PowerPoint is evil

Luiza writes "Check out this article from Wired's September issue, if you haven't already. It states that Power Point has robbed many meetings of time well spent waiting for slides to load, and children of the ability to think in any format other than bullet points."


More on Text Mining

On the Minnesota Public radio version of Morning Edition this morning there was a excellent report on Text Mining at UC - Berkeley from Jon Gordon's Future Tense. Researchers overwhelmed by the sheer volume of knowledge in their fields have a promising new tool. It’s called text mining.[via South Dakota]


ASU West Library Rolls Out Linux

Good News from the Land O' Ender, where returning Arizona State University West students were introduced to Linux-based workstations in the Fletcher Library on Monday.
The Library has successfully completed a 14-month conversion project which includes the replacement of Microsoft Windows NT servers and clients with Linux. Scattered throughout the Library are 71 diskless workstations that are network booted. The client custom disk image is locally stored on a workstation using a 1 gigabyte RAMdisk. Sixteen Linux servers drive all aspects of the Library IT operation.
The project page is Here.


Listserv for homegrown OpenURL developers

Anna writes "If you are developing (or plan to develop) your own OpenURL link resolver, John Weible of University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign has created a listserv for you.

A small but growing number of libraries have already or are now developing non commercial link resolving solutions with OpenURL at the core. These libraries need a peer support group for the exchange of ideas and solutions. Specific information about how to construct deep linking URLs for a particular target site is likely to be a frequent topic. I expect that the exchange of open source software tools related to link resolution will also be a frequent topic.

So, if you are involved in the development or maintenance of an open source or "homegrown" OpenURL link resolver at your library or institution or interested in doing so, this list is available for you.
To subscribe, send a message to [email protected] The body of the message should be:
subscribe lib-openurl-dev-l Your Name"


Securing Wireless LANs - A Windows Server 2003 Certificate Services Solution

DESCRIPTION: The Microsoft Solution for Securing Wireless LANs is
a prescriptive guide addressing the vulnerabilities of todays wireless
PUBLISHER: Microsoft Corporation
COST: Free

Preserving software

Bibliofuture writes "There is an article at about preserving software for future study. Problems include copyright and the fragility of the digital medium."

The problem is, most software is stored on media that is rapidly degrading. Before long, the data on those original WordStar or Lotus 1-2-3 floppies will be about as useful as a piece of cardboard. Brewster Kahle and his nonprofit Internet Archive have petitioned the U.S. Copyright Office about the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, or DMCA, which governs the circumvention of anti-piracy measures. Kahle's organization is seeking exemptions from DMCA provisions that prohibit the archiving of software titles. If the Copyright Office says no, Kahle fears millions of programs eventually will be lost forever.


Snoop Software Gains Power and Raises Privacy Concerns

Steve Fesenmaier sent over A NY Times Piece on snoopware.
Makers of "snoopware" — as opposed to the software known as "spyware" that many businesses use to monitor the activities of Web site visitors and to send them pop-up ads — enthusiastically pitch their products' ability to be installed remotely. They typically skirt the ethical and legal issues with fig-leaf disclaimers and check-off boxes where buyers promise not to violate the law.


Microsoft developing software to track child porn

Steffers writes "Stemming from an e-mail sent by a Canadian cop, Microsoft Canada is developing an open source software to assist police investigations of child pornography. The article makes me wonder what (if any) applications there would be to track "inappropriate web materials" in libraries? Not being a techie I don't know what to expect/think, what are the thoughts of the tech gurus out there?"


Open Source Software in Libraries: A Workshop

Eric Lease Morgan has created This Site is a part of a hands-on workshop for teaching people in libraries about open source software.
Given the linked texts, the accompanying set of software, and reasonable access to a (Unix) computer, the student should be able to read the essays, work through the exercises, and become familiar with open source software especially as it pertains to libraries. More specifically, the student will learn the ideas behind open source software, a bit of its history, and how it is similar and dissimilar to librarianship.


Opportunities for Open Source software in the publishing industry

NewsForge has an article, Opportunities for Open Source software in the publishing industry, that looks at how to apply open source tools in the many areas of publishing. Publishing -- by firms that produce newspapers, magazines, books of all kinds, and even corporate documents -- is a very well understood business where the leaders are firms who have cut costs to the absolute minimum and exist on very thin margins, thanks to intense competition from other publishers and other media, including, nowadays, the Internet.

"Open Source developers can also find lots of niche opportunities -- publishing is a huge and varied field, and these customers will listen to developers who can save them money. Where Gutenberg failed, an Open Source developer may well succeed."



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