January 16, 2004 | Comments Off on LiB’s Top 25 Feeds
PC World’s article says it all. I know our library gets a lot of e-commerce users, so anything targeted at PayPal users is bound to come up at the reference desk.
OK, so the # of feeds I’m getting just went over 100. I officially cannot live without RSS now.
January 15, 2004 | Comments Off on Sneezed-on mice & keyboards? No problem!
Fellowes has developed keyboards and mice with an antibacterial substance (Microban) built right into the plastic. I think these have the potential to be ideal for libraries. The additional cost is nominal, and one of the biggest complaints we get from patrons is about the health issues surrounding public workstations. Definitely something to keep an eye on…
Anybody like Snopes.com? It’s a spiffy urban legends site, that debunks or bunks (is that the opposite?) random urban legends. Things like:
Is the FBI’s “Department for Illegal Internet Downloads” sending out automated warning messages via e-mail?
Did Indonesian villagers really capture a 49-foot, 983-pound python?
Did a man laugh himself to death while watching television?
Does the “BVD” in BVD Underwear really stand for Boy’s Ventilated Drawers?
They now have an RSS feed that highlight new urban legends. Slap me silly and call me happy–another feed of joy!
January 15, 2004 | Comments Off on Local Business Searching
Chris Sherman’s article on Search Engine Watch, “Local Search, With A Visual Twist,” highlights MetroBot, a local business search engine with a unique graphical interface. You can search for businesses by name, category, address, or city. Then, you get to virtually stroll down the street, looking at other businesses nearby. This will certainly help yours truly, as I remember where places are by what they’re next to (typical female spatiality, I know).
The amazing Roy Tennant has written a great article for Library Journal about strategies for keeping current with technology. I think this is a useful resource to point out to colleagues, supervisors, etc.
Looking to learn about digital preservation of all sorts? Check out Cornell’s Digital Preservation Tutorial–an excellent introduction to the general principles and considerations when planning a project.
January 14, 2004 | Comments Off on Jack me in, Neo
According to a Wired News article, five quadriplegic patients might be months away from testing a brain-computer interface, BrainGate, created by Cyberkinetics. It would allow the patients to control electronic devices (e.g. computers and robots) with their thoughts. The first step toward Neal Stephenson’s mod shops.
CNN is running a story about the first World Internet Project report, which challenges the “Internet-Geek” stereotype that, frankly, I thought had already been shattered ten times over. Oh well, apparently an official report makes it more legitimate. Whatever. Both of my grandmothers are web and e-mail savvy. I think that shatters the stereotype right there.