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.

Spam for Thanksgiving

Wednesday, November 21st, 2007

While I’m thankful for all of you readers and commenters, I admit I’m not terribly thankful for the 117 comment spams I found this morning. The spam originated from a number of IP addresses, like it normally does, but each one contains an identical message pointing to a number of URLs on a server at […]

Options for Searching for People

Tuesday, November 20th, 2007

For those of you interested in people search, Vanessa Fox profiles the search engines Wink, Spock, and ZoomInfo in the October issue of Information Today. (The issue is not freely available on the Web.) They pull information about people from various sources, including social networking sites, business databases, Wikipedia, and weblogs. Wink particularly sounds interesting […]

NEA: People are Reading Less

Monday, November 19th, 2007

Front page news on The Boston Globe (so it must be true): People are reading less. David Mehegan tells us about a National Endowment for the Arts study about reading habits (.pdf) indicating the decline in people reading for pleasure continues. It seems that if children don’t read for pleasure, they don’t magically start the […]

What’s Next for the Boston Public Library?

Friday, November 16th, 2007

“Commitment to the branches is an important piece of the future. So is commitment to technology and fund-raising. The tasks require more than a librarian or a politician. The job should not be a reward for past service. A library is the gateway to knowledge and literacy. Getting people, especially young people, through the gate […]

Architects Move into Second Life

Thursday, November 15th, 2007

A lot of librarians are wondering why some librarians are so interested in Second Life, a virtual world. Many of the sessions at Internet Librarian dealt with Second Life and why librarians should at least familiarize themselves with it, if not actually figure out how to use it for their work. At tonight’s blog group, […]

Social Networks Go Mobile, New FCC Proposal, Yahoo! Settles Lawsuit, and Music Sites, Jealous of Social Networks, Go Mobile

Wednesday, November 14th, 2007

When some people travel, they eat more junk food than they normally would, using vacation as an excuse to indulge in treats they wouldn’t normally consume at home. I often use USA Today as my travel treat. I don’t normally read the newspaper, but when I travel, I can often pick up a copy fairly […]

Blogs, Wikis, and RSS Feeds in Your Organization

Wednesday, November 14th, 2007

Blogs, Wikis, and RSS Feeds in Your Organization Jessica Baumgart Hudson Valley SLA Tuesday, November 13, 2007 Click on the link below to get to the outline of the presentation I gave to the Hudson Valley Special Libraries Association chapter. I had a great time being there. The audience had some great questions. Despite delaying […]

Technology Review’s 2007 Young Innovators

Tuesday, November 13th, 2007

Congratulations to all of the recipients of Technology Review’s Young Innovator awards! Three are of particular interest to this community. When Ivan KrsticĀ“ told me about his award, I was both surprised and not surprised. I’m not geeky enough to personally vouch for the quality of what he’s been doing, but a lot of my […]

The Joy of Answering Institutional E-mail

Tuesday, November 13th, 2007

Here’s a Slashdot post any of us who have ever had to answer e-mail on behalf of an organization (like library@, info@, questions@, webmaster@, support@, etc.) might appreciate. It certainly reminded me of a former job. Thanks for the link, Jim!

OLPC’s Give One, Get One Initiative Begins Today (11/12)

Monday, November 12th, 2007

Between Monday, November 12, and Monday, November 26, for $399 (plus shipping, handling, taxes, and any other appropriate fees) , you can buy a One Laptop Per Child XO laptop and send one overseas to a needy child. According to the terms and conditions, they do not guarantee delivery by the holidays and they do […]

David Weinberger on Copyright, 11/14, 6:30 p

Saturday, November 10th, 2007

David Weinberger facilitates the next Web of Ideas discussion on Wednesday, November 14, at 6:30 pm* at the Berkman Center for Internet & Society, 2nd Floor Conference Room, 23 Everett Street, Cambridge, MA. It’s about how to rebuild copyright for the digital age. “‘Designing Copyright from the Ground Up’: Suppose we had the chance to […]

Sometimes Basic Computer Security Isn’t Enough

Tuesday, November 6th, 2007

A co-location facility in Chicago was robbed for the fourth time when thieves sawed through a wall, tied up employees, and stole servers. A discussion thread records some of the early reactions and information about the case. Due diligence on data facilities is smart. Backups are smarter.