March 17, 2007

Does anyone really give a shift?

Happy St. Pat's everyone!

So, today's entry isn't really a "tech tip" but it is something tech related and goes along with why it is important to stay on the cutting edge--or at the very least--informed. (See, I'm *not* really wasting my time surfing the web for hours on end! Well, I guess it depends where I'm surfing for those hours on end, right?) Check out this video and I'd love to know if shift happens to you...

Credit goes to "The Fischbowl" Blog, by Karl Fisch of Arapahoe High School in Colorado ( and Scott McLeod's revisions

March 7, 2007

Web Expert, Ian Stanley, Joins Whitman Blog Team

This is my first entry, so I’ve been crawling the web looking for good examples of what I want to do for my first entry. As far as I can tell, bloggers usually give a little bio info (you know, to establish their credibility) and then some background info (to give context to their periodic musings). It’s my understanding that you, as dutiful blog readers, should post comments to let me know what you’re thinking (about what I said), or to guide me with future topics, corrections, etc.

Here’s my attempt at fulfilling my end of the bargain:

Who am I?
I’m 29 years old and live and work in the north San Francisco Bay Area. I am a member of On the Verge Group 4 (and if you want to know all of the goods on me from that angle, you can check me out here). I work as the Coordinator of Education and Employment for a youth Emancipation Center (as in emancipating from Foster Care, Group Homes and/or Probation). As all of us that work for non-profits know that our job duties are not limited to our job title. I also coordinate my non-profit’s technology and infrastructure (which includes 7 Intel Processor iMacs/printers, a networked hard drive for shared storage space and a networked copier/laser printer). I’m new to the cult of Mac, but learning (and loving it) quickly. My expertise is in Window’s PC’s and networking. My computer love began back in the early 90s with a programming class (my love of software) I took in high school and then when I dismantled our family home computer and had to get it back together and working (hardware) before my mom and dad found out. The rest is history.

My Goal
I’ll be using this space to share fantastic tech and net finds with you, my fellow non-profit techies (or wannabe techies). My hope is to focus on practical technology that is neither too advanced nor too expensive.

Preview of what’s to come
So, you want a taste of the goods I’ll share? Bon appétit:

Netfinds (useful sites to share)
Jyngle: “a mobile and online messaging service that helps you easily share information with groups of people.”
As someone who works with youth and groups of youth on a regular basis over the past eight years, I’ve come to learn that the much hyped next generation might be online all the time, but they sure don’t check (or reply to) their email very much (well, unless its some JUICY gossip). Solution? Well it may very well be Jyngle—sign up for a free account, and then you can send group voicemail messages or text messages. It’s much more likely that the youth you’re trying to get a hold of will get your message (their phone numbers change so much less often than their email).
Bonus: if you’ve ever got a song stuck in your head that you don’t know, try Hum into your computer’s mic and it will tell you what

Webdef (new lingo you should know)
Web 2.0: any of a host of user-friendly, interactive, “next generation” websites that facilitate collaboration or info sharing, especially among social groups and/or other websites—especially if they use Flash animation/technology. (i.e.: Gmail integrates Google email, calendar, documents and chat; MySpace integrates a whole social community w/ job listings, video, music, chat and, of course, the ability to comment about how cute/dorky your friend looks in that picture) For more on Web 2.0, check out the web2.0 directory.

Until next time.