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.
Submitted by Bibliofuture on February 8, 2009 - 3:22pm
Submitted by Bibliofuture on February 7, 2009 - 11:57am
In an effort to change with the times, public libraries have become places where you can sip a latte, search for a job or see an art exhibit.
Next week, Corona's library will be transformed into a marketplace for the marriage-minded.
The library's first-ever wedding expo Thursday will unite 40 vendors of wedding cakes, catering, clothes and coiffures, with potential customers and the curious public.
Submitted by Bibliofuture on February 7, 2009 - 11:53am
In the next few years, library patrons may be able to walk right past the check-out desk with their borrowed materials, with books and CDs checking themselves out as the patron walks through an electronic gate.
That’s the vision for a new radio frequency identification program underway at the Buffalo & Erie County Public Library System, which received a vote of approval from the Erie County Fiscal Stability Authority Feb. 4 in the form of a $1.7 million efficiency grant.
Submitted by Bibliofuture on February 7, 2009 - 11:48am
Submitted by Bibliofuture on February 7, 2009 - 11:39am
Story at Teleread
The Teleread story is a link to a LISNEWS story but the comments at Teleread I find interesting.
Submitted by Bibliofuture on January 19, 2009 - 7:39pm
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Submitted by Bibliofuture on December 27, 2008 - 2:42pm
Netflix has a section called "Watch Instantly" where you can watch movies on your laptop or PC. The movies are a real mixed bag. There are numerous dregs but there are some real gems in there. I will sit on the couch and watch a movie on my laptop from the "Watch Instantly" selection. Over the past week I have noticed that the display quality of the movies has really gone down. I thought something was wrong with my eyes for a little while because some of the scenes seemed blurry.
Submitted by Bibliofuture on December 24, 2008 - 10:44pm
Submitted by Bibliofuture on November 12, 2008 - 11:58am
Story on NPR:
Hundreds of Los Angeles' 11,000 billboards are going digital — lighting up neighborhoods with flashing LED ads selling Coke, sitcoms and designer clothing. Some are, however, complaining about light pollution. Now the City Council is considering the billboards' environmental impact. Listen to full piece here.
Some articles to consider when debating the banning of billboards:
Submitted by Bibliofuture on November 10, 2008 - 12:51am
Submitted by Bibliofuture on November 5, 2008 - 3:18am
Opinion piece on NPR:
Barack Obama's smashing triumph is a victory for the idea that Not Being a Republican is a grand and glorious thing.