Friday, October 13, 2006
Thursday, September 14, 2006
Thursday, September 07, 2006
Monday, August 14, 2006
Thursday, August 03, 2006
Sunday, July 30, 2006
Friday, July 28, 2006
- checks the weather (of course)
- checks blogs
- buy movie tickets
- search Answers.com
- find reviews
- The certification for E-Rate funding made by schools must also affirm that a technology protection measure is in place that "protects against access to a commercial social networking website or chat room unless used for an educational purpose with adult supervision."
- The certification for E-Rate funding made by public libraries must also affirm that a technology protection measure is in place that "protects against access by minors without parental authorization to a commercial social networking website or chat room, and informs parents that sexual predators can use these websites and chat rooms to prey on children."
- The definitions of "social networking site" and "chat room" will be determined within 120 days of the passage of the bill.
- Schools are now able to disable the technology protection measure if there is adult supervision and if there is an educational purpose.
- Within 6 months of passage of the bill, the Federal Trade Commission will issue a consumer alert concerning the potential dangers of commercial social networking sites and chat rooms and create a website as a resource for parents, teachers, administrators, and others.
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- Comments - http://libtechtexas.wordpress.com/comments/feed/
Wednesday, July 26, 2006
- Anti-phishing controls
- Restoration of open tabs after reboot
- Bookmarking a page within Live Bookmarks or another RSS reader
- Extensions and themes managed in a single console
- adware - OED
- cybrarian - OED
- cybrary - OED
- mash-up - OED
- mouse potato (think couch potato) - M-W
- pixelate - OED
- ringtone - M-W
- spyware - M-W
- text message - OED
- text messaging - M-W
- uninstall - OED
- New section element allows you to mark up document structure more clearly.
- horizontal rule has been renamed separator.
- Instead of using the line break, there is now a line element that allows you to identify where lines should be broken.
- paragraph elements can now includes more than just text, e.g., lists, tables.
- New navigation list element to be used for . . . yes . . . navigation lists.
- source attribute can be used on any element; long description for images is brought within the document.
- Table content model has been simplified, but with the same functionality.
- New edit attribute to be used for insertions and deletions.
- href attribute can be used in any element.
- role attribute can be used to provide semantics for an element.
- XML Events will be used to create event handlers like onclick.
- XML Forms will be used to create forms.
Later this year, the Invisio Q7 headset will be available from Radio Shack. It is a bluetooth-enabled headset that does not use a microphone. Instead, it uses "bone-conduction technology," which converts the vibrations of your skull into sound. This means that you could be taking a phone call in a very loud environment, e.g., a football game, concert, and still be heard very clearly on the other end without shouting. [SciFi Tech] [Wired.com]
- Section 255 requires that telecommunications products/services be accessible to people with disabilities.
- Section 508 requires Federal agencies to have technology that 1) ensures that Federal employees with disabilities have access to and can use information/data and 2) ensures that members of the public with disabilities also have access to and can use information/data.
Tuesday, July 25, 2006
System Administrator Appreciation Day - A special day, once a year, to acknowledge the worthiness and appreciation of the person occupying the role, especially as it is often this person who really keeps the wheels of your company turning.Cookies, cakes, Mountain Dew, iPods are all welcome! Wikipedia entry
Friday, July 21, 2006
Nanotechnology is the science of manipulating the tiniest units of matter -- no larger than a billionth of a meter or 1/100,000th the diameter of a hair -- and making use of the unusual properties many substances exhibit at those scales.At least initially, one of their projects will be to create a new type of electronic switch that can be used in small devices like laptops or cell phones. This would enable our devices to be smaller and lighter. Look for this academy to be operational within a year. [SiliconValley.com]
Wednesday, July 05, 2006
- Manipulating photos for blogs or personal spaces (MySpace, FaceBook) is much easier
- Search provides results as you type and from multiple sources
- Subscribing to RSS feeds can be a one-click function
- Blogging into a specific service can be done via Flock
- Creating Favorites is easy and can automatically feed into your social bookmarks service
- View your favorites by tag
- Upload photos directly from a camera in Windows
- Use Flock via a proxy server
- Export Favorites to a file
- Import Favorites from anywhere but Firefox the first time
Monday, July 03, 2006
Sunday, July 02, 2006
- Notice should be provided when information is collected via RFID and linked with personal information.
- Choice concerning the removal/destruction of an RFID tag.
- Choice and consent of linked information use(s).
- Information collected by other organizations should incorporate, at minimum, the level of protection of the primary organization.
- Users should have access to personal information on an RFID tag.
- Companies should try to secure RFID tags.
- The "Magic Button" - simply select an article title and have Scholar & the OpenURL resolver deliver an appropriate (accessible, "paid-for") copy. This is a feature we use daily for our own research, it's proved to be a tremendous time saver.
- Lookups of a complete book title, author, or ISBN - usually by selecting & right-clicking on a webpage.
- Proxying a page or link when coming from off-campus.
- Using cues to get from pages that a user frequently uses to the library catalog.
- Improvements to vendor-provided pages.
- Attensa Online
- Google Reader
- News Alloy
- NewsGator Online
- Pluck Web Edition
- Develop a set of guidelines that lay out current best practices for the use of RFID in library applications.
- Prepare an input document that outlines US practices and concerns to an ISO TC46 working group on an RFID data model for library applications.
- Serve as a sounding board for the NISO representative to the ISO TC 46 working group. Continue to work with ALA/BISG working group around the interaction of technology and privacy issues.
- Aggregating all information
- Automatic classification and natural language entry points
- Landlords of the information space
- Solving the OPAC problem
- Consolidation in the information industry
- Fast IP connectivity availability
- Net neutrality
- Data curation
- Institutional repositories
- Sharing sites
- Computational use of literature
- OPAC issues
- Managed open source
- Faceted navigation
- Graphic novels
- Voice over IP
- Blogs and wikis as the norm
- Social networking sites
- Open source influencing other ideas
- Mass digitization
- Licensed content/digital management software
- Discontent with library catalogs
- Everything we do is an interim solution
- Systems we use/provide access to should not be seen as monolithic
- Next generation finding tools
- Rise of filtering and selection
- Rise of micro communities
- Power over content returned to content owner
- OCLC ILS
- Online outreach
- Specific types of advertisements will not be shown to users under 18.
- Older users must know more than a user name in order to contact users under 18; they must know either their first and last names or their email address.
- Members can designate their profiles as "private" and only available to a specific set of friends.
- easily see how large the image is in relation to your browser window.
- see image information displayed, e.g., title, width, height, size, and URL
- delete images from the search results
- open tabs within Imagery
- small/medium/large size
- black & white/grayscale/full color
- file type: jpg/gif/png
Saturday, July 01, 2006
- Incorporating errata found in 2.0;
- Removing version 2.0 features which have been rejected by the CSS community;
- Removing version 2.0 features which will be obsolete in version 3.0;
- Adding a few new property values;
- Modifying the specification to reflect common practice.
Thus, while it is not the case that a CSS2 style sheet is necessarily forwards-compatible with CSS 2.1, it is the case that a style sheet restricting itself to CSS 2.1 features is more likely to find a compliant user agent today and to preserve forwards compatibility in the future. While breaking forward compatibility is not desirable, we believe the advantages to the revisions in CSS 2.1 are worthwhile.FYI: This is still a working draft, not yet a W3C recommendation. [from W3C News]
Tuesday, June 27, 2006
- a sad face
- a happy face
- "Back Off"
Monday, June 26, 2006
- Carry multiple version of your training documents
- Use real-world examples
- Create an online community around your training
- Use A/V and hands-on tools
- Create with PowerPoint
- Promote classes using Flickr
- Keep up to date
- Rehearse, but be flexible in the class
- Play with and use Web 2.0 tools, e.g., IM, blogs, wikis, feeds
- Enjoy it
- A professional, updated web site for each library
- Valid HTML/XHTML
- DOCTYPE within HTML
- A study found that employees could work on a project for 11 minutes before being interrupted; it would take approximately 25 minutes to get back to the original project.
- Another study found that employees have an average of 8 windows open at one time and spend about 20 seconds looking at one window before moving to another.
- A subsequent study looked at using a larger screen (15" vs. 42"). They found that tasks were completed between 10%-44% more quickly and they were less taxing. "The clearer the screen, the calmer your mind."
- Researchers are doing experiments, trying to figure out if a computer can determine a user's "busy state." If they are busy, the computer stores small interruptions until later. With a little artificial intelligence, software might be able to predict when you will be free, allowing others to contact you when you might be less busy and more open to interruptions.
Friday, June 23, 2006
Wednesday, June 21, 2006
- download a large file using BitTorrent without needing a separate BitTorrent application
- add your favorite search engine
- set preferences by site
- use more advanced text editing features
- block specific types of content, e.g., images or advertisements
- see a thumbnail of a web site when you have multiple tabs open
- use Opera Widgets
Monday, June 19, 2006
Wednesday, June 07, 2006
Wednesday, May 31, 2006
Tuesday, May 30, 2006
Sunday, May 21, 2006
Sunday, May 14, 2006
- Trouble starting the computer with Windows XP
- No video or other display problem
- No sound
- Printer isn't working
- CD or DVD won't play
- Windows taskbar disappears
- Pointing device doesn't work or jumps around
- A hardware device won't work
- Wi-Fi connection isn't working
- Can't connect to the Internet
- Virus or spyware infection
Friday, May 12, 2006
- Exact phrase
- Excluded words
- Similar words
- Multiple words
- Numerical ranges
- Find meanings
- Site specific
- Linked pages
- Math answers
Tuesday, April 25, 2006
. . . is intended as a place for Drupal implementors to share ideas, configurations, themes, and maybe even to incubate the development of some modules that allow commonly desired functionality in library websites.[from Web4Lib]
- CSS has improved
- PNG is supported
- Native support for XMLHTTP
- Security (online protection, parental controls, pop-up blockers, privacy)
- Time Savers (e.g., auto-fill forms, bookmark managers, developer tools, feeds)
- Browsers (offline browsers, other browsers)
- Entertainment (e.g., animation players, design tools, music players, video players)
- Well implemented tabbed browsing (Quick Tabs, adding group of tabs as Favorites, allowing multiple tabs as Home Pages
- Streamlined toolbars
- Allowing your choice of default search engines
- RSS detection/reader
- Identification of suspected and known phishing sites
- Improved print preview
Monday, April 17, 2006
Friday, April 14, 2006
- Business listings by geographic area
- Residential listings (for those publicly listed)
- Driving directions (without the map)
- Movie showtimes by geographic area
- Weather by geographic area
- Stock quotes
- Fact-based questions
- Product prices (using Froogle)
- Sports scores (for in-season sports; for NBA, NCAA basketball, NHL, MLB, NFL)
- Up to 2 excerpts from search results from a Google search
- Currency conversion
- Area code look-up
- Zip code look-up
Tuesday, April 11, 2006
You're busy. You don't have time for a lot of jargon, techie posturing, or attitudes. You've come to the right place. We don't put you down, we don't talk down to you, we just give it to you straight. Come here for accurate, understandable explanations of important information technologies for libraries. Go elsewhere for the hype.There is a great listing of contributors. I know, or know of, most of them and can say that they are able to discuss technology in simple terms. They've already tackled topics like:
- Text Encoding Initiative (TEI)
- Open Source Software
- Open Processing Markup Language (OPML)
- UNICODE/character encodings
Monday, April 10, 2006
It gives non profits a chance to post projects requiring software and web developers. I think it would be a great place for libraries to post their projects.Another great idea from Adam!
Friday, April 07, 2006
Monday, April 03, 2006
Sunday, April 02, 2006
- Harvesting -- OAI
- Distributed searching -- Z39.50, SRU/SRW
- Syndication -- RSS
Thursday, March 30, 2006
<link rel="alternate" type="application/rss+xml" title="RSS Feed for petefreitag.com" href="/rss/" />You would, of course, change the title and href to reflect your feed. If using Atom, change the type to "application/atom+xml." [from blogwithoutalibrary]
Monday, March 27, 2006
Thursday, March 23, 2006
- Updated/new extension manager, including a function that will block bad extensions from running
- Updated RSS detection and feed reading
- New bookmarks/history function called "places;" easier to bookmark
- Updated look -- colors and icons
Tuesday, March 21, 2006
- Computer fundamentals
- Using the Internet and World Wide Web
- Digital Media Fundamentals
- Word processing fundamentals
- Spreadsheet fundamentals
- Presentation fundamentals
- Web design fundamentals
- Database fundamentals
- Simplified Chinese
- Traditional Chinese
- Bahasa Malaysia
- kewl -- cool
- d00d -- dude
- roxx0rs -- rocks
Monday, March 20, 2006
- WiFi access
- Connects to a Bluetooth-enabled phone
- Full versions of Office software
- Optional GPS/mapping software
- Synchronize with another/primary PC
- Windows XP Tablet software
Tuesday, March 07, 2006
- Ease-of-use and clear navigation
- Quality of writing, thinking and linking
- Comments and reader participation
- Range and originality
- Explain what blogging is on your blogs page
- Show commitment
- They purchased the same gadget for everyone.
- The company decided what information could be stored on the gadget.
- They can be remotely monitored and locked.
- Private information is not loaded onto the gadget, but available via a company web site.
- Information on the gadgets can be wiped remotely (if lost).
- Data is stored on a removable memory card; if removed, it is wiped.
- Email messages are automatically sent, not manually downloaded.
- Rebuilding software onto a new Treo can be done remotely within a few minutes.
- Logs are created for all transactions.
Friday, February 17, 2006
Monday, February 13, 2006
Friday, January 20, 2006
Technology Grant News provides, accurate, one-stop information on technology grants, free technology resources, technology partnerships, strategic alliances and technology advancement for your organization.Subscription information is available.
Thursday, January 19, 2006
. . . allow notebook users to connect to wireless access points at much faster speeds than currently available with 802.11g technology. It will use a technology called MIMO (multiple-in, multiple-out), which allows the chips to use multiple antennas that can each handle more than one data signal at a time. This is expected to improve the range and throughput of 802.11n products to the point where they should be able to send video content around a house without interrupted playback. Products with 802.11n chips will be able to work with older 802.11a/b/g products at their slower speeds.The final standard should be available in about a year, with products following that. [from CNET.com] [from CNET.com]
Wednesday, January 18, 2006
Originally, the main focus of attention of DCMI was the development of standards based on the initial vision of providing a basic approach to discovery of Web resources. In recent years, the attention has turned towards meeting the practical needs of organizations developing and deploying metadata solutions to provide services and products to their clients and customers.The organization is moving from a focus on resource discovery to resource description. [from ResourceShelf]
Tuesday, January 17, 2006
- Computer networks by Robert Molyneux
- Wireless LANs by Wilfred Drew
- Cybertheft, network security and the library without walls by Mark Cain
- OpenURL basics by Walt Crawford
- Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) by Eric H Schnell
- Blogs & RSS by Darlene Fichter and H Frank Cervone
- Introduction to XML by Art Rhyno
- Open Archives Initiative Protocol for Metadata Harvesting by Sarah L Shreeves
- Institutional repositories by Charly Bauer
- Adaptive technologies by Jerry Hensley
- Let's get digital by Samantha K Hastings and Elise C Lewis
- Google Earth -- 3D Earth browser
- Picasa -- photo organizer
- Google Pack Screensaver
- Google Desktop -- search utility
- Google Toolbar for Internet Explorer
- Firefox with Google Toolbar -- browser
- Norton Antivirus 2005 Special Edition (free for 6 months)
- Ad-Aware SE Personal -- anti-spyware
- Adobe Reader 7
- Google Talk -- Voice and instant messaging application
- GalleryPlayer HD Images -- images
- RealPlayer -- media player
- Trillian -- instant messager
Sunday, January 15, 2006
Hence, the Top-20 2005 is a consensus list of vulnerabilities that require immediate remediation. It is the result of a process that brought together dozens of leading security experts. They come from the most security-conscious government agencies in the UK, US, and Singapore; the leading security software vendors and consulting firms; the top university-based security programs; many other user organizations; and the SANS Institute.For the first time, they have includes categories for Cross-Platform Applications and Networking Products. Categories include: Windows Systems:
- Windows services
- Internet Explorer
- Windows libraries
- Microsoft Office and Outlook Express
- Windows configuration weaknesses
- Backup software
- Anti-virus software
- PHP-based applications
- Database software
- File sharing applications
- DNS software
- Media players
- Instant messaging applications
- Mozilla and Firefox browsers
- Other cross-platform applications
- UNIX configuration weaknesses
- Mac OS X
- Cisco IOS and non-ISO products
- Juniper, CheckPoint and Symantec products
- Cisco devices configuration weaknesses