Archive for October, 2008

My Halloween Costume

Friday, October 31st, 2008

I thought some of you might want to know what my Halloween costume is. After all, on the Internet, no one knows you’re a cat. Um … consider this an early Blogacatmas present!

Amazon’s Kindle: an ebook Reader and More

Wednesday, October 29th, 2008

I’ve been hearing a bit about the Amazon Kindle, an electronic book reader the folks at Amazon.com developed. There was quite a bit of buzz about it in its early days. I happened to catch the segment on last Friday’s Oprah where Oprah raved about the gadget, how easy she finds it to use, and how […]

Massachusetts Library License Plates

Tuesday, October 28th, 2008

The Central Massachusetts Regional Library System (CMRLS) announces it is now accepting advance applications for a new specialty license plate celebrating libraries in Massachusetts. Massachusetts Library License Plate Proceeds will benefit public, academic, special and school libraries across the state that belong to a Regional Library System. Equitable shares of the proceeds will be made […]

Twitter Goes Mainstream

Tuesday, October 28th, 2008

The October 27 issue of the Wall Street Journal had an article called Twitter goes mainstream: A lot more people — and businesses — are finding new ways to tweet: “One of the hottest technologies in Silicon Valley is also one of the simplest.” “The online service from Web start-up Twitter Inc. prompts users to […]

RSS adoption peaking at 11% Forrester Research

Tuesday, October 28th, 2008

Steve Rubel of Micro Persuasion posted about Forrester Research’s report on RSS adoption: “On a positive note, the resarch entitled What’s Holding RSS Back?, says that nearly half of marketers have moved to add feeds to their web sites. Further, RSS adoption among consumers is at 11% up from just 2% of users three years […]

Christian Science Monitor to end daily publication

Tuesday, October 28th, 2008

AP reports that the Christian Science Monitor newspaper will become the first national newspaper to drop its daily print edition and focus on publishing online: “Come April, the Boston-based general-interest paper — founded in 1908 and the winner of seven Pulitzer Prizes — will print only a weekend edition after struggling financially for decades, its […]

Boston Public Library: The Ultimate Search Engine Adweek

Tuesday, October 28th, 2008

Adweek published an October 28 article called BPL: The Ultimate Search Engine: A&G effort adds personal touch to info retrieval: “Though libraries may increasingly become relics in the Google-driven Web 2.0 era, Allen & Gerritsen positions the Boston Public Library system as the ultimate search engine and portrays its librarians as “heroes of information” in […]

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 […]

Happy 5th Anniversary, Typepad!

Thursday, October 23rd, 2008

I’ve been blogging longer than Typepad has been around. *feels old* And, yes, I have blogged on Typepad.

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. […]