From the always-interesting Aaron Tay: 5 things Google Scholar does better than your library discovery service. “I have had experience implementing Summon in my previous institution and currently have some experience with EDS and Primo (Primo Central). The main thing that struck me is that while they have differences (eg. Default Primo interface is extremely customizable though requires lots of work to get it into shape, while Summon is pretty much excellent UI wise out of the box but less customizable, EDS is basically Summon but with tons of features already included in the UI), they pretty much have the same strengths and weaknesses via Google Scholar. So far, my experience with faculty here in my new institution is similar to that from my former’s, more and more of them are shifting towards Google Scholar and even Google.”
From How-To Geek: How to teach yourself programming on the cheap. “Want to teach yourself how to code, but don’t have a lot of extra scratch laying around to learn how to do it? Nowadays, there are tons of resources available on the Internet that you can use to get yourself up to speed on all of the most advanced coding languages, often without having to drop a dime for the privilege. Though only one of the learning portals listed here will actually leave you with a degree to pin on your wall by the time all is said and done, having the skills these websites provide is still a great way to get started in the world of independent contracting, and being able to build your very own websites on the fly.”
From UberGizmo: How to password-protect a USB drive. “However, encrypting a whole drive is not always the answer to protecting your data on a USB drive. May be you just have a single document that you need to protect, or a few MBs worth of files, why go through the whole-disk encryption process? In this tutorial, we are going to list simple to complex methods to password-protect a USB drive, you can select the one that fits your needs best.”
tuts+ is offering a free course on crawling the Web with Python. “Recently we’ve started producing short, free courses aimed at those of you with limited time and a limited budget. The idea is that in a set of short videos, clocking in at around an hour of total viewing time, you can learn some useful new skills, without paying a penny.”
Jim Birch has an article about GoogleDoc2Html, which is a script created by Omar AL Zabir that cleans up the HTML from Google Docs. “Using Google Docs and the Google Docs Script Editor, this script emails a pretty simple HTML file of the document to your Google email account associated with your Google account.” Mr. Birch has a quick list of instructions and a link to the script that he forked.
Wanna make an animated text GIF? The Next Web has a cool tool for you. “Slate, which is racing up Product Hunt’s rankings today and got the seal of approval from Product Hunt godfather Ryan Hoover, is a single page that lets you create animated text GIFs and save them to Imgur.”
From CIO: 7 Things OneNote Can Do That Evernote Can’t. “About a year ago, I chose Evernote over OneNote, and I started amassing my own digital archive. At the time, Evernote’s Mac software was far superior to OneNote’s Mac app. However, Microsoft has continually upgraded OneNote for Mac and iOS, and today it’s a legitimate Evernote rival; if I were facing the Mac Evernote versus Mac OneNote decision today, it would be a different situation. If you’re a Windows user, the choice is even more challenging, because the OneNote 2013 Windows desktop app has valuable features that aren’t available in Evernote or OneNote for Mac.To help you decide between these two notebook tools, I’ve come up with seven things OneNote does that Evernote can’t. Of course, this is only one side of the story. For the flip side, read ‘6 things Evernote does that OneNote can’t.’”
Are the constant Flash security warnings driving you spare? From How-To Geek: How to Uninstall and Disable Flash in Every Web Browser.
Interesting blog post from Dartmouth: Live Office Hours With Google Hangouts on Air: A Recipe. Two professors wanted to do live office hours with Google Hangouts, and present a “recipe” of equipment and timing to make the most of the office hours. “DartmouthX has recently offered Live Office Hours with students in an Introduction to Environmental Science (ENVX) with Google Hangouts on Air. Instructors Prof. Andy Friedland and Mike Goudzwaard along with the course team hosted four sessions over two offerings of the course. In each session we tried something slightly different based on feedback from that last session. This ‘recipe’ is based on what we learned from the experience. Like any recipe, feel free to use, improvise, simplify, or spice it up.” At the end of the blog post there are YouTube links to completed hangouts.
Absolutely useful: How to send SMS messages from any PC or Mac. “Why type out text messages at your smartphone when you’re at a laptop or desktop PC with a full-size keyboards? These tricks allow you to send text messages directly from your PC. Even if you don’t have access to cellular service you can use some of these tools to send SMS messages directly to a phone number. You don’t even need a mobile phone on your end.” Read the comments for a few more suggestions past the article.
I’m going to share this with you, and then with my husband, because phone spam drives him bonkers: How to Block Numbers that Haven’t Called or Texted You First.
This is pretty cool: apparently the Chicago Tribune is upgrading its archives, and while it’s doing that access is free. There doesn’t appear to be any end time for the free access, so I’d check it out now if I were you.