Get Productive! Open Source, Google Applications, and Other Free or Low-Cost Internet Resources Presentation by Boise Public Library at Hillcrest Slides created with Google Docs and Open Office Impress
Get Productive - Overview
The World of Google Applications a. Google Docs - Productivity Software b. Picasa - Photo Manager c. Many, Many More
Open Source Software a. Open Office b. Mozilla Applications c. Fine More Open Source
Free Anti-Virus Software
Download.com from CNET
1. World of Google Applications What's a Google? "Googol" is the mathematical term for a 1 followed by 100 zeros. Google's play on the term reflects the company's mission to organize the immense amount of information available on the web and make it universally accessible and useful.* What Google has to offer? Apart from being the Internet's most-used search engine, the company also offers a number of free organizational and informational applications that can be used and accessed by anyone connected to the the Intranet. * Above paragraph taken from the Google Corporate web page: http://www.google.com/corporate/
1. World of Google Applications (cont.) How to Use Google Most Google services can be accessed by a using a single account. The first step is to create yourself an account by going to the Google Account page: https://www.google.com/accounts
1a. Google Docs http://docs.google.com A free service that allows users to safely create, store, and organize documents, spreadsheets, and presentations online. Google Docs uses a concept called "Cloud Computing" where applications such as a word processor is a part of the website, not loaded on a computer. The site allows you to upload popular formats such as Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint to Google Docs and edit them online. Google Docs also allows its users to save file in different formats used for online applications such as .txt, .doc, and .PDF.
1a. Google Docs "Google Docs in Plain English" View this YouTube video for an explanation on Google Docs. Click Above Box to Play
1a. Google Docs
Advantages of Google Docs
Free online storage of documents
Access anywhere you have the Internet
Upload different file types
Save files in different formats (.txt, .doc, .PDF, more)
Disadvantages of Google Docs
Don't physically possess storage of materials
Applications aren't robust
Requires Internet to access files
Dependent on provider
1b. Picasa http://picasa.google.com Picasa is a software download from Google that helps you organize, edit, and share your photos. It's free, and easy to use. Picasa allows you to manage all aspects your digital photos including exporting them from your camera, organize them on your computer, easy edits and fixes for your photos, exporting for printing, and online sharing via Picasa Web Albums . Software available for Windows, Mac, and Linux operating systems.
1c. Many, Many More Gmail Free e-mail accounts. Google Calendar Create unlimited number of calendars to organize your schedule and share events with others. Google Maps Get customized maps and directions. Google Sites Create your own web site and/or wikis. Google Earth Explore the world from your computer using detailed satellite imagery.
1c. Many, Many More Blogger Share your world view with this free blogging application. Book Search Search the full text of books. Google Health Organize your medical records online. Scholar Search scholarly papers. Labs Explore Google's technology playground More from Google
2. Open Source Software What is open source software? The following definition is taken from the Open Source Initiative's web site: http://www.opensource.org "Open source is a development method for software that harnesses the power of distributed peer review and transparency of process. The promise of open source is better quality, higher reliability, more flexibility, lower cost, and an end to predatory vendor lock-in." In other words, open source programs are created by software developers, often volunteers, who support the open source concept and are interested in using the software they create themselves. Open source developers believe that by allowing anyone who's interested in modifying the source code, the application will be more useful and error-free over the long term.
2. Open Source Software (cont.)
Advantages of Using Open Source Software
low or no cost - though some may suggest making a small donation
secure - because so many dedicate people can freely access code, they also can close any security holes faster than most corporate entities
available for many different operating systems
large web help community
adaptable to different users and purposes
2. Open Source Software (cont.)
Disadvantages of Using Open Source Software
no support phone or e-mail service
often requires more computer knowledge by the user
may not be as reliable given no financial motivation
no guarantees of maintenance or updates
2a. Open Office http://OpenOffice.org One of the best known open source software products. Open Office is a complete productivity suite offering products for word processing, spreadsheets, publications, presentations, graphics, and database management. Open Office documents are compatible with Microsoft® Office documents as well as most other home/office productivity software programs. Open Office is completely free and can be downloaded for any purpose.
2a. Open Office (cont.) The following text is taken from OpenOffice.org's website: “ OpenOffice.org 3 is the result of over twenty years' software engineering. Designed from the start as a single piece of software, it has a consistency other products cannot match. A completely open development process means that anyone can report bugs, request new features, or enhance the software. The result: OpenOffice.org 3 does everything you want your office software to do, the way you want it to.”
2b. Mozilla What Is Mozilla? Mozilla is a global community of people who have been working together since 1998 to create world-class open source software. Mozilla believes that openness, innovation and participation are key to the continued health of the Internet. According to Mozilla's website, “The common thread that runs throughout Mozilla is our belief that, as the most significant social and technological development of our time, the Internet is a public resource that must remain open and accessible to all. With this in mind, our efforts are ultimately driven by our mission of encouraging choice, innovation and opportunity online.” Find out more about the Mozilla Project at: http://www.mozilla.org
2b. Mozilla (cont.) Mozilla Products https://www.mozilla.com Firefox Firefox is Mozilla's most popular product. It's an open source web browser that many computer professionals consider the fastest and most secure means to explore the Internet. The source code is freely available and Firefox has a dedicated worldwide community continually improving the product itself but also creating helpful additions, know as “Add-ons” the provide limitless expansions. Check out Firefox Add-ons here: https://addons.mozilla.org
2b. Mozilla (cont.) Other Mozilla Products Lightning and Sunbird Lightning is a popular calendaring, scheduling and task management extension. Sunbird® is a cross-platform application that brings Mozilla-style ease-of-use to your calendar. SeaMonkey SeaMonkey® is the all-in-one application formerly known as the "Mozilla Application Suite", containing a web browser, a mail and newsgroups client, an HTML editor, web development tools, and an IRC chat client. Thunderbird Thunderbird® is Mozilla's next generation e-mail client. Thunderbird makes emailing safer, faster and easier than ever before and can also scale to meet the most sophisticated organizational needs.
2c. Find More Open Source Software Where to find more open source solutions. SourceForge.net http://www.sourceforge.net SourceForge.net is the world's largest open source software development web site. We provide free services that help people build cool stuff and share it with a global audience. As of February, 2009, more than 230,000 software projects have been registered to use our services by more than 2 million registered users, making SourceForge.net the largest collection of open source tools and applications on the net.
3. Free Anti-Virus Software
Here are two options for free, reliable anti-virus protection for computers running Microsoft Windows (most versions).
For PCs (Windows-based computers)
AVG Anti-Virus Free Edition http://free.avg.com
Avira's AntiVir Personal http://www.free-av.com
For Macintosh (Apple) computers
4. Download.com http://www.download.com This site is operated by CNET, one of the largest technology-related sites. Download.com provides a quick means to search and download software applications for a seemingly endless array of needs. The site allows users to search for either Windows or Macintosh operating systems. Not all software programs are free to own. Be sure to check the pricing before deciding to install. Many applications offer a free trial period before requiring payment. You can filter your search for only free software. All programs are free to download and Download.com verifies that all applications are virus free.