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What is Social Media?
The term "social media" refers to a generation of online tools which promote
participation, openness, conversation, community and connectedness. This guide
from Spannerworks introduces the concept of social media and looks at how tools
such as RSS, wikis, blogs and podcasting work.
Screen Sharing Tools and Technology: A Mini-Guide
Screensharing tools enable you to share the contents of your screen with one or
more remote users. This article explains what screensharing is, looks at typical
features of screensharing applications, and reviews some of the most popular
Instant Messaging Tools and Technology: A Mini-Guide
"Instant messaging is a form of real-time communication between two or more
people based on typed text messages. Instant messaging differs from traditional
e-mail in the fact that communications can be sent and received instantly."
Robin Good describes the basics of instant messaging and reviews some of the
most popular IM tools.
"A portable app is a computer program that you can carry around with you on a
portable device and use on any Windows computer. When your USB flash drive,
portable hard drive, iPod or other portable device is plugged in, you have
access to your software and personal data just as you would on your own PC. And
when you unplug, none of your personal data is left behind." The
PortableApps.com site hosts portable versions of popular open source tools such
as Firefox and OpenOffice.org
Helping Others to Help You — Effectively Communicating Your ICT Problems
Getting the most out of your technical support requires explaining the problem
in clear terms. The Lasa Information Systems Team shows you what to look for and
how to communicate your problems effectively.
A Guide to Troubleshooting PCs
"Since computers have so many different functions and so many different elements
working together on the same system (software, peripherals, etc.) the potential
for problems is quite high. Programs can stop running properly, or even worse,
the computer itself can fail to even start. If you are the person with the job
of looking after the organisation's PCs and IT infrastructure, then this article
Computer Starting or Running Slowly?
"When you first acquired your shiny new PC or laptop you couldn’t believe how
quick it was compared to your old one. The desktop appeared as if by magic and
files opened at lightning speed. Then, over time, you realised that it was
starting to take rather longer than it used to..." This article from the Lasa
Information Systems Team looks at why this happens and links to resources to
help you deal with it.
Spyware: They Came from Cyberspace
A step-by-step guide from the Houston Chronicle to avoiding spyware and removing
it from Windows computers.
How Do I Stop Getting Spam?
"A couple of simple precautions and software available online can dramatically
reduce the amount of spam you get." The BBC's "Ask Bruce" suggests some basic
Planning a Network Installation
"This article provides practical advice to help address the needs of
organisations that have a network and are in the process of upgrading it. The
article should also be useful to organisations installing a network for the
Digital Storytelling: A Tutorial in 10 Easy Steps
"Digital storytelling is a craft that uses the tools of digital technology to
tell stories about our lives. Done properly, storytelling can be a powerful,
evocative, and emotional way of communicating themes and stories, often touching
us in deeper ways than one- dimensional videos that rarely probe beneath the
surface of people's lives." TechSoup offers tips on creating a polished,
professional digital video.
This online tutorial from Carnegie Mellon University explores effective digital
storytelling using tools such as Quicktime, Shockwave and Flash.
NGO-in-a-Box: Audio and Video edition
"The Audio and Video edition of NGO-in-a-Box is a toolkit that lowers the entry
level for NGOs, non-profits and media activists wanting to use audio and video
for social change. It is a collection of Free and Open Source Software (FOSS)
tools, documentation and tutorials that introduce you to the world of FOSS and
the low-cost technology that is transforming the balance of forces in the realm
of media production."
Size Matters When Emailing Photos
Large images sent by e-mail can be a serious inconvenience for the recipient,
particularly those on dial-up internet connections. Terry Lane explains the
basics of file size reduction in a range of free and commercial tools.
Use Online Surveys to Get the Feedback You Need
Online surveys can help you gather information and feedback to assist with
project design and monitoring and evaluation. In this TechSoup article Yann
Toledano looks at features to consider when choosing an online tool and at the
steps involved in conducting an effective online survey.
SurveyMonkey enables anyone to create surveys online quickly and easily. A basic
subscription is free, but limits you to 10 questions and 100 responses per
survey; a fee- paying subscription offers advanced options.
Zoomerang is a tool for developing online questionnaires. A free version permits
100 or fewer respondents and 30 or fewer questions. Various fee-paying options
are also available, including special rates for educators and non-profits.
"KM for Development (KM4Dev) is a community of international development
practitioners who are interested in knowledge management and knowledge sharing
issues and approaches."
Web accessibility articles & resources
Webcredible offers articles on a range of web site accessibility topics, from
basic to advanced.
The future of web accessibility
Trenton Moss considers a few of the new challenges to accessibility posed by
evolving web technologies and makes some predictions about the factors which
will shape web accessibility in future.
IRC Facilitation Toolkit
The Facilitator's Notes collection is a series of fact sheets and how to's
around facilitation: concepts, tools, methods, skills, special assignments and
exercises etc. It provides practical information on the most common methods,
skills and tools for the facilitation of group interventions (meetings,
workshops, trainings, seminar, etc.) in a learning-by-doing process. Originally
developed with the water and sanitation sector in mind, the large majority of
these files can be used in any other context.
Change Management Toolbook
The Change Management Toolbook is a collection of more than 60 tools, methods
and strategies which you can apply during different stages of personal, team and
organizational development, in training, facilitation and consulting. It is
divided in three principle sections: Self, Team and Larger System.
Libro Electronico de Seguridad Informatica y Criptografia
Material muy completo sobre seguridad y criptografia de tipo academico. Ideal
para fortalecer los conocimientos de la comunidad de capacitacion.
Consejos para registrar un dominio
Comprar un dominio para tu organizacion es un tramite relativamente sencillo.
Sin embargo debes tener en cuenta algunos aspectos que ayudaran a no complicar
las cosas cuando desees renovarlo, o quiza migrar tu sitio web a otro servidor.
Biblioteca de conocimientos sobre informatica y web
Una compilacion de conocimientos a nivel introductorio sobre informatica y sobre
todo publicacion y herramientas en linea.Incluye informacion sobre creacion y
alojamiento de sitios web, wiki y blogs, entre otros topicos.
Software libre en America Latina
Un video reportaje sobre el software libre en america latina. Contiene
entrevistas a personas expertas en el tema, asi como segmentos que cubren los
aspectos mas formales sobre el tema. Excelente material de divulgacion.
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