Wednesday, May 31, 2006


Scan a 1000 pages an hour with the Atiz BookDrive

The company claims that it can scan a 1000 pages an hour. The cost is reasonable at $3499.

Atiz has now introduced the Atiz BookDrive DIY, which sells for a more affordable $3,499, but still does scan 1,000 book pages per hour. You need to provide though one or two Canon digital SLR cameras to make it work. Currently this book scanner supports the Canon EOS 350D, 20D, 30D, 5D and 1D Mark II.

Here is the company website.

Read more (I4U News)

Thursday, May 25, 2006


Dell and Google Reach Agreement

Dell and Google have joined together. Dell will be installing certain Google Desktop software on over 100 million of its new computers.

In a potential blow to Microsoft Corp. (Nasdaq:MSFT - news) , Google will incorporate its desktop software which integrates a number of personal computing applications, a Google tool bar and a co-branded Internet homepage on Dell computers, one person said.

As many of this blog's readers know, I had a horrible experience with Google Desktop search. I rely heavily on Microsoft Desktop search instead. I really hate this arrangement. I often recommend Dell computers to libraries, but after this I might begin to look in other places.

Read more(Reuters)

Thursday, May 11, 2006


Pending Law may affect technology use in Libraries

Further filtering may be required by law in your library in the near future.

More here:


Managing software licenses

The ISO (International Standards Organization) has agreed to standards on software asset management - what this means to you is that there will be specific actions/software standards you can set for your library to ensure that you are managing your software licenses properly.

More on this here:

Thursday, May 04, 2006


Should the Internet Remain Neutral?

Tim Wu of the Columbia Law School wrote this interesting article about recent movement in Washington to allow Internet providers to give special treatment to companies that pay a "toll". For example, Google could negotiate a deal with AT&T to allow their users easy access to Gmail while Yahoo users would be pushed to a second-tier.

The cable firms and the Bells have (to their credit, but under pressure) sworn off blocking Web sites. Instead, they propose to carve off bandwidth for their own services—namely, television—and, more controversially, to charge selected companies a toll for "priority" service. FCC Chairman Kevin Martin thinks there is nothing wrong with that. But critics say technological prioritization and degradation are the same thing—that given limited room on the network, whoever isn't prioritized is by implication degraded.

The American Library Association has caught wind of this activity and has joined a wide variety of organizations to fight Congress on this development. Here is a quote from the main page of the colloborative effort.

Congress is pushing a law that would abandon the Internet's First Amendment -- a principle called Network Neutrality that prevents companies like AT&T, Verizon and Comcast from deciding which Web sites work best for you -- based on what site pays them the most. Your local library shouldn’t have to outbid Barnes & Noble for the right to have its Web site open quickly on your computer.

Check it out at If you feel so obliged, you can write Congress to express your reservations.

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