Gates chose the World Economic Forum as his podium. He announced that Microsoft search technologies would soon outdo Google, and that a new innovative three-pronged approach would effectively thwart spammers. Cheeky monkey, that Bill Gates.

This story has been around the tech block already, but I thought I’d post it anyway. An MIT survey found that the invention that is most-needed & most-hated is the cell phone. Funny enough, alarm clocks were second. I can certainly identify with that.

Check out the CLA/ACLU new ad on the Patriot Act.

Mr. Bush (I shall not to call him President), has urged the renewal of the Patriot Act. Fortunately, we have some activists in Congress trying to weaken it, particularly as it applies to privacy rights. Hopefully ALA & other organizations will start sending out action notices so we can all make our librarian-voices heard.


January 21, 2004 | Comments (4)

Turn your handwriting into a font! Fontifier allows you to download a free file, write out letters & numbers in your own handwriting, and then turns your handwriting into a custom style. Directions for how to do this are available at TechTV‘s Call For Help site. This is so completely kewl.

North Texas reference librarian, Monika Antonelli, voices the Dragonball Z characters Puar (a blue cat) and Chiaotzu (a little boy). You go girl! Librarian + Anime = GOOD. You can get the full article here.

Toyota is offering an “auto-parallel-park” feature on their Prius model. As someone who lives in San Francisco, and can’t parallel park worth a darn, this is mighty tempting. It’s $2200 more, which is somewhat un-tempting. Oh well, perhaps with time the price will go down. Incidentally, growing up in the midwest, and having taken my driver’s ed test there, no one ever tested us on, or even taught us, parallel parking. It’s a skill I had to master later in life….well, errr, not “master” maybe. Was this just a lapse in my particular suburb’s driver’s education? Or is this a common thing?

Wormy Worm

January 21, 2004 | Comments (0)

It’s heeeeeere! The “Bagle” or “Beagle” worm arrives as an attachment to an e-mail with the subject line “Hi” and “test : )” in the body text. The worm is activated when a user clicks on the attached file. Check out the Washington Post article (via Yahoo) for more info.

“Want to see what today’s print version of your favorite newspaper looks like online? Two services offer reproductions of dozens of newspapers from around the world. ” Thanks to Chris Sherman from for writing this article, and highlighting this important resource. As we in Marin County (home of Muir Woods, Sausalito, Mt. Tamalpais, and one of the best parts of Hwy 101 for biking) have a lot of travelers coming through, a good # of them international, this is of particular interest to me. By the way, when in Marin, McClure’s Beach near Point Reyes is the best beach if you’re looking for something secluded. How’s that for off-topic?

Information Research just published Wallace Koehler’s article on document persistence on the web. The verdict (short version)? Some types of web documents are more stable than others.