Voice Comments/Commenting on Google docs using Kaizena Addon

My work requires me to collaborate with developers at lot. I mean a lot. And what to developers hate the most? Documentation. Interestingly, developers who cross the documentation/presentation/explain-what-you-do hump, and do that consistently, cease to be developers soon. They move into different roles like analyst, project manager, architect etc. We will leave that and the tyranny of that topic to some other item. Pardon the digression, so what was I saying…yes. Collaboration

Devs struggle to put pen to paper, it often seems to officious to them. Students interestingly face the same problem. Research has proven that voice helps alleviate this communication barrier. Listening to comments or recording comments is easier, fun and lest administrative to devs.

And that’s where Kaizena shines. It provides a nice platform for commenting on google docs. Interestingly, a search for ‘voice’ after clicking on ‘addons tab’ in google docs does not show it, but if you start from Create>Addons you can add it. Thereafter you need to use the ‘open with’ menu item to open the google doc using Kaizena. I wish it were more seamless but hey, whom are we communicating to? developers! they need no introduction to round about ways to getting to functionality. They are the perpetrators 🙂

I have to give credit to the article which gave me the inspiration:http://www.educatorstechnology.com/2013/05/6-steps-to-add-voice-comments-to-google.html. You can use the same method to add Kaizena instead of the addon mentioned on this blog.

Link to Kaizena:https://kaizena.com

Screen Resolution And Readability: What You Should Know

Lots of interesting info here. Some excerpts:

Confusion over what’s commonly referred to as “screen resolution” causes headaches for computer users – literally. People all over the world are having a computing experience that’s nowhere near as good as it could or should be because their displays are wrongly set.

Interestingly there are a lot of tweaks that can be made to align our LCD monitors for better reading.

A read through some of the links in the post above, leads to this excellent talk by Kevin Larson from Microsoft.

Get your popcorn ready before you get started, this one is sure to get you hooked.

Lastly, not the least I would like to mention “Readability” the javascript/firefox plugin that extracts the reading material from a webpage in an easy to read format.

Although complete from a layout, font etc perspective, I prefer white over black for readability (maybe because I started with console screens in my early computing days). Hoping to find something that will allow me to do that.



Screen Resolution And Readability: What You Should Know.