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Archive for September, 2007

Google Docs in Plain English

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Latest installment of Lee Leefever’s plain English series, Google Docs in Plain English. Although it’s a ‘client’ production (for the Google Docs team), but it’s worth watching and definitely worth sharing with the people who yet to get the concept of online office.

BTW : Google launched a basic PowerPoint clone that lets you create Presentations inside the web browser. Other than creating presentations from scratch, you can also upload your existing PPT slide-set into Google PowerPoint.

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September 18th, 2007 at 9:34 am

deliGoo : Search del.icio.us bookmarks with Google Power!

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If you are like me, using del.icio.us for a long time, bookmarked more than 10000 articles and things over there and whole place is just looking messy, despite of strict rituals of tagging properly – you might just need this : deliGoo

Install this Firefox extension, and you can search not only your bookmarks and their descriptions, but the text of the pages that they point to as well.

deliGoo will analyze your del.icio.us account and create a Google Custom Search Engine, then use it to search the contents of every site for a match.

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September 17th, 2007 at 7:07 am

Gathering and Analyzing User Data

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A nice article by Rachel Hinman of Adaptive Path :  Demystifying Data Analysis on the art and science of gathering and analyzing the user data by a very low-tech toolkit of post-it notes.

The first thing all guests on Clean Sweep [Television Show] do is unload the contents of their home onto their front lawn. This is effective for two reasons: 1) It forces people to face the madness and take a good hard look at all their stuff and 2) It presents “the stuff” in an apples-to-apples format. Similarly, because the data from field research is often in disparate forms (video tapes, transcripts, digital photos, etc.), it’s important to present data in an apples-to-apples format by transforming it into something tangible and visible. Only then can you take a good hard look at everything that’s been collected and start making choices about what is important.

Via Maish. He added

I usually wiki my notes from an interview. This gives my team an opportunity to review the notes and add in any missing pieces or new insights. Next, I go through the notes and highlight the ones that matter to the project. Then I collect all the highlights and present them with supporting notes. But I like the ‘Emerging Insights’ theme that Hinman uses to present her findings. It makes the presentation more direct and appealing.

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September 17th, 2007 at 6:52 am

del.icio.us links for 2007-09-14

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September 14th, 2007 at 8:23 am

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Web tools for critical thinking : a Mindmap

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Harold followed up an old post by Dave Pollard on Critical Thinking and re-created the concept with a new perspective of today’s Web tools, through a simple and elegant mindmap :  Web tools for critical thinking

May I add web based collaborative MindMaps too?

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September 13th, 2007 at 3:50 am