Adieu (old) Microsoft Education
I don't often write on this blog about educational services and edtech stuff, but since I've started the Adieu series here, I might as well post here. Microsoft has offered free online training for educators. Of course, most of the training is on how you can use their products and services for teaching, so it's a bit infomercial-y at times, but it's good nevertheless. The old site looked
A while back (5-6 years ago?) digital badging for learning was the new hotness, and I was pretty excited about digital badge credentials. Quite a few companies rushed to join this goldrush offering online platforms for credentialing, but it seems like the dust is settling. With 2019 gone, one of these providers (and won't you know, it's the one I used for the classes I teach) is
Adieu Yahoo! Groups
Well, another end-of-an-era is upon us. Verizon (owner of Yahoo!) is shuttering yahoo groups. This is a service that I've used on-and-off since the late 90s. Early in my college days we used it as an asynchronous place to meet with people that we knew from Yahoo! Chat (which was synchronous). This spawned groups like Ελληνικό Καφενείο, which was tied tot the
Friday, Jan 4 2019 03:30 | adieu, authentication, blogging, micro-blogging, Photos, security, Technology, tumblr, verizon, Yahoo
Another one bites the dust - at least for me. In 2018, after 10 years of using Tumblr I decided to stop using this service (it's questionable how long it will be around anyway). Initially, early in September I lost access to my account. I had enabled 2FA (2 factor authentication) but none of the the security tokens on my 2FA application would work. Argh... After
Wednesday, Jan 2 2019 09:00 | Academia, academics, adieu, archives, Social Media, Social Networking, Technology
Well, with 2019 here, and 2018 gone I've bid adieu to Academia.edu. There isn't one thing that really made me quit, but a variety of factors that really combined to make the network feel "sleazy". When Academia.edu kicked off it felt like a good idea: a social network for academics to see what each other is working on, to share pre-publication versions of their work, heck even ask for feedback
Adieu Yahoo Messager...for good this time?
Yahoo Messager "classic", the service that existed when I was in high school and college has been defunct for a little while now, but Yahoo! decided to reinvent itself in the messaging app business by revamping...or rather starting a new service and a new app and calling that yahoo messenger. This also included Yahoo's own version of a two factor authenticator which I actually rather liked.
Well, I guess another one bite the dust. Over the weekend I saw an announcement that Klout - the social media influence measurement tool - had gone to the great binary cloud in the sky. Klout, whose logo reminded me of a Cyrillic "Zhe" (maybe they were russian spies? ;-) ), took all of your social profile information, it collated the likes, reblogs, retweets, comments, thumbs up (etc?)
Where's camptain pike?
Seems like old school fan films (pre CBS guidelines) are pretty quiet. Axanar seems to be 'working' on it, and Pacific 201 sends some periodic updates. Captain Pike on the other hand seems MIA. I think this might be one of those casualties (or maybe a study case for kickstarter risks). Too bad that it looks like this won't come out (especially considering that Pike will be
I guess this shows you how much attention I paid to Del.icio.us! I learned the other day that Delicious went under last summer, purchased - for one last time, by Pinboard (another web 2.0 company) to maintain the site for historical reasons (good on them!). Delicious was quite an innovative site at the time. Launched in 2003 to make web bookmarks social and to enable people to share interesting
Adieu Toys R Us
image making the rounds on social mediaWell, there goes another retailer in the dust-bin. Toys R Us, with their well known mascot, Geoffrey the Giraffe, are going away - declaring bankruptcy and being liquidated. The toy store chain was only 70 years old, so it's been around for a respectable time period, but not as long as other brick & mortar stores.I think I've only been into a
Microsoft: where mobile operating systems go do die
I am not sure if I was revising something on Feedly that I had not read yet, or if this crossed one of my feeds last week, but the story was about Windows Mobile 10 being taken off life support (it wasn't this story, but it gives you an idea). I've come to the conclusion, over the past decade, that Microsoft (just like Sony) just isn't good at Mobile. They've given it a valiant try with Windows
Well...another one bites the dust...Wikispaces this past week notified users of their Free wikis that the platform is going away this summer (apparently private label wiki admins got this notification earlier). It seems that one by one pioneers of the Web 2.0/social media revolution are closing their doors and moving on. I remember the excitement that was afoot when we could create our own wikis without
Friday, Feb 23 2018 06:48 | adieu, miitomo, nintendo, Social Networking, Social Networks, Technology
Well...I guess that's the end of that! Miitomo has announced in via their app that Miitomo will go offline and never come back in May. For the past couple of years this quirky social network has kept us company. The idea behind it was that people would customize a Mii (which Nintendo has also slowly walked away from in their newest console, the Switch) and through those Miis you could interact
Seems like today's news comes in the form of the demise of Storify - a tool that I don't often use, but many in my academic circle tend to love. The tool allows you to aggregate content from other social media sites, like facebook, twitter, instagram, the web (and more) and put those in collections called...Stories! I've used it a few times for conferences, but the last time I really used
So...I guess now that Verizon owns AOL it's strategically killing off old products. The most recent product on the chopping block is AIM (AOL Instant Message. On December 15th of this year AIM will be no more, and it will be joining Yahoo! Messenger (classic) up in Valhalla. I didn't use this in high school, but many of my classmates did. After hanging out after school, many logged onto
Well...that's a bummer!Last night I got a message from LogMeIn - the creators of online storage platform Cubby - telling me that they are killing off their product... I guess I need to move all of my files from there to Box.com. While I use Box.com, I preferred the user interface of Cubby. It was much more intuitive IMHO.Here is the text of the announcement:Today, LogMeIn is announcing
Τέλος εποχής: Αντίο Yahoo! Messenger
Wednesday, Jun 15 2016 04:00 | #metanastis, adieu, IM, Yahoo, Ελληνικά, Τεχνολογία, παν/μιο, σπουδές, φιλαράκια
Τέλος εποχής λοιπόν για το Yahoo! Messenger, ή όπως το γνωρίσαμε αρχικά: Yahoo! Pager! Τις προάλλες είδα στα νέα πως στις 5 Αυγούστου η Yahoo θα πάψει πια να υποστηρίζει τα API που χρησιμοποιεί το original messenger. Αυτό που δεν είχα συνειδητοποιήσει
Adieu Federation Rising...
Not very fresh news, but it seems that Federation Rising, the sequel to the Star Trek fan film "Horizon" has been mothballed. There was a lot of excitement about this but it seems that CBS's lawyers advised Tommy Kraft (the creator) to not pursue this project - assuming that the Axanar case is pending, and won't have its day in court until spring 2017... So...the count down has reached zero on the
The other day Prince passed away at the age of 57 (woah! too young!)Not a huge Prince fan, but the song of his that really stood out was "let's go crazy"
Thursday, Mar 24 2016 09:47 | adieu, EdTech, elearning, Languages, Social Media, Social Networking, Social Networks, Technology
Well...seems like LiveMocha is going away. The approach that I liked about LiveMocha was that it utilized social networking, and networks, for the purposes of language learning. So, me - being a native speaker of Greek and English, I could earn points by teaching others those languages and I could use those points to the in turn learn something new. It allowed someone to be
Life sucks, and then you die
Μια σύντομη δημοσίευση για το φιλαράκι μας, τον Otto Boos, που μας άφησε πριν περίπου έναν μήνα. Η οικογένεια Boos, στο connecticut είναι στενοί φίλοι με την οικογένεια τις Χριστίνας Τα παιδιά τους μεγάλωσαν μαζί, και η πεθερά είναι καλές
Adieu Pearson LMS...
Well... that was... interesting to say the least!Just yesterday I was writing about Lore going away...it seems that Pearson is also getting out of the LMS business as well. I noticed this on Pearson's OpenClass website:OpenClass will retire on January 1, 2018On January 1, 2018, OpenClass will no longer be available to faculty, students, or administrators, and as of today, no new accounts will
Lore no more! | Adieu Lore
Well, I guess the free LMS/social network Lore is going away soon! I just got this email message the other day from the folks at Lore:I had joined Lore back in the days when it was called CourseKit. The product, and the company, was created by a bunch of undergraduate students who wanted their face to face professors to use technology in the classroom - at least that's what the lore is...
Something more for the history books, in case someone looks back at this blog in the future. Today David Bowie passed away at the age of 69. The amazing thing is that he just released his last album a few weeks ago (well it seems recent anyway). I wasn't that big into his music, but I really enjoyed the music chosen for the series Life of Mars and Ashes to Ashes on the BBC which used his
Adieu | Yahoo! Screen!
Well...another service bites the dust! This time around Yahoo is cleaning house with Yahoo Screen. It's pretty funny because a day or so before I read the news of the closure of the service I deleted the app from my iPad. I had originally downloaded the app in order to view the last season of Community. Once I finished that (and I sure did take my sweet time to watch it), I
Adieu Pi! We hardly knew ye...
This past semester one of my colleagues, and fellow co-instructor of the Instructional Design capstone project, suggested we use a new service called Pi to bring our sections together. This sounded like a great idea given that the capstone course tends to be pretty hermetic for most students, since they work on individual projects. The separate sections also have a low number of students enrolled
Well... I guess it's adieu to Zite. Back when Google Reader closed down I was trying to find the best approximation for Google Reader I could find. Zite was one of the things I tried on the iPad. It wasn't bad as a piece of software, it basically took your RSS feeds and presented them sort of like a magazine. You could also pick from a variety of news topics and those were
Well...this was a tool I forgot that I had signed up for! I guess it's goodbye for a free screen-casting tool (which apparently I rarely used). Here is the note I received the other day from the crew at Screenr:Sadly, we’re retiring Screenr on November 11, 2015.As you might already know, Screenr’s recording capability is based on Java RE (Runtime Environment), which is rapidly becoming
Well...I guess it's adieu to Defiance and Dominion
Sunday, Oct 25 2015 04:00 | adieu, Defiance, Dominion, Entertainment, MMORPG, SciFi, Stargate, supernatural, Television
Awwww, nuts!As I was browsing my RSS feeds the other day I came across a news story that reported that both Defiance and Dominion, both SyFy channel series, have been cancelled! Come on Syfy! First Stargate, now this? ;-) What do you need more airtime for sharnados? LOL.Spoilers ahead -So, Dominion only got two seasons. The show was based, sort of, around the notions of the movie Legion,
woah! What a season finale for continuum!
Sunday, Oct 18 2015 08:52 | adieu, Books, continuum, DrWho, Entertainment, fiction, finale, SciFi, StarTrek, Television
Last week I was catching up with Continuum, a Canadian science fiction show about a future cop that finds her way to present-day Vancouver.What I didn't realize is that this was the final season, and I was actually watching the final episode, which for once was refreshing to not know what was coming. (yes, spoilers ahead). Stop reading, and go see this series. It's worth watching.With the TV
adieu, Star Trek Futures
Capt. Rachael GarrettIt seems like one of the fan films that I've been waiting to hear more about, Star Trek Futures, has called it quits. Too bad, because the story concept, and the era, seemed quite interesting. The story would have taken place on the Enterprise NCC 1701-C, in the JJ-verse, and it would center around Beverly and Wesley Crusher, and his father Jack Crusher who is not dead in
Καλό ταξίδι γιαγιά. Εις το επανιδείν.
Μπριζόλες στα κάρβουναΤην περασμένη Παρασκευή το βράδυ, πρωινές ώρες Σαββάτου (5 Σεπτεμβρίου) στην Ελλάδα έλαβα μήνυμα μέσω φεΐσμπουκ από την Σοφία, την αδερφή, πως η γιαγιά άφησε την τελευταία της πνοή - στο νοσοκομείο
Adieu! Yahoo! Pipes!
Sunday, Jun 14 2015 13:46 | adieu, Google, RSS, Technology, Twitter, web 2.0, web development, Yahoo
Well, another useful piece of the internet is pulling the curtains as its show is complete. Yahoo Pipes was an interesting "Web 2.0" service that came out when we were all hot and heavy on RSS-goodness, and had open ways to get content from one site, remix it with another, and create our own new thing. At the time of its announcement I was listening to a Greek Podcast by vrypan, and other Greek
Friday, Mar 20 2015 08:36 | achievements, adieu, Entertainment, Social Networking, Social Networks, video games, VideoGames
Normally with these "adieu" posts the service or software I am writing about the service shuts down or the software maintainer no longer updates the software. In this case Raptr isn't going away, but it's changing focus. Raptr is (was) a great service to keep all of your gaming information in one place. I could consolidate my xbox gaming, my PC gaming, and the few PS games that I play in one
Adieu Library Books!
I can't believe I missed this bit of news last February! I was checking to see if there are any updates to one of my favorite applications - library books - when I saw a note from the author that the software would not longer be updated. Too bad, because this was quite a useful application, both on the Mac originally, and then on iOS. This app allowed you to log into your local academic
Well...I guess it's time to bid adieu to TvTag :-/. This is a social television watching service that took over the old GetGlue once GetGlue was bought by i.TV. The concept behind GetGlue, and later on TvTag was that you could check into shows that you were watching, you would thus have an opportunity to see what your friends were watching, get some recommendations for television shows,
Adieu MessageMe, we hardly knew ya!
Well, another one bites the dust, or as would be more apt to say: another one gets bought out! This weekend I got a note that Yahoo has acquired the SMS replacement called MessageMe and the service will be shutting down to focus on some yahoo specific projects (are they going to reinvigorate Yahoo Messenger?)This closure brings back to the forefront something I've said in the past (maybe here,
Tuesday, Jul 8 2014 13:45 | adieu, Google, School, Social Media, Social Networking, Social Networks, Technology
Well, I guess Orkut's time came!This past weekend both my Google accounts (because for some reason I needed 2 Orkut accounts ;-) ), got a notice that Orkut was (finally) closing down. Back when Social Networks were new (or new to me), back in 2004, I had created social network accounts on a lot of networks. I was interested in comparing various functionalities and affordances of each platform so I
Well, another nice online, and free, service is biting the dust. In about 20 days the online notepad, SpringPad, is closing its doors. I was introduced to the services three years ago through a work colleague and I have to say that I've used SpringPad exclusively for all work related note taking. While I do use Evernote for all of my personal notes (teaching, class work, homework, professional reminders,
Αντίο λοιπόν στο Ikariam
Wednesday, Dec 19 2012 19:07 | adieu, Entertainment, Games, Greek, VideoGames, Ελληνικά, Τεχνολογία, Ψυχαγωγία
Πριν κάτι χρόνια, που δούλευα στην βιβλιοθήκη τα πράγματα ώρες ώρες ήταν βαρετά γιατί περίμενες να έρθει ο πελάτης και δεν ερχόταν (ίδια όταν τελείωνε το τρίμηνο και όλοι οι φοιτητές πήγαιναν σπίτια τους).Εκει λοιπόν, δεν
Adieu OpenFeint...I guess?
Thursday, Nov 29 2012 19:00 | achievements, adieu, Android, badges, Entertainment, Games, iOS, iPhone, iPod Touch, Social Networks, VideoGames, XBOX
Well, this one crept up on me. OpenFeint, a cross-platform social network for gaming is closing its doors in a few weeks. It started life on iOS, as far as I know, and later on got onto Android and Windows Phone. Initially the pitch was global leaderboards for games, something that I really didn't care for much in my iPod touch days...but then came the achievement badges for games and that
Well, shows you how much I used Apple's Ping social network! It went offline at the end of September and I only realized it because it was mentioned on the Engadget podcast ;-)Ping was Apple's music social network, only accessible via iTunes. This project was doomed from the start, and Apple seemed to be the only one not to know (or acknolwedge it). Something that lived
Well, that's a bummer!Cinch was a service that allowed you to record audio on your phone and seamlessly post it to the web. This for me was an easy way of getting a podcast together (and it also reminded me of another defunct service, utterly). I never really got started with that podcast (maybe I will get it going with audioboo now) but I liked to show off cinch for language learning classrooms.oh
Well... Another bites the dust!I just got an email today from Gist, a service that brought together all of your contact's information (including social networks). Gist and Rapportive were competitors, and I ended up using Rapportive more than Gist. They were acquired by RIM, and the rest is history. So, adieu Gist!Here's the email:We started Gist in 2008 to make connecting with your
Man, it just seem like yesterday that Ping.fm just went offline. Now the only (and my first) cross-posting service is also closing its doors. What the heck is going on? Are the various services' TOS changing so much so that it is impossible for these services to survive? It's sad to see helloTXT go. Thank you for all these years of service! Now I must find another service to cross post content.Here
Well, that was a bit short lived! Just last week I was pondering how much longer Instapaper will be a paid app given that apps and services, among them Spool, we're available for free. Well, spool is now gone into the graveyard of Web 2.0 apps and services. The nice thing about spool was that you could save multimedia for late viewing, not just text. I hope other services jump on the multimedia time
Adieu, Mediafly onair
My weekend Web 2.0 cleanup yielded another service that apparently went belly up over the past six months. Mediafly still exists, but they are focusing their work on the Enterprise and not on the consumer. I wonder if they will go the way of Britekite due to this restructuring.In any case, mediafly onair was a way to subscribe to your favorite podcasts using a web interface and then access that list
This past weekend I was doing some summer cleanup of various Web 2.0 services and I was planning on checking up Ping.fm to see if I needed to clean up anything in my settings. I really enjoyed being able to cross-post to various networks. Ironically, the networks that I had as backups to twitter (such as Jaiku, youare and posterous) have all either been bought out and closed, or have just ceased operations
Well, the end is here! The end of MobileMe, that is. Anyone visiting MobileMe will get a "closed for business" sign that seems all too familiar. I started using .Mac around 2004-2005. Sure, I had an iTools account before (which I rarely used) , but later on I signed up for .Mac for one and only one reason: cheap web hosting! Back then it was cheaper to pay $99 per year for HTML hosting, and you got
I guess this is the official end of Posterous. I got the following in my inbox the other day and it confirmed what the twittersphere and blogosphere had been going on about in the last few weeks.The irony is that I had Posterous and used it as a twitter backup (using ping.fm to cross post). With over 11,000 tweets, I wonder how I can access my old stuff when companies keep folding or getting
Adieu Knol and Ovi Share
Well, two more have bitten the dust! Google's Wikipedia competitor, Knol, is shutting its doors, and Ovi Share (I guess the successor to MOSH?) is doing the same. Ovi Share came out when I had my iPhone, so I really ended up not using it that much. For what it's worth, I think that Nokia should have partnered up with Flickr and YouTube for people to do their sharing, but anyway - adieu
Another one bites the dust, eh? Bellow is an email I got from amplify the other day announcing closure of their service. I have to say that this is something that doesn't really affect me. I noticed that a number of people that I follow on my professional (outward facing) twitter account had amplify accounts so I decided to give it a try. Used it for a couple of stories
Adieu ZumoDrive???I got the following message from ZumoDrive support last night:This is an important ZumoDrive service announcement. You are receiving this email because you have an active ZumoDrive account.Motorola is excited to announce that we’ll be moving over to MotoCast to continue delivering innovative, cost effective solutions for accessing, sharing, and consuming your digital content. MotoCast
Yesterday I got a notice that VisualCV will be closing down shop at the end of this month. The interesting thing is that I thought that I had erased my profile from VisualCV back in the summer (or in the early autumn). It's nice that they will be completely destroying all the data from their servers and destroying all their backups.I had started using VisualCV when it first came out, mostly because
Goodbye to an innovator and a great leader - and a heck of a presenter!I have to say that I came into the Apple world after Jobs had left the company and I still loved the products they had (confusing as the product line up was). I was there when the NeXT acquisition brought Steve back and witnessed the Apple renaissance. For a while there the fear was that Apple would go the way of the Amiga
Well, I got this in my inbox the other day:Vox has been a fun place to explore, create and connect with your friends. But Vox is closing its doors on September 30, 2010.This doesn't mean you have to say goodbye to your blog. We want you to make sure you can keep the great content you’ve shared on Vox, and continue to have a home for your blog. To help you make the transition off of Vox, we’ve added
Θα το κάνω!!!
Ναι φιλαράκι μου, θα στείλω το βιογραφικό μου για την δουλειά βιβλιοθηκάριου στο πανεπιστήμιο που βρίσκεται στην πόλη που μένω (5 λεπτά οδήγημα από το σπίτι). Πρέπει, αν με καλέσουν για συνέντευξη, να κάνω μια παρουσίαση, και
Πάει το Hi5!
Monday, Apr 28 2008 22:51 | #foveros, adieu, Social Networking, Social Networks, Ελληνικά, Μαλακίες, Τεχνολογία, κοινωνικά δίκτυα, τσίου
Μετά από δυο (ή τρία;) χρόνια ως μέλος στο Hi5, έκλεισα επίσημα τον λογαριασμό μου. Περισσότερο χρησιμοποιώ το twitter, facebook και myspace παρά το Hi5.Πριν κάτι μήνες έλεγα να τον κρατήσω τον λογαριασμό μπας και με βρουν φίλοι που δεν έχουν
Ακυρώνουν το JPod!!!
Thursday, Mar 13 2008 20:07 | #foveros, adieu, Ακύρωση, Βιβλία, Ελληνικά, Καναδάς, Τηλεόραση, Ψυχαγωγία
Τι σπάσιμο νεύρων! Πάνω που ανακαλύπτεις μια νέα σειρά που σου αρέσει, το κανάλι την ακυρώνει! Εδώ και κάτι εβδομάδες παρακολουθώ μια νέα σειρά από το Καναδικό κανάλι CBC. Η σειρά λέγετε JPod και η ιστορία είναι περί μιας ομάδας
Κακά νέα από τον Κτηνίατρο...
Ήρθε ή ώρα του γερόγάτου... Δυστυχώς έχει καρκίνο (άλλο περίεργο και αυτό...και οι γάτοι καρκίνο;) και δεν μπορούμε να κάνουμε κάτι. Είναι 16 χρόνον, και έζησε μια περιπετειώδη ζωή. Το Σάββατο νομίζω θα τον πάμε για ευθανασία,