Meeting Notes - 18 February 2014

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Meeting Notes - 18 February 2014

Post by bdahm on Mon Feb 24, 2014 6:53 pm

Things are heating up, but we continue to see newbies. This week it was Dominic.  People have asked what we charge for the meetings. We don’t charge anything because I never want anyone to say they aren’t getting their money’s worth.

The Joke Is on You
We started off with a number of cartoons that were quite amusing. I said that I was going to publish them in the notes, but I have not been able to figure out just how to do that. I thought the email I got it in was an attachment or a link, which I could have easily referenced, but it isn’t. Cutting and pasting it into a Word document is messy because of the page breaks. 

So, here’s what I’m going to do. If you want copy of it, shoot me an email at and I’m forward you a copy.

What Smartphone/Tablet App Can You Not Do Without?
We went around the room and came up with the usual suspects and some not so predictable. 

  • DownCast on the iPhone is a great way to download, organize and play all your podcasts. 

  • Flipboard was mentioned as a great, visually impressive way to keep up on what’s happening. 

  • Evernote is a way to keep and reference all kinds of data from web pages to business cards, to notes. 

  • SkyFm is a way to listen to music.

  • Viber allows for voice and text.

  • Text-free and Text-Plus are other ways to text particularly internationally.

  • Talking Thai-English -Thai Dictionary - Not cheap at $25.00, but the best one available. If you’re serious about learning Thai, this is the one to get. Also available for the PC.

  • Skype and Magic Jack are still a favorites for inexpensive overseas calls. 

YouTube - Chris
We’re all pretty much users of YouTube, but Chris took this opportunity to fill us in on some features we’re may not be aware of. Here’s a quick rundown of some of those.

  • A channel is another word for an account. You can subscribe to channels so you can more easily follow a person’s videos on an ongoing basis.

  • A playlist is a way of sharing videos. These are often topic or theme based.

  • KeepVid is PC application for downloading videos from YouTube.

  • Creative Commons is a way of allowing others to use your material as long as you attribute it to them.

  • The editor has many options for uploading and enhancing your videos. Get to know it. 

  • You would be surprised at the number of music tracks you can find on YouTube. It’s almost like a music player.

  • There are other video services out there that end in Tube such as SchoolTube, TeacherTube, BoooTube. Google “Tube video” to find more.

That just about does it, so let’s just call it a wrap.




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