Technology

A surprising lesson in digital content

Someone writes \"ZDNET Story on a company named NewsStand that delivers a digital version of the NYTimes and other, advertisements, classified ads, stock market listings and TV programs and all.
They say this could even have some far-reaching second-level impact on the content market and It shows us that we still have a lot to learn from printed publications, and that \"pure\" information isn\'t everything.

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Local Places Global Connections

This Report [Local Places Global Connections: Libraries in the Digital Age] focuses on how libraries are coping with the use of new technologies to maintain their role as society\'s primary information providers, what challenges they are facing, and who is doing a good job.

\"The question, \"What will happen to libraries?\" has a larger context, for we as a nation find ourselves asking the same of universities, of public media, of religious institutions, and of government\'s social mandate. Each of these questions, in turn, derives from an even more basic question: \"How will Americans live their lives as citizens, as economic actors, and as social beings?\" These, after all, are the great questions of the twenty-first century, and they constitute our challenge. It is my fervent hope that when our distant descendants read the literature of the twenty-first century they will find references to libraries of the power of Shakespeare\'s and Jefferson\'s. Whether they will or not depends on our efforts today.\"

CD/DVD Impermanence and Expensive Solutions

Optical discs such as CDs and DVDs have a lifetime far too short for anything like \'permanent\' storage. While some folks are taking things to extremes with \'a micro-etched nickel disk with 2,000 year life expectancy\', archival libraries (and other interested folks) might want to look at Century Discs.

Prophets of The Computer Age

Part of the Flash Backs Archive at The Atlantic Monthly, Prophets Of The Computer Age highlights 2 excellent articles.

\"As We May Think\", is generally regarded by digerati as, if not the literal blueprint for the Net and the World Wide Web, then one of its germinal seeds.

\"The Computers of Tomorrow\" posits the possibility of an \"information utility,\" and raises the question of how government regulation might or might not play a role in this new market.

See Also: A Little History of the World Wide Web

Authorities Crack Huge Hacker Ring

From Microsoft\'s new Windows XP to the Harry Potter film, a group of hackers from all over the globe, made it easy for Net users to download software, movies, music, and books, all for free. The result has been an alleged $1 billion in lost revenue to some major corporations. It appears, however, that the gig is up. The piracy ring, which according to the article, was responsible for 95% of all illegal downloads, has been broken-up by authorities. More from BBC News.

State Removes Vital Stats from Web Site to Avoid Identity Fraud

Texas has decided to permanently remove vital statistics from it\'s state web site in order to avoid identity fraud. Although the move will make it more difficult for genealogists, the State\'s Department of Health isn\'t taking any chances. More

Technologists and Tinkerers

D. Scott Brandt has Technologists and Tinkerers in the Latest CIL.

He looks at how Computers, librarians, and tinkering have made a wonderful match.

\"I think tinkering comes naturally to librarians because technology comes naturally. Information as we know it is intimately integrated with technology. In fact, a lot of people even have a hard time separating the two! But for the most part, it\'s a good thing.\"

The Virtual Library, Past, Present, and Future

Holly M. Riccio, Librarian/Marketing Research Specialist, has written an article for LLRX about the virtual library, what it means, where it\'s going, and what are the advantages and disadvantages. When she began her research, she was confronted with material that was outdated by half a decade, but as she states in her piece, \"the opinions and frustrations that librarians expressed about virtual libraries back in 1993 are still with us today. As much as technology has moved forward, sometimes at what seems like lightening speed, the things that librarians deal with in terms of virtual libraries are very much the same.\" More

Don\'t Let Microsoft Claim the Classroom

This Business Week editorial takes quite a swipe at MS and it\'s position in the educaion market, I wonder how or if it would extend to libraries?

\"Microsoft\'s education proposal is a ham-fisted attempt by his often-overzealous lieutenants to settle with state prosecutors. Otherwise, it confirms the darkest view of how Gates sees Apple: A vassal state, tolerable as long as it poses no real threat and can serve Microsoft\'s strategic interests.\"

The End User XP Gets Explained

For The International Herald Tribune, Lee Dembart takes \"end users\" on a tour of Windows XP. \"Once upon a time - 10 years ago, say - everyone in the know believed that computers would replace paper altogether. Not for the first time, everyone in the know turned out to be wrong. We have more paper now than ever. For example, if you go into a well-stocked bookstore, you will find an enormous section of computer books, row after row of them, many of which offer to explain how to use the computers that were supposed to make things simpler. Windows XP, the latest operating system from Microsoft Corp., has been out for just over a month, and, true to form, the shelves are groaning with volumes, thick and thin (mostly thick), that guide us through the ins and outs of it. Herewith, a guide to the guides. More

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