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I've recently noticed that I'm getting quite a lot of visitors who have been searching for information on the Acer Aspire One (AAO) and its capabilities, so thought it would be useful to write a review of my experiences to date to address some of these queries. If you would like any further information or want me to test something on the AAO please e-mail me and I'll do my best to help. I've had my AAO (A150-Bw model) for a few months now and have tested it in a number of different circumstances. I've taken it to my study school...

Are you sometimes afraid to open your RSS reader as you know you will be met by a shockingly large amount of unread items? Up until recently, I was - I particularly noticed it when I didn't check my RSS feeds as frequently as usual back in October when I waspreparing for my interview, finishing my Diploma, and then went to Florida for 2 weeks . When I opened it up again after the break, I had thousands of unread items and found myself flicking through most of them with little interest. I started to look at Google Reader's Trends to...

[caption id="" align="alignnone" width="500" caption="New Year Celebrations in London (from i is Ashby on Flickr)"][/caption] Firstly, I hope any readers who celebrate have had a wonderful Christmas season and enjoyed the break - I certainly have. It's given me chance to see family, spend time at home relaxing with my boyfriend and our kittens, catch up on sleep, do some cross-stitching (for next year's Christmas cards!) and learn a bit of Photoshop. As it's the last day of the year I thought I'd take the opportunity to reflect back on the year and look forward to 2009. 2008 has been quite a big...

I forgot to mention this on the blog - I received my results for my final assignment a few weeks ago and I've had them confirmed so I have now successfully completed my Diploma! :) I'm still keen to continue to Masters level and my plan is to concentrate on my dissertation next year. I'm still not 100% sure what the dissertation will be based on but I'd definitely like to do something with new technologies. I've recently put in a project proposal for running a Learning 2.0/23 Things programme at work which I've been wanting to do for ages. I feel...

I've recently come to realise just how important aesthetics and usability are in all websites, including electronic databases. Having a web designer boyfriend means I recognise the importance of design and usability in the corporate world, but it's become apparent that it's also important in the academic world. I'm interested in web design and particularly usability of web interfaces and had been reading a Visual Design for the Modern Web (well recommended for those interested in the basic principles of designing an effective website). The book has some particularly interesting sections on user interfaces and navigation. Not long after reading the book, I...

Yesterday I attended the Mashed Libraries Unconference held in London. There were around 25 participants in the event - mainly from the UK, although one had even come all the way from Germany (an ExLibris representative). Most people were library techy people, many from systems departments in academic libraries. There were also quite a few not so techy people like myself there though, and although some of the programming went way over my head, there was a lot to be learned and some interesting things that were not so difficult to achieve. We started the day with some short presentations about mashups...

Apologies for the lateness of this post, ILI08 was now over a month ago but since then finishing my Diploma, going to the States, and starting my new job have taken priority. Now things have calmed down a little, I've got chance to write the post I promised. The day itself, the journey, the venue After leaving home at an unearthly hour and being ill on the train down to London (maybe marshmallow flavoured Rice Crispies Squares aren't such a good idea at 4am!), I got to the Novotel just before 8am. As it was the final day of the conference, I...

This post follows on from an earlier post about the use of Facebook Pages for Libraries. There have been a number of further developments since then both internally and externally. Internally, our Facebook page has gradually increased interest in terms of the number of fans it has. We currently have over 200 fans - not a massive amount but not bad without any formal marketing yet. I've had verbal feedback from some students who feel it is a good way to be kept up-to-date with Learning Centre services and resources as they use Facebook regularly. I'll be writing a progress report...

I've spent the last two weeks in Orlando, Florida and thoroughly enjoyed it. I have been across to the States before but it was a few years ago now and I visited Washington DC, Boston, and New York City. Visiting Orlando was very different, everywhere was very flat and things were definitely a lot more tourist oriented. As this was purely a personal holiday, you may think its unlikely that I can relate my experiences at Disney to my work in an academic library. However, something which really stood out to both myself and my partner was the excellent service we...

When I first starting using RSS feeds a couple of years ago, I used Google Reader and had a widget on my iGoogle page which I used to read my feeds. As my collection of feeds grew and I switched to Pageflakes as a homepage, I decided to move my feeds into Bloglines. I'd heard a lot of positive things about Bloglines and I certainly wasn't disappointed - the interface worked well and I just found that I gelled with it. I even wrote a blog post about how great it was last year. I have been using Bloglines Beta and...