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To Hammer a Screw

When I was teaching in the Fall, I made changes to the wiki every day, adding assignments, flagging upcoming tests, loading links of related reading matter (that mostly wasn't read.) Then, I moved away from my academic role, and I haven't accessed the wiki once (that's sort of fun to say). It was an immensely useful, free communications tool when the need required it; now, it is a tool gathering dust until it becomes exactly the right tool for the right job again.

That said, I know not many Fragments readers will ever find a use for such things. But for those few who might, I'd suggest you check out Near-Time, that incorporates both the time-relevance of a blog (its news pages, with comments and trackbacks) and the non-linear usefulness of a wiki, complete with a WYSIWYG editor. It encorporates both tags and categories, and allows participation in other users' "spaces" so that you can create a kind of "blogroll" for collaboration. The free account is highly useful. For a fee, you can store files on their servers; without, you can link to files (and images) stored elsewhere. Technical support is responsive and helpful.

Check your tasks, check your tools, give Near-Time a heft and see how it feels in your hand. You might like it. If I go back to the chalkboard in August, I'll probably be using Near-Time. Read about it here and here.


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