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.
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.
With communications technology like the Internet and the telephone system, people in different places, cities, countries, continents and time zones can talk to each other.
My students do it when they have conference calls with customers, suppliers or colleagues in other countries. I do it every time I give a class online. So this is an issue that affects all of us.
I just found an article with tips on making these communications successful, from GigaOM, a website focused on online business.Meeting Planner, to help me check time in China (where my students are) and Mexico (where I now live). (I also use a small free program from Microsoft called Time Zone, for Windows XP. It's a clock that can show the time in 5 different places.)
It also discusses language and preparation issues, like speaking slowly and sending documents in advance.
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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