Read At Work

Librarians do *not* sit around reading books all day but despite that, you might want to check out this cool website from New Zealand "Read at Work" sponsored by the NZ Book Council.

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Librarians do *not* sit around reading books all day

They sit around and read lisnews all day!

Cool?

Maybe it's just me, but after the opening sequence, I was unwilling to proceed farther as a naive computer user.

Here's what I saw: A 15-30 second wait period, including a Windows "65% loaded" message.

Then a "Windows/bc" logon screen with the book council as a user.

Then what looks like a replica of a fairly busy Windows desktop with icons.

With no real guidance as to what should happen next--but this uneasy feeling that I was in a remote computing environment, with all the potential threats that entails.

Maybe this is one where you need to know the secret handshake before the cool becomes obvious?

Yeah

It is a little disconcerting.

I would never go to that site...

A site that uses Widows BC? (not Windows)

Geez, where did they learn their web design skills some Russian virus house? :)

I have sent the URL along to HFI, the organization from which I obtained my Certified Usability Analyst certification (one of the few certificates I've found that was not a read a book - take an easy test sort of thing.) They love to discuss unusual designs like this.

I did go to it on a box that I format frequently (just in case), and it is indeed amusing, but they must send out a note with the URL that it is really not going to give them a virus or screw up their computer. It is clever, if you go be sure to click on the start button. It is especially amusing on a non-windows box. I may throw it on a few boxes at work to perplex my co-workers.

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