Google crowdsources card index for ‘humanity’s last library’

September 25th, 2010

Google crowdsources card index for ‘humanity’s last library’

In short, the Google Books project could use a few more librarians to actually ensure that their book metadata is holding up.

Another Missed Opportunity for Bookstores — Hardware Lessons from the E-Reader Space

September 22nd, 2010

Another Missed Opportunity for Bookstores — Hardware Lessons from the E-Reader Space

Kent Anderson posts an interesting point about the reluctance of brick-and-mortar bookstores to stock e-readers of any make other than their own. Would Barnes & Noble shops get more foot traffic if they sold iPads and Kindles in addition to their Nook?

From Anderson: “To me, it’s becoming axiomatic that online retailers are winning because they’re better retailers. Bookstores used to be excellent retailers of the reading culture. Apparently, they’re abdicating this former advantage in the age of the e-reader.”

Code Known as Flash Cookies Raises Privacy Concerns

September 22nd, 2010

Code Known as Flash Cookies Raises Privacy Concerns

From Tanzina Vega at the New York Times, an overview of how Flash cookies work, how they can be used, and the privacy concerns that have come up as a result. “The technology, so-called Flash cookies, is bringing an increasing number of federal lawsuits against media and technology companies and growing criticism from some privacy advocates who say the software may also allow the companies to create detailed profiles of consumers without their knowledge.”

Photo: “Make sharing easy”

September 20th, 2010

Photo: When your “Make sharing easy”…

Nice screenshot and a good point from 37signals. “When your ‘Make sharing easy’ widget needs a search box to sift through all 300 options, it may not be as easy as you think.”

Internet proves too irresistible during weddings, church

September 20th, 2010

Internet proves too irresistible during weddings, church

“According to new survey results from security software firm PC Tools, many US adults are all too happy to log into the Internet during weddings, honeymoons, dinners, and more, but they’d much rather do just about anything else than take care of their own computer maintenance.”

A Tool Kit to Help Academic Librarians Demonstrate Their Value

September 20th, 2010

A Tool Kit to Help Academic Librarians Demonstrate Their Value

“Like researchers and administrators throughout higher education, academic librarians have heard the drumbeat of accountability—the call to prove the usefulness of what they do on an institutional scale. A new report from the Association of College and Research Libraries seeks to help them make their case.”

US government shouldn’t fear foreign participation in Forge.gov

September 8th, 2010

US government shouldn’t fear foreign participation in Forge.gov

Adoption of open-source software in government agencies is gaining support, but the process is still frequently thwarted by bureaucracy and old-fashioned paranoia. Ryan Paul of Ars Technica describes the ongoing process to launch Forge.gov, a code sharing site that aims to help reduce IT costs by allowing different government agencies to share source code.

A List Apart: Strategic Content Management

September 8th, 2010

A List Apart: Strategic Content Management

From Jonathan Kahn, an overview of the importance of user-centered design in the realm of content management systems. One of the points that stood out to me: “A CMS should add semantic richness.”

Greetings

September 8th, 2010

Hi there, prospective readers. I’ve just gotten started with this new blog idea. It’ll mostly be commentary on articles I read elsewhere on the Internet, with maybe some longer posts as inspiration strikes.

I’m not really that snarky. But there might be a little of that, too.

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