16 posts categorized "LinkLove"

April 12, 2007

LinkLove: Tech Dads Inspired by Space

Space Here are some fun links to tech dads inspired by space:

April 07, 2007

Map Making using Google My Maps - So Easy a Parent Could Do It?

Google announced My Maps on a post from the Official Google Blog:

"a new feature that makes it quick and easy to create your own custom Google Maps just by pointing and clicking. You can add placemarks, draw lines and shapes, and embed text, photos and videos -- all using a simple drag and drop interface. Your map automatically gets a public URL that you can share with your friends and family, or you can also publish your map for inclusion in Google Maps search results."

The title of the post is Map-making: So easy a caveman could do it, but is it so easy that parents can do it? I took a look at the user instructions and set out to take a test drive.

I decided to pretend that I was on a luxurious vacation to La Jolla, CA with my family. I would plan to meet-up with friends at La Jolla Cove Beach, 1100 Coast Blvd. , La Jolla, CA at 10am that morning. Then, we would meet up at Brockton Villa for a fancy lunch to celebrate someone's birthday. If one of the friends could not meet up at the beach, then they could meet at the restaurant. Instead of sending instructions via email, I decided to create a Google "My Map" to visually show where everything is. I realized that this will also save time; the invitees will not need to go to google maps after you send them the text directions -the map is already linked in the email.

In the Google Maps main page there are two tabs, one for to search map locations and one for your "my map". I went to the search map to see where the Brockton Villa is located, since I saw it listed as a great place to go for lunch near La Jolla Cove. Google Maps showed me that it was not far from La Jolla Cove, so I added that location to my map by using the "placemark tool".   I then hit "email" and it provided me with the link. The URL was also displayed if I chose "link to this page".  I could of been really fancy and added rich text, photos or videos but decided to keep it simple the first time around.

I set my map as private so it can just be viewed by my friends/family. Here are the details for the public versus private listings for My Map:

"Public maps are maps that you want to publish and share with everyone. Public maps will be included in the search results on Google Maps and Earth.      

Unlisted maps are maps that you only want to share with a few select people. Unlisted maps will not be included in the search results, so they are accessible much like an unlisted phone number -- anyone who knows the specific URL of the map can view it, but there's no directory or search for finding unlisted maps."

I sent the link I created to my wonderful What_i_see_3brother (a willing participant to my test drive). Here is what he received when he clicked on the link.  I covered my browser and his email details for this picture.  The email address listed on the map is the person who is clicking on the link.

My Map worked and it was easy to use. Caveman or not. And no one can complain that they did not get directions...


MORE TECHIE DETAILS: This is what in the Web 2.0 world is called a "mash-up". You can impress your friends by throwing that word out. There are some great examples of how My Maps can be used, one of which is following a presidential election. Here is an example of the red state/blue state link to the 2004 election.

March 31, 2007

Stop Cyberbullying Links To Know

I went for a visit to my cyber-friend Mir's blog to see if she is over with her flu, when I saw her post mentioning cyberbullying day (March 30). That was yesterday, but the subject is important enough to keep spreading the word. So here is a list of the links I could find; please read it, spread the word and show support for Kathy Sierra:

UPDATED 4/2/01:


Cross posted at the Silicon Valley Moms Blog

March 30, 2007

Virtual Vacation with The Silent "I"

March07 I met Glennia originally because she is one of the contributors of the Silicon Valley Moms Blog. Then I started reading her personal blog: The Silent "I", Glennia's adventures: foreign and domestic. Being a mom of three boys, including twin preschoolers has made it tough for me to travel. So visiting her blog is a virtual vacation for me.  Her travel index offers a taste of many places across the world: Greenland, Oahu, Mammoth Cave National Park, Galapagos Islands and the list goes on... Her writing is so rich it takes you along for the journey.

Best of all, she talks about traveling as a family with her husband and son - which is giving me the courage to start thinking about traveling with my sons (and I need lots). Glennia is honest about the excitement and the challenges. I choose her post on "Kauai: The Garden Island" for the March Perfect Post awards at Suburban Turmoil  and Petroville even though it was in February because I am still thinking about it. The post starts out giving a taste of the area's beauty:

"What we didn't expect was that we would both fall ass-over-tea kettle in love with the place, with Kalapaki Beach, the view from our balcony, the giant swimming pool with its dizzying array of spitting fountains, the tropical garden and the ginormous koi pond--all of it."

And then the challenges of taking her son to the beach while her husband is taking a nap. I felt the same way she did when I just took my older son to the beach, fearful but also wanting to support his independence (after proper swim lessons):

"I'm not sure when I became such a buzz-kill, but I believe it was at the moment that I gave birth and was bestowed the title "mother."  All I could think of was, "thank God you did not drown" and had to put aside my somewhat irrational fear to say, "Please don't go out so far."

Everyone learned a good lesson and went on to have a great night together. And I had alittle taste-o-Kauai. I really enjoyed the pictures of her son running by the beach, I could almost hear those waves crashing and smell the sea air. If they had the perfect vlog awards, I may add in my favorite virtual vacation vlog: Beach Walks with Rox.

Put the Silent "I" and Beach Walks with Rox together, and you have the perfect virtual vacation....

March 27, 2007

Mama needs a Job?, go Online

There are many ways for moms to get back in the working world. I did that through setting up a blog and joining BlogHer. Finding the right network is very important for finding a job. Many of my friends use LinkedIn to start setting up an online network. Jobs are posted on the main sites like Monster.com and also on company sites, but some moms need part time work because they are the main caregivers of their children. And working part time provides the flexility to help with work life balance issues. Here are two of the sites that I know of that are relevant for part-time work. Please comment if there are others out there....

1. Charlene Li passed on this site to me: MyPartTimePro.com. This site was set up by Philadelphia area "mom-preneur" Ilyse Shapiro.

2. If you are a techie and want to get work, join organizations like ProNet, that are professional networks for a specific software platform. ProNet is a network of professionals that consult on Movable Type, TypePad, and TypeKey platforms. I am sure there are other professional networks out there for those interested.

3. WAHM.com is a site listing jobs for working at home moms.

March 16, 2007

Securing A Wireless Network: Mossberg's Mailbox

I listed Walter S. Mossberg, a technology columnist for the Wall Street Journal under the "Chat with the Professionals" column because I find his articles very helpful.

Here is the link to an article about securing a wireless network.  He mentions that all wireless home networks should have an encryption key (a password). I also think this is important. Instructions can be found in the instruction manual of the home wireless router.

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