Perhaps you got a new computer from a generous spouse or parent for Christmas. Or you may have, like me, purchased a new computer for yourself to replace an old computer. Here are a few tips (on one method) for moving to a new computer.
- new computer
- old computer
- external hard drive that you can read and write to on both computers
- Sort through the items on the hard drive. Delete what you don’t need. Avoid the temptation to be a pack rat and delete those files that you’ve had for years and are tempted to keep just in case …
- Make sure that the remaining files have logical names and are organized appropriately in folders.
- (Optional) Partition your external hard drive if you want to use it both to store the files that you don’t use very often and back up your new computer’s files. If you do not know how to partition hard drives or prefer to keep your computer backup separate, get two external hard drives.
- Move sorted items that you don’t need on a day-to-day basis to a folder (or the partition if you made one in step 3) on one external hard drive.
- Move sorted items that you will need on a day-to-day basis onto your new computer’s hard drive.
- Back up your new computer to your backup external hard drive (or partition).
- Create a schedule for backing up your computer and add it to your calendar.
When you are done, you will have
- files that you usually use saved on your new computer
- files that you rarely use saved on a partition on an external hard drive
- a backup of your new computer on the second partition of your external hard drive (or on a second hard drive)
Diigo is a social bookmarking tool. You may be familiar with bookmarking using Firefox or Internet Explorer. These tools are great if you’re going to always use the same computer. But nowadays, we use a variety of tools for accessing stored information. In my case, I use a desktop at work, my Macbook and my iPhone. I wanted to find a tool that would let me bookmark from any device and access it from all my devices. I previously used delicious to do this. Some of you may use google bookmarks. For me, the master of them all is diigo. I think that diigo leads the pack in terms of features. It allows lists, groups, annotations and highlighting, networks, and of course tags.
Delicious is a good bookmarking tool. I used it for several years before discovering diigo. My main reason for moving to diigo was to be able to create and participate in groups.
Sharing ~ Part II of Diigo V4 tutorial series
Diigo — making Researching, Sharing, and Collaborating faster, easier and more effective!
More diigo help – http://help.diigo.com/home/get-started
Let’s get started
- Create a diigo account. Use http://www.larkin.net.au/020_technology_howtos.html to help you with the setup.
- Check out some existing libraries that you might like to follow/emulate: http://www.diigo.com/user/wgraziadei, http://www.diigo.com/user/nagoyais, http://www.diigo.com/user/drpresident
- Install the diigolet or diigo toolbar.
- Researching on diigo – http://vimeo.com/6747389
the diigolet (to bookmark) – http://vimeo.com/6775948
- Tags are categories that you can use to create groupings for your bookmarks. It’s worthwhile to think about how you will use. I didn’t think about this when I started and I’ve had to go back and clean up tags. I still have to do that sometimes. In fact, my first account is a huge mess because I had no idea what I was doing. For example, consistently use singular or plural terms so decide on blog or blogs for example.
- Decide how you will deal with spaces in tags. Will you use camelcase or underscores or hyphens etc. e.g. DigitalStorytelling, digitalstorytelling, digital_storytelling, digital-storytelling, digital~storytelling.
- When you’re searching other people’s bookmarks, note that they may use a different tagging convention than you.
Can you think of how this can be useful to you or your students? Please leave any ideas in the comments or email them to me.