Wednesday, January 07, 2015

When tools go Orkut #SMEM

With this note, Google announces the end of a yet another social media platform.  With this note, comes a reminder to focus on the Social in Social media.  There are plenty of platforms.  After that, there are tools.  

It looks like Orkut is heading for this list.

What will you be using for a replacement?

A Farewell to Orkut
After ten years of sparking conversations and forging connections, we have decided it's time for us to start saying goodbye to Orkut. Over the past decade, YouTube, Blogger and Google+ have taken off, with communities springing up in every corner of the world. Because the growth of these communities has outpaced Orkut's growth, we've decided to focus our energy and resources on making these other social platforms as amazing as possible for everyone who uses them.

We will shut down Orkut on September 30, 2014. Until then, there will be no impact on you, so you may have time to manage the transition. You can export your profile data, community posts and photos usingGoogle Takeout (available until September 2016). We are preserving an archive of all public communities, which will be available online starting September 30, 2014. If you don't want your posts or name to be included in the community archive, you can remove Orkut permanently from your Google account. Please visit our Help Center for any further details.

It's been a great 10 years, and we apologize to those of you still actively using the service. We hope you will find other online communities to spark more conversations and build even more connections for the next decade and beyond.


Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Old but still useful #ARRL #hamradio

Google Groups: "rec.radio.amateur.moderated" is USENET technology which was (and still is to some) popular from the days of the internet over dial-up.

This group and Rec.Radio.Swap offer digest messaging which gives users the ability to get ONE email per day, rather than every message, plus one does not have to use USENET with their primary email address, thus eliminating SPAM.

What is your favorite online ham radio information source?


Wednesday, November 12, 2014

What can you do in a drought?


Last week, we talked about how to conserve water outdoors since many communities are experiencing droughts, especially on the West Coast. It is critical that everyone also be mindful of indoor water maintenance and conservation. Did you know the average household’s leaks can account for more than 10,000 gallons of water wasted every year? Droughts affect everyone from farmers to those of us just trying to take a shower. Even small efforts, like being mindful of whether or not your faucet is completely off (dripping faucets alone lose 2,700 gallons of water a year!) make a huge difference.  
There are many things you can do to improve your conservation, from purchasing water-saving technologies to how you do your laundry. Test your knowledge and check out these effective conservation strategies:
·        Choose energy and water-efficient appliances;
·        Check all plumbing for leaks;
·        Avoid letting the water run while you shave or brush your teeth;
·        Only use your dishwasher when it is full and on the “light wash” setting to use less water;
·        Avoid using running water to thaw frozen meats and foods; and
·        Wash your clothes only when you have a full load.

By practicing these tips every day and making them part of your routine, you will save money and preserve this essential resource during drought season.

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