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.

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...


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
Read more about it at
The Web Site."


Consumer Technology Adpotion Speeding Up

One from, 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.


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.


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.


Shredded paper can be reconstituted

Steve Fesenmaier writes "Librarians should know that governments around the world have been able to rebuild shredded paper, if it is reduced to confetti. The
Story From The NYTimes. "

It says advanced scanning technology makes it possible to reconstruct documents previously thought safe from prying eyes, sometimes even pages that have been ripped into confetti-size pieces. And although a great deal of sensitive information is stored digitally these days, recent corporate scandals have shown that the paper shredder is still very much in use.


Yahoo to buy Overture for $1.63 billion

"Yahoo announced Monday that it plans to buy search firm Overture Services in a $1.63 billion deal, in a move squarely aimed at taking on competitors in the search engine market."

"The deal calls for each share of Overture stock to be exchanged for 0.6108 share of Yahoo and $4.75 in cash, valuing each share of Overture at $24.63, roughly a 15 percent premium over Overture's closing price on Friday."

"Yahoo said the deal will allow it to expand its pay-for-performance search business and expand contextual advertising throughout its network. Overture specializes in selling advertising links that accompany search results on sites like Yahoo and MSN. It's a market where search rival Google has been making inroads." (from CNET)


Will Microsoft control our information access?

/usr/lib/info has a neat little Opinion Piece on Digital Restrictions Management Technology (DRM).
The author paints a fairly scary picture of how this technology might easily expand to cover all formats and all electronic information, and how it might do so with the blessing of John Q. Public.
Microsoft has started building DRM into most of its content tools and Microsoft could incorporate DRM into its office suite, which could kill fair use. As if all of this isn\'t scary enough, look at Microsoft\'s plans for IE.
Full Story, and discussion.


The Serpent Beguiled Me

I ask that the readers of this service beg my pardon for a digression from the usual line of library topics in order to assist me with a personal difficulty. Today, while I was minding my own business a disaster befell my household.



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