I wrote the following for students because it’s too exhausting to keep track of the forgetful kids’ passwords. This way, they can keep track of passwords and links from a central location. (I encourage the forgetful kids to write passwords down, which security guru Bruce Schneier says is ok.)
If I was setting up a comfortable place to work, I would arrange my desk a certain way, gather pencils & pens & paper, and possibly even grab a Coke. This document describes how to set up something similar for your online work: a web workspace that gets you working quickly.
Your Mantra: is my friend
Our goal is to have a web workspace whether at home or at school. iGoogle to the rescue!
- Set your browser’s home page to your iGoogle page. At home or at school, this page will be your web workspace dashboard.
- Add the Bookmarks widget to your iGoogle page.
- Add the Google Docs widget to your iGoogle page.
- Create a Google Spreadsheet called “Web 2.0 Accounts” or similar.
- Fill in all your usernames and passwords in this spreadsheet. If you forget the logon info to a website, consult the spreadsheet. Add to the spreadsheet any time you make a new account.
- Add the flickr widget to your iGoogle page. (there are several, choose the one by chinson).
- On your iGoogle page, click the down arrow to “Edit settings”. Change the username and set it to display “Latest”.
How I Made My Web Workspace
Watch the video on ScreenCast.com. Here’s a screen grab of the workspace:
Ideas for advanced readers:
- Use iGoogle’s tabs to your benefit: set one up for each context in which you need to work. The above example was created in a tab for just one class I teach. I have others.
- Use tags when you use Google Bookmarks. Did you know that you can make the Google Bookmarks widget display select tags? I made a “ww” tag, which stands for web workspace.
- Leave the email widget off your web workspace page. It’s an interrupter that takes your attention away from the project at hand.