Monday, June 27, 2005
21st podcast - Does this mean it's "legal?"
New background music. The nice thing about GarageBand is anyone can arrange music. The down side is that ANYONE can arrange music. I hope my efforts don't disappoint.
Please, for the sake of those subscribing to your Furl or del.icio.us feeds, include comments with your links. Thank you.
A while back I complained about Ourmedia.org not working so well, but made sure to mention that they were in fact alpha testing their service so improvements were almost a given. Well, it's now better than ever with an almost instant submission turnaround time. Combine this with the fact that all Ourmedia.org content shows up on Archive.org and I think I've found my new podcast host. :)
Posted by Aaron Smith at 11:04 PM
Monday, June 20, 2005
20th podcast - one more and it can drink, even though I don't.
Weblogg-ed discussed inappropriate sites, so I do too.
PodcastAwards.com - Another podcast popularity contest. Thanks to Steve Dembo for pointing it out.
Bud the Teacher talked about fanfiction, something I used to make a lot of years ago.
Posted by Aaron Smith at 11:05 PM
Friday, June 10, 2005
19th podcast - one more and it'll no longer be a teenager.
Congratulations to Steve Dembo of teach42.com fame, he recently got hired as a kindergarten teacher for a charter school. Steve, does that mean you'll change your podcast description to "musings of a kindergarten teacher?"
iKnowThat.com - I've only just barely scratched the surface of this site, and I already like it. They have plenty of "games," but they all have an educational nature too them. Registration is free and VERY fast, activities are organized by subject, and a "Teacher Guide" is included to let you know the grade appropriate objectives for each activity.
Art Club - We've hit some snags, but we're working on it.
Posted by Aaron Smith at 6:07 PM
Tuesday, June 07, 2005
18th podcast ... does that mean it can vote? ... most likely not.
School ends on Friday! So, how many educators will continue to blog/podcast over the summer?
Making Stuff - A great blog that documents one woman making all kinds of cool crafts. Reading her stuff really inspires me.
Artboy - This site has all kinds of content, but I mention it because of it's podcast: Strange Angels. Think of it as the internet version of NPR's Art & Culture segments.
Education Podcast Network - Another wonderful education resource by David Warlick. This site organizes educational podcasts by category.
Posted by Aaron Smith at 11:08 PM
Wednesday, June 01, 2005
Can you believe this is my 17th podcast? ... yeah, so can I.
Of course the best way to be secure online is to buy a Mac, but that's not an option for everyone so I've compiled some tips to help out those of us still using Windows.
By the way, if you're already a Technology Coordinator or fan of Leo Laporte's you can probably just skip over this. The whole podcast is really for the less technical members of my listener base.
- Explorer (as well as AOL's web browser, which is essentially the same as Explorer) is inherently flawed. Use them for System Updates because you have to, but for everything else you should switch to Firefox of your web browser of choice. It's less vulnerable to spyware and virus attacks and even has a built in pop-up blocker! Mac users get a lot of the same features with Safari, although I must admit I really like the beta version of Camino.
- Get yourself a good firewall. There are a number of software options that are quite good (Microsoft XP's built in firewall software isn't so hot, Macintosh's is a little more decent), but nothing beats a good old fashioned router. If you're using a router, whether wireless or otherwise, you've already got a hardware firewall.
- Firewalls don't block everything, (if they did, you wouldn't be able to get online!) so you also need a decent antivirus. Some people swear by Norton, others like McAffe (I think AOL has this built in now), Leo Laporte swears by NOD32, and still others prefer the free version of AVG since it's ... well ... free. Two things to remember though: A) An antivirus that isn't updated regularly might as well not even be there. and B) Antivirus programs don't play well together, so only have one on your system at a time.
- Ok, so now we have a decent browser, a firewall, and an antivirus. You should be secure, right? So why do you still have all those pop-up windows?!?! The problem is that you could still have spyware on your computer. Using Firefox may protect you from some of these, but they can still get in and antivirus programs don't usually check for them. THe purpose of most spyware programs (their creators will insist that they be called "adware," not "spyware") is to saturate you with advertisements, from which they make a pretty penny. Besides being annoying they can also mess up your bookmarks or in many cases really screw up your system. Luckily there are three decent anti-spyware programs you can get for free that (unlike antiviruses) really do play nice with each other. If you don't have them already, you should go and download the free versions of AdAware, Spybot Search and Destroy, and Microsoft's own anti-spyware program. Each one will catch spyware programs that the others won't catch, so you should install at least two of them if not all three.
- By the way, are you keeping your system updated? Security holes are being discovered and patched every month, so you really have no excuse not to make sure you have all the patches installed. I even have to do this with my Mac, and Firefox had some problems recently. You see, as soon as a patch comes out hackers around the world look at it and discover flaws they didn't know were there. If you don't install the patch then you're vulnerable to whatever flaws the update was made to fix. Bottom line: updates are good.
Well that covers most of the basics right there. If you want more information you can always go to Leo Laporte's Tips Section. That's where I learned most of the stuff I spouted off just now. Until next time, fare thee well!
Posted by Aaron Smith at 11:09 PM