Submitted by Bibliofuture on June 26, 2009 - 12:36pm
Our Man in Mexico: Winston Scott and the Hidden History of the CIA
Mexico City was the Casablanca of the Cold War--a hotbed of spies, revolutionaries, and assassins. The CIA's station there was the front line of the United States' fight against international communism, as important for Latin America as Berlin was for Europe. And its undisputed spymaster was Winston Mackinley Scott.
Submitted by Bibliofuture on June 10, 2009 - 10:00pm
Article in NYT. Argues that access to email is driving many people to get a smart phone. With the expense of a smart phone if email is what you want here is a good option. There is a device called the Peek that provides unlimited email for $20 per month. The Peek device only cost $29 at Target. That $20/monthly cost is way cheaper than many of the data plans offered by the phone company.
Submitted by Bibliofuture on June 7, 2009 - 1:04am
Submitted by Bibliofuture on June 5, 2009 - 2:03pm
The Unincorporated Man
A brilliant industrialist named Justin Cord awakes from a 300-year cryonic suspension into a world that has accepted an extreme form of market capitalism. It's a world in which humans themselves have become incorporated and most people no longer own a majority of themselves.
Justin Cord is now the last free man in the human race - owned by no one and owning no one.
Submitted by Bibliofuture on June 1, 2009 - 7:28pm
Amazon announced today that the super-sized Kindle DX ebook reader will ship on June 10. Unveiled in May, the DX attempts to correct a few perceived weaknesses of the original. In particular, many thought the first Kindle was a grand replacement for bulky novels, but its paperback-sized screen didn’t suit textbooks and magazine pages.
Submitted by Bibliofuture on May 18, 2009 - 2:04am
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Submitted by Bibliofuture on May 6, 2009 - 1:20am
The End of Overeating: Taking Control of the Insatiable American Appetite
Book Calendar entry for May 6: http://bit.ly/KzKbz
Submitted by Bibliofuture on May 5, 2009 - 1:14pm
Submitted by Bibliofuture on April 30, 2009 - 12:27am
April 30 book on TheBookCalendar.com
Confessions of an Alien Hunter: A Scientist's Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence
Includes video interview with author Seth Shostak.
Seth Shostak is a scientist, author, and frequent commentator on TV and radio. He writes a monthly column on SPACE.com, and often lectures on his work at SETI. He lives in Palo Alto, California.
Submitted by Bibliofuture on April 25, 2009 - 6:31pm
TheBookCalendar.com has added Twitter as another way to find out the book of the day. There is a link to Twitter on the bottom of their page.
Submitted by Bibliofuture on April 7, 2009 - 9:52pm
Researchers found 26 vulnerabilities in OSX in 2008, about the same as in Windows Vista (27), according to security software maker Symantec. If its market share rises enough, the Mac will become a target and attacks will succeed.
Full story here
Submitted by Bibliofuture on April 6, 2009 - 8:08pm
Story in the New York Times
Ever since the rise of Napster, discussions among movie and television executives have included a vow not to let happen to Hollywood what happened to the music industry. After spending a few days last week at the Cable Show in Washington, I’m starting to hear a new worst-case scenario: that Hollywood goes the way of newspapers.
“The biggest risk is so much stuff gets on the Internet for free that we turn into the newspaper business,” Stephen B. Burke, Comcast’s chief operating officer, said in an interview last week.
Submitted by Bibliofuture on April 2, 2009 - 10:41am
Get ready for the next stage in the personal computer revolution: ultrathin and dirt cheap.
But this revolution is not just about falling prices. Personal computers — and the companies that make their crucial components — are about to go through their biggest upheaval since the rise of the laptop. By the end of the year, consumers are likely to see laptops the size of thin paperback books that can run all day on a single charge and are equipped with touch screens or slide-out keyboards.
Submitted by Bibliofuture on April 2, 2009 - 10:28am
When the Peek e-mail device was released last summer, no one thought it would succeed. The hand-held e-mail-only device charged a flat rate of $20 a month and is now selling quite briskly.
Full article in the NYT
Submitted by Bibliofuture on March 27, 2009 - 10:49am
Almost all keyboards made since the early 1990s are, frankly, no good. A tiny group of writers and hackers know better. They use vintage IBM keyboards. Ugly, built like tanks, and, most importantly, with a spring under each key, and which clicks when you press it.
Full story at NPR
Submitted by Bibliofuture on March 12, 2009 - 12:17am
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Submitted by Bibliofuture on February 22, 2009 - 5:54pm
A friend of mine who is a librarian has the following line in the signature to her email. I really like the quote.
I do not believe in the collective wisdom of individual ignorance.
-- Thomas Carlyle
Wikipedia entry about Carlyle.