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The Elephant Flies, Soars (Pachyderm / Learning Object Dialogue Day) (January 31, 2004 09:16 AM)
The energy was electric yesterday at our system's first introduction to "Pachyderm" at our Pachyderm: Building Meaningful Content with Learning Objects Dialogue Day. The reaction to the potential of Pachyderm and the level of participation in the afternoon activities were beyond our wildest expectations. Much had to do with the... «more»
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"Type, Don't Click, URLs" sez Microsoft (January 31, 2004 07:23 AM)
Microsoft provides this "hard to believe someone wrote it seriously and they were not smoking crack" Knowledge Base article Steps that you can take to help identify and to help protect yourself from deceptive (spoofed) Web sites and malicious hyperlinks.. In a nutshell, the smart folks in Redmind suggest that... «more»
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This is the "Simple" Way to Build RSS? Yikes! (January 30, 2004 07:49 PM)
Building an RSS feed made simple" href="http://www.uberasp.net/getarticle.aspx?id=17">Building an RSS feed made simple came the link in my blog. Hmmm, we can alway use more simplicity...... «more»
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Motivating Drivers- One Person's Actions Drives Learning E-mail Filters (January 29, 2004 10:05 AM)
I've always had this fascination in the large scale effects from small points of change, punctuated equilbrium not just in evolution and white water rafter trips, but also in human nature (anyone with me on that one?) Actually, I was thinking about a vocal faculty member in our college system... «more»
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The Pachyderm is Coming to Town (January 29, 2004 09:30 AM)
No, this is not about the circus. Well, we hope not. Tomorrow (Jan 30) is our Pachyderm: Building Meaningful Content with Learning Objects Dialogue Day event for about 70 registered participants from our colleges, held at Paradise Valley Community College (our "Dialogue Days" are one day special events, workshops, etc... «more»
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Conversing with Symantec E-mail Virus Bouncebacks (January 29, 2004 07:01 AM)
This morning's unwanted, unwarranted, un-necessary e-mail virus bounceback count = 127 mass deleted. Let's talk with Symantec's email message, sent personally to me:... «more»
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Sneaky E-mail Fraud Attempt (January 28, 2004 07:11 AM)
It's bad enough I am mass deleting virus generated e-mails (there were 66 this morning, about 8 hours later than the cleansing last night) but I got one on my home e-mail account, all be-decked with formal looking graphics. It made me suspicious....... «more»
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And My Right Little Toe is a Weblog (January 27, 2004 10:45 PM)
A recent barking about "everything is a learning object", including my left big toe got some interesting responses-- sometimes you can slave over an important blogged item and get nary a trackback, but toss out something silly and it ends up down under somewhere. So part two to this escapade... «more»
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Not So Great Moments in Software Design #945,562 (January 27, 2004 11:59 AM)
It is happening again. If you are like me, you have spent a chunk of time every few hours recently deleting piles of messages from email virus protection systems elsewhere, all claiming that I sent them infected emails (the latest viral attachment crud, W32.Novarg.A@mm, yum what a name). Nothing has... «more»
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My Left Big Toe is a Learning Object (January 23, 2004 02:15 PM)
When ever a discussion turns to "defining learing objects" my attention span goes out the door. With more than 500,000 Google-hits (link above), it is not any more clear what a LO is. The "Learning Object Virtual Community Of Practice" bears the cheery acronym LOVCOP, but it has been a... «more»
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The Panther is Stalking (January 23, 2004 01:06 PM)
As I write, my G4 TiBook is evolving from a Jaguar (wow, no links left at Apple)to Panther. I was getting worried about those messages every few days warning that iChat was going to expire. Then I heard about the Mars sim program Maestro that was supposed to be awesome,... «more»
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The Cog (January 21, 2004 11:04 PM)
Looking at the goofy banner on this blog and the reasons behind naming CDB, it is apparent that for 2003, I did lots of bloggin', plenty of doggin' (complaining about everything), but very little coggin' So this month, I am back in the mountain bike saddle, riding 11 miles to... «more»
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RSS2JS Docks at Blog Harbor (January 21, 2004 10:48 PM)
Got a nice email and link from the folks at Blog Harbor, a blog hosting service that offers a number of worthy add-ons for those who prefer not to tinker (and mess up) their own blog server. They have created a nicely formatted and structured guide to a hosted version... «more»
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I Missed the RSS Winterfest (January 21, 2004 03:12 PM)
These winters in Arizona are tough. Some days the temperature drops into the mid 60s. Likewise was my vain attempt today to tune into the RSS Winterfest. Every attempt use the link provided by the automatic email registration message, took me to a promising entry lobby, but every click of... «more»
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One of Those Days (January 20, 2004 10:59 PM)
Did you ever have one of those days where every piece of technology you touched went up in screaming flames and thick smoke? That was today for me. It began while trying to test the new 2.661 version of MovableType. Typically what I do is to create a copy of... «more»
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The Mismanagement of Information (by Information Technology Specialists, No Less) (January 19, 2004 10:19 PM)
Sending attachments by email has become as ordinary as brushing your teeth... well, substitute your own regular habits. My mom reads and sends attachments. But is this always the best way to manage content that might be useful to others? at a later time? in an environment where it can... «more»
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This Week RSS Winterfest - Same Old, Same Old Format or Not? (January 19, 2004 09:04 AM)
I am curious to "be" at the January 21-22 online conference, RSS Winterfest. Most conferences, in person or online, I generally approach with low expectations-- mainly out of frustration over the years that the only format for professional communication that seems to be used is the 50 minute lecture to... «more»
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Dog/Blog House Updates Part Q... 4 (January 17, 2004 12:22 AM)
Not that anyone but me cares, but number 4 (my French numbering skills went out the ouvre) in my recent spate of blog tinkering notes (1, 2, 3) was a recasting of the date-based archives, the monthly archives MovableType builds for you. With the out of the box templates, MT... «more»
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Blogging In the Wind (January 16, 2004 11:45 PM)
Ever since I launched this weblog April 2003, I have been talking up blogs quite a bit in my system. The usual heat seekers grab on to the potential and some of the more technology skeptical folks at least do not wrinkle their brows in confusion when I mention "blog".... «more»
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The Wackiness And Serenity of Wikis (January 16, 2004 11:46 AM)
Brian shares yet another brilliant article draft "Wikis: Hypertext on Steroids", worth reading and following links from if you are looking for what may be the next edge-like instructional technology. For those who have not "wiki-d" it is an intensively interlinked web site where any visitor can edit and create... «more»
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Web Ten Years (January 14, 2004 09:35 AM)
This year marks a number of ten year anniversaries for the web site we created in December 1993 for my office, the Maricopa Center for Learning & Instruction (MCLI). This ran on a humble Macintosh SE/30 sitting on a table in the hallway-- the very first web server in our... «more»
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Dog/Blog House Updates Part Trois (January 12, 2004 08:38 PM)
Another squirrely thing about MovableType right out of the box is that the category archive templates it create is more or less a never-ending appending of your posts to a long scrolling archive. It hardly seems useful once you have blogged say 10, 20 entries in a category, much less... «more»
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Dog/Blog House Updates Part Deux (January 12, 2004 08:12 PM)
More changes I forgot in the MovableType structure of CDB. Previously, when I had a poor grasp on MT templates, I had separate index templates for each of my category RSS feeds, thinking there was not a way to generalize that. This was sloppy, requiring new templates for every category... «more»
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Repository Follies Followup: Horton's Presentation (January 12, 2004 07:43 PM)
This rightfully belongs with the recent barking on Repository Follies-- a few weeks back Scott Leslie made reference to "Best Faculty-level presentation on Learning Objects from the last 18 months"-- a vintage 2002 keynote by William Horton titled "Don't Bother Me With Learning Objects! I've Got a Course to Teach!,... «more»
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Reorganizing the Dog/Blog House (January 12, 2004 03:03 PM)
A new year. Time to look around the house and tidy up. I had grandiose plans for some new weblog features here at CDB, but like many year-end resolutions, fell a bit short. One thing I did (and partially messed up) was to change the URL and location of the... «more»
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The Ray of MLX Hope: Nutrition Faculty (January 8, 2004 02:32 PM)
As a brighter followup to the repository folly, I am excited by an event planned next week by a lead faculty member in the Nutrition area at one of our colleges. As she explained, there are not a large number of faculty in this discipline across of colleges and many... «more»
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Repository Folly... (January 8, 2004 02:04 PM)
By rule, I usually avoid use of the "R-word" (repository, too close to the "S-word"), but wanted to launch, here just a few notches into a new calendar, my pessimism on the aspirations of those creating these magical collections of "learning objects." The folly is that educators will give up... «more»
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How Shapers of Your Future Write (January 8, 2004 12:30 PM)
Ahhh, there is nothing like literate, thoughtful email feedback... if only it happened more often than Arizona blizzards. For more than 9 years, we have gotten a stream of emails via our free, online Writing HTML Tutorial, most coming from lesson 12 where we teach you how to write a... «more»
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Wiki Up (southeast of Wikieup) (January 7, 2004 06:00 PM)
I spent too much of today fiddling around with setting up a wiki on our new Jade server. This was at the request of one of our most intrpeid and adventurous faculty members, one I hooked on HTML in 1994, roped into blogs last year, and he's already to push... «more»
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Dave's Roundup at the OPML Corral: Share Yours (January 6, 2004 11:59 PM)
Dave's got an interesting round-up at the OPML corral, "Share your OMPL".. Yikes, another acronym! If you dig a bit deeper it comes up as Outline Processer Markup Language , now that is much more clear! Huh? Think of of it as a way to use XML to represent outline... «more»
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Updated jClicker- web slide show template (free too!) (January 6, 2004 09:55 PM)
Finally got around to some revamps to a web slide show template I've been rolling for a few years, the "jClicker" (little "j" is for JavaScript). We do many many photos for our many events at work, and this has been a very handy way to organize photos into a... «more»
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Coming Soon: "ecto", son of Kung-Log (January 6, 2004 09:05 PM)
I've raved before about Kung-Log, Adriaan Tijsseling's amazingly sleek Mac OXS application for doing just about all the MovableType composing and editing. Change is on the way and it is good- Adriaan is at work on a new version, re-named "ecto". In fact, I am "ecto"-ing this entry now in... «more»
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Ari's Big List of Blog Search Engines (January 6, 2004 06:46 AM)
Ari Paparo assembled a longer than you might expected list of web search tools for specifically searching weblogs and/or RSS feeds. My new theory on blogging is that whenever I can't find a particular piece of information on Google I should just create it myself. What's the point of all... «more»
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