June 22, 2008
Ludington Lighthouse (Cross Stitch Pattern)
I finally finished the my cross stitch pattern that I created for the Ludington Lighthouse.
You can download the pattern here.
Here is a picture of the completed project.
I am hoping that I will create some other Michigan lighthouses from here on out. Ideally, I would like to create kits that museums could sell. I would just send them to them and they can keep all the proceeds.
I used an excellent freeware software. It is called KG-Chart for Cross Stitch.
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January 21, 2008
CMU's Library Arcade
A game we can all appreciate this from the library world. Carnegie Mellon University (one of the great universities of the world) has created a set of arcade games to help students "develop research skills through entertaining and easy-to-repeat activities."
I could be wrong about this (most often am these days), but I am just not that sure about these!
Within Range (their LC Classification shelving game)
Give them thousands of points for effort and initiative. I just wonder...
November 01, 2007
OK - this is not technically new, but hardly a day goes by when I do not use this great utility.
This simple little application makes it very easy to cut and past items from one application to another without all the garbage or extra formatting that comes with it (have you ever tried to cut and paste from the web into Word...lots of fun!). This saves the step of opening up note pad, pasting and copying from that and then into work.
From the site "PureText makes this simple by adding a new Windows hot-key (default is WINDOWS+V) that allows you to paste text to any application without formatting."
Every time I use this, I think of Bernie Bopp, the great professor at the University of Toledo who shared this with me. So I am helping to spread the word as well!This entry was posted in the following categories: New Favorite Web Utilities
I have not played with this much, but it looks totally Fab!
This is what they say about it:
AutoHotkey is a free, open-source utility for Windows. With it, you can:
-Automate almost anything by sending keystrokes and mouse clicks. You can write a mouse or keyboard macro by hand or use the macro recorder.
-Create hotkeys for keyboard, joystick, and mouse. Virtually any key, button, or combination can become a hotkey.
-Expand abbreviations as you type them. For example, typing "btw" can automatically produce "by the way".
-Create custom data-entry forms, user interfaces, and menu bars. See GUI for details.
-Remap keys and buttons on your keyboard, joystick, and mouse.
-Respond to signals from hand-held remote controls via the WinLIRC client script.
-Run existing AutoIt v2 scripts and enhance them with new capabilities.
-Convert any script into an EXE file that can be run on computers that don't have AutoHotkey installed.
-Getting started might be easier than you think. Check out the quick-start tutorial.
Follow the link above or check out the article below.New Favorite Web Utilities
October 25, 2007
LetterMeLater (email utility)
OK...so you have to send an email at a certain time - maybe to enter a contest, prove you are at work, send birthday greetings, impress the in-laws, or get in line to buy a doll. But here is the kicker, you will not be near a computer when you need to send the message and Santa has not brought you an iPhone or Blackberry. So how do you schedule an email to be sent at a future date and time when you know you will be nowhere near a computer.
Well hello LetterMeLater.
This neat little web-based utility allows you to send email from any account and have it go out at any date and time (well, any time in the future). You also do not need your computer to be on because it is all web based. This is what they say about the service:
"LetterMeLater.com allows you to send emails to anyone you wish, with the ability to have them sent at any future date and time you choose."
"A feature missing from every email service is the ability to schedule when an email gets sent - you must click the "send" button at the exact moment of delivery." (NOTE: Most of the time you will not need this, but when you do - wow - this is cool!
So when you need to schedule emails to be sent and you will not be near a computer, this is a totally fab (and free) web utility.This entry was posted in the following categories: New Favorite Web Utilities
Neat way to download files from YouTube
OK so during the spring, I had to help my son Jeremy download a file from YouTube. I thought it would be a piece of cake...but alas it was not.
I had to do this again at work today and found a nice utility (hence the new category on my blog) that seems to fit the bill.
It has the amazingly logical name of: YouTube to iPod and PSP Converter and it is a small program that will download and convert into an MP4 file format among others. Good for your iPod, your PowerPoint, your...well, whatever.
This is from DVDVIDEOSOFT.COM and is free. So it prompted me to give it my first cannot entry for a new blog category - "new favorite web utilities."