Archive for March, 2007

Harvard Manila Server Clarification

Saturday, March 31st, 2007

Based on some off-blog exchanges I’ve had with people regarding the Harvard Manila server situation, I feel the need to clarify a few things here. What I’ve been describing is mostly a problem with just the server Harvard’s Berkman Center for Internet & Society has been running for the last four years to support weblogs […]

You know you’re used to Web 2.0 when …

Saturday, March 31st, 2007

I know I’m becoming too accustomed to Web 2.0, the participatory Web. I attended a concert of selected popular Rodgers and Hammerstein works from six of their musicals, including Oklahoma, South Pacific, and Sound of Music. Even though I saw many people in the audience moving their lips to the lyrics, the chorus chose not […]

Stop Cyberbullying Day!

Friday, March 30th, 2007

Is it a coincidence that Stop Cyberbullying Day coincides with the MIT Spam Conference? Hhhmmm … Probably not. Some folks I know through the blog group are hoping to raise awareness of cyberbullying and the problems it causes. Don’t be a cyberbully. www.cyberbullying.org Stop Cyberbullying I’m in the middle of too many things already and […]

New Boston Newspaper: BostonNOW

Thursday, March 29th, 2007

Regina from BostonNOW joins us at blog group tonight to tell us about this new Boston newspaper and its efforts to draw in bloggers. The paper plans to launch in mid-April. Its contributors are a mix of journalists with experirence from other news agencies, wire stories, and bloggers. I mentioned this paper a few weeks […]

Manila Migration Details & Deadline: April 11

Wednesday, March 28th, 2007

The Harvard Manila server administrators posted details about the need for migration and a deadline of Wednesday, April 11. Don’t forget there’s a special meeting at the Berkman Center on Thursday, March 29, at 6 pm dealing with the migration and showing how to do it.

Blogs & Sites Hacked to Spread Malware

Monday, March 26th, 2007

Remember a few days ago I told you about Erica’s StopBadWare.org talk at BarCamp Boston 2 and some of the basics of badware? Ethan has a much more detailed post about how the weblog of someone he knows was hacked to distribute malware, what she did to solve the problem, and some guidelines for specifically […]

I’m trying to do the right thing by backing up my computer

Sunday, March 25th, 2007

I’m trying to do the right thing by doing a backup of my computer, but all I managed to do is make the CD drive moody.

Spam Conference Schedule Posted

Saturday, March 24th, 2007

The schedule for the Spam Conference, Friday, March 30, at MIT is available. On Thursday evening, there’s a kickoff at the Cambridge Brewing Company beginning at 5 pm. I have the dubious unfortunate lucky honor of giving the first real presentation Friday morning at 9:45 am. Much to my relief, Amanda Watlington, whom I’ve known […]

Manila Server Down; Migration to WordPress Necessary

Friday, March 23rd, 2007

Because of severe problems with Harvard’s Manila blog server, the weblogmasters had to turn the server off a few days ago. They are working on getting it going well enough to give people with weblogs on it the opportunity to get their content back and migrate to WordPress. They aren’t exactly sure when they’ll have […]

Proposed WHOIS Data Change Could Enhance Privacy, Thwart Researchers

Thursday, March 22nd, 2007

Many Internet site owners dislike having their contact information appear in various WHOIS registries. Hearings about some proposed privacy changes happen next week in Lisbon, Spain. The primary Internet address oversight agency, ICANN (Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers) will hold hearings on the issue. A proposal gives people the option of listing third-party […]

America’s Historic Newspapers Online

Wednesday, March 21st, 2007

Rich’s string of cool posts is enough to get me to stop writing about BarCamp Boston 2. The Library of Congress and National Endowment for the Humanities launched a new site this week with lots of content from American newspapers: Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers (Beta). (Gotta love the beta. When something gets to omega, […]

Ten commandments of egoless programming

Tuesday, March 20th, 2007

Casey Bisson of the library blog Maison Bisson had a posting of the Ten commandments of egoless programming: Understand and accept that you will make mistakes. The point is to find them early, before they make it into production. Fortunately, except for the few of us developing rocket guidance software at JPL, mistakes are rarely […]

2007 MLA Conference May 2-4 Sturbridge Mass

Tuesday, March 20th, 2007

The Massachusetts Library Association is holding it’s annual conference at the Sturbridge Hotel and Conference Center May 2-4, 2007. Some of the speakers include Nancy Pearl, Callie Crossley, Tom Ashbrook, , Jessamyn West, Jenny Levine, Michael Stephens, and Stephen Abram Early registration ends April 13. For more info: http://www.masslib.org/conference/2007Conference/index.htm Posted by Rich

Alternative library careers survey

Tuesday, March 20th, 2007

Rachel Singer Gordon of the library blog The Liminal Library blog is writing a book on alternative careers for librarians and is looking for input from librarians who pursued nontraditional positions http://www.lisjobs.com/liminal/2007/03/alternative-careers-survey.html Posted by Rich

All the world’s a story

Tuesday, March 20th, 2007

Greetings Monday’s New York Times had an article called All the world’s a story about Assignment Zero, “a collaboration between Wired Magazine and NewAssignment.Net, the experimental journalism site established by Jay Rosen, a professor of journalism at New York University, intends to use not only the wisdom of the crowd, but their combined reporting efforts–an approach […]

I have more to write about BarCamp Boston 2.

Tuesday, March 20th, 2007

I was prepared to get back to regular blogging tonight, especially since Garrett sent me a really cool article about Talking Points Memo discussing how the writers do so much great investigative journalism/blogging, but I realized I still have things I should report about BarCamp Boston 2. It’ll have to wait. I was hoping to […]

BarCamp: Podcasting & Medical Applications

Monday, March 19th, 2007

The last two of the BarCamp Boston 2 presentations I attended on Saturday dealt with different medical applications. I missed a chunk of the first talk about a Web-based medical application Andy Shearer works on. He uses a variety of languages for it. It’s spiffy. Richard Barbalace gave a tour of medical surveys the lab […]

BarCamp: Michael on Technology in Education

Sunday, March 18th, 2007

Another person I know from blog group, Michael Feldman is speaking about using technology in education now. The Web site he put together for it seems useful. It includes a number of questions educators should explore before using technology in a class. It’s been a while since I’ve seen Michael give a presentation. I was […]

BarCamp: Erica on Stopbadware.org

Sunday, March 18th, 2007

I should tell you about the medical application sessions I went to yesterday afternoon, the One Laptop Per Child excursion, and a few other things from last night, but I’m in a BarCamp Boston 2 session Erica George is leading about Stop Badware.org, a project out of the Berkman Center for Internet & Society about […]

BarCamp: Social Networking + Mobile Devices; Podcasting; Making Video & Audio Searchable

Saturday, March 17th, 2007

I wasn’t sure how to blog BarCamp Boston 2 because I didn’t know if I’d be making posts for each session or just doing brief summaries. The two sessions I attended already I can briefly summarize. Now, I’m in Amanda Watlington’s talk about making video and audio searchable. She rocks. I know her in real […]

BarCamp Boston 2 is still on.

Friday, March 16th, 2007

We aren’t letting a little bit of snow get in the way of BarCamp Boston 2. Come join the indoor fun! (<whine>Why did I vote for it to happen despite the weather? The snow is perfect for cross country skiing and there is probably more than enough of it. I’ve only skied twice this season.</whine> […]

Viacom Sues YouTube Over Copyright Violations

Thursday, March 15th, 2007

Several articles report the lawsuit Viacom, which owns many cable television stations, brought against YouTube, an online site where people can post and watch videos—many of which are posted by contributors who want to freely share their work. This case could have ramifacations for many other Web sites where users can post a variety of […]

Shortening the Sidebar

Wednesday, March 14th, 2007

I received a few complaints about the length of the sidebar and I can’t say I blame anyone for disliking it. The length is pretty obnoxious, especially on smaller pages. The root of the problem has three pieces. First, the Stories section of the Manila blog moved to Pages in WordPress. I had no control […]

The more I learn about One Laptop Per Child …

Tuesday, March 13th, 2007

The more I learn about One Laptop Per Child (OLPC), the more highly I think of them and their work. I spent a bit of hands-on time learning more about the organization and its machines. Dan Bricklin wrote a bit about his experience using a $100 laptop.

33 Reasons Librarians Are Necessary

Monday, March 12th, 2007

Garrett’s February 9 newsletter includes a bit giving 33 reasons librarians are important. Focusing on reasons related to the growth of digital resources, it includes points like not everything is available on the Internet, physical collections won’t just disappear, and digitization takes a very long time.

Reminder: BarCamp Boston 2 Saturday (3/17) & Sunday (3/18)

Sunday, March 11th, 2007

Don’t forget: BarCamp Boston 2 is this coming weekend, Saturday, March 17, and Sunday, March 18. Please register if you plan to attend.

New Boston Newspaper Meets with Bloggers, Sat., 11 a, Central Square

Saturday, March 10th, 2007

Here’s something I should have posted when I saw the announcement on Wednesday. My apologies for being slack and for the late notice. The new Boston newspaper Boston NOW is hoping to meet with bloggers on Saturday, March 10, at 11 am at the All Asia Cafe in Central Square to discuss the intersection between […]

Challenges to Keeping Digital Files

Friday, March 9th, 2007

Popular Mechanics explores digital loss by way of obsolete file formats, upgrades, and related technology changes. Beginning with a current example from the US Navy, the article explores many key concerns about digital information. "Large government and academic institutions began grappling with the problem of data loss years ago, with little substantive progress to date. […]

Running IE6 & IE7 Together & Separately

Wednesday, March 7th, 2007

One of the great things about having a weblog is that I can occasionally use it to make notes about something I want to remember later. Another great thing about having a weblog is that when those notes might be helpful to other people, I can share them. Properly testing Web pages in mutliple incarnations […]

Wikipedia editor credentials faked

Wednesday, March 7th, 2007

The International Herald Tribune reports that a former Wikipedia editor used fake credentials. “Under the name Essjay, the contributor edited thousands of Wikipedia entries and once was one of the few people with the authority to deal with vandalism and to arbitrate disputes between authors. To the Wikipedia world, Essjay was a tenured professor of […]

Free Helicopter Ride for BarCamp Programming Contest Winner

Tuesday, March 6th, 2007

Philip Greenspun is offering a free helicopter ride to the winner of the BarCamp Boston 2 programming contest. There’s still time to register for the March 17-18 free gathering.

Friend Mapping in Orkut

Monday, March 5th, 2007

When I was playing in Orkut, Google’s social networking tool, this evening, I was pleased to find some features around their friends portion of the site I hadn’t noticed before. You can view a geographic map with friends icons on it and mutual friends in much more obvious ways than what I remember from before. […]

BookSwim: Rent Books via the Mail, Return Them When Finished

Sunday, March 4th, 2007

Here’s another one from Garrett. Similar to video rental services like Netflix, BookSwim proposes to offer readers the ability to rent books and get and return them via mail. The service, which claims not to want to compete with libraries, is not yet available. The materials for investors indicates the company creators have a poor […]

How Harvard Classes Use Wikipedia

Friday, March 2nd, 2007

Garrett’s weekly newsletter includes this Harvard Crimson article mentioning how several teachers use Wikipedia in their classes.

Bad News: Stock Spam Works

Thursday, March 1st, 2007

Purdue University finance professor Laura Frieder and Jonathan Zittrain, a professor at Oxford University and a founder and affiliate of the Berkman Center for Internet & Society, released a study last fall indicating those spam e-mails with which you might be all too familiar actually boosted some stock prices. “Based on a large sample of […]