Sunday, 5 February 2012

Managing your browsing

Problem: Keeping Track of your bookmarks across many different machines.
  1. Use Chrome and synchronise machines by signing in to your Google account which will store a profile. This is useful if you have Chrome on all machines, but there are problems if you do not have administrative rights to install it.
  2. Use a bookmarking site like Delicious or Diigo . The advantages of these are tagging. Usually you store bookmarks in folder but tagging makes a more dynamic and searchable set of lists of bookmarks. This is important when a site might fall into more than one category (from a computing perspective this is a object).
RSS Reading: Making the net work for you.
  • With RSS you are kept up-to-date as sites change.
  • You can use RSS to monitor the literature and notify you when there are new publications in your area.
  • You can keep up-to-date with the latest news.
Chrome Applications
  • Google Calendar - keep organised.
  • YouTube - useful video library.
  • Diigo - bookmark tagging.
  • Quotes Book - keep a quote book.
  • Lucid Chart - mind maps and flowcharts.
  • Read Later Fast - for offline reading.
  • Quick Note - post-it notes.
  • ScribeFire - Blog Editor.
  • Instapaper - Offline Reader.
Managing Literature
There is a free open source alternative to EndNote called zotero. It does not work with Chrome and so you have to use Firefox as well. This is compatible with OpenOffice and Microsoft Word.

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