Friday, September 30, 2005
Wireless Anywhere in Europe
I have seen diagrams of how this works. You have a device that connects to the Wi-Fi, if it is available. If there are no Wi-Fi networks available, it attempts to connect to the Wireless WAN network. I have also heard that some automobiles will come equiped with the ability to connect to these networks.
What does this mean for libraries? It means more patrons will have constant access to information no matter their location. If you don't have WiFi in your library, it might be time to start planning for it.
Read more (The Register)...
Monday, September 26, 2005
Google's Toolbar for Firefox
Read more (Techweb)
Friday, September 23, 2005
Windows Vista will boot faster
For those of use who wait for the long reboots, this will be a godsend.
Read more (Tom's Hardware)
Monday, September 19, 2005
New Flaw in MS SP2 and Internet Explorer
If the link does not work properly, copy-paste into your browser address bar.
Friday, September 16, 2005
Meebo for IM Reference
Neat service and can really help those libraries offering IM reference.
Read more (LibraryStuff)
Thursday, September 15, 2005
Microsoft's New Web Development Tools
I am excited to see how this product will turn out. I personally like Dreamweaver than other web development tools better because of the way it renders the scripts. I am going to optimistic and hope that this new product will be better than what we have in Frontpage right now.
Read more (Tom's Hardware)
Tuesday, September 13, 2005
Google Creates Tool for Katrina Survivors
Keywords typed in Katrina Search will return results only from hurricane-related Web pages, while Katrina People Search can help find information about persons affected by the disaster, the company said. Katrina People Search indexes information collated from several public databases, including the Red Cross."
Friday, September 09, 2005
Thursday, September 08, 2005
Google Hires Vinton Cerf
"Adding to its all-star roster of engineering talent, Google has hired Vinton Cerf, often referred to as the `father of the Internet.'
Cerf, who was awarded the National Medal of Technology by President Bill Clinton in 1997, joins Google from MCI, where he is senior vice president of technology strategy."
Google Honeypot Hack
This is the article, if the direct link does not work, please copy paste into your browser address bar.
Wednesday, September 07, 2005
Is blogging bad for your career?
"Ivan Tribble's" response to the heated debate in the blogosphere about his first article on blogging and academic job hunting. Essentially, he is asking us to consider what our online presence says about us and how it might affect the decision of a search committee. His advice is to avoid posting anything that might compromise our 'good names'. (By the way, the name is a pseudonym.)
I agree, we should consider it. But my conclusion is exactly opposite. We should maintain an online presence, especially those of us, like most librarians, whose skills are not well represented by a list of publications. I Googled myself, and I am quite proud of the results. I think it shows my versatility, the extent of my skills, and my sense of humor. Search committees are welcome to do the same.
The real electronic books are on the way. Philips Polymer Vision is showing off a prototype e-reader at an international exhibition in Germany. The device won't be marketed as such. Philips is hoping to interest mobile device manufacturers in using their screens in the next generation mobile devices. Polymer Vision Web Site.
LibraryThing.com Tags Your Personal Library Collections
Anyway, despite my day dreams, I think this site has an original idea that one can use for reader's advisory. Find out what other people have in their personal collections so you know what to read next....Libraries should approach the creator and ask if they can include links from their websites. ILS vendors should see what can be done to integrate the technology in the library catalogs. LibraryThing should see if they can tie into OCLC Worldcat like Google Scholar. It would be neat to see if you if a book can be picked up at your local library.
Apple Introduces the Ipod Phone
Cellphones have everything today. We are embarking on a generation where wireless dominates the scene and more services will be available via your cellphone than ever before. Libraries should be aware of this fact and begin to move in the direction of offering services targeting mobile users.
Tuesday, September 06, 2005
New Sharp Laptop's Battery Can Last Up to Six Hours
More laptops are bought today than desktops...NTRLS member libraries seem to have taken notice because I field more questions about them than previously.
Master of Disaster
Friday, September 02, 2005
Future Search Engine Technology - Will it Replace the Librarian?
"Mobile search is mostly done today with limited text messaging, but by 2008, when more than 75% of new cell phones globally are expected to be Internet-ready, searching the Web on the go will be standard. On the street, and want to find out the nearest movie theater? Or get sports results? Pankaj Shah's mobile service 4INFO, which the 32-year-old launched this February in Palo Alto, Calif., will give you all the information--for free--by text or Internet on your cell phone. Yahoo! also offers such local information."
All this by the end of the decade. What role will Librarians have in this type of a future? In my opinion, if we don't start changing now, we will be left in the dust of advancing technology.
Microsoft Firewall flaw - fix available now
and the article explaining it in plain English is here
(copy paste the address if you have problems linking from the window)
Thursday, September 01, 2005
Open Standards Productivity Software
If this link does not work, please 'copy-paste' into your browser address line.
Nice description of phishing here along with a description of the new Microsoft tool. I had never heard of anti-phishing tools. Apparently, you can get one through gmail, Google's email service of which I am not a user. You can also expect one in Internet Explorer 7.0
High Speed Wirless Connections in Europe
The service will be launched in March. Even though this is for cell phones, there are communities in Europe that get this kind of speed in their homes. Librarians should keep on eye out for this type of service to provide better bandwidth for their libraries.