Archive for November, 2007

Basic Blogging Class, Boston Center for Adult Ed, 12/1 & 12/8

Friday, November 30th, 2007

The Boston Center for Adult Education assures me the introduction to blogging class I’m teaching is happening this time. As well as covering the basics of blogging, the two-session course includes hands-on experience with the software Blogware. There are still a few spots left. Register online or by contacting the BCAE. Walk-in registration is acceptable […]


Thursday, November 29th, 2007

There’s a new site called which appears to have great deals on computers and other stuff As with any new website: Buyer beware! Posted by Rich

Law of the Blog: a Blogger’s guide to copyright, defamation, tradmark…

Thursday, November 29th, 2007

Nicholas Carroll has published a book called Law of the Blog: a blogger’s guide to copyright, defamation, trademarks and other online legal issues: Link via What I Learned Today: Posted by Rich

OLPC XO User Review

Thursday, November 29th, 2007

nbsp; had a user review of the OLPC XO laptop: “Conclusion The OLPC is a very good tool for a classroom setting. All the interfaces in each application interact extraordinarily well together. At a price of $400 you certainly get a lot of value for your money. If you’re the only one you know with […]

Australian journalist sacked for not generating enough website hits

Thursday, November 29th, 2007

The Sydney Morning Herald had an article called Journalism’s new order: one hit wonders need not apply about a Australian journalist who was sacked because his stories were not generating enough website hits.  

Ethics Committee to Examine Accusation of Rigger Hiring at the Boston Public Library

Wednesday, November 28th, 2007

The latest news related to the scandal surrounding the removal of Boston Public Library president Bernard A. Margolis hit the front page of The Boston Globe today. “The State Ethics Commission has opened an investigation of Mayor Thomas M. Menino to determine if he illegally ordered the head of the city’s public library system to […]

Social Networks in Businesses

Tuesday, November 27th, 2007

The October 2007 Searcher includes a great article about social networks—not just the ones online we commonly hear about, but enterprise social network tools, too. Tools like Visible Path and the online alumni networks SelectMinds develops can link people together in ways valuable to business. The article also discusses SecondLife and LinkedIn, a virtual world […]

The Future of the Internet in China with Journalist and Nieman Fellow Michael Anti

Monday, November 26th, 2007

Tuesday’s (11/27) Berkman Center for Internet & Society Luncheon Series is with New York Times Beijing Correspondent and Nieman Fellow Michael Anti. His talk, “When the Decentralized and Democratized Internet Meets China,” will be webcast beginning about 12:30 pm ET. Folks will gather in IRC (, #berkman) and Second Life. It is too late to […]

Don’t Forget the XOs

Sunday, November 25th, 2007

I was gonna write a post tonight reminding you to buy your XO before tomorrow’s deadline, but One Laptop Per Child has extended the deadline on their sales until December 31. You can procrastinate a little while longer. XOXOXO

Happy Thanksgiving!

Thursday, November 22nd, 2007

Thank you for reading j’s scratchpad and turning this blog into a community.