Conundrums

The last weeks of a year and first few weeks of a year are rough. I really find it amusing. Today's edition of IPTV program Cranky Geeks is great. It is not a run-down of current news, though. Mr. Dvorak and Mr. Rupley had two New York Times writers who teach in Stanford's journalism program appear to discuss technology journalism. While topical shows are great such also demonstrates a slow down in news.

Recapping tonight what the ranks tool reports is interesting. I kinda got nervous this morning when a blog post of my own ranked at the top for reads. I should note, though, that anything I write is thrown out of consideration by me in putting things together. Why? I write the script for the podcast and present it. I otherwise have an unfair advantage which has to be balanced out somehow. Such is why anything I write at LISNews.org gets thrown out normally.

Unless things change monumentally the script topics this week look to be set. This should be an interesting script to write. I may be throwing in a special bit of reporting myself at the end. Considering the digital television switch-over is coming it helps folks on ref desks to get a few details to aid patrons. There is a federal government program to help ease the transition but the window of opportunity to utilize such is rather quite limited.

I have read the tech predictions for 2008 by SirsiDynix's Stephen Abram. I can think of a front-line issue that will be cross-cutting in terms of our different specialties of librarian out there. What to do with materials dependent upon technologies soon to be made "legacy"?

I can imagine a manufacturer bringing out either an HD-DVD player or a Blu-Ray player that is not backwards compatible with playing DVDs. There need not be a technological reason for such. If such was offered as a low-cost player that gained widespread acceptance the question arises as to what do with the then increasingly obsolete DVDs?

While such is a hypothetical situation it still disturbs me. In the United States we have an Amazoogle world based upon a knowledge economy. Knowledge-related matters fuel much of the economy. I do not see any economic issues arising out of oil prices but out of the multiple possible crashes that can happen with the not too well planned introduction of technologies as the year proceeds. Hollywood could be hurt badly if the DTV switchover does not go well. The format wars would help fuel that nastiness as well. As far as I can see this is a small snowball starting to roll down hill.

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