it in depth, and I’m really impressed by all the tools available for research and reading. I’ve hinted at this in the last couple of posts, but this time I’ll take one book and put it through its paces. Continue reading “Google Books Explored”
Google has released two cool new products this week. First, there is a major update to the user interface for Street View. The transitions between scenes are much smoother, and it reminds me of Microsoft’s Photosynth technology. One gets the feeling of looking around corners, and actually being immersed in the environment. For a good example, take a look at Times Square in New York.
As cool as this is, I’m even more excited about the public release of Google Squared, a new search product that creates tables for search results. I had mourned the demise of Google Notebook, and haven’t really played around with Search Wiki, which is supposed to replace it. This new product is an excellent tool for research and comparison. Continue reading “Google Squared”
The number of libraries, museums, and other organizations that are putting their historic photos on Flickr is growing. Add to that number the New York Public Library. As it turns out, these organizations are part of a larger Flickr endeavor called The Commons. This includes the Smithsonian, Library of Congress, Brooklyn Museum, and Eastman House, … Continue reading The Commons
Google has partnered with Time/LIFE to make a massive collection of images available online through the Google Image Search funtcion. The announcement was made on the Official Google Blog today. This collection includes film, negatives, and even glass plates dating back as far as 1750, which have been digitized and are now hosted by Google. … Continue reading That’s LIFE
Fall is particularly busy for Laura and me. Between Furman football, concerts, reunions, birthdays, and festivals our weekends get pretty crazy. Our old strategy to bring some semblance of order was to jot down our various events on a calendar in our kitchen – functional, but not useful if I’m someplace other than our kitchen … Continue reading Working with Google Calendar
I’ve just been playing with Google Notebook, and I’m thoroughly impressed. I find this to be even better than Del.icio.us or Diigo for collecting and annotating websites. First you need a Google account (easy enough to sign up for, and it’s free.) I added a Google Notebook box to my iGoogle page. To make it … Continue reading Google Notebook – the Perfect Online Research Tool?