Sunday, September 21, 2008

CAL's Durango Days 2008 - Second Life @ Your Library

Lights were dimmed, chairs were adjusted, and the fun began! In a little over an hour, fellow librarians and I explored the basics of the virtual world Second Life, as well as the role of Libraries in SL. This great group asked a lot of questions and stimulated some good conversations.

This presentation also turned out to be my first "paid" gig. Upon registering, I received my nametag and an envelope containing a Starbucks gift card! Thanks, CAL, this is really a treat.

Don't hesitate to contact me if you have any questions, or are interested in joining us to create a Colorado Library presence in Second Life. You can view my presentation slideshow on Slideshare.

Sunday, September 7, 2008

Chrome as Feng Shui

The thing I like best about the new Google Chrome is it's sleekness. Very subtle. Very feng shui.


  • Combined Seach and Address Bar - Called the omnibar, type in a web address to directly visit a website OR type in search terms for a Google search page. Benefit: One place to go for two tasks, less clutter in the top toolbar.

  • Minimalist Toolbar - Just a few buttons along the top let you do everything you need. Benefit: Less clutter on the top means a bigger viewing screen.

  • One Click Away from Your Frequent Pages - Whenever you open a new tab, instead of seeing a blank page,links and page views of your top visited pages appear. Benefit: Open a new tab, and click where you need to go! No need for multiple 'home pages'.

Yes, I miss my add-ons. Especially my Fiend Feed Google Reader and Twitter tabs, and my Delicious/Diigo buttons. But the overall minimalist design and the built-in features of the browser make this a browser one to keep; less distractions and ease of use will increase the good energy in your happiness corner.