Archive for December, 2006

A Declaration of the Independence of Cyberspace

Sunday, December 31st, 2006

John Perry Barlow asserts some ideas about the role of government in cyberspace in A Declaration of the Independence of Cyberspace.


Saturday, December 30th, 2006

Kim pointed me to WikiChix, a site for female wiki editors that grew out of concern about gender balance in Wikipedia. An AlterNet article explores the question that popped into my mind when I learned WikiChix came out of a desire to explore gender issues in Wikipedia: "Is it better for women to segregate themselves […]

How to Replace Trackback

Friday, December 29th, 2006

Since reading JB’s comment on yesterday’s post about trackback, I’ve been debating whether to respond in a comment to his comment or in a whole new post. My time to blog is very limited, so chances are very good I’m going to have to stop mid-post, but here goes anyway. If trackback worked, I think […]

Trackbacks, Comment Spam, and Whatnot

Thursday, December 28th, 2006

You might have noticed the absence of trackback links on this blog during the last week or so. I shut off the feature to try an experiment. Sadly, it failed. Someone suggested I try disabling trackback as a way to combat comment spam. Apparently, the way some servers talk to each other, comment spam comes […]

Bad Holiday Party Joke

Thursday, December 28th, 2006

“What’s Satan doing at our office’s holiday party?” “Well, we wanted Santa, but someone forgot to invite the proofreader.” (based on a joke I made with my Mom)

Hooray for Citations in Wikipedia

Wednesday, December 27th, 2006

Last night, a friend mentioned to me over instant messenger he thought he learned former United States president Gerald Ford had died, but he hadn’t been able to confirm that. Knowing that Wikipedia is often updated quickly with information about people’s deaths, I went to their entry for him first. Not only did the article […]

Wget: A Way to Copy Entire Web Sites

Tuesday, December 26th, 2006

Now, I know when I mention the downloading of Web sites, some of you squirm with anxiety about following copyright law. So, I’ll begin by saying please keep licenses and copyright laws in mind when playing with any tool that eases the downloading of Web sites. If any of you have attended a general talk […]

More on 100th anniversary of radio broadcast

Tuesday, December 26th, 2006

The Saturday/Sunday edition of the Patriot Ledger had a story about Reginald Fessenden’s radio broadcast. The article includes pictures of his radio station. A trailer park and campground now occupy the site. There are a few reminders of the radio tower among other things… Also WATD had a special broadcast over the weekend to […]


Monday, December 25th, 2006

Since there’s an old American tradition to give citrus, particularly oranges, for Christmas, I thought I’d share a light-hearted story for you today about my first clementine. And, yes, it’s related to librarianship. Once upon a time, I realized eating citrus fruit would often upset my stomach, so for years, I ate none. When I […]

100th Anniversary of Radio

Sunday, December 24th, 2006

"They told Marconiwireless was a phony. … Who’s got the last laugh now?" –Ira Gershwin December 24, 1906, marks a major day in radio history. One hundred years ago, sailors in the Atlantic Ocean heard the first voice broadcast from Massachusetts. And where did I learn about this story? Well, honestly, my Mom heard it […]

How People Use the Internet to Learn about Science

Saturday, December 23rd, 2006

When I saw this Pew Internet report about how people use the Internet to find science news in Garrett’s weekly e-mail, I knew I had to flag it. The majority of the time I spend on one single task is working on a Web site about research at the university. We’re always thinking about how […]

An Open Source Library System

Thursday, December 21st, 2006

Kim, who won’t blog this himself for some silly reason, pointed me to this article about an open source library system. Spiffy!

Consumer Technologies Invade Work

Thursday, December 21st, 2006

This Economist article examines how people are using tools traditionally thought of as consumer tools, not corporate tools, in the workforce. They include technologies such as Web-based e-mail accounts with lots of storage, instant messaging, and voice-over-IP services. The article begins by talking about arrangements Arizona State University has made with Google through Google Apps […]

Matching Donations to Wikipedia Today

Wednesday, December 20th, 2006

I know some of you are big fans of Wikipedia and might be considering donating money this time of year. There’s a notice on the encyclopedia that a donor is willing to match today’s donations. I looked for more information about this on the site, but I didn’t find for what I was searching, like […]

InMagic to Offer RSS Capabilities with its Products

Tuesday, December 19th, 2006

Inmagic, a library vendor offering several different technology products, has added RSS capabilities to its latest WebPublisher PRO v10, scheduled to be released in a few days. Their press release has more details. Many of us keep hoping library system vendors will do more with feeds. Here’s one that is. noticed on Library Stuff

Problems for Windows 2000 users

Tuesday, December 19th, 2006

Information Week reports that Office 2007 and Zune won’t install on Windows 2000. Windows Defender also won’t install on Windows 2000, but the article mentions a workaround. The article mentions that Microsoft doesn’t plan to release a patch that will update Windows 2000 systems to the new time-zone definitons. The article does mention a procedure […]

New copyright tool scans web for violations

Tuesday, December 19th, 2006

Monday’s Wall Street Journal reports that there’s new company will begin testing a system to scan the billions of pages on the Web for clients’ audio, video, images and text, potentially making it easier for owners to request that Web sites take content down or provide payment for its use.

Credible and credited: the rise of the media librarians

Tuesday, December 19th, 2006

“Newspaper librarians are now more involved in online research and training than archiving, writes Richard Nelsson, looking how the role at the Guardian has evolved from filing cuttings to direct support for journalists filing stories.”… This was mentioned on Peter Scott’s Library Blog a few weeks ago, but I haven’t had the time to […]

Turn The Page

Tuesday, December 19th, 2006

Greetings There’s a new library cartoon called Turn the page… If you liked the Unshelved strip, then you’ll like this one! links via LibrarianinBlack:

More on Iran and Blogging

Monday, December 18th, 2006

Monday’s Boston Globe has a front page article about the state of blogging in Iran, including some information about Internet accesss, the legality of blogging, and the increase in bloggers who write in Farsi.

LISNews: Summary of 2006’s Events

Sunday, December 17th, 2006

LISNews has a year in review post summarizing 2006. All I can say is that a lot happened and the post is worth at least a skim. Check our Stephen Abram’s quote under item 6 about people who feel like they don’t have to learn new technology because they’re retiring soon. That’s a rough situation. […]

Regret the Error’s Mistakes of the Year

Saturday, December 16th, 2006

The weblog that tracks journalism errors, Regret the Error, has posted what they consider to be the best errors of the year, which receive their awards, the Crunks. heard on Wait, Wait … Don’t Tell Me!

Google Launches a Patent Search

Friday, December 15th, 2006

Just Wednesday evening, I was conversing with someone about how to find patents. What timing for Garrett to mention Google Patent Search in his weekly newsletter. Thanks!

Will Blogging Peak in 2007?

Friday, December 15th, 2006

The BBC reports Gartner analyst Daryl Plummer’s prediction that blogs will level off in 2007 at a number of 100 million. Considering the world’s population, I’m not so sure I believe this number. But I’m not going to start counting. What do you think? Thanks for sending me the article, RJPB. (PS–Don’t worry. I’m fine. […]

96 Newspapers Switch to Creative Commons Licenses

Friday, December 15th, 2006

Over on PressThink, the weblog of New York University journalism professor Jay Rosen, Lisa Williams, whom I know through blog group, shares some really exciting news: 96 news sites owned by GateHouse Media are now sharing content via Creative Commons licenses. Not only is this news really exciting for copyright law, but it should have […]

Time Management, which really means managing ourselves

Tuesday, December 12th, 2006

So, yeah, so a lot of us collide with the end of the year like it’s a brick wall of all the things we meant to do this year and find ourselves pushing into the next year. So we ponder time management this time of year. I crossed some major things off my list of […]

Knowing I need more humor and less blogging in my life …

Monday, December 11th, 2006

Knowing I need more humor and less blogging in my life, Kim sent me a great comic. Hhhmmm … Kim, weren’t you the one who suggested we toss it all to the wind and shove off on a journey around the world … ?

Scoble Speaks Out against Reposting Feeds

Saturday, December 9th, 2006

Many people have different thoughts about whether reposting someone else’s XML Feed (RSS, Atom) breaks copyright law or a licensing agreement. I’ve spoken about this before, too, (but I’m too lazy to look for that exchange or those exchanges now) and had at least one heated debate via e-mail with someone over this topic. If […]

DevHouse Boston, 12/9, 11 am

Saturday, December 9th, 2006

Uh … It appears that somehow I managed to forget to write about today’s geek gathering, DevHouse Boston. My apologies for the short, short, short notice. The idea behind it is to get people together to collaborate on various tech projects. If you have an idea for a tech project, but need someone to code […]

Pearl Harbor Day: 65th Anniversary

Thursday, December 7th, 2006

Today marks the 65th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor, one of the major attacks by foreign invaders in the minds of many Americans. Here are a few Internet sites for the occasion: *Pearl Harbor Raid, 7 December 1941 from the US Navy *Naval Station Pearl Harbor, also from the US Navy *Remembering Pearl […]

VCs & Social Networks

Tuesday, December 5th, 2006

A few of us have been talking about social networking tools and the importance of having a network. In some cases, people’s networks are even a business asset. Harvard Business School Working Knowledge takes a look at venture capitalists (VCs) and how their networks influence funding decisions.

Annual Performance Reviews

Tuesday, December 5th, 2006

Harvard Business School’s publication Working Knowledge has a discussion about annual performance reviews. The initial short article mentions GE’s system of ranking employees, then asks some questions. The 93 comments provide a range of experiences with reviews. I have been in multiple places on the performance review scale. I’ve worked for a manager who gave […]

Web Site Monitoring

Tuesday, December 5th, 2006

I had another moment of brilliance recently regarding this weblog. I’d been trying to figure out how to get new comment notification now that e-mail has been disabled on the server. The scratchpad used to e-mail me comments. Now, it can’t. I had been thinking about something more technically sophisticated than I am, possibly involving […]

Changing Membership Info on Manila

Tuesday, December 5th, 2006

I had one of those “Aha!” moments on the scratchpad. While combating the latest round of comment spam (almost 1000 spam since mid November and it’s coming in at a rate of about 100 per day right now {Ugh!}), I found a widget where I should be able to update some information for members of […]

Guardian: Interviews with the People Behind Web 2.0 Technologies

Monday, December 4th, 2006

The Guardian published some interviews with many of the people behind technologies often lumped together under the term Web 2.0, like‘ Joshua Schacter, Wikipedia’s Jimmy Wales, and Technorati’s David Sifry. (I meant to blog this Monday, but, well, I was a little preoccupied with baking projects, I guess, and I forgot. Kim even reminded me […]

Temporary E-mail Addresses

Sunday, December 3rd, 2006

Steven Cohen blogs temporary e-mail address services for those times when people need to use an e-mail address, but don’t want to use their own. How many times do we wish we didn’t have to give up an e-mail address just to use a Web site, read a newspaper, etc.? dodgeit Spam Hole 10 Minute […]

19-year-old Iowa Library Cat Dies

Saturday, December 2nd, 2006

I know, I know. Some of you are going to dislike me for writing about the death of a pet. My book group even has a rule about reading books where animals die or get harmed. But after some consideration, I think it’s appropriate that I mention the death of Dewey Readmore Books, a 19-year-old […]

An Odd One for Friday: "There’s an ENTIRE SUBCULTURE OF LIBRARIANS WHO BLOG out there."

Friday, December 1st, 2006

I saw this post on Library Stuff called I’m Scared. Hold Me., so I followed the link and found a post about librarians who blog. "There’s an ENTIRE SUBCULTURE OF LIBRARIANS WHO BLOG out there. A sad, bizarre subculture. … LIBRARIANS. Who BLOG. What in the HELL could they have to BLOG about??" What’s even […]