LiB in St. Maarten

January 8, 2004 | Comments (2)

Hello my devoted readers (those few of you that there are). I am writing from the Dutch side of St. Maarten (there’s a French side too). Apparently, if you want to buy expensive jewelery, mass amounts of liquor or cigarettes, or electronics, the Caribbean is the place to do it. Walked into an electronics store today and heard someone bartering for an MP3 player. I had to do a double-take on that one. The “No, really, I’ll give you a good deal….” is still something new to my American ears. Of course, the one thing I was looking for in the electronics store, an Ipod, wasn’t there. Ah well, back to America it is.

Hello all. I am posting just as we are leaving port in Nassau, Bahamas. I was previously misinformed about the ship…I am on the Royal Caribbean line, the Grand Mariner of the Seas ship. It is insane. 3600 passengers, an ice skating rink, a shopping mall, 4 dining halls, basketball courts, a 9-hole golf course…all that middle-American indulgence up in my face and personal. Oy. I won’t be posting again until I return (01/12) as this joke of an Internet Cafe is 50 cents a minute, and has a connection speed slower than anything I’ve ever dealt with. Oh, and there’s a library *wink wink* Read: a bunch of best-selling fiction on shelves in a room with lush leather chairs and low lighting. And, of course, no librarian. But, whatever. If people read the books, that’s good I guess. Well, ta ta for now from the Bahamas…

Liquid Layouts

January 2, 2004 | Comments Off on Liquid Layouts

What is a liquid layout and why do I need one? (Sounds like something having to do with too many vodka martinis & losing consciousness in a park). Liquid layouts allow your website to modify itself to fit within the user’s window, no matter the size. Liquid layouts move around when you resize a window. It’s a good step toward creating a user-friendly site. Russ Weakley from Max Design has written a great article on doing liquid layouts the easy way.

Steven Faulkner ocf the National Information and Library Service has developed a Web Accessibililty Toolbar for Internet Explorer. It validates HTML & CSS, tests screen resolutions, styles, and more. This is definitely getting added on my PC…very cool.

Laser Keyboard

January 2, 2004 | Comment (1)

iBIZ Technology Corp. is planning to bring its Virtual Laser Keyboard to market in the next few months. The keyboard is compatible with most handheld devices, and will retail for $99.99. I think that owning one of these would up my cool factor considerably…

Fixing PC Annoyances

January 1, 2004 | Comments Off on Fixing PC Annoyances

I just found October’s PC World article on how to fix the worst PC annoyances. My favorite tip had to do with calming IE’s propensity to re-size bulky images to fit the screen, which always irritated the *$@& out of me. This is a great 7 page article, something I plan to distribute to our library staff en masse. Good stuff.

New MSN Messenger Worm

December 31, 2003 | Comments Off on New MSN Messenger Worm

Trend Micro reports a new worm (Jitux) that spreads through MSN Messenger. It is reportedly harmless to infected machines. Is there any hope that Microsoft will ever build a secure piece of software? *I do believe, I do believe, I do believe*

That’s Sir Web to you

December 31, 2003 | Comments Off on That’s Sir Web to you

The “inventor” of the World Wide Web, Tim Berners-Lee, has been knighted for his technological contributions. Berners-Lee is currently head of the W3C (World Wide Web Consortium). Good job Sir Tim! Without you I wouldn’t have a job!

In the wake of all this mad-cow craziness (hey, good time to be a vegetarian), cows will be getting RFID-tagged for new tracking systems in those beef-producing nations that have been slow to introduce a system, the US being one of them. According to a ComputerWorld article, Allflex USA Inc. and Digital Angel Corp. in the U.S. and Aleis International Pty. Ltd. in Australia have the inside track on providing the tags and readers to major beef-producing nations that have instituted national electronic livestock ID systems. Beef, books, it’s all the same, right?

Sparkle & Stingray–These Are Microsoft Products?

December 30, 2003 | Comments Off on Sparkle & Stingray–These Are Microsoft Products?

Now this is just frelling hilarious. Apparently, Microsoft develops codenames for all their products when they’re still in the development phase. Wouldn’t want anyone guessing the new combination of letters & numbers that will append the new version of Windows, now would we? Thanks to Lockergnome for this site!