My son who will start Rose-Hulman next Fall was one of the 25 selected finalist for the VEXplorer Contest. The contest requirements were to build an interesting robot using the VEXplorer
system and post a video on YouTube demonstrating the end result. The top prize is a $5k college scholarship.
Erik's case, he used SolidWorks for the initial design, and a black
tabby cat named Cyrus for the testing phase! His accompanying music
includes "White and Nerdy". Like father (aka the Northstar Nerd)... like son!
I wasn't certain if I had this post in me. My two prior posts about Google Sites were a welcome, and needed diversion.
Last week I posted about my own 25th Wedding Anniversary. Given this is a technical blog, I felt it was time to refocus on hard content. God had other plans for me. Wednesday night, my Mom died. Perhaps I can pass along some learnings.
I have discovered that hospice care is truly a phenomenal service. My Mom and Dad, whose love dates back to 1950, made a promise to each other years ago that they would not let each other die in a hospital. Hospice care and Rosie allowed Dad to keep that promise. By the grace of God I had planned to be in Florida on Wednesday, and was present at my parent's Winter home when Mom died Wednesday night at 11:00 p.m. The hospice care nurse (thanks Sara) was with us within 30 minutes, and took care of everything. By 2:00 a.m. the funeral folks had come and gone. Early the next morning, both Pastor Mike and Nurse Gayle from the hospice group called to make certain we were okay (thanks to both of you during this difficult time). Pastor Mike also visited us later that day.
Finally, I give my thanks to God who allowed me to insure my Dad was not alone Wednesday night. We watched old home movies early Wednesday evening. These films dated back to the 1930's and showed my Mom as a young girl growing up in Sudbury, Ontario. Mom was still with us as we watched. (click upon any thumbnail image for an expanded view)
Yesterday I provided annotated screenshots of Google Sites basic editing functionality. Today I will expand upon that start with a review (and more annotated screenshots) of the Google Sites basic templates which include: web pages, announcements, dashboards, file cabinets and lists. You may either click upon any image given below to view a non annotated screenshot, or download / view the full annotated versions (ppt file).
Google has a new service named Google Sites. You can read Google's own announcement, or watch a short video demonstration. In short, this free service allows anyone to create a collaborative web portal. However, although you may give anyone you desire full edit privileges, the service does not act like a wiki (anonymous edit, open invitations to join site, RSS, etc). Having said that ... it looks quite good. Here are some screen shots of the basic features. Your viewing options are to either view / download the Powerpoint file (includes annotations), or expand any thumbnail image shown below.
When was the last time you received a manual with a new software package? 10 years ago? In that case you should be just as excited as I was to learn about these free downloadable software quick reference guides... in pdf format. Quite frankly I was amazed to find over 30 different help guides for both the Macintosh and PC including such titles as Excel 2007, Sharepoint 2007, Firefox and Dreamweaver CS3. I've included a screenshot of the Firefox guide which you may maximize to better understand how these help guides are constructed. Although not engineering content, I still think I should add this resource to the software engineering section (and manuals) of the Engineering Learning Wiki.