2009-01-29T11:52:32.529-08:00This is my first real blog post! Woo hoo!
2008-08-16T12:48:36.516-07:00(image) Happy to be in El Paso again, but this time with school librarians! ;-)
2007-04-30T08:14:44.041-07:00Blogging is not hard . . . it's just time-consuming. If you don't like to write . . .
2007-04-30T08:15:14.230-07:00(image) Blogging is easy to start, easy to work with, and difficult to keep going. :-)
2007-04-30T08:15:51.029-07:00This blog has moved to: http://libtechtexas.wordpress.com/ Please update your bookmarks or RSS feeds.
2007-04-30T08:16:11.005-07:00In Florida, it's humid and warm -- just as I remember it from years ago!
2007-04-30T08:16:33.526-07:00In Florida, it's humid and warm -- just as I remember it from years ago!
2007-04-30T08:17:06.415-07:00Not a difficult thing to do . . . blogging . . . you just have to like to write!
2007-04-30T08:17:26.573-07:00We're just demonstrating the Blogger software. Have a great afternoon!
2007-04-30T08:17:56.563-07:00Firefox has just released an update - version 184.108.40.206. This version fixes an issue with Windows Media Player not being recognized. [from Cafe con Leche XML News and Resources] [CNET News.com]
2007-04-30T08:18:16.776-07:00I'm sure you've seen hot plates for coffee -- many people depend on them while using their computer. For those of you who prefer cold drinks, there is now a cool plate -- the U.S.B. Beverage Chiller from CoolIT Systems. This device plugs into your USB port and promises to keep the bottom third of your drink between 45 and 51 degrees. [from New York Times]
2007-04-30T08:19:49.179-07:00The Google Toolbar, which is now out of beta, has incorporated an easy way to add buttons/functionality. There are many buttons that come with the Toolbar. However, others are creating buttons and providing them for you to use. To add a button from the Gallery, just click on "Add to Toolbar." You can add a button that:
2007-04-30T08:19:12.955-07:00Google has created a single page which includes help for all their services. Instead of trying to find that FAQ for Google Desktop through the service name, you can come to Google Help. Great idea! [from Official Google Blog]
2007-04-30T08:20:15.590-07:00Electric Sheep are fractal images that morph into other fractal images, partly based on input we provide. Electric Sheep is an open source project which uses your computer's CPU when it isn't working. It uses it to take two images and create a third. Genetics plays a part, but a real geneticist would have to explain it. Everything is available under the GNU Free Documentation License. These images are popularly used as wallpaper. (image) [from CNET News.com]
2007-04-30T08:21:01.248-07:00Second Life, a virtual world, is being used to create simulations for emergencies. This video focuses on firefighters, but you can easily see how it could be extended to other areas. [from CNET News.com] Video of overview of Second Life Video of entrepreneurs in Second Life
Google is now hosting a repository for open source software -- Google Code. They will post their free source code and APIs; others can post their open source code also.
2006-07-28T12:32:33.720-07:00The changes in the second draft of the General Public License primarily focuses on the intersection of the license and Digital Rights Management. It makes it clear that the license only applies to the GPL software, not to other software or information/data. This draft also states that, if a key or authorization is needed to install/execute, then it should be included in the source. [from CNET News.com]
2006-07-28T12:17:57.270-07:00There is a lot of concern/discussion about the manner in which the new version of Internet Explorer will be provided to users. Instead of providing a link to update, as most browsers do, this update will come through their automated Microsoft Update service. The choice will still be yours, but many are saying there is the possibility that this will result in broken web pages for users. [from CNET News.com]
2006-07-28T13:26:42.940-07:00The House of Representatives passed HR 5319 which amends "the Communications Act of 1934 to require recipients of universal service support for schools and libraries to protect minors from commercial social networking websites and chat rooms." It is also known as the Deleting Online Predators Act of 2006. This bill has now moved to the Senate and it is not clear if/how the wording will be changed. However, for libraries, these are the points I think are important:
2006-07-28T07:58:58.286-07:00Symantec has written two reports based on the Microsoft's beta versions of Vista. Both reports identify security flaws/issues in the software. FYI - the final version of Vista is not slated to be delivered until January 2007, so there is time to deal with them. [from PCMag.com]
2006-07-28T00:13:10.176-07:00I will be moving my blog from Blogger to WordPress. For the next month, I'll be double posting, but at of the end of August, I'll delete this blog at Blogger. To subscribe to the new blog:
2006-07-26T20:44:17.790-07:00Nike and Apple have teamed up to provide an iPod Nano that can keep track of time, distance and speed on its screen or via headphones. The Nike + iPod Sport Kit consists of a sensor that fits into the bottom of the shoes and a receiver which attaches to the iPod. Coming soon to iTunes . . . the Nike Sport Music section specially designed for this kit. [from New York Times]
2006-07-26T16:39:13.946-07:00CNET has posted some screenshots from the first beta of Firefox 2. FYI: Mozilla is suggesting that only developers download this version. Functionality that can be seen here:
2006-07-26T16:20:48.086-07:00Both Merriam-Webster and the Oxford English Dictionary added more technical terms to their dictionaries. "Google" is getting the most press. It means to search the Google database. The only difference between the two dictionaries is that M-W uses lowercase (google) and the OED uses a capital letter (Google). Other terms that were added include: