Technology

Deploying Robot Librarians

Charles Davis writes \"The librarian of the future may work 23 hours a day, stopping only for a single
hour to do some necessary recharging before once again roaming library
stacks, scanning everything in sight into digital information jukeboxes that will
provide library patrons with access to research materials. And those materials
would be stored miles from the library itself.
Story at
TechTV.com \"

This is the second story on the RoboBrarian at Johns Hopkins, Here\'s The First.

The Wireless Student & the Library

Bill Drew QuickSubmitted his story, The Wireless Student & the Library. He covers ThinkPad University at the State University of New York College of Agriculture and Technology at Morrisville. The program has allowed them to take library materials, instruction, and services to students, as opposed to requiring students to come to a physical library.

ThinkPad U.

USA Today Web Site Hacked

Someone hacked into the web site of USA Today last Thursday and put up some phony news stories, including one stating that Iraq had fired a missile at Israel. The fake stories were only up for 15 minutes before the hack attack was detected, and the site shut down. There was no real damage done, and it only took them a few hours to restore things. No word yet on who might be responsible. The Story, from USA Today.

The Wireless Future of Library Computing: Implications of Docomo Cell Phones

Karl Bridges has written this Column on The Wireless Future of Library Computing.


We are at the beginning of a major shift in the library
computing paradigm. In the past we have witnessed the
movement from paper-based systems to mainframe
computing. This was followed by the movement to personal
computing based on ever more sophisticated and powerful
personal computers. In the past several years we have
begun to see the development of the use of portable
laptop computing - first through the use of hard wired
ports and, more recently, the use of wireless
connectivity. -- Read More

Why Your Email May Become Unusable

According to an article at Wired News, SPAM is increasing at such a rapid rate that it may render email unusable in as little as six months. There\'s even a link to a map that illustrates how SPAM is spread through a type of technological incest. Read More.

The Digital Drak Age

Here\'s One From Shift that says we need to transform some of our ideas about computing in order to preserve what we are creating now, for the future. They say We need a new universal storage mechanism: one that authenticates, protects and manages the data we create. In a future-conscious world, such functions would be a natural extension of the computing experience.

In Remote Library Stacks, an All-Seeing, Scanning Robot

Here\'s One from The NYTimes on libraries of the future, partially run by by robotic systems linked to the Internet.
They now have a robot that can move about inside a library and locate a book requested by a user, take it off the shelf and carry it to a nearby scanning station. In the system\'s envisaged final version, a second robot at the scanning station would scan specific pages of the book that the user was interested in. The user would then be able to leaf through the book over the Internet from any location.

This project is over at Johns Hopkins, and has A Web Site.

Study: Open, closed source equally secure

News.com Has A Story on a paper from computer scientist Ross Anderson that used an analysis equating finding software bugs to testing programs for the mean time before failure, a measure of quality frequently used by manufacturers. Under the analysis, Anderson found that his ideal \"open-source\" programs were as secure as the \"closed-source\" programs.

Not 100% library related, but it goes well with Ben\'s Great Story.

Copryright, secuity, and other hobgoblins

An interesting and simple overview of the security and copyright issues shaping the future of the Web:

Today, the Internet is messy, dangerous ground. Viruses and system break-ins are on the rise, while vested interests battle over what isn\'t allowed.

Millions of corporate dollars are fueling a fight to control what consumers can view or listen to, how many times, in what format and over what type of connection. Lawyers are suing, lobbyists are lobbying and policymakers are grasping to figure out what role government should play.

Full article.

This just in: Librarians dig Linux and Open Source

Some clueless reporter has just posted an article on NewsForge about the ALA convention. You can tell by the title, \"Quiet Revolution\", that it\'s going to be goggle-eyed at the prospect of librarians wielding anything more technological than a stapler.

Well, actually, it\'s not that bad. But I felt I had to castigate the author for such a dumb title. And I figured that a dose of humility would be welcome along with such a blatant bit of self-promotion: I GOT PUBLISHED! WOO-HOO! And now back to the usual Fair and Unbiased Reporting you\'ve come to expect from this bunch.

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