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Passwords multiply as users' rage rises

This One from The Baltimore Sun says in the digital age, people are on the verge of "password rage," frustrated with the abundance of codes they are required to memorize to secure their various networked devices. And the pressure to update the numerical and alphabetical soup keeps growing as threats of intrusions, cyberterrorism and identity theft increase.

"Our brains virtually have infinite capacity," says James L. McGaugh, director of the Center for the Neurobiology of Learning and Memory at the University of California at Irvine. "There's absolutely no problem with capacity. We do have problems with interference. If you're required to have eight characters with a combination of letters and numbers, and then you're asked to change that every few months - jeez, how do you remember all that? It's confusion."

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Computer dangers may be hard to find

Steve Fesenmaier writes "Things are a lot worse than most people imagine when it comes to worms, viruses, and other alien software on your computer...here's a NYT article about the Klez and other lurking insidious PC dangers.

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Join the Library Talk on Audio Avenue

Lori Bell writes "Join the Library Talk on Audio Avenue!Audio Avenue is a new, accessible online community developed by the talking book centers in Illinois using ivocalize.com software. The community will offer online programs and outreach for librarians and other professionals serving the visually impaired as well as programs of different types for the visually impaired.All times for programs are Central Time.Listed below are the fall programs at Audio Avenue. Join our electronic list for announcements on programs.

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Whither those myriad library search boxes (federated searching)

Simultaneous searching of multiple collections and resources through a single
interface (sometimes called "federated searching" or "one search"
solutions) would represent the biggest improvement in library usability since
the switch from card catalogs and printed indexes to online catalogs and databases.
Below is a short introduction to federated searching and where its going.

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Virtual delivery seen as death to discs

rteeter writes "A new study predicts audio and video on demand will kill CDs and DVDs."
The study predicts that in five years, CDs and DVDs will start to go the way of the vinyl LP as 33% of music sales and 19% of home video revenue shifts to streaming and downloading.

"The idea that anyone who has video-on-demand access to any movie they are interested in would get up and go to Blockbuster just doesn't make any sense," Bernoff said. "(The decline) begins with rentals, but eventually I think sales of these pieces of plastic are going to start going away because people will have access to whatever they want right there at their television set."

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Upgrade and Archive: The Ongoing Threat of Data Extinction

An Anonymous Patron writes "Keeping paper documents intact for years and years has become a matter of routine for historians and archivists trying to keep a record of history. But saving digital information is turning out to breed its own set of unique challenges.
Because digital files depend on their context -- such as the operating systems in which they are stored and the applications that create and access them -- users typically must keep all elements of that context to access old digital documents. It is not unusual, for example, for companies to keep old computer systems around just to access old files stored on them.

While software developers do offer some measure of backward compatibility for files created with older versions of their software, almost all software developers eventually stop supporting their earlier formats. If you never update your archived documents to your current software format using the appropriate filters, someday you will no longer be able to access those files.
The full story:
The Ongoing Threat of Data Extinction is from Ecommercetimes.com"

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'Welchia' virus clogs library's computers

Let This Be a lesson for all of us.
On Monday, computers in the San Antonio city's library system were slowed by the virus that generates so much network traffic that accessing the Internet and other operations become impossible.

By Tuesday afternoon, library computers had become inoperable and librarians lost the ability to check the automated catalog to see if a book was in stock, computers used by the public were shut down, and books had to be checked out manually.

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Wi-Fi? Why not!: Public-access wireless Internet service taking off locally

A Story out of Illinois on some new businesses offering Wi-Fi.
They say doesn't take a whole lot of customers staying longer to recoup that cost, and set up can be completed in one day. More and more people are using equipment with the same standards, allowing more

widespread use of public wireless access.

In addition, prices are coming down to where it is actually more affordable for

any type of computer network, whether public or private, to go wireless than to

be wire-based.

WLAN security

This one is quoted from a message sent to the LibWireless list:

A couple notes of interest that might be applicable to libraries looking to secure WLAN access:

Sys Admin Magazine - July 2003 • Volume 12 • Number 7

Securing Wireless Campus Networks

Also, the current issue of Linux Journal has several articles about WLAN security and how you can offer controlled access with several OSS pieces. In their own words:

"Meanwhile, the author of Kismet, Mike Kershaw, explains how to set up your very own access point, with NoCatAuth and a friendly login screen for security, on page 52. If you merely leave your access point open, people might hesitate to use it because they're polite or don't know what your intentions are. Change its name to something with “public� or “open� in it, and put up NoCatAuth so that people can sign in and understand the terms under which they're allowed to use it."

Here are the featured articles:

*Discovering Wireless Networks by Tony Steidler-Dennison
Does anyone nearby have an access point you can use? Find out quickly.
*Linux-Powered Wireless Hot Spots by Mike Kershaw
Put a convenient authentication system on your access point with free software.
*Linux Makes Wi-Fi Happen in New York City by Doc Searls
At parks, phone booths and cafes, hackers are making this city a cornucopia of wireless Net access.

A Review of the RealOne Player (and Associated Content) for Sprint PCS Vision

Will libraries ever provide content for mobile devices? In the mean time, here's a review of mobile content (and its delivery) available now.

This is a self link, but Blake said I should!

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