Testing Performancing

Update: the automatic Technorati tags didn’t work. I’ll have to look into that some more…

performancing blog editorI am testing out Performancing, which just released a blog editor / firefox extension (found through Steven Cohen over at Library Stuff). It’s pretty cool! Take a look at it in the first image – that’s me starting this blog post.

As you can see, it’s got a WYSIWYG interface, with all the usual bold, italic, underlined, and add links goodness. It also has the ability to mess with the HTML code (which I just did to make the image on the left align left and have no icky border).

But the coolest thing (also seen in the first image) is the split screen, RIGHT ON THE FIREFOX BROWSER. How neat is that?

performancingOK – so you think it’s cool too, and want to post using it. What do you do? Take a look at this next image – there are a number of different ways to open it up (and I’m still just experimenting). You can toggle the split screen on and off using the F8 key; if you right-click, you’ll see Performancing on the menu (circled in the image to the right); or you can click the little notepad-and-pencil icon in the bottom right-hand cormer of the Firefox window (also circled). Wow!

Even cooler – and I don’t know if this is going to really work yet or not – is the ability to automatically add Technorati tags to my blog posts. Yep, that’s what the Performancing folks claim… so we’ll see once I hit the Publish button.

So here goes – I’m going to publish this little gem right now…

performancing – added manually

David’s Current 2006 Speaking Schedule


April 19: Blogs, Wikis, and Emerging Trends: Web 2.0, Kansas City Library Consortium User’s Conference

April 21: Getting Along with Techie Staff, OPAL

April 21: Introduction to Library Resources, Gregg Klice Community Center
April 24, into June: Basics of Library Website Management, 6 week online course for The Education Institute

April 29: Remembering our Past: Creating the Kansas City History Database, Midwest Archives Conference (MAC)

May 4: Blogs, Wikis, and Emerging Trends: Web 2.0, Kansas City Metropolitan Library and Information Network.

June 1: Blogs, Wikis, and Emerging Trends: Web 2.0, Missouri Public Library Directors meeting.

From what I hear, more to come!

ALA and Speaking

Jenny Levine posted her experiences with speaking at ALA and PLA. I’ve had two similar experiences:

1. Spoke at ALA, wasn’t a member. Luckily, my library paid my way, so I had airfare and hotel funding. But ALA was terribly strict about my non-member status – I could only attend the exhibit hall for one day (and couldn’t go to any other program that day).

2. Invited to speak at PLA, wasn’t a member. Library couldn’t fund… ALA/PLA didn’t want to fund… I didn’t speak.

If that’s not bad enough, I know of at least one state library association who does the same thing. Why on earth do they do this? “Well… that’s what ALA does…”

ALA – you are supposed to be a shining example of how to do IT right (whatever IT might be). Other associations look to you for guidance. Please – DO IT RIGHT. Conference speakers are INTEGRAL to a conference. At $130 – 235 a person for registration * 20,00 attendees… plus 900 exhibitors * however much you charge them for booths… I’d think you’d be able to AT LEAST waive the conference fee.

At least.

Book Publisher Looking to the Future

Update to the update: never mind – I figured it out.

Update: for some odd reason, I can’t seem to make a direct link to the blog post… the link to the actual blog is below – anyone know the direct link? Thanks!

I thought this was cool: Working Smart: The Death of Traditional Book Publishing.

Michael Hyatt is the CEO of Thomas nelson Publishers, a large christian publishing house. He has an interesting blog (frequently discusses GTD stuff, for those GTD fans). But this post is discussing the future of the paper book. Here’s a wonderful quote:

“While most publishers will admit that reference content is better accessed on the computer, almost all believe that the traditional non-fiction book or novel will never be replaced with a digital equivalent. I say, “baloney.” ”

It’s nice to see a forward-thinking CEO of a publishing house! He goes even further, and provides his ideal device – here are a few of his ideas:

– It looks similar to a tablet PC slate. No keyboard, no monitor, and it folds in half.
– It is the same size and thickness as a hardcover book, say 6″ by 9″ by 1/2″. Unfolded, it is 12″ x 9″ by 1/4″. It feels great in your lap. It can even be bent slightly like a book, so you can curl up on the sofa and read away.
– It uses a tablet PC interface with a built-in stylus that feels like a high-end pen. You can use it to make menu selections, enter text (via handwriting recognition), or highlight passages in books.
– It has a battery life of 12–18 hours.
– It completely replaces your computer and runs all your favorite applications.
– It has 256 gigabytes of flash drive storage. It has room for tens of thousands of songs, photos, movies—and books. Because it has no moving parts (unlike a hard drive), it is faster and more reliable.
– It includes a software application similar to iTunes for the purchase and download of books. Heck, maybe it’s just a modification of iTunes.
– It has a docking station that allows you to use a keyboard, mouse, external monitor, etc.
– It runs an Apple operating system. (obviously, he’s a Mac fan, too)

This isn’t really that far away from reality – combine the iPod Nano and some type of e-paper that’s being tested now, and you pretty much have what Hyatt is discussing.

So check out the post, and see what happens in the next few years. if publishing houses are talking like this, they’re preparing for change (hmm… that sounds familiar…). We should be, too.