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Nov 22, 2004
Sep 19, 2004
Nice work, Gates Foundation! They finally made their handy "pac installer" available to everyone. The PAC Installer used to be buried on their pacomputing website but they've hauled it out of the back closet and are featuring it on its own prominent web page!
Here's where it's at: http://pacomputing.webjunction.org/do/DisplayContent?id=7593 . [Updated link 12/6/04]
Sep 15, 2004
Sep 9, 2004
I learned this morning that Anne Lipow left us. What a loss for our side, I thought. When people like Anne die, you can't help but wonder where they are now. Are they reaping the rewards of a life well lived? Is Anne's heaven a beautiful space filled with good food and curious, intelligent, and generous souls all passionately debating important issues of the ...day...er eternity maybe!?
Anne was once my neighbor. She lived across the street from us in Berkeley. She was one of the first librarians I ever really knew. And what a great example she was!
Aug 29, 2004
Just bumped into a new calendar program called Calendar Script 3.2. I came across it on a library website.
I made a point of checking it out because of its nice clean look. Features include multiple views, multi-user support, repeating events, custom event type, templates, optional approval process, search. Read about more features...
Aug 22, 2004
I recently took advantage of a term paper assignment for one of my classes (you did know I was in library school, right?) to study RFID very thoroughly. The result was a whopping 60 pager on the topic. That got whittled down to something a bit more accessible with the help of Beth Rosenberg, the managing editor of the upcoming book Wireless Privacy: RFID, Bluetooth, 802.11 to be published in early 2005 by Addison-Wesley/Prentice Hall. Simson Garfinkel is Rosenberg's co-editor.
Aug 19, 2004
Aug 16, 2004
Aug 1, 2004
I've been struggling with the fact that I spend so much time commenting on things other than library technology on this weblog. The problem is the name of the blog, not that I really wish to change the balance of topics being addressed.
Therefore, I've decided to change the name of the weblog to "Mentat."
Jul 15, 2004
There's a lot of talk about RFID tags and whether or not libraries should be using them given the possible privacy abuses inherent in the technology. Rather than point to another big long list of articles to read on the topic (although I can do that too....contact me offline), I'm going to refer you to this one, very technical, article:
Privacy and Security in Library RFID Issues, Practices, and Architectures Ed: broken link removed 2011 by David Molnar and David Wagner.