Archive for August, 2006

Gutenberg gegen Wikipedia

Thursday, August 31st, 2006

Pat guestblogging here again…. Project Gutenberg started in 1971 as a result of the gift of a grant of a large amount of University computer time to Michael Hart. Over the years, he organised a large number of volunteers around the world to receive and digitise books that, for one reason or another, are exempt […]

Wikimedia Conference Netherlands

Wednesday, August 30th, 2006

The Wikimedia conference netherlands is happening in utrecht this weekend, and I’m helping to organise! ( No wonder I’m only writing short and to the point blog posts at the moment )

Dawn of the Embedded Library

Wednesday, August 30th, 2006

NEASIS&T is hosting The Dawn of the Embedded Library: Integrating Library Services into People’s Trusted Networks at Tufts University in Medford Mass on Tuesday, October 3, 2006. Speakers include Nicole Henning from MIT Libraries, Annette Bailey and Godmar Back, creators of the LibX Firefox toolbar extension and Tim Spalding and Abigail Blachly of LibraryThing. Cost […]


Wednesday, August 30th, 2006

WikiMatrix compares the various wiki software programs side by side link via beSpacific

Brave New Workplace

Wednesday, August 30th, 2006

Again, Pat Gunn here, guest-blogging. Western societies in modern times are in a state of permanent revolution, as changing technology and wider generation gaps make each generation’s growing environment further distant from generations before. Commentators of various persuasions have commented that society is disintegrating (for the earlier link, stop by your library and pick up […]

To Ear, From Mouth

Tuesday, August 29th, 2006

Pat Gunn here again. Many of you have used DEC’s Babelfish software or one of the more modern tools in that genre. A semi-recent common amusement is to translate a text across several languages and then back to the original, as a variant of the old party game, telephone. Cumulative errors typically produce amusing results. […]

Enabling Technology and Information

Monday, August 28th, 2006

Pat Gunn, guest blogger here. Today, I’d like to talk about enabling technology, information, and how they apply to libraries. It is said that Ptolemy decreed that all visitors to Alexandria were to loan any scrolls they might be carrying to the Library of Alexandria for copying. Before the invention of movable type, working with […]

Introducing another guest blogger

Sunday, August 27th, 2006

My name is Amy and like Kim, Pat and Rich, I’ll be guest blogging on the scratchpad. I thank my good friend and mentor j for giving me this opportunity.

Where did I leave my towel?

Sunday, August 27th, 2006

Reality follows art, what more can I say? Apparently in all innocence, several wikipedia editors have finally come up with the following policy: Seriosuly, don’t panic. Many Douglas Adams fans will be surprised and delighted to find that finally Wikipedia has come around to their point of view. Posted by Kim Bruning

One Way to Fix Bad Apostrophes: Firefox’ Web Developers Toolbar

Saturday, August 26th, 2006

Last December, I wrote a bit about problems I was having with stray apostrophes in the HTML code eating blog posts. Two of the geeks who will be guest blogging here in my absence broached ideas about how to fix the problem and one of them actually did (Thanks, Kim!). He then promptly introduced me […]