October 10, 2008

Unexpected discoveries

One unexpected discovery I made in the course was Google Docs. Having just finished developing an Excel spreadsheet with Bob Koehler down at Tracy, and with a couple other people, made me appreciate the hassles of emailing multiple copies of a spreadsheet or other file between collaborators. If Google Docs gets developed to the point where it will handle a larger file or one with macros, it would be really great. I need to try Zoho sometime and see if that works better for my needs.

If we are able to blog from Brazil, that should be an interesting experience.

I have to end this here. I need to go and delete all those old spreadsheet emails from my sent-mail folder.

October 6, 2008


I did the homework assignment (the first one). Everything seemed to work fine. I've participated in a few of these in the past that other people have set up. Setting it up seems pretty easy.

September 17, 2008

Social networking

I have read the latest lesson about social networking. It is an interesting concept. My daughter studied in Africa last year, and my wife and I were able to view the Facebook entries that she and the other American students uploaded there. I even went so far as setting up my own Facebook website once, but I haven't had the time or incentive to go ahead and actually upload anything to it. I'm still a little concerned about the privacy issue the risk that someone might read it who might not have my best interests at heart.

September 11, 2008

Productivity tools

I tried the productivity tools mentioned under the week 7 lesson. I looked at Google Docs and Zoho, and I already use UMcal.

I thought that Google Docs would be a good way to collaborate with a couple other people who are working with me on development of a complicated Excel spreadsheet. However, I was unable to upload it into Google Docs. It is below the 1 mb size limit, so I could not figure out why it wouldn't upload. Perhaps it is because it contains macros, although I didn't see that mentioned as a limitation. I was able to upload another, much smaller spreadsheet.

August 15, 2008

First posting

Hi, this is my first posting. It has been a busy summer. A few of my current projects are: a set of crop budgets looking at the economics of energy crops relative to normal agronomic crops, an economic impact analysis of short rotation energy crops, and a spreadsheet for analyzing the economics of the "other fertilizer", ie swine finishing manure.