Archive for January, 2008

Agence France Presse bans Wikipedia and Facebook as sources

Sunday, January 27th, 2008

“Agence France Presse banned its reporters from using Facebook and Wikipedia as sources last week, as news organizations still struggle to safely use online (re)sources,” according to “Some newspapers picked up pictures on Facebook about Mr Bhutto, which turned out to be fake.” Clarifying this point, Lesourd said that journalists couldn’t use these sites […]

Boston Ice Cream News

Sunday, January 27th, 2008

The Toscanini Ice Cream store in Central Square has reopen after making a partial payment for back taxes from donations. Here’s the rest of the story: This should make j happy! Also Brigham Ice Cream is offering 42,000 free cherry on top ice cream bars at all Brigham locations from Jan 25 through Feb […]

Boston Globe Price Increases, Online Readership Grows & Wall Street Journal to Still Charge

Friday, January 25th, 2008

I learned The Boston Globe’s newsstand price will increase just after reading in the print Globe online US newspaper readers increased 6%. Below that article is one indicating The Wall Street Journal will keep its subscription model.

PBS Frontline Growing Up Online Jan 22

Thursday, January 17th, 2008

The following upcoming event was posted on Web4Lib: FRONTLINE presents GROWING UP ONLINE Tuesday, January 22, 2008, at 9 P.M. ET on PBS Jessica Hunter was a shy and awkward girl who struggled to make friends at school. Then, at age 14, she reinvented herself online as *Autumn Edows,* an alternative goth artist and […]

Simmons GSLIS Offers Podcasts

Wednesday, January 16th, 2008

The Simmons Graduate School of Library and Information Science is offering a large series of podcasts including Next Generation Catalog as well as News Librarianship: Link via Catalogblog:

Advanced WordPress help sheet

Wednesday, January 16th, 2008

The WPCandy website has some help sheets available including for advanced users: Link via What I Learned Today: Posted by Rich

OLPC XO Review and Teardown

Wednesday, January 16th, 2008

nbsp; has a review and teardown of the OLPC XO laptop: “Conclusion As a cheap notebook for children to use who have no other prior computer experience this notebook is designed and built very well. It is extremely rugged, offers a simple repair solution, and has incredibly simple to use software. For power users this […]

Opus on eBooks

Tuesday, January 15th, 2008

While digging through a stack of newspapers last night, I discovered the December 30 comic Opus by Berkeley Breathed gives a common and amusing take on ebooks.

Massachusetts Libraries Commercial

Monday, January 14th, 2008

During the 5 o’clock news this evening, I watched a commercial for the Massachusetts Libraries. It featured a nice series of rhymes highlighting library content and services, including lots of cool things (like iPods) many people don’t realize libraries have and a mention of being able to use some library tools from home. Nifty!

MTV Trains Own Journalists for Political Coverage

Saturday, January 12th, 2008

A project to grow their own journalists to add pizzazz to the channel’s political coverage, MTV hired and trained one young journalist for each of the 50 U.S. states and Washington, DC. “The idea behind MTV’s project, known as the Street Team, is having citizen journalists across the country bring a fresh perspective and grass-roots […]

A Blogger’s Last Words: Soldier Andrew Olmsted

Friday, January 11th, 2008

This post is a bit more morbid than the usual posts in this space. I am going to talk about death. As if that isn’t enough, I’m also going to talk about the conflict in Iraq. Some of you might wish to skip this entry. Let me assure you upfront that I am fine. My […]

NewsGator is free

Friday, January 11th, 2008

NewsGator is offering FeedDemon for Windows, NetNewsWire for Mac, NewsGator Go for Mobile , NewsGator Inbox for Microsoft Outlook and NewsGator Online RSS Reader for free! For more info: Posted by Rich

Microsoft Office 2003 SP3 and fixes

Friday, January 11th, 2008

In case people were not aware, Microsoft offered a Office 2003 Service Pack 3 to close some security problems, but didn’t tell people that older file formats were disabled: More info and fixes on David LeBlanc’s Weblog:  

Installing Wikipedia on some Ipods

Friday, January 11th, 2008

nbsp; had a posting on how to install Wikipedia on some Ipods:  

Code4Lib Journal Out

Friday, January 11th, 2008

The first issue of the Code4Lib journal is now out: “This mission of the Code4Lib Journal is to cover “the intersection of libraries, technology, and the future.” We hope that this journal can be one more contribution to the developing culture of collaboration around library technology, and we welcome you to join in our experiment.” […]

Code4Lib 2008 Conference

Friday, January 11th, 2008

Code4Lib 2008 Conference February 25 – 28, 2008, Portland, Oregon, USA The third annual code4lib conference will be held in Portland, Oregon at the Embassy Suites located in downtown Portland. Anyone who is interested in helping plan and organize the conference should join the conference planning discussion list, which can be found at…. The registration […]

Computers In Libraries 2008 Conference Update

Friday, January 11th, 2008

NELINET, the New England affiliate of OCLC will be offering special discounts for the Computers In Libraries 2008 Conference: “Information Today, Inc. has announced that the Computers in Libraries 2008 Conference will be held at the Hyatt Regency Crystal City in Arlington, VA, on April 7-9, 2008. In addition, there is a Combo Conference of […]

Andy Carvin on Web 2.0 & Journalism

Thursday, January 10th, 2008

While going through unread messages from the blog group, I found one Andy Carvin sent a while back about a presentation he gave on why journalists should care about Web 2.0. It’s definitely worth a read because he not only explores what some of the popular Web 2.0 technology is and how people use it, […]

Another Computer Security Issue: Failed Hard Drives & What Repairers do with Them

Tuesday, January 8th, 2008

Dave Winer writes about a serious security issue: his Mac’s hard disk failed, he took it in for repairs, and the shop refuses to give him his hard drive back. He even wrote a letter to Steve Jobs explaining the problem and asking for assistance. Some of the comments on the letter are just creepy. […]

Bad Things Happen in Some Archives

Monday, January 7th, 2008

Those of you sensitive to damaged books might want to skip this item. The BBC reports the British Library admits a diary was harmed while in its care. Thinking the British Library could care for the book better than he could, the owner of Thomas Tyldesley’s 18th Century diary gave the book to the library […]

Pew Study: Gen Y More Likely to Use Libraries

Thursday, January 3rd, 2008

Members of Generation Y, the folks currently 18-30, are more likely to use libraries than members of other generations, a recent Pew Internet and American Life study indicates. Results many of us have known for a while show many people use computers and the Internet at the library. "The survey results challenge the assumption that […]

Hacking FireFox for library use

Tuesday, January 1st, 2008

Andrea Mercado of LibraryTechtonics had a posting on hacking FireFox for library use: “Hacking Firefox at my library: instructions & stuff I think I’ve done enough tinkering and tweaking with the Firefox hacking that I think I can share the instructions with the world. This post is on the long side, because I tried to […]