Archive for the 'Computers' Category

WordCamp Boston 2013 October 25-27, 2013 Microsoft NERD Center Cambridge Mass.

Tuesday, October 8th, 2013

WordCamp Boston 2013 is being held on October 25-27, 2013 at the Microsoft NERD Center in Cambridge, Massachusetts. WordCamp deals with the WordPress blogging program which this website uses. Beginners and advanced users are welcome. Costs: Full weekend $60.00 Saturday/Sunday $40.00 Friday $20.00 For more info: Posted by Rich

NOBLE Systems Support Specialist Position Deadline Feb 7

Wednesday, February 6th, 2013

Greetings My library network, NOBLE, is looking for a full-time System Support Specialist. The deadline for applying is Thursday, Feb 7, 2013. Knowledge of Linux operating systems is required, Institution: NOBLE, North Of Boston Library Exchange Job: Systems Support Specialist Duties/Description: Systems Support Specialist needed to participate in operation of servers, networks and software for […]

PodCamp Boston September 24-25 Microsoft NERD Cambridge

Tuesday, August 30th, 2011

PodCamp Boston 6 is being held on September 24-25, 2011 at the Microsoft NERD in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Cost is $30.00 For those who need a reminder of what PodCamp is all about: “Podcamp is an unconference where newbies and advanced content makers alike come to learn more about and share their knowledge of podcasting, blogging, […]

WorldCat Boston Mashathon September 23-24 Cambridge MA

Monday, August 23rd, 2010

OCLC is holding a two-day WorldCat Mashathon on September 23-24, 2010 at the Microsoft New England Research and Development Center in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Cost is $30. “Join fellow coders for a two-day WorldCat Mashathon at the Microsoft New England Research & Development Center (NERD). Sponsored by the OCLC Developer Network and Brandeis University, the WorldCat […]

Readability software makes reading web articles easier

Tuesday, July 20th, 2010

Michael Sauers of the Travelin’ Librarian blog had a posting on using Readability software to make reading web articles easier: He also created an online Readability tutorial using ScreenToaster, an online screen recorder: For more info on ScreenToaster: Posted by Rich

We live in the future: how computers envolved over the years

Wednesday, April 28th, 2010

David Rothman of the Davidrothman library blog had a very good posting on March 23 called We live in the future, how computers and related technology evolved over the years: For the whole posting: Posted by Rich

How to turn a RSS feed into a downloadable ebook with Feedbooks

Tuesday, April 20th, 2010

Feedbooks is providing a service that can turn any RSS feed into a downloadable ebook which then can be transfered to your e-reader. Also you can turn that ebook into an audiobook using the Text2Go software. There’s a free 30-day trial period, but there are fees involved. It appears you can create a e-book containing […]

BarCamp Boston April 17-18 MIT Stata Center Cambridge

Saturday, March 20th, 2010

BarCamp Boston 2010 is being held on April 17-18, 2010 at the MIT Stata Center in Cambridge Mass. Registration is free, but they are asking for a voluntary $20 admission fee to cover costs. In case people have forgotten what is a BarCamp conference: “BarCamp is an unConference, organized on the fly by attendees, for […]

Lyrasis Computers In Libraries 2010 Conference Group Discount

Thursday, January 28th, 2010

Lyrasis is offering a 50 percent discount for the 25th Computers In Libraries Conference being held at the Hyatt Regency Crystal City, Arlington VA between April 12-14, 2010: LYRASIS invites members to attend this year’s Computers in Libraries Conference in Arlington, VA at a major discount. This year’s conference theme is “Information Fluency: Literacy for […]

OLPC Asks for Haiti Support through Donating Unwanted XOs

Wednesday, January 27th, 2010

OLPC (One Laptop Per Child) emailed previous donors to encourage donating any unwanted XOs back to the organization to send to Haiti for relief and post-earthquake education efforts. In my circles, I doubt the existence of an unused or unwanted XO, but I have a feeling some folks might be willing to part with their […]

Boston Book Festival Saturday October 24 Copley Square 10-6

Saturday, October 17th, 2009

The Boston Book Festival is being held on Saturday, October 24, 2009 in the Copley Square area between 10 am-6 pm: “The wait is over! The Boston Book Festival has just announced its official schedule of events, and with 31 to choose from, and you’re guaranteed a fun-filled, jam-packed day on Saturday, October 24 between […]

Massachusetts Open Source ILS Project Meetings October 21 and 29

Saturday, October 10th, 2009

The Massachusetts Open Source Project, which includes selecting an open source ILS system for three Massachusetts library networks, will be holding information sessions on Wednesday, October 21, 2009 at the Palmer Public Library and Thursday, October 29, 2009 at the Merrimack Valley Library Consortium offices in North Andover, Massachusetts. Staff from MVLC, NOBLE and C/W […]

WBUR Here and Now Interview with Cushing Academy’s Headmaster

Thursday, September 24th, 2009

WBUR’s Here And Now program had an interview with Cushing Academy’s Headmaster James Tracy about his decision to get rid of books and install computers and other electronic devices: Also the Classical Bookworm blog had a posting on the Cushing library decision: “I give the headmaster points for acknowledging that they can do this […]

Ignite Boston 6 Thursday, September 17, 2009 Fidelity Center for Applied Technology

Tuesday, August 25th, 2009

Ignite Boston 6 will be on Thursday, September 17, from 6pm to 9:00pm at the Fidelity Center for Applied Technology auditorium 245 Summer Street, Boston, next to South Station and on the Red Line. There is no cover charge or any sort of fee. Since there is limited space at the venue, you must be […]

Vote for Jessamyn West’s SXSW 2010 Conference Library Presentation Proposals

Saturday, August 22nd, 2009

Jessamyn West of the blog has two library related presentation proposals for the SXSW 2010 Conference in Austin, Texas: “I have proposed two presentations for the SXSW conference in Austin Texas next March. There is a complicated series of steps to determining which of the proposals will actually get picked. Part of this determination (30%) […]

Tweet URLs may be tiny, but they can also be dangerous

Wednesday, July 15th, 2009

nbsp; reports that shorten Tweet URLs may mask malicious destinations: “URL-shortening site Cligs last month sent more than 2 million Web addresses to an entirely different destination. Phishers are also taking advantage of the trust users have in TinyURL Web addresses by using them to mask malicious destinations.” “But easy solutions are available, PC Magazine […]

NISO Library Resource Management Systems: New Challenges, New Opportunities October 8-9, 2009 Metro Meeting Center Boston MA

Wednesday, July 15th, 2009

NISO is holding a 2 day forum called Library Resource Management Systems: New Challenges, New Opportunities on October 8-9, 2009 at the Metro Meeting Center in Boston, Massachusetts: “Libraries have a dizzying array of options for acquiring, implementing, and modifying library resource management systems. The ballooning number of choices reflects the changing character of this […]

PodCamp Boston 4 August 8-9, 2009 UMass-Boston

Tuesday, June 9th, 2009

PodCamp Boston 4 is being held on August 8-9, 2009 at University of Massachusetts-Boston, Harborside Campus Center. Registration is $ 50.00. For more information: Posted by Rich

Linux System Administrator Wanted

Tuesday, February 17th, 2009

Blake Carver of LISHost is looking for an experienced Linux Systems Administrator: “Business is good at LISHost and we could use some help from an experienced systems administrator. The position involves all the usual things a sysadmin would do, including server maintenance, security, and support. The job is part time, requires no travel and has […]

2 from On the Media: US Gov’t Electronic Records and the Supposed Death of the Newspaper Industry

Sunday, February 8th, 2009

I don’t normally listen to the National Public Radio program On the Media, but I happened to catch two stories on this week’s episode definitely worth mentioning here. 1) Like many archival repositories, the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), the archives that handle many important United States government records, like those from the Office […]

OLPC Layoffs

Saturday, January 10th, 2009

Like many other companies these days, One Laptop Per Child decreased the size of its workforce. Yes, some of the folks I know from there are no longer employed. It’s not appropriate for me to announce who that is in this space, so I’m not going to do that. If you’re hiring tech people, you […]

NMRLS Systems Librarians Meeting Dec 12 NOBLE 9:30 am

Tuesday, December 9th, 2008

The Northeast Massachusetts Regional Library System is holding the NMRLS Systems Librarians meeting on Friday, December 12, 2008 at NOBLE in Danvers, Mass at 9:30 am: An informal meeting of librarians in the Northeast Region interested in technology and computing issues. Next Meeting Topic: Mini & not-so-mini sessions on gadgets, gizmos, software, freeware, web apps, […]

Today: Free CrossOver Software from CodeWeavers for Mac and Linux Users

Tuesday, October 28th, 2008

A while back, the software company CodeWeavers said if five things happened, they would offer their software that allows Windows programs to run on Linux or Macs, CrossOver, for free today (10/28/08). Those things have happened. Step up today to download the goods. Since their site is overloaded (surprise!), a streamlined version asks for email […]

Internet Librarian 2008 Who Moved My Ultrafiche & 8-Tracks?: Insights For The Future

Wednesday, October 22nd, 2008

Dan Lester of the Boise State University Libraries gave a talk called “Who Moved My Ultrafiche & 8-Tracks: Insights For The Future:” Dan, who’s retiring on October 31, after 43 years in the library field, gave a slideshow of the changes in technology over the years: Picture showing Videodisc player and OCLC Catalog Card Printers. […]

Internet Librarian 2008 Microsoft SharePoint for Libraries: Streamlinging Your Intranet Management

Wednesday, October 22nd, 2008

Sarah Houghton-Jan of the San Jose Public Library and Shannon Staley of the San Jose State University Library gave a talk called (Microsoft) SharePoint for Libraries: Streamlining Your Intranet Management. Both of them created a joint intranet using Microsoft SharePoint, a free content management program. It offers shared workspaces and documents, wikis, blogs, calendaring, RSS […]

Using Video Games As Bait To Hook Readers–NYT

Wednesday, October 8th, 2008

The October 5 Sunday New York Times had an article on gaming called “Using Video Games As Bait To Hook Readers”: “The online game that Mr. Haarsma designed not only extends the fictional world of the novel, it also allows readers to play in it. At the same time, Mr. Haarsma very calculatedly gave gamers […]

Technology Book Reviewers Wanted

Tuesday, October 7th, 2008

Rachel Singer Gordon of the Liminal Librarian blog is looking for regular reviewers for technology-related titles for her new online publication called Tech Static: “The Tech Static, a new technology book review outlet for librarians launching this November, is seeking regular reviewers for technology-related titles. Please be comfortable with technology and with the prospect of […]

Windows Drivers/Manuals Databases

Thursday, September 25th, 2008

Nodevice has a comprehensive database of Windows drivers, manuals and dll files: “We have a massive collection of drivers from all the major manufacturers that includes a vast number of Printer Drivers, Scanner Drivers, Video Drivers (Graphics Cards) and Sound Card Drivers. We offer tons of Motherboard Drivers, Chipset Drivers, USB drivers, CD Rom Drivers, […]

ErrorKey – the Search engine for Error Codes

Thursday, August 21st, 2008

Intelliverb created an inhouse search engine for error codes and messages called “ErrorKey”: “ErrorKey is the tool you need to quickly get an answer for errors you encounter. We first implemeted ErrorKey as an in house application to help us in our work by quickly get resolution to errors. After sharing it with a group […]

Ignite Boston 4 Thursday Sept 11 2008 Hooley House Boston 6 pm

Wednesday, August 20th, 2008

O’Reilly Media is holding Ignite Boston 4 on Thursday, September 11, 2008 at the Hennessy’s Hooley House, 25 Union Street, Boston at 6 pm: “From 6:00-6:45 pm, mingle and talk tech with your fellow FOOs (Friends of O’Reilly), alpha geeks, and techies from the greater Boston area. After the mingling and social stuff, we’ll have […]

Students Back on Track after MBTA Tries to Block Their Work

Wednesday, August 20th, 2008

“It was not until just this morning that the MBTA admitted what the students were doing isn’t a prank. If there’s ever been a shoot-the-messenger case, I guess this is it.” –Cindy Cohn, legal director for the Electronic Frontier Foundation, the organization representing the students. * * * “We’ve always maintained that there are certain […] Boston Tech/New Media Event/Job Resource

Sunday, August 3rd, 2008

nbsp; has Boston resource for tech/new media events and jobs: 08/04 – Advanced Invention to Venture 08/04 – Introduction to Network Coding 08/04 – Boston .NET Certification Study Group 08/04 – Greythumb: “Informativeness Incentives in Coevolutionary Algorithms” by Dr. Anthony Bucci 08/04 – The MetroWest Photoshop August Meetup 08/04 – The Cambridge Search Engine Optimization […]

Tweaked Windows XP for the OLPC XO computer

Wednesday, July 30th, 2008

The Channel Register has a report that Microsoft has released a tweaked version of Windows XP to run on the One Laptop Per Child XO computer: “Microsoft internally ‘RTM’ed’ the Windows XP version we are building for the OLPC XO computer. Windows on the XO looks like it is on track for availability in these […]

Open Education Interviews Walter Bender

Sunday, June 8th, 2008

TH asked me to share a link to Open Education’s interview with Walter Bender about his work at Sugar Labs, possibly because of the Berkman lunch talk he gave that I blogged. Bender used to work for One Laptop Per Child (OLPC). Thanks, TH!

Webcast of Walter Bender’s Talk at Berkman, 6/3, 12:30 ET

Tuesday, June 3rd, 2008

On Tuesday, June 3, Walter Bender, formerly of One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) and now of Sugar Labs, gives the lunch talk at the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University. His presentation should be webcast and archived. Folks might be chatting about it on Babbledog and in #berkman on Walter’s opening with […]

NMRLS Regional Systems Librarians – Solutions at Tyngsborough June 5 10 am

Tuesday, May 13th, 2008

The NMRLS Regional Systems Librarians group is hold their quarterly meeting at the Tyngsborough Public on Thursday, June 5, 2008 at 10 am: “Come join us at Tyngsborough Public Library, as our host and Tyngsborough’s Director, Randy Robertshaw dishes and demos two innovative systems he is using at his library. Randy will discuss his use […]

MASSLIB08 David Lee King Managers Pay Attention! Why social networking and Web 2.0 is important for your library

Friday, May 9th, 2008

David Lee King, digital branch & services manager, Topeka & Shawnee County Public Library gave a talk called Managers listen up!: why social networking and Web 2.0 is important for your library: Some people think change means: fresh breeze at beach or screaming at the laptop why pay attention to change There are best practices […]

Upcoming Gatherings: MacCamp (5/10), WebNOB (5/13), Berkman@10 (5/15-16), BarCamp Boston 3 (5/17-18)

Thursday, May 8th, 2008

Instead of doing lots of little posts about upcoming conferences, I’m going to be slack and do a list in one post. I can’t remember for certain if I’ve written about these before in this space, so forgive me if I’m repeating myself. MacCamp Boston, Saturday, May 10: A free forum dealing with Mac issues […]

Perilous Patron Printing

Friday, April 25th, 2008

Rachel Singer Gordon and Jessamyn West wrote in their April Tech Tips For Every Librarian column for Computers In Libraries Magazine of getting rid of the Print icon in Internet Explorer and Firefox and replacing it with a Print Preview icon: “It’s a familiar story: A patron hits “Print”–often repeatedly–while viewing an 80-page document of […]

Open Source Mac Software

Saturday, March 22nd, 2008

The Open Source Mac blog has a listing of free open source program for Mac OS X Link via What I Learned Today library blog:

Recovering from Crashes When Updating Software

Sunday, March 16th, 2008

Pardon me while I engage in some knowledge management on this weblog. It seems like each time my PowerBook crashes in the midst of updating software through the program Software Update, it hangs in the boot process when it tries to load the Login Window. (If you watch Macs boot, you probably know to which […]

Umberto Eco on the Future of Libraries & Technology

Tuesday, March 11th, 2008

My favorite librarian sent me a translation of an interview of Umberto Eco in the Frankfurter Rundschau about technology and libraries. He thinks of the Internet and computers as ways of complementing our memories and uses a large portable drive onto which he downloaded many digitized books as an example. He discusses the challenges of […]

OLPC’s XO Shipping Delays Lead to Some Canceled Orders

Monday, February 11th, 2008

The Boston Globe recently printed 84,000 people ordered XOs from One Laptop Per Child’s. While many people are enjoying their new XOs, focus has shifted to a few thousand people who received e-mails indicating their orders might be fulfilled after 45-60 days. For some people, that’s too long to wait and they’ve canceled their orders. […]

What does Renesys do?

Friday, February 1st, 2008

When people learn the name of my employer, the next set of questions almost always has to do with what it is Renesys does. A few days ago, two major telecommunications cables in the Middle East broke, impeding Internet access and phone calls. Two of my coworkers have been talking to lots of folks in […]

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 […]

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 […]

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. […]

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 […]

Computers in Libraries 2008

Monday, December 31st, 2007

The advance program for the Computers in Libraries 2008 conference is now available. Some of the programs include Search Engines, Open Source and Gaming. I will let everyone know if there are discounts available Posted by Rich

HBS as a Case Study on the XOs, which Ship this Week

Tuesday, December 11th, 2007

Harvard Business School has a case study on marketing the special One Laptop Per Child computers. Those who have already purchased theirs in the special give one, get one promotion will be relieved to know the machines began to ship this week. Purchasing goes through December 31.


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

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 […]

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

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 Krstic´ 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 […]

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 […]

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.

Buy 1 OLPC Laptop, Send 1 to a Needy Child

Monday, September 24th, 2007

Finally! The deal you’ve been waiting for! For a limited time in November, you yourself can buy one One Laptop Per Child XO laptop and at absolutely no additional cost send another laptop free to a needy child overseas for a mere $399! If you’d much rather give than receive, you can give a laptop […]

PodCamp Boston 2 October 26-28 Boston Convention Center

Wednesday, September 5th, 2007

PodCamp Boston 2 is being held on October 26-28, 2007 at the new Boston Convention Center in South Boston. Topics include blogging, podcasting, social networking, video on the Net and new media. It’s free, but you have to register. For more info: Posted by Rich

Mozilla 24 Worldwide Community Event September 15

Wednesday, September 5th, 2007

“Mozilla 24” is a worldwide, 24-hour open discussion that connects community members, academics and Web visionaries from Asia, America and Europe, in person and over the broadband video WIDE network. The event will feature industry leaders who will present on Web trends and technologies that will help shape the future of the Web. It will […]

Computers + Public Domain Material = Reduced Load for Students

Monday, September 3rd, 2007

With a combination of the Internet and public domain material, some students have less to carry to class. Yay to fewer back problems!

The Design of PCs

Thursday, August 30th, 2007

About a year after airing, I listened to some segments on Weekend America marking the 25th anniversary of the personal computer. (Hooray for podcasts!) One of the pieces focused on the design of computers, which made me wonder even more why computers are still basically boxes. Apple has tried doing some innovative things to make […]

From the Sinclair ZX80 to OLPC

Thursday, August 2nd, 2007

The Economist has a piece on One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) that begins with the build-your-own laptop kits of the Sinclair ZX80 and ZX81 and winds up discussing OLPC production plans.

Got my laptop back.

Thursday, June 28th, 2007

It boots. I haven’t tried to use the DVD drive yet. Must not be as important as the machine booting.

Getting to a computer that won’t quite boot

Thursday, June 21st, 2007

I realize some of you might be interested in knowing what I’m doing with my computer that won’t quite boot. A few years ago when I had a similar problem, a geek taught me the basics of what I’m doing now. An article from MacWorld describes the basics and how to do a little more […]

Murphy’s Law & My Computer

Wednesday, June 20th, 2007

Here we go again. I finally had five minutes to catch up on some posts and my computer stopped booting all the way. I’ve been procrastinating getting a broken CD drive fixed, so I can’t boot from a CD. I dashed out to buy a Firewire cable, hooked the box up to another machine, booted […]

Online interview with David Weinberger June 6 2 pm.

Thursday, May 31st, 2007

The Online Programming For All Libraries in holding an online interview with David Weinberger on Wednesday, June 6, 2007 at 2 p.m. David will be talking about his book, Everything is Miscellaneous. The program is free, but you have to download a plugin. posted by Rich

One Laptop Per Child News

Thursday, May 31st, 2007

Greetings There’s a One Laptop Per Child Game Jam being held at Olin College in Needham, Massachusetts June 8-10, 2007. The jam is suppose to kick off development of open source games for the OLPC system. For more info:  

sj has one othe new OLPC machines at the Free Culture Conference.

Saturday, May 26th, 2007

(That should get one of you off the couch and here.)

More info on Ubuntu Linux

Thursday, May 10th, 2007

Jessamyn West of the blog has a new posting on more info on Ubuntu Linux, including links even to a wiki! Michael Sauers of the Travelin’ Librarian blog talks about using Wine, an Open Source implementation of the Windows API on top of X, OpenGL, and Unix. Dell is offering Ubuntu Linux […]

New Cites and Insights available

Friday, April 20th, 2007

Cites & Insights: Crawford at Large 7:5 (May 2007) is now available for downloading at This issue includes: * Bibs & Blather: On being cited, introducing a new section, and a belated followup from Richard Entlich (with apology) * Old Media/New Media: Updates on the health of four old media * Offtopic Perspective: 50-Movie […]

OLPC on CNN; Nigerians with the Laptops

Wednesday, April 11th, 2007

Richard sent me a CNN video that shows the latest from One Laptop Per Child. Jim shared this excellent photograph of a class in Nigeria turning the laptops on. The man in black with a laptop in front of the class is Khaled Hassounah, OLPC’s director of Middle East and Africa.

OLPC Computer Manufacturer to Sell Laptops

Monday, April 2nd, 2007

Arstechnica reports Quanta, the company that makes the One Laptop Per Child XO machines, plans to sell some similar machines to the public for about $200. More from the Financial Times Yay!

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.

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 […]

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 […]

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.

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. […]

Recommendations for an ISP

Tuesday, February 6th, 2007

I need to upgrade my home Internet service from dial-up to something quite a bit more robust. I want a connection that could, oh, support someone with an intense computer job telecommuting for ten hours a day. It needs to be able to handle the typical things we like to do on a T1 line: […]

Launching the $100 Laptop

Tuesday, January 2nd, 2007

Kim sent me this BBC article about One Laptop per Child’s plans to release their laptops for needy children in developing countries as early as this summer. sj brought one to Berkman a few weeks ago–maybe it’s even the green one in the photo the BBC uses. I keep meaning to process the photos and […]

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 […]

Video of Apple Co-founder Speaking at MIT

Tuesday, November 21st, 2006

Speaking of nifty videos of presentations … The ResourceShelf links to video of Steve Wozniak, co-founder of Apple Computers, speaking at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Internet Routing Behavior on 9/11 (.pdf)

Saturday, November 18th, 2006

Talk about the importance of strategic disaster planning. One of the presentations I attended at BarCamp Manchester was about BGP (border gateway protocol) and Internet routers. Jim Cowie and Shimon Rura of Renesys gave an overview of how the Internet works on a technical level while discussing Renesys’ work. (Yes, this is the same Shimon […]

More laptop battery recalls

Friday, September 29th, 2006 is reporting that there are more laptop battery recalls in the near future from Sony:… Lenovo is recalling Sony batteries from their Thinkpad notebooks:… Here’s more info on the Apple iBook G4 and Powerbook G4 recalls… NotebookReview offers reviews, news and deals on PC and Apple notebooks. I recently purchase a […]

Ethan Zuckerman & Eric Osiakwan on Internet Infrastructure in Africa

Tuesday, September 26th, 2006

Today’s Berkman Luncheon Series featured Ethan Zuckerman and Eric Osiakwan speaking about information infrastructure in Africa. Below are some rough notes. Ethan has more and a link to the slides. Many people in Africa connect to the Internet via satellite links, not cables. Internet providers in Africa have a difficult time peering with other networks, […]

Consumer Reports on Buying Computers

Sunday, September 24th, 2006

Besides batteries, there are many things to consider when buying a computer. As Garrett points out in his weekly newsletter, Consumer Reports has a guide to help with the process.

Mac Laptop Battery Recall

Tuesday, September 12th, 2006

Apple was kind enough to e-mail me about their recall of computer batteries. I had been checking their site periodically to try to find information about the recall, but I hadn’t found their materials yet. I just bought a new battery a few months ago. Maybe I should have waited since it qualifies for their […]

Full monty

Thursday, September 7th, 2006

Next to bioperl, there’s also biopython! 🙂

Data Collections

Wednesday, September 6th, 2006

Pat Gunn here. BioPerl is an opensource project to provide a rich set of interfaces to retrieve and manipulate BioInformatics data. BioInformatics is a field concerned with computer cataloguing and modelling of biological data, covering things from genetic sequences to proteins. While modelling can be done locally, the governments/universities of Europe and the United States […]

Brave New Workplace

Wednesday, August 30th, 2006

Again, Pat Gunn here, guest-blogging. Western societies in modern times are in a state of permanent revolution, as changing technology and wider generation gaps make each generation’s growing environment further distant from generations before. Commentators of various persuasions have commented that society is disintegrating (for the earlier link, stop by your library and pick up […]

Podcamp Boston September 9-10

Friday, August 25th, 2006

Podcamp Boston is being held on September 9-10 at the Bunker Hill Community College in Boston. The event is free, but you have to register to attend. Several librarians have registered.

In Praise of the Typewriter

Tuesday, August 15th, 2006

Yeah, ok, this post is slightly off-topic for this blog, but when I saw this article about typewriters, I couldn’t stifle the desire to post it. When I first learned how to type, I favored typewriters over computers, although I had been using computers longer. There’s something nice and productive feeling about pressing a key […]

Have I mentioned the Wired piece on One Laptop Per Child?

Sunday, August 13th, 2006

One Laptop Per Child is a project affiliated with MIT’s Media Lab that seeks to produce inexpensive computers and distribute them with content to children around the globe. Wired magazine published an article about their work recently.

Web 2.0 Widget or Star Wars Character?

Friday, August 11th, 2006

I can use some levity, so perhaps you can, too. Here’s a quiz asking if something is a Star Wars character or a Web 2.0 gizmo*. I thought I was doing ok on the list until the friend with whom I was skimming it informed me I either need to spend more time watching Star […]

Reminder: OneWebDay, Friday, Sept. 22, 2006

Thursday, August 10th, 2006

At tonight’s blog meeting, we talked a bit about OneWebDay, a holiday described as "Earth Day for the Internet," on Friday, September 22, 2006. The organizers are looking for people to spearhead OneWebDay activities around the world. Interested? Contact them. They’re hoping it will become an annual activity. I’m tempted to help in a major […]