26 January 2015

Thing 87 New Years Learning Resolutions

I've been thinking about this "Thing" since I first read Christa's post.  I knew what wanted to make a resolution but wasn't sure just what until I was cleaning out my email box and found two posts I'd saved.

One was a post from WordPress and the other was from Code Academy.

I use WordPress for a work related blog and am about to venture into  using WordPress for a personal project so thought that the email inviting me to learn more about WordPress was apt.

Like Christa, I'd started some time ago, using some of the Code Academy tutorials and my intentions fizzled out in the face of busyness. I thought it was time to try again.

Proficiency with Excel is also a need - and not just at work so that  has been on my mind.

I decided I'd use  a Code Academy codebit to document my resolutions.




I've already begun on the Excel resolution.  I'll report back in six months on my progress.

05 January 2015

Thing 86 - Google Keep

Google Keep is an interesting and  clever application and I enjoyed experimenting with it.  Throughout my experimenting though, I kept wondering  why I would choose to use this instead of Google Tasks, a feature I use frequently.  

I decided that for me, I probably would not use Google Keep very much, unless I was intending to do a lot of sharing of lists  and notes  with others, particularly my chronically forgetful spouse.

Google Keep does have  lots of wonderful features, but at bottom, I am a list person. While I don't make lists every single day, I do make them frequently as a checks/balance to make sure I get everything done, not because I need lists to remember to get things done. Perhaps the Keep "extras" are more than I need right now.

Perhaps too, the other reason I am not likely to use Google Keep right now is that the two apps I found for use with Google Keep on an iPhone, "Turbo Note for Google Keep" and "GoKeep" didn't inspire me with much confidence.  "Turbo Note for Google Keep" has very mixed reviews; "GoKeep" had only two dozen reviews and the majority were negative.  Consequently, I decided not to try either one.

I make most of my Task entries at my desktop  I also have Tasks set to be part of my Google calender so that even if I don't add time and date information to a task, the task list displays  in the calender sidebar. There is an app, GoTasks that I use and it syncs nicely with my task list.

But back to Google Keep. The archive feature could be extremely useful, depending on what one records with Google Keep.  The ease of sharing and the ability to be creative makes this application particularly attractive if you use Google+ a lot. I did like the ability to add a reminder and an image to the note that I created to share with Michael. Adding "hotlinks" would be a breeze had I chosen to do that.


I think the very visual, "sticky note"  design would would make it very useful for sharing information with Google+ circles or Google groups such as book reading groups. Perhaps too, libraries could have Google Keep display as the  "home" page on some public access computers and post "sticky notes" about new books, upcoming meetings and activities and so forth.  There might be some management issues to think about doing this though since  it could be quite easy to access anything else attached to the Google account from which Keep was operating.

Keep would also be a great tool for staff to use for collaborating and sharing ideas among themselves.

I expect to return to Keep from time to time but not use it a lot  for now.

Google Keep Experiment