Friday, August 24, 2007

Windows Live Writer

It's been a time since I tried to use a new software. Today I tried Windows Live Writer Beta for the first time.

Here are my comments from the first use. After first use, this seems to be a really useful tool for regular bloggers. You are saved from the effort of going to the website and writing your blog over thee. You can simply write the blog from the ease of your desktop and you're done!

The interface is Vista style (like all new Microsoft products), which is a very soothing style. The interface is also easy to use, and it has all the usual options that are found in a normal Rich Text Editor. The best part of the tool is the support of plugins. The tool supports the addition of new plugins, which makes it really powerful and extendable in future. Plugins are available to simplify the tasks like Table creation or source code insertion using a particular color coding.

One thing that I did not find is the ability to add link for the article (you can add links in your article, however, you can not add a link for your article), that is found in blogger. Similarly there may be few more features that are available only in a few particular products.

All in all, I found this to be a nice tool. This may have a few restrictions/limitations for now. However, I guess that this won't take too much time to recover them.



Saturday, August 18, 2007

ENGLISH: Read / Write / Listen (comprehend) / Speak / Teach (in)

Within two weeks of my arrival at ISU, I have already taken three language tests. The first one was English Placement Test - that tests if an international student is capable enough to study in an American school when the mode of teaching is American English. This tests the reading, writing and listening (comprehending) skills of the participating students.
The second test, SPEAK, tests whether an international student is capable enough to speak in the American English or not. The last test was TEACH test, that tests if an international student is capable enough to teach in an American school using American English or not?
My result? Cleared all :)

Sunday, August 12, 2007

Arrived in ISU, Ames

This is my first post after arriving in Ames. I joined my university early this week. The orientation starts from tomorrow, however the classes won't start until August 20. I do not have to do much things during the orientation. Presently, it is summer here and the Sun is quite hot. However, I am not worried about it at all, since I am aware that soon, when the winter arrives, I am going to miss it.
I met a lot of new people here. They have been really helpful and it is nice to see the way people help each other here. At least the first impression has really been impressive.
I would also like to give a special thank to all the members of ISA, who helped the new students acclimatize in the environment in the best possible manner possible. The old students here are really helpful and concerned about the new students. A big kudos to them all!