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Learn how to subscribe to a podcast

Even if you listen to my podcasts directly from the web site, or see the Subscribe links on this page, you still may be wondering what this "subscription" thing is all about. Well, here is a video that shows you exactly how to subscribe to podcast using iTunes or the Juice podcatching client. Watch How to Subscribe to a Podcast After you watch the video, you can use the links below to subscribe to TechnlogyIQ and and receive each new episode automatically. Subscribe with iTunes Copy this link to Subscribe using other podcatching clients or RSS feed readers Technorati Tags: howto , how-to , podcast , podcasting , tutorial , technology , video

Typical Mac User : Learn Photography Things!

Don't let the name of this podcast throw you off if you aren't a Mac user. You couldn't ask for more information on digital photography -- cameras, cataloging your photos, printing and more -- than you get in this one hour show from fell Friends in Tech member, Victor Cajiao and his guest host, Andrew Darlow. TMUP Live 29: Learn Photography Things! I want to thank Andrew Darlow from The Imagine Buffet for being an awesome host tonight. You will learn a lot about digital imagine, photgraphy and printing during this show. ( Continued with links from the show ) (Via Typical Mac User Podcast .) Technorati Tags: howto , how-to , podcast , podcasting , tutorial , macintosh , photo , photography

Mozy - 2GB Free Online Backup

I came across Mozy a few months ago, but their release of a Mac OS X version of their software caught my eye. will automatically backup whatever files you select on a regular basis. They are offering 2GB for free, so you can try out the service without making a big committment. They do ask for some demographic information in order to receive the free space. Unlimited backup space is available for around $5 per month. With all the different options available, there really is no reason you shouldn't ne backing up your files. Mozy provides yet another "set it and forget it" option. If you would like assistance setting up Mozy on your computer, drop me an email at or call me at 818-601-0051 and we can set up an appointment for an on-site visit. Link: Technorati Tags: howto , how-to , technology , windows , macintosh , software , computers , high-tech , cool , free , cheap , backup

Live from the Library - All things blogging...and more!

All Things Blogging and More Listen to Live from the Library - April 26, 2007 (Mirror) Support TechnologyIQ: iTunes Review | | Podcast Alley | Reader/Listener Line @ 206-338-5832 Technorati Tags: DIY , howto , how-to , tutorial , technology , windows , macintosh , software , computers , email , high-tech

Next Library Internet Seminar - April 26, 2007

Join us Thursday, April 26, 2007 for our next Internet Seminar at the Sherman Oaks Branch of the Los Angeles Public Library . This session will focus on services that let you build your own blog whether you actually have a web site or not. The services I will show include , , , and more. You can listen to past sessions and other TechnologyIQ audio by clicking below Technorati Tags: california , howto , how-to , podcast , podcasting , tutorial , events , losangeles , technology , learning , education , library

Video: RSS in Plain English

Click to Play There are two types of Internet users, those that use RSS and those that don't. This video is for the people who could save time using RSS, but don't know where to start.

On Podcasting (and Blogging): Blogging and Podcast Tech Meetup

(Crossposted from My Word as I thought there might be some readers here who are interested in this concept -- Douglas) I was doing some thinking during my son's ball game tonight and my mind turned back to 2 recent experiences. Both times, I was sitting around with friends who are not really tech geeks like myself. That said, the conversation eventually turned to blogging and podcasting, which they each do in a small way. These conversations ended up spinning out into mini-conferences on all the great new tools there are available, the conventions of blogging and podcasting (how most people do things) and how to figure out the tech side in order to get some great projects moving forward. Tonight, via Twitter (you can find me at dewelch ), I floated the idea of a Los Angeles-based meetup to talk blogging and podcasting tech. I get together with other groups to chat about content and such, but we NEVER have enough time to share ideas about how, technically, to accomplish some of our

Elsewhere Online: Tumblr: World's simplest blogging system

This MetaFilter post has it right, this is one of the simplest ways to start blogging on the Internet. Tumblr gives you some quick buttons to blog photos, quotes, links or videos right to your Tumblr page. They also have bookmarks for your browser so you can add items to your Tumblr blog with one click. You can check out my Tumblr blog at . World's simplest blogging system Blogging for the technically challenged. (Via MetaFilter .) Technorati Tags: build , make , DIY , howto , how-to , technology , free , blog , blogging , service

Elsewhere Online: Tabblo photo books

There are several online services that allow you make real, printed books of your photos, or just plain books, but here is another one. Using iPhoto I have created a book and then printed out the pages myself, but I haven't created an actual, hardcopy book. A client of mine has used that service, though, and seemed pleased with the results. If you want to create unique photo books for friends and/or family, this is certainly worth checking out. Tabblo photo books Previously-mentioned photo-sharing webapp Tabblo has launched a new photo book printing service. You can upload your photos to Tabblo from your hard drive or through Flickr or Picasa using one of Tabblo's handy plug-ins. Once you've selected your photos, you can arrange and customize your book using Tabblo's simple tool. The 4"x4" Tabblo photo book has 16 pages and costs around $10; it also looks like an amazing gift idea for the holiday season. The book printing service is in beta, so it's

Now a member of Friends in Tech...

As you may have noticed by the new logo on the right, TechnologyIQ is now a full member of Friends In Tech , an association of technology podcasters. My other podcast, Career Opportunities , has been a long time member, but I was waiting to see how TechnologyIQ worked out before I asked for it to be included in the Friends in Tech pantheon. If you are looking for a place to ask your technology questions, and have them answered by one of the most knowledgeable groups of technology experts around, head over to the Friends in Tech Forums .

Cool Tools: Free Flash-based presentation tool

Cool web services just keep coming and coming. Here is a service that provides MS PowerPoint-style presentations using only your web browser. This is sure to be highlighted in an upcoming Live from the Library Internet Seminar . Free Flash-based presentation tool In a field where we're constantly creating tutorials for our users, a lot of them in a web-accessible format, free tools that helps us do this are very valuable.  If you're looking for a free option for creating a Flash-based web presentation, check out Spresent . Think of it as a way to replace PowerPoint, or to do what PowerPoint does in a slightly different (and more streamlined) way.  From their self-description: (Continues) (Via LibrarianInBlack .) Technorati Tags: DIY , howto , how-to , technology , presentations , presenting , powerpoint , present , software , computers , high-tech , free

Become your own video broadcaster!

Have you ever wanted to become a broadcaster, sending your show out to tens or hundreds of people? might just be the answer to your dreams. Using only your webcam, web browser and Flash plugin, you can be broadcasting to your friends, family or the world. Here is a test run I gave the service with some of my fellow Friends in Tech members. It was done using only the built-in web cam on my laptop. Technorati Tags: DIY , howto , how-to , podcast , podcasting , technology , high-tech , free , video

Computing for the Everyman 4 - The Edit Menu

Listen to Computing for the Everyman - Part 4 - The Edit Menu (Backup Link) Support TechnologyIQ: iTunes Review | | Podcast Alley | Reader/Listener Line @ 206-338-5832 Transcript: Last time, I talked about the fundamental commands contained in the File Menu on nearly any computer system. These commands allow you to create new documents, save documents, open them again and print out your work. The next menu to the right, the Edit Menu, contains important commands that allow you to work with your documents...adding, deleting and moving information as you create the final version. There will certainly be other commands in the Edit Menu, but Cut, Copy, Paste and Undo will always be found there. Let's take the commands in the order they normally appear in the menu, from the top down. Undo, Undo ... One of the most important commands on any computer, Undo allows you to undo the last change you made to your document. Maybe you made your text bold by accident, or deleted an en

TED Talks give you deep learning...for free!

TED stands for Technology, Entertainment and Design and it is one of the most exclusive conferences in the world. That said, you can now see hundreds of the talks from TED from the comfort of your own computer. There are talks on Technology, Science, Culture and more from some of the best known names in the world, including Bill Clinton, Jane Goodall, David Pogue and Frank Gehry. The web site brings the world's foremost authorities right into your home or office. Check it out, but don't blame me if you lose yourself there. Of course, your time will be very well spent. Giving Away Information, but Increasing Revenue (Bob Tedeschi/New York Times) Giving Away Information, but Increasing Revenue — THOSE who don't have $6,000 or enough prominent connections to get into a TED conference can take heart. The price of admission just went to zero, provided you can settle for a more remote experience. — The TED organization … Source: New York Times Author: Bob Ted

Typical Mac User LIVE - Another great podcast for your questions

The producer of the Mac Cast Loop is also a longtime Mac podcaster in his own right over at the Typical Mac User . His LIVE show, TMU LIVE can be found on, just like the MacCast Loop. You can connect up via chat or telephone and ask your most pressing Mac questions and comment on the theme for evening. Link: Typical Mac User podcast Link: Typical Mac User LIVE podcast Technorati Tags: howto , how-to , podcast , podcasting , events , technology , macintosh , software , computers , high-tech , free

Great LIVE podcast for Mac Users - MacCast Loop

I am a little late in telling you about this show, as I am listening to it LIVE right now on , but I did want to recommend that that Mac users check it out. MacCast Loop is the LIVE, interactive version of Adam Christianson's regular podcast, the MacCast . On MacCast Loop you can call in and ask you Mac-related questions and also hear great questions and comments from other users. If you can't join LIVE, you can download the shows as podcasts to play on your computer, iPod or other MP3 player. MacCast Loop happens every Sunday morning at 10 AM Pacific/1 PM Eastern time. Check it out and you might just see me in the chat room or hear me on the show. Link: MacCast Loop - LIVE Show Link: The MacCast Technorati Tags: howto , how-to , podcast , podcasting , events , technology , macintosh , software , computers , high-tech , free

Elsewhere Online: Flickr for newcomers

During last night's Internet Seminar, we talked a bit about Flickr. For those of you who want to dive into Flickr further, here is a great article to get your started. Flickr for newcomers If you're trying to sell Flickr as a great way to post photos of your library's activities, or even to your mom so she can share all those great photos she takes of her garden, then take a look at this Newbie's Guide to Flickr from the Webware blog.  This is the most concise and complete explanation of what Flickr options exist, even better than what's on Flickr's own site (which isn't really a nice list, but rather long paragraphs with really important hyperlinks buried in the text, and that are the only way to access those features).  Anyway...yes, take a look at this guide and integrate it into your own Flickr classes. found via Darlene Fichter's furl file (Via LibrarianInBlack .) Technorati Tags: howto , how-to , tutorial , computers , photo , photography

Live from the Library - RSS Feeds, Readers and More

RSS Feeds, Readers and More Listen to Live from the Library - April 12, 2007 ( Mirror ) Support TechnologyIQ: iTunes Review | | Podcast Alley | Reader/Listener Line @ 206-338-5832 Technorati Tags: DIY , howto , how-to , tutorial , technology , windows , macintosh , software , computers , email , high-tech

Library Internet Seminar - April 12, 2007

Join us Thursday, April 12, 2007 for our next Internet Seminar at the Sherman Oaks Branch of the Los Angeles Public Library . We are focusing on online web services like Google Docs and more. I will have a few sites to show, followed by an open question and answer session. You can listen to past sessions and other TechnologyIQ audio by clicking below Technorati Tags: california , howto , how-to , podcast , podcasting , tutorial , events , losangeles , technology , learning , education , library

Elsewhere Online: Peepel - another office web app hits the street

I would guess we are going to see more and more of these web-based application suites and I think it is a great idea. We need to have as many choices as possible so we can select the best suite for the features we use most often. If you have a chance to check out Peepel, add your comments below. I would love to hear about your experiences with this and any other service or software we mention here on TechnologyIQ. Peepel - another office web app hits the street Peepel Online Office Suite. Spreadsheet and word-processing, with maps coming soon. Needs to be better than good to compete in an increasingly crowded space, don’t it?  Peepel is a unique approach to online applications, allowing multiple applications to run in the same window. Users can open as many applications as they wish in [...] (Via The Red Ferret Journal .) Technorati Tags: technology , software , computers , high-tech , free

GOOG-411 - Google Voice Local Search

More Google Announcements today... Google Voice Search works over your telephone, instead of the Internet, but it provides some Internet connected features. I tried it out as soon as I heard about it. My initial, rather simple, test was to locate cofee in Van Nuys, CA. It worked pretty well. You can listen to a short, lightly edited, recording of my session with GOOG-411. (I took out extraneous issues invovled with trying to record from my cell phone.) Listen: GOOG-411 Demonstraton (Audio) Google Voice Local Search Google Voice Local Search is Google’s experimental service to make local-business search accessible over the phone. To try this service, just dial 1-800-GOOG-411 (1-800-466-4411) from any phone. Using this service, you can: * search for a local business by name or category. You can say "Giovanni's Pizzeria" or just "pizza". * get connected to the business, free of charge. * get the details by SMS if you’re using a mobile phone.

Make your own maps at Google

Today, Google has released a new feature, MyMaps, that allows you to annotate any Google Map using icons, text, shapes and links. This screen shot shows a sample I made about the Internte Seminars at the Library. Click to be taken to Google Maps for the real map Technorati Tags: make , DIY , technology , software , computers , high-tech , cool , free , maps , map

Computing for the Everyman 3 - The File Menu

Listen to Computing for the Everyman - Part 3 - The File Menu Support TechnologyIQ: iTunes Review | | Podcast Alley | Reader/Listener Line @ 206-338-5832 Transcript: If you learn a few computer fundamentals, you can use almost any computer or any program, even if you know nothing else about it. Computing for the Everyman - this time in TechnologyIQ People can be very intimidated by computers, especially if they don’t have much experience with them. They can find the complexity daunting, even if they don’t have a use for most of the functions of a computer or its software. People want to know everything about their computer before starting to use it, but it is only in using , and playing with, your computer, that you can truly learn about it. That said, there are some basic computer fundamentals that can give you the confidence to approach any computer or any piece of software and start using it immediately. Last time in Computing for the Everyman, I talked about “The least