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In my [Kenneth's] efforts to find open source systems to create and manage content that I can share easily with others I've learned about two areas where I can freely access cms and desktop systems:
1. cPanel with Fantastico on http://bluehost.com and http://siteground.com - this is where I have several instances of moodle, drupal, phpwebsite, joomla and a few other.
2. http://livecdlist.com and http://distrowatch.com where I have come to find and utilize several liveCDs that extends my ability to work with systems running from CDs in a desktop, thin client and server situation.
My basic requirements in bootable liveCDs are: desktop, browser, and access to media. I download iso files, burn them to cds that on a regular bases I use and keep up-to-date with:
http://e-lane.org/pub - the dotlrn and several other OACS packages that I use
http://puppylinux.com - small size general purpose...updated most frequently
http://dynebolic.org - multi media production and streaming
http://mepis.org - best OS replacement and desktop
http://edubuntu.org - fast becoming the unifying core code that all the other debian users use.
thanks to Kenneth Wyrick for these sites
Furl [ http://www.furl.net/index.jsp ] your personal web file
Furl allows you to copy an article and store it on your computer electronically. It's virtue is, if you do a lot of research on the web, that you can store articles and refer back them on the computer, instead of having to print out large amounts of pages, usually half of which end up being discarded. Very handy for term papers, and professional writers who need to store articles for a short time--a day or a week, before deleting them. Very handy also for arranging footnotes and citations.
thanks to Joseph F. Dunphy for the recommendation
Google Earth [ http://earth.google.com ] provides satellite images from around the world. It has a fairly small download but requires a 3D graphics card which may not be available on some older machines. They combine various images to create a seamless trip. My husband was very excited the other day to see the back side of Mount Everest (he loves mountains) and recently took a tour of the Great Wall of China. A warning: it can be quite engrossing and before you realize it an hour has flown by!
New Features [July06]
Less Is More - A New UI
- textured" 3D buildings
a freeware automatic correction exercise tool, which is very easy to work with - very user-friendly, and the students also enjoy doing the exercises. It displays different types of exercises, such as crosswords, quiz, match, etc.
Submitted by Cristina Costas Sept. 24, 2005
Whilst Hot Potatoes is a great application, just about averyone who uses it in the context of education development or in particular Adult Education, needs to register and pay a licence fee to use the product.
From Hot Potatoes Comercial Licences
Hot Potatoes is free for use by individuals working for state-funded educational institutions which are non-profit making, on the condition that the material you produce using the program is freely available to anyone via the WWW. However, you need to purchase a licence under any of the following conditions:
just check this out. I was using this conference room the other day and it's really neat.
ICR rooms includes these features as standard:Voice Communications
The moderator of a conference has complete control of who is participating and what actions they can take.
Individual microphone and speaker volume adjustments
Share your screen content
Submited by Cristina Costas Sept. 24, 2005
Note: this program was developed by Geoff Kaye of Compued in Perth Western Australia. Geoff has worked tirelessly in developing what we call "low threshold technologies" that will work effectively in areas that have low connection speeds to the internet. (AussieK)
quite useful software that can be used for free to store information. It is called indisk and it allows the users to upload and download files.
It is quite simple to use, you just have to sign up for it. It's a Brazilian software but I am leaving you the link anyway!
submitted by Cristina Costa Sept. 24, 2005
I am always impressed with the quality sites that I find in the UK.
Another site that I really like getnetwise - you are just one click away
here is the introduction to an article on opensource from the OpportunityWales online guides area:
Could your business benefit from free, quality software? Of course it could. But, what's the catch? As long as you're reasonably PC literate (or know a web developer) there isn't one. Here's how you can cut costs by tapping into a growing movement called 'Open Source' software.
As its name suggests Open Source software includes publically available source code bundled with the product. By contrast commercial software, such as Microsoft Word, is 'closed source' - the source code is closely guarded by the developers and is never released. In practice this means that development of closed source products continues at the pace set by the developers and not by the users of the software.
Does this matter?
Yes. With Open Source software, the source code is available to its users, so anyone can add new features to the software. Because of its “open” nature, the software can also have less bugs as the users and developer join forces to find bugs, fix them and release new versions.
the full article [4 pages] is well worth a read.
iteamwork was recommended by Knowmate AussieK.
The methodology, implementation and interface are kept simple to insure that the focus is on managing projects rather than learning a new system.