Monday, August 13, 2012

The Orbit uninstaller sometimes doesn't clean-up after itself.

I use Google Chrome as my browser, and a while ago i downloaded a program named "Orbit Downloader" to try it out.
I didn't like it, and decided to unstinall. Fair enough.
But after i uninstalled it, i tried to download a file. And the popup came up with "This download has been transfered to Orbit Downloader ..."
But i dont have the program installed?
I checked through all my folders to search for it. Found nothing.
I reinstalled Google Chrome. Nothing changed.
Whenever i have to download anything, i have to find the download link and go into Internet Explorer and use that.
The problem only exists in Google Chrome, not Firefox or IE. (But i like Chrome too much to change :) )
The Orbit uninstaller sometimes doesn't clean-up after itself. 

In Win7 go to Users\yourusername\AppData\
Local\Google\Chrome\Application\plugins and delete nporbit.dll

Sunday, August 12, 2012

An Evolving collection of Technology Tools for Collaborative Work and Online Education

Maintained by Margaret Riel, and faculty and cadres from the Masters of Arts in Learning Technologies,
from the Graduate School of Education and Psychology from Pepperdine University
--feel free to start a discussion around any of these tools or add a tool.


WEB 2.0: The Web You Help Create As Well As Use

Web 2.0 is the read/write version of the internet; sometimes called the participatory web.
Students across a number of cadres have collected a set of FREE tools that they find useful.
In addition to the links to the tools on this page, there are two other resources:
(Pepperdine Student Resources)

  • Cadre 11's - Design Library of Tools. Cadre 11 (2008-9) developed a smaller set of tools with a page description to help you learn how to use the tool as well as a small activity the students created for their cadre to think about how to use the tool. The site invites discussion around the application of these tools in educational contexts. We welcome your participation.

All Cadre List of Useful Tools by Category

Community Spaces or Social Networking Tools- Synchronous and Asynchronous

  • Edmodo - For creating trusted and secure social/mobile learning networks, FREE - Edmodo
  • Diigo- Community Building around internet-worked resources--one of the top ten... Diigo
  • NING - For creating your own social network NING
  • Google Sites for creating webpages with wikis Googlesites
  • Facebook - Shared personal spaces with many tools for collaboration Facebook
  • Yammer - Applies social media tools like Facebook to the workplace. Yammer
  • LinkedIn - A form of professional networking Link in
  • Tapped In - Professional educators' collaborative with over 500 professional development groups, university and K-12 classrooms. Safe and secure K-12 Campus allows collaboration between classrooms (polysynchronous) Tapped in
  • Education with New Technologies (ENT)- collaborative lesson building and professional development ENT
  • Google Groups -group space integrated with google tools. Google Groups
  • Student Study Group -example of student use of networking. Let's Cram
  • WiZiQ offers 2-way live audio/video delivery and the ability to share PowerPoint presentations asynchronously even with narrated audio in slides'
  • Wiggio - An online toolkit that makes it easy to communicate, collaborate, and work in groups. Wiggio
  • UpToUs - A free community tool for organizing trusted groups--nicely integrated calendar with reminders. UpToUs
  • - Another public/private community site. New fees added fall 2010.

Synchronous Communication Tools

  • Etherpad http:/ This is my favorite resource of the year (mriel). It allows for up to 20 people to write on a page at the same time and keeps track of the contributions of the first 8 in colors. You can play back the changes. Great tool for teaching! (add the name of the pad you want like this and you will be able to name the pad.
  • Skype Free voice conferencing ,,and GIZMO> and Ecam lets you record Skype conversations on a Mac ( (Scott, Cadre 9)
  • Second Life- a whole world unto itself. (5 minute movie introduction
  • TalkShoe - Live Interactive Podcasting and Audioblogging. Record group chat and voice via phone, Skype or VoIP and archive as a podcast with free hosting.
  • Gabbly Chat Box - Add a chat box to any website for free like the one you see here. Anyone who loads this page at the same time can chat. You can also temporarily open a chat on any web page by type between htt:// and the site url.
  • Free Web Conferencing with MP3 recording (Calvin, Cadre8)
  • Meebo - If you chat with others in AIM, MSN Messenger, Google Talk, or Yahoo Chat, you can do it all from Meebo without having to open each application. It is web based so there is nothing to download. Also, you can embed a widget in your website so people can see when you are logged into Meebo and they can chat with you. (Chris, Cadre 9)
  • Elluminate - You can sign up for a free "vRoom" that allows you to use and share voice, live video, multimedia tools and collaborate on a whiteboard with others Live. Great for conferencing or project collaboration. (Heather, Cadre X)
  • CoverItLive
  • DimDim ( - Free web conferencing tool that delivers synchronized live presentations, whiteboards, and web pages over the Internet while sharing real-time voice and video. No download is required.

Asynchronous Communication Tools with Voice

  • YackPack - Create Async audio discussion with group and individual audio mail, cadre 8)
  • Gong -Async threaded discussions
  • Voice Threads- a great way to have a asynchronous voice conversation around a image. In schools, children could create images and tell stories and others can comment or add to the story. (go through all of the 8 pages on what is a voice thread to get different ideas.)
  • Audacity - for making podcast and other recordings
  • Gabcast - use your phone for making podcasts
  • Gcast is hosted service to create podcasts for free

Coordination Tools

Collaborative Knowledge Building/Knowledge Sharing Tools


Graphic/Modeling Tools

Text Tools

  • Google docs and spreadsheet-shared Word processing and data collecting]
  • Zoho has a collection of tools that include Zoho writer (James and Jaime, Cadre 11)
  • Make any pdf file into a page turning newsletter for publishing on the web with ISSUU

Multimedia Tools

  • Jing- -Instantly captures and shares images and video (from your computer to anywhere more JING information from design library-Jing
  • TeacherTube - Share movies with an educational design--either for or by students.
  • YouTubeShare movies about anything
  • Flickr- photos/ graphic (example of use:
  • Flektor, online free video editing (Josh Burker, cadre 9)
  • Animoto: add pictures, choose music, and let animoto make you a quick 30 second video sync-ed with your text and photos


Web Journals and Portfolios

Research Tools

  • Bibliography creator: (just cut and past the creation into your document and it's done! Don't forget to select APA (Brandy, Cadre X)
  • Google Scholar
  • Zotero is a Firefox tool that stores/organize/annotates/locates research materials while working online
  • Citations in a fluid world is a problem as the world shifts and what you linked to is often gone. Here is a way to store and link to an archived copy (Scott, Cadre 5)
  • The Way Back Machine is a way to see how pages change over time and has added an archive feature as well
  • Encyclopedia of Life Comprehensive, collaborative, ever-growing, and personalized, the Encyclopedia of Life is an ecosystem of websites that makes all key information about life on Earth accessible to anyone, anywhere in the world. (Robert, Cadre 9).*
  • Wikipedia -multilingual free-content encyclopedia on the Internet
  • Diigo - a social Bookmarking Tool and a web Highlighting and annotation tool. (Greg Noack, Cadre 11)
  • Wordle A word cloud generating tool to see what words are central in any text. Great way to get a quick sense of a paper before you read it.
  • MindMeister: online collaborative website for developing mind maps

Learning Management Systems (LMS)

  • Edmodo - For creating trusted and secure social/mobile learning networks, FREE -
  • Blackboard: Offers a variety of web-based engagement and assessment solutions for all levels of learners, offering tools including discussion forums, file exchange, real-time chats, whiteboards, and more.
  • Sakai: An open-source, enterprise-ready collaboration and courseware management platform that provides users with a suite of learning, portfolio, library and project tools.
  • Moodle: Software package for producing Internet-based courses and web sites.

Other Tools



Recommended by:

Web 2.0 Tools
Huge list of tools to explore
Cool Tools for Schools
Divided into different tool types via menu barCarly
Crazy Geek Chick Collaboration Tools
27 collaboration toolsMichael W
Cool Tools Library for 2.0
Cool Tools Library for Web 2.0Scott M
Seomoz Tool Site
More collaborative 2.0 toolsRegina
Smashing Gaps Collaborative Tools
Even more collaborative 2.0 toolsMichael W
Automatically converts any text document (word, txt, pdf) to audio. It allows users to download podcast formatsRegina
EduTools provides independent reviews, side-by-side comparisons, and consulting services to assist decision-making in the e-learning communityCarly

Blogs and resources on Web 2.0 Tools
http://cooltoolslibrary2. blog/27-free-must-have-online- collaboration-tools/ learning/ict/web2edu/

Pepperdine List of resources
Student Resources

Saturday, August 4, 2012

How to Clean Video Games & Consoles with Household Products

Below are some quick tips on how to clean your video games and game systems using household products. The most common problems like dirty contacts, stickers, and markers are covered. Most of this info pertains to older cartridge based consoles but will work on newer consoles in some instances.

Warning: While cleaning the inside of a game system with a liquid solution, ALWAYS UNPLUG THE CONSOLE first to avoid electrical hazards. Also make sure the electronics are completely dry before powering the system back on.


Supplies Needed:
For cartridge based consoles it is highly recommended to clean your games and the system (Mainly the cartridge slot) before playing games on it. I say this because some games or cartridge slots may be really dirty and the last thing you want to do is insert a dirty game into a clean cartridge slot or the other way around.

It is very common for people to simply blow on cartridge based games to clean them. This is a simple solution but not a perfect fix. I would recommend using a Q-Tip and original Windex, yes Windex not rubbing alcohol. Believe me it works much better to clean games.

I usually have a small jar I put Windex in and dunk the Q-Tip in to soak the end with Windex. You will want to then place the wet end of the Q-Tip on the contacts of the game cartridge and run it across the board a few times on both sides of the board. You may see the tip of the Q-Tip turning black from the dust it has collected, even if you did the old blowing into the cartridge technique you will be surprised how much more dust and grime is still left on the board. When done using the wet side of the Q-Tip you will now want to use the dry side of it to dry the area you just cleaned.


Supplies Needed:
Cleaning cartridge slots in the game system is a little different. Usually I like to take a credit card and wrap it in a thin felt cloth and spray it with Windex. Do not completely soak the cloth just dampen it. Simply take your dampened cloth with card and slide it into the cartridge slot moving the card up and down through the slot. To dry it you can simply blow on it or you can use a can of compressed air. Windex is designed to dry quickly without having to wipe it off. So not much to worry about if you just dampen the cloth it should dry without a problem.


Supplies Needed:
Removing those pesky stickers can be a little annoying and involves a little patience. It is recommended to slowly peel the sticker off, but we all know chances are the sticker will just tear and you will be stuck with a white torn sticker left on your game or sticker residue. Only if you’re lucky will the sticker simply come off with no problem. The longer a sticker is on the product the harder it is to remove.

If the simple tear method doesn't remove the entire sticker try this.

Use either high content rubbing alcohol (Usually 90% or higher) or Goo Gone. Whichever you may have at hand. Take your product and apply a generous amount to a paper towel and soak the sticker. You may also slowly pour the chemical directly from the bottle onto the sticker but be careful for spills. Let the product sit for approximately 30-60 seconds, rubbing alcohol dries very quickly compared to Goo Gone so keep that in mind.

After the chemical is applied you may just want to scratch away at the sticker with your fingernail until the sticker is removed. Sometimes you may need to apply more chemical and repeat these steps until the sticker is removed completely.

You can also use a razor blade and scrape the sticker off instead of scratching with your fingernail, but the razor may cut the product you are cleaning if not positioned right, so be careful and patient if you try that. For any leftover sticker residue after the sticker has been removed I recommend using a rubbing alcohol soaked paper towel or even hot water soaked paper towel and wiping the area clean. Then simply dry it off with a paper towel. Now you should be sticker free!

These tips are for stickers stuck on game cases, game cartridges, or consoles. If you have a sticker on a paper game cover art or manual I cannot recommend using these techniques as they will damage your product. Also this only works on paper based stickers. Some stickers may be metal based "Non-removable" rental stickers. There are ways to remove rental stickers but that is a completely different method and may damage your product.


Supplies Needed:
So you just got a game or system with someone's name or initials. What do you do? Well truth be told permanent marker really isn't permanent and can be removed using two easy techniques.

Technique 1 involves hairspray. I prefer hairspray in an aerosol can as it seems to work better. Simply spray the area with hairspray and let it sit 5-10 seconds. You should see the ink start to bleed off quickly. Now wipe the area vigorously with a dry paper towel. Most if not all the ink should be gone. If some ink remains simply repeat the above steps.

A few things I want to address about hairspray are that it does not leave a sticky feeling at all to the applied surface. Hairspray is designed to be absorbed in the hair and then cure after being absorbed. Hairspray cannot be absorbed in plastics and metals. If stickiness is of a concern to you it is possible to wipe the area clean with a paper towel soaked in water and wipe dry afterwards. This method works great for areas like LCD screens or any area where light pressure is needed to remove ink from a product. Since the hairspray does most of the work for you.

Technique 2 involves using a Mr. Clean Magic Eraser soaked in water. Simply soak the magic eraser in water and start scrubbing away at the permanent marker ink. With a little patience and elbow grease the marker will come right off.


Supplies Needed:
Corrosion can appear as a light blue or white gunked up substance on game cartridge boards or system cartridge slots and electrical connectors. Corrosion and rust are completely different types of degrading on metals. Corrosion is usually formed by two dissimilar metals. There are several other ways it can be formed, but you're not here for a chemistry lesson you want to learn how to clean the corrosion off.

To clean corrosion off you simply need baking soda and hot water from your faucet, that’s it. I would suggest one cup of hot water then about 2 tablespoons of baking soda. Mix the two together with a spoon. Now you have a safe corrosion cleaning chemical. Depending on what you are using it on makes a difference how you apply it. If it is a cartridge slot on a game system than you may want to just apply it to a felt cloth and wrap the cloth around a credit card (Make sure the cloth is damp you and not soaked. You may need to lightly squeeze the cloth to release some liquid), then proceed to move the card up and down in the slot to clean the area.

For game cartridge contacts you can simply dunk a Q-Tip in the solution and use it in a similar way you would to clean games with Windex. I would allow the solution to sit for a few minutes before you dry the area. When done dry the area with compressed air or a dry Q-Tip. You can also use a Scotch Brite pad dampened in this solution to clean electronics if you can access areas with it. Corrosion rarely forms on electronics, so only use this guide if corrosion is present.


Supplies Needed:
If a disc you have has scratches or scuffing you may want to seek out a place in your area to correct these problems and resurface the discs. Most places only charge a few dollars to resurface discs. I would not recommend using cheap cleaning kits to clean a disc as most people have reported that it may make your disc worse. I have experienced this first hand with Disc Doctor as the machine left many scuffs on my disc.

For discs some problems may be from simple finger smudges present on the surface. For a light cleaning of the disc use a dry felt cloth and rub the surface of the disc from the inner ring outward. Do not rub the disc in a circular motion as it will go against the 'grain' of the disc. No chemicals needed here.


Supplies Needed:
So you have a game system and its collecting dust and you want to let it shine like new again. Or maybe you have a console or controller that has buttons that may stick and may not rebound all the way back or get stuck. Cleaning consoles goes a long way for looks but also in the consoles functionality.

If you want to properly clean the entire shell of the system you can simply remove the screws and the electronics connected to the case. I really would only do this with systems that have ridges in their molding such as an Atari 2600 or Sega Genesis systems. Cleaning those grooves can be a pain without taking the system apart.

Don't be afraid to take the old school game systems apart they are literally just a couple of screws and the motherboards come out easily. You can take the bare casings of the system and wash them in a sink with soapy water and a sponge. Dry it off and put back together. This method also works to clean jammed buttons that are filled with grime and food crumbs that get stuck in the buttons from kids using the system/controller.

A Swiffer duster and a can of compressed air are great products to invest in. No need to rip the console apart to use those. Keeping your consoles free of dust helps them breathe better keeping them less prone to getting clogged with dust, which can overheat the system. I've seen modern systems fail due to overheating from being covered knuckle deep in dust.

I'm always interested hearing new technics and what methods you use to clean games and consoles. Feel free to leave a comment with your cleaning technics below.

HOW TO: Install XBMC + Plugins On Your iPhone And iPad

Over the time we showed you a lot of cool XBMC plugins for the AppleTV 2 but, since most of you don’t own an AppleTV 2, today we’re showing you how to take advantage of the same plugins on your iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch.
NOTE: as an example we’re going to use our previous XBMC plugin: NaviX
1. To install XBMC on your iPhone and/or iPad follow our previous tutorial
2. Load Cydia and install iFile
3. Load MobileSafari and browse to ( or to our page if it says ‘ download this zip file ‘ ) . And tap on ‘ Latest
4. If you have apps like GoodReader, it will probably ask you to open the zip file with it. If that’s the case, choose ‘Open In..’ and select iFile
5. The .zip file will be downloaded and iFile will load. Upon load it will ask you what you want to do with the .zip file you just downloaded. You want to leave it as a .zip file so you will tap on ‘Cancel’ . By default the .zip file will be downloaded on /var/mobile/Documents/ . If you want you can move it somewhere else, but you need to know the exact path.
6. Load XBMC on your iPhone/iPad
7. Go to Settings > Addons > Install from zip file > Home Folder > Documents ( or wherever you saved the zip file ) > locate the .zip file and tap to install it.
8. Now back on the homapage of XBMC go to Programs > NaviX