April 5, 2004 | Comments Off on Color me Bad
Microsoft has a well-written and reasonably short article on how web color choices affect the user. I know, you’re thinking “A useful article from Microsoft? LiB, have you gone over to the dark side?” Not yet, my dear readers, not yet. But I swear, this is a useful article for those of you new to color psychology. Our county site‘s color scheme projects “a businesslike and authoritative feel” through its multitudinous shades of blue. *sigh* And the LiB site says that it is passionate and dangerous. Nice 🙂
link via Gadgetopia
The SciFi Channel is expected to announce today that Farscape will return as a mini-series later this year. Please, please please…let it be true!
Gmail is here, whether you want it or not. You get a gig of storage, but there are ads (nothing new to webmail). The typical security concerns surrounding webmail apply, but hey–a gig of storage! Whoo-hah! To learn more about Gmail, take a look at Google’s Gmail FAQ.
April 1, 2004 | Comments Off on JAKE
Another good site for those “I have this citation and need the article online now” type questions is JAKE. You can see which databases index which periodicals, and whether they’re full-text or not. This is particularly handy if you have an extensive database collection (read: you work in an academic library).
April 1, 2004 | Comments Off on Free Full Text
Check out Free Full Text, which “provides direct links to over 7000 scholarly periodicals which allow some or all of their online content to be viewed by ANYONE with Internet access for free (though some may require free registration). ” This is a great resource for people desparate for a particular article–you can check to see if the publication makes its content available online for free.
link via Neat New Stuff
March 31, 2004 | Comments Off on No More Strip Search
The Calvin & Hobbes Strip Search (see my March post), has been taken down. The C&H copyright holders apparently made a fuss…
March 31, 2004 | Comments Off on Wireless in Britain & Corte Madera
BBC News reports that the British Museums, Libraries and Archives Council is awarding £60,000 to 10 rural libraries throughout the country to enable them to install wireless equipment in their buildings. This is in an effort to “increase the contribution they make to the community.” Seems to me that libraries have been doing this digital divide bridging for quite some time now. Wireless is merely the next step.
Our library system is in the process of installing our first WAP in one of our branches — Corte Madera, CA. I’m curious to see how it goes. The public has been asking for it for a while now, and our technical support folks are working hard to get it up and running. There are all sorts of issues, though, that a library has to consider when installing a WAP–limiting the bandwidth allottment for wireless users, requiring them to agree to a click-through policy before logging in, ensuring that access to the staff part of the network is prevented, and so on. We’ve had a lot of Joe Patrons saying “I have wireless in my house. It only cost $80 for the router. Why can’t the library do that?” Umm, that’s why.
Wired News reports that the Science Fiction Museum and Hall of Fame will open in Seattle in June. Pretty darn cool. I now have two destinations for the next time I’m in Seattle: The SF Museum & the new Library. Oooooh, innovation…
So now Bush is publicly joking about not finding WMDs. Yes, very funny Mr. Bush. So funny that the families of the hundreds of American and international soldiers who died during this falsely-prefaced campaign are not laughing with you. I am disgusted.
March 30, 2004 | Comments Off on Frelling Comcast
Comcast has purchased TechTV, my favorite network. And, they’re merging TechTV with their own game network, G4, even though TechTV has a hell of a lot more to do with professional and personal technologies than it has to do with gaming. And, Comcast might try to move the TechTV folks from San Francisco (where they’ve always been) down to Los Angeles. What’s worse is that Leo Laporte (pictured above), and I do not exaggerate, backbone of TechTV will no longer do The Screen Savers, my favorite show on TechTV (but will continue to do Call for Help). Luckily I think Patrick Norton and Kevin Rose, the two co-hosts of future episodes, do a great job too. Piece of dren corporate takeovers ruin everything. *sigh*