Update 2016-07-24: Added Phonescoop glossary to Telephones > General.
A big post with lots of vocabulary lists from online dictionaries of words related to ICT (information and communication technology): telephones, computers and networks & systems like the internet, the worldwide web and e-mail. Go to the list and click on the words to see definitions, examples, pronunciation etc.
This vocabulary can be useful for our classes on: using the telephone, mobile phones, technology, office work, digital marketing, innovation, e-mail, communication etc.
Update 2017-03-22: Added The English We Speak & China version for LearnEnglish. 2017-03-03: All ESLPod.com links changed to Lizhi.fm. For more info, see this post: ESLPod Links Broken. Updated About.com to TheBalance, although the videos are gone. 2016-03-11 : Removed dead Videojug and Howcast links. Added 2 About.com videos. 2015-09-05: added ESL Podcast 1096 – Improving Online Reviews
2014-12-06: added Pearson Education Marketing podcast on E-marketing and new media. 2014-09-13: added Macmillan podcast about viral videos and INTEAD podcast about digital marketing know-how 2014-04-26: added China232.com podcast about Web 2.0 2014-04-05: added Business English Pod Video Vocab 37 & 38 (Internet Marketing)
Digital marketing includes marketing over the internet and cellular networks, to personal computers, smartphones and tablet computers etc.
Below are some useful videos and ESL podcasts you can watch & listen to about digital marketing.
You can listen to these ESL podcasts (especially designed for learners of English) online on your computer, or you can download the MP3 and listen to them on your computer, MP3 player, smartphone etc.
The audio is free, but sometimes other features ("premium features") require payment.
These links will take you to videos on websites which are not blocked in China (except for the Business English Pod videos, for which I have provided separate download links for users in China), and which usually have transcripts (sometimes already shown on the same page as the video, or sometimes you have to press a button that says "Transcript").
Updates: 2017-04-12: Added input methods for MacOS. 2017-01-08: Fixed a few links. 2015-09-25: Fixed a few links, other small changes. 2015-04-10: Checked, updated and fixed all links in article.
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Tencent won't let me log in, so I can't access my Tencent microblog at all.
Even though I'm putting in the right password, I get an error about "restricted account access".
I clicked on the link, and it all changes to Chinese. So much for the international version in English. As soon as there's a problem, it all reverts to Chinese, with a lot of important text (e.g. action buttons) actually presented in image format, so I can't use translation software to help me understand it.
I tried guessing and various things but eventually got stuck here:
I tried googling and tried one piece of advice on the web, which didn't work but I did end up with the e-mail address for QQ International help.
I emailed them, and they sent me back a link to a blog post with instructions in case of a lost password. I didn't lose my password, but I'm trying it anyways.
That post explains in English how to get a new password (the whole process in Chinese again) using annotated screenshots.
I've managed to complete the first couple of steps, but then comes one that's not explained. It asks for 3 "Friend's Account Numbers". Which is fine if you use QQ instant messenger and have those numbers saved or written down somewhere.
But I don't use QQ messenger, I only use Tencent for microblogging. So I don't have any such numbers. I can't even access the IDs of my microblog followers (to try using those instead of QQ numbers) because I have to sign in to see those.
I've posted a comment on that blog article about this problem, and I await an answer. If there isn't one, I'll try writing QQ International support again.
The irony? When I have a China-related tech problem, I tell people and ask for help using Tencent Weibo. But this problem means I can't even do that.
I'll post about any future developments.
This article has many words linked to the Bing online English dictionary, to help students of English as a Second Language (ESL).
I just got hit by the MoneyPak computer virus.
I was browsing the web when suddenly the screen went black. Then the desktop background image appeared (no icons or task bar). Then in the centre, a large message. Before I had time to start reading the message, a voice began speaking, saying that my computer had been blocked for illegal activities, and that I had to pay a fine of MXN$2,000 (~USD$160, ~CNY元1,000) to the police!!! I noticed that a small window in the message also showed the icon for my webcam software.
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During my class Jobs 2 today, I wanted to give a student a link to some results on an American jobs website. He works in sales for ERP, so I did a search on IT jobs site Dice.com.
I wanted to put the link for the search results in the chat box, but it wouldn't enter. I finally realized it was because the URL was too long... way too long... insanely long:
I had to backspace through all that to get rid of it, and then I used Bitly to make a shorter link. Bitly is an URL shortening service, that makes long web addresses short. It took that gigantic URL and turned it into http://bit.ly/H4StbV . It is especially useful on microblogs like Twitter.
On Chinese microblogs like Sina Weibo and Tencent Weibo, URLs are shortened automatically. E.g. on my Tencent microblog that superlong URL is shortened to just http://url.cn/3VYoRK .
I mentioned Bitly in Links During Online Classes and today it was a real lifesaver.
Re the class on Setting Priorities and Time Management, here are a few tools to help you prioritize your tasks and manage your time effectively.
First, PIMs. PIM = Personal Information Manager. It's software to manage to your schedule, contacts, messages etc.
Here's some info:
And here is a review of some free ones:
complex for you, maybe all you need is an electronic to-do list. Here are some free ones for Windows computers:
And now there are many online to-do lists, which you can access from anywhere with an internet connection.
Today I gave a class, Life Level III - Computers Are Everywhere.
My students and I talked about how computers and the internet are so important to how we live now: both our work lives and our personal lives. I mentioned a few things (programs, websites etc) and I'd like to write a post about them with info and links.
Doing things via the internet/websites instead of directly on your own computer.
Anything from webmail (Hotmail, Yahoo Mail) to online customer relationship management (Salesforce.com) is cloud computing.
Having an extra copy of data, in case the original is lost or damaged.
flash drive or external hard drive; print out copies; or make back-ups on tape or optical disks (CD, DVD, BD).
But now you can also do it via the "cloud": there are online backup services. One I use is Crashplan, which lets you & your friends help back up each other: safe encrypted back-ups of your data are stored on their computer, and their back-ups are stored on yours. That way it's free.
I also use Dropbox. It's not technically a backup service. It's online storage (access your files from any computer with a browser), online synchronization (install Dropbox on two computers and files on one computer will automatically appear on the other) and online sharing (you can share a folder on your computer with a friend and the files in that folder can be accessed by your friend). I use it to have extra copies in case of a problem (like back-up), share files with friends and co-workers, and have the same files on all the computers I use (2 at home, 3 at work).
Dropbox's free plan is limited in size, but you can get more free storage by referring other people to their service. So if you click this Dropbox link and complete the procedure of joining Dropbox, I get more space. :)
EDIT: I just found out Dropbox is yet another site with problems caused by the Great Firewall of China. >:( There is a way around: change the hosts file. Open it, and add this to the end:
There's another similar service NOT (yet) blocked by the GFW: SugarSync. Here's my referral link for SugarSync, i.e. if you use this link to join Sugarsync, I get more free space :)
Program or service that stores all your passwords.
I have made all those mistakes :) and finally I started using a password manager.
Personally, I use KeePass, a free open-source program. I only need to remember one password (the one for KeePass) and the program remembers all the different passwords for logging on to work computers, websites etc. I save my KeePass in my Dropbox folder so that I can access it from anywhere.
There is also a "cloud" solution: LastPass, an online service that works with your web browser and stores your passwords.
Well, these are just a few links and ideas on software and services I've used, related to issues discussed in today's class. I hope you might find it useful.
G.A.L.E.S.L. / joe3
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