Cogdogroo is an absolutely fantastic wiki by Alan Levine about how to tell stories/deliver presentations using Web2.0 tools – he starts of with this version of the Cinderalla story as a demonstration of how not to do it, (though I have to say I think it’s rather good).

He then goes to on to deliver a workshop on “50 Web2.0 Ways to Tell a Story” – great tips on “prompts”, what you can do if you’re stuck about what to say; and then goes straight into doing it.

Why is it called “50 Web2.0 Ways to Tell a Story”? Because, having outlined the story he’s going to tell (the story of Dominoe), he then goes on to recreate it (gulp) using 50 of the on-line presentation tools available now – everything from photo slideshows to timelines to video mashups and beyond. He gives a brief review of the services as he goes – good stuff. The quickest way to look through it is to check his Webslides (that way you’ll also see which services aren’t working at the moment :)

Zamzar – file conversion

Zamzar is an online service that converts a humongous number of different file formats – it’s worth trying out if someone sends you an attachment that you can’t open – or you need to convert between different office/av/audio/multimedia formats.

The caveat is that it shouldn’t be used to convert confidential files/documents, as the converted file is left on their servers on a publicly accessible page for a day (it’d be pretty unlikely that anyone would find it, but still.)

where’s the soap?

I’ve been looking at the Google Custom Search feature, this allows you to setup a search page that will use Google to search only the sites/resources that you specify – pretty neat. What moves it into the “seriously useful” category is a gadget, available here, which allows you to tell it to automatically use the sites listed on your blog roll or links page as the resource list it will target. Since you’ve already selected those links for relevance – you get a focussed “deep” look into them for about 60 secs work (that’s how long it took to do) – or it would have done, but…. Continue reading

One Laptop Per Child, Reviewed by a 12-Year-Old

And a very articulate 12 year old at that. Reading through the comments it appears s/he is reviewing the Beta2 version, which may explain their experience of the machine as being “slow”; and s/he criticises the battery life, but otherwise it’s a favourable review. Pictures of the OLPC can be found here and a history of the project (including criticisms) can of course be found on Wikipedia.