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Whitepapers from InformationWeek.com

InformationWeek offers free access to white papers and more if you register (for free). Here is one of the latest.

Wireless LAN Security - What Hackers Know That You Don't.

Link is below in the story.

The Short Lives Of CD-Rs

According to an article on cdfreaks.com, a test done by the Dutch PC-Active [Dutch Language] magazine showed that among 30 different CD-R brands tested, a lot of them were already unreadable after twenty months, comes via Slashdot.

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WIPO Pressured to Kill Meeting on Open Source

Slashdot points the way to a rather sad Article on a World Intellectual Property Organization meeting to be devoted to open-source's place in the intellectual-property landscape.
Lobbyists from Microsoft-funded trade groups were pushing officials at the State Department and the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office to squelch the meeting. One lobbyist, Emery Simon with the Business Software Alliance, said his group objected to the suggestion in the proposal that overly broad or restrictive intellectual-property rights might in some cases stunt technological innovation and economic growth.

Check out Comments From Lawrence Lessig for some more info.

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The hidden dangers of documents

The Beeb Reports Your Microsoft Word document can give readers more information about you than you might think.
There is a function in many versions of Microsoft Office programs, which includes Word, Excel and PowerPoint, that means that fragments of data (which Microsoft refers to as metadata) from other files you deleted or were working on at the same time could be hidden in any document you save.

This could be embarrassing for any home workers whose colleagues find out that they have been applying for jobs while working at home or being less than complimentary about their co-workers.

Blitzmail

An Anonymous Patron writes "Kind of a Neat Story on the BlitzMail system at Dartmouth College. For nearly 20 years, the 13,000-odd students, faculty and staff members of Dartmouth have communicated by using Blitzmail. Strictly speaking, Blitzmail is a campuswide e-mail system, but it is so fast that it qualifies as instant messaging. And as instant messaging becomes a fixture on college campuses, Blitzmail serves as a signpost for what others might come to expect when most communication on campus is accomplished by way of keyboards."

My Typewriter, The Typewriter

David P. Dillard writes "MyTypewriter is a commercial website that sells old typewriters. It is a
good place to remember what it was like before personal computers, word
processing and email that lands in inboxes before one has the time to grab
a sip of coffee after the send key has been hit. So get out those typo
correction ribbons and have a look at this internet site.

MyTypewriter.com

There are collections of both desktop and portable typewriters as well as
typing supplies such as ribbons available for sale. Even the sales
information about specific typewriters contains important information for
anyone wanting to learn the history of typewriters or doing a research
project about these tools.
Below you'll find a HUGE collection O' links...

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Go Digital: Best Practices

Mr. R. Lee Hadden, MLS writes "The Washington State Library has an interesting new site which
discusses the issues around planning the digitizing of a library
collection. The "How To" and "Why Do" type questions are answered in this
website.
Read more about it at
The Web Site."

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Consumer Technology Adpotion Speeding Up

One from TheStar.com, Gary Deane, on consumers and pricing power.
They say take just about any consumer electronics product and look at its price over time and the downward slope becomes clear. Basic electronic calculators cost several thousand dollars in the 1960s. Today you can pick up a four-function calculator at the dollar store. Personal computers have also dropped in price over time, especially if you track a particular chipset over time.

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Rebuilding Iraqi Science

Lee Hadden writes: "The Scientist has an interesting story about the fate of science in Iraq.
"Rebuilding Iraqi Science" by Sam Jaffe is found in the July 14, 2003,
issue, beginning on page 22.
At the Natural History Museum, "The looting and destruction
continued. Then the looters became arsonists. Someone tried to light papers
in the library, and Rahab followed them in. After the fire started raging
and the firesetters fled, Rahab poured what little water he could find on
the flames, and then stamped out the rest with his shoes. At one point he
fell to the floor and used his hands to extinguish the flames.

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Library students test Internet freeware

Great news from SUNY Buffalo, where The School of Informatics is testing Koha, the revolutionary freeware integrated library-automation system that can be used to automate all of the daily functions of libraries, from recording the purchase of materials and helping patrons to find them, to billing them for overdue books or rentals.
According to Christopher Brown-Syed, assistant professor in the school's Department of Library and Information Studies, the system not only will be a tremendous boon to not-for-profit and under-funded libraries in information-poor nations, but the testing provides UB library and information studies students with training, knowledge and experience rarely available in library schools.
You can download it yourself RIght Here.

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