Share Files Online — Part 3: Collaboration Tools

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You need to share files. Whether it’s with friends, clients, part­ners, or cowork­ers, there’s some file you need them to see, and vice-ver­sa.

My last two posts drew a dis­tinc­tion between whether you’re file-shar­ing for pub­li­ca­tion or for col­lab­o­ra­tion (How to Share Files — Part 1: Overview), and then explored some options for the pub­li­ca­tion-based options (How to Share Files — Part 2: Pub­li­ca­tion Tools). Read more…

Share Files Online — Part 2: Publication Tools

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In last week’s post, How to Share Files — Part 1: Overview, I drew a dis­tinc­tion between pub­li­ca­tion-based online file-shar­ing and col­lab­o­ra­tion-based online file-shar­ing. Read more…

Share Files Online — Part 1: Overview

Two guinea pigs sharing a carrot

Over the last few months I’ve answered a lot of ques­tions about online file-shar­ing.

Should I upload my files to my own web­site or put them on a file-shar­ing ser­vice?”

How can I make a PDF avail­able on my blog?”

What about sites like Google Docs and Zoho?” Read more…

Fixing a Flickering PowerPoint

Picture of an audio icon in PowerPoint

This quick tip is for a very spe­cif­ic sit­u­a­tion, but I want to make it avail­able since lengthy Googling didn’t turn up an answer for me. I had to solve it the hard way: by actu­al­ly pay­ing atten­tion. I’m not used to doing that. Google has made me weak. Read more…

Decide Which RSS Feeds to Follow

A fuzzy RSS icon

RSS is a great way to eas­i­ly fol­low a lot of web­sites. This arti­cle isn’t an intro­duc­tion to RSS—that’ll have to wait for anoth­er time—but if you’re new to RSS or just a lit­tle hazy on the details, I high­ly rec­om­mend you watch the 3-minute video RSS in Plain Eng­lish.

Even though RSS is awful­ly con­ve­nient, even­tu­al­ly even the con­ve­nience of hav­ing your favorite sites con­densed into one place can get over­whelm­ing. Read more…

Nonprofit Profiles, Groups, and Pages: Facebook Policy

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When cre­at­ing a Face­book pres­ence for your non­prof­it, you need to decide which kind of pres­ence to use.

In addi­tion to cre­at­ing a Face­book Cause—which you should con­sid­er as a sup­port­ing ser­vice rather than a pri­ma­ry presence—you real­ly have three options: a Pro­file, a Group, or a Page.

Pro­files are intend­ed for indi­vid­u­als; Pages are intend­ed for brands and orga­ni­za­tions; and Groups are gen­er­al­ly more infor­mal, may give you less con­trol, and (not coin­ci­den­tal­ly) seem more prone to going viral. Read more…

Nonprofit Social Media Resources: A Menagerie

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This week I’m giv­ing a pre­sen­ta­tion on social media to the Dane Coun­ty Admin­is­tra­tors of Vol­un­teer Ser­vice (DCAVS).

In a 75 minute talk (includ­ing dis­cus­sion) I’ll only be able to scratch the sur­face of this enor­mous top­ic, so I’m pro­vid­ing them with addi­tion­al resources to help with lat­er plan­ning and learn­ing. I thought I’d post the resource list here for any­one else who’d find it use­ful.
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Move Your Domain to a New Web Host

Part of a diagram showing the overview of server migration

Web host migra­tion is like sky­div­ing: you know there’ll be a lot of adren­a­lin, and you hope there won’t be a loud thud at the end.

I’ve migrat­ed a few domains recent­ly for myself and oth­ers. So far, no thuds. Here’s the process I used.
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Create a Nonprofit Facebook Page in 3 Easy Steps

Three simple steps on a stairway

Step 1: Contemplate

Ask your­self this ques­tion: “Why am I doing this?”

(This is a pret­ty good ques­tion to ask before doing most things.)

If you can’t answer that ques­tion clear­ly and specif­i­cal­ly, you should do more think­ing before you make a Page. Answers like “Because everybody’s doing it” and “Because some­body asked me why we’re not on Face­book” don’t count. Read more…

Install Koha on Ubuntu — Part 6: Going Live

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Warn­ing: this tuto­r­i­al was devel­oped in 2008, and is for ver­sions of Koha and Ubun­tu that are now con­sid­ered quite old. If you want to install the cur­rent ver­sion of Koha on Ubun­tu, please vis­it Koha on Ubun­tu at the Koha Com­mu­ni­ty wiki.

This is part 6 of 6 in a tuto­r­i­al series on installing Koha 3.0 on Ubun­tu 8.10.

So far we’ve installed and con­fig­ured Lin­ux, laid the ground­work for Koha, installed and con­fig­ured Koha, and played around with it a lit­tle.

If you’re con­sid­er­ing the next step—using Koha for actu­al library hold­ings and actu­al patrons—this final arti­cle is for you. Read more…

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