Dorrie Scott's blog

View the Panoramic World

panorama picture of carnival in rioNo time to visit the Taj Mahal or the mountains of Machu Picchu?  How about a virtual visit with Panorama.dk.  View the world in full panorama glory.  Sit back and enjoy the view, and be sure and check out the New 7 Wonders tab.

Convert Your Files Online with Zamzar

caterpillar butterfly imageOne question I often get asked working in the library, is how to convert files from one file type to another.  For example, many companies will request that you send documents (a resume, perhaps) in a PDF format, but most likely your document is currently in a Microsoft Word format.  With Zamzar, you can easily convert from Word to PDF in less than a minute (no scanner hardware needed!). 

Good News, Good News - Read All About It

smile face with newspaperThey say no news is good news (or at least King James I of England is said to have first uttered the phrase), but I would have to disagree.  Lets face it, the news is often filled with stories that leave us (or at least me) feeling sad, upset, or just plain tired.  So, sometimes, you do need to see and/or hear about good news.  The stories that remind you of all the good happening both close to home and far away.  To that end, check out these two websites that offer good news only; Good News Now and Happy News.

Online Scrapbooking with Smilebox

scrapbook imageTired of spending money on scrapbooking supplies?  Need to clear out the scrapbook clutter from your home?  Well, never fear, Smilebox is here!  Smilebox.com offers online scrapbooking services for free.  Simply download a quick Smilebox application (took me less than 30 seconds), upload your photos, and pick out a theme from hundreds off different options.  Smilebox even offers complimentary music that can play while your friends and family view your online scrapbook.  Upgrades are available for a fee, but try it first for free!

Icons, Etc.

striped tree imageIcons, Etc. is an icon/clipart gallery full of FREE images for personal or commerical use on the web, flyers, etc.  They do offer "premium" images that require a small fee, but there are so many free images available you won't need the others.  Check out some of my cool finds...

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The Book Club Cookbook

Is your book club running out of ideas about what to read next?  Then check out the The Book Club Cookbook and The Kids' Book Club Book websites. The sites "are resources for book clubs, featuring book recommendations from book groups around the country, author recipes, book giveaways, author blogs, and newsletters. The Choose a Book - Invite an Author program allows readers to browse titles of interest to book clubs and invite authors to chat with their groups by phone."

And don't worry, they feature more than just books with a culinary tie-in.  You can also sign up for their free newsletter and enter to win free books.

Microsoft Office 2007: Making the Switch from Office 2003

If you're making the switch from Microsoft Office 2003 to 2007 or considering doing so, check out these interactive tutorials from Microsoft Office Online. The tutorials allow you to click on a command button in the 2003 program of your choice and it then shows you where that command button is now located in the new 2007 Office ribbon. The tutorials can also be downloaded to your computer for later use when you're not connected to the internet. Tutorials are available for Word 2007, PowerPoint 2007, Excel 2007, Access 2007, and Outlook 2007.

Image © 2009 Microsoft Corporation

Diigo - Highlight the Web

highlighter imageDiigo is simply one the coolest websites I've come across lately.

The Gift of Life

green ribbon image"Every 13 minutes, a new name is added to the national organ transplant waiting list. Every day, 17 people die waiting for a life-saving organ transplant." With over 100,000 patients in the United States needing an organ transplant, learn more about a life gift. (data from https://www.donatelifetexas.org/TXDear_Secure/Facts.aspx)

Animate Yourself with Voki Talking Avatars

female avatar imageLiven up your website or blog, send messages to friends and family, or just plain have fun with talking avatars from Voki.  Customize your avatar's look and sound to preference, and with a few click of the mouse your avatar is ready for his/her debut. 

Click here for a message from Dorrie. (click the play button below the image)

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