Friday, September 30, 2005

 

Wireless Anywhere in Europe

"Known as 'BT Datazone', punters are able to access the internet and check emails via more than 7,800 BT Openzone Wi-Fi hotspots in the UK and Ireland, or "on the move" through a 3G or GPRS connection.....This is an important step towards meeting BT?s convergence vision, of being able to access all your information regardless of where they are in the world, on your choice of device and over the most suitable network."

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

"The add-in, which was released after two months in beta, also adds to the open-source Web browser capabilities that include query suggestions while someone types in the search box and an auto-filler that fills out forms for faster checkouts on retail sites. "

Read more (Techweb)

Friday, September 23, 2005

 

Windows Vista will boot faster

"So when the Core OS' Group's software architect, Rob Reinauer, offered to provide us with more in-depth information, we weren't going to be too proud to pass it up. One of Reinauer's key projects is a technology called Superfetch that appears to speed up system boot times by as much as a factor of four. Superfetch is part of an effort by the Core OS Group to extend and improve Vista's virtual memory system, which provides data to Windows after collecting that data from disk and from the output of running applications. "

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

There is a new flaw announced Friday that could negatively impact Service Pack 2 and Internet Explorer. It was announced by e-Eye Security.

http://news.com.com/IE+flaw+puts+Windows+XP+SP2+at+risk/2100-1002-5868867.html?tag=nl.e433

If the link does not work properly, copy-paste into your browser address bar.

Friday, September 16, 2005

 

Meebo for IM Reference

"A very slick AJAX-based meta-IM service called Meebo was launched in the beginning of the month. It's like a web-based Trillian, so you don't have to be at your own computer (where you downloaded Trillian) to use it. I think librarians that do IM reference will absolutely love this as front line staff are always sitting at different computers. It currently supports AIM, Y! Messenger, ICQ, and MSN. How about Skype?!"

Neat service and can really help those libraries offering IM reference.

Read more (LibraryStuff)

Thursday, September 15, 2005

 

Microsoft's New Web Development Tools

"The suite - whose final release date was not announced - is comprised of a Web graphics development tool called "Acrylic" (to compete with Fireworks) an interactive Web page development tool called "Sparkle" incorporating XHTML and CSS without the use of code (to compete with Dreamweaver), and a back-end development tool called "Quartz" that makes extensive use of Extensible Application Markup Language (XAML), a Microsoft-driven, semi-open standard for stylesheets applied to XML classes and data items."

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

"Google has created search tools designed to locate information and people, following the devastation of Hurricane Katrina.

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."

Read more...

Friday, September 09, 2005

 

Firefox Bug

"Security researchers have discovered an unpatched vulnerability in Firefox that might be used to crash vulnarable systems. Hackers might also use the security bug to trick surfers into running malicious code by simply fooling them into visiting a maliciously constructed website."

Read more...

Thursday, September 08, 2005

 

Google Hires Vinton Cerf

This just posted by Michael Bazeley on The Mercury News:

"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

Google is offering a new 'service' that will allow you to monitor the frequency in which your webstie is being examined thru the "Google hack" (which as it turns out, is not an urban myth).

This is the article, if the direct link does not work, please copy paste into your browser address bar.

http://searchwindowssecurity.techtarget.com/tip/1,289483,sid45_gci1122914,00.html?track=NL-122&ad=527326

Wednesday, September 07, 2005

 

Is blogging bad for your career?

They Shoot Messengers, Don't They?

"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.

 

Rollable screens

Philips Paper-like Display Earlier Than Expected

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

I discovered this site yesterday and it really got me thinking. What if libraries allowed their patrons to tag their collections in the same way that this site allows for individuals to tag their personal collections. It would be an interesting experiment to discover how closely patron tags match the more traditional classification methods.

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

"Apple Computer Inc. (Nasdaq:AAPL - news) on Wednesday unveiled a cellphone that works like an iPod music player, in a bid to extend its domination of the digital music market into the wireless arena. "

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.

Read more...

Tuesday, September 06, 2005

 

New Sharp Laptop's Battery Can Last Up to Six Hours

"Sharp today announced the M4000 Widenote notebook that combines a 13.3-inch screen and a Pentium M processor in an ultra-portable package that can deliver more than 6 hours of operating time on one battery charge, according to the manufacturer. "

More laptops are bought today than desktops...NTRLS member libraries seem to have taken notice because I field more questions about them than previously.

Read more...

 

Master of Disaster

The Master of Disaster is a professor (law and libraries) at the University of Houston. I especially like the One Hour Emergency Plan, which gets you the basic information you need to respond to an emergency. If you don't have a plan yet, this is the way to start.

Friday, September 02, 2005

 

Future Search Engine Technology - Will it Replace the Librarian?

""Search will ultimately be as good as having 1,000 human experts who know your tastes scanning billions of documents within a split second," says Gary Flake, one of just seven Distinguished Engineers at Microsoft, who are paid to think big thoughts. "It will model the human brain. "

"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.

Read more...

 

Microsoft Firewall flaw - fix available now

Microsoft announced a flaw in thier computer Firewall, where ports could become active and not be reported or addressed by the firewall. The Microsoft explanation and patch is available here

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/897663

and the article explaining it in plain English is here

(copy paste the address if you have problems linking from the window)
http://news.com.com/Windows+Firewall+flaw+may+hide+open+ports/2100-7355-5845850.html?part=dht&tag=ntop&tag=nl.e703

Thursday, September 01, 2005

 

Open Standards Productivity Software

Well, the Commonwealth of Massachussets is proposing a plan to phase out Microsoft productivity software in favor of others based on open standards. I believe that LTN has already realized that this may be an option of the future in Libraries.

If this link does not work, please 'copy-paste' into your browser address line.

http://news.com.com/Massachusetts+to+adopt+open+desktop/2100-1012-5845451.html?tag=nl.e433

 

Anti-Phising Toolbars

"Phishing is a fraudulent practice in which scammers dress up e-mail messages to make them look as though they had come from a legitimate organization, such as an online store or a bank. The phishing e-mail message tries to lure users into linking to a fraudulent Web site that resembles the real one from the legitimate organization mentioned in the message. The idea is to get users to enter sensitive information--such as passwords, account numbers, or U.S. Social Security numbers--at the phony Web site, in order to steal the users' identities."

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 new service, also dubbed the "data turbo," will deliver transmission rates of up to 1.8 megabits per second initially, and 7.2 megabits per second eventually, Obermann said. Typical DSL fixed-line broadband delivers 1 megabit per second."

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.

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