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Homeless Man Finds Home on the Web at the Library

From the Cincinnati Enquirer...
For six years, Mark Pierce lived under a piece of canvas near the Ohio River. He slept on a foam mattress retrieved from a Dumpster. He kept clean with jugs of water. In his own words, he was “tired, depressed, resentful and hateful” - just one of the region\'s estimated 1,400 homeless. Then Mr. Pierce found the Internet, and everything changed. He became a man with a home page, if not a home. [more...]

Up in Arms About Usenet

Wired has this article on the Google takeover of deja\'s archives. Google has temporarily taken the archive offline, and people are angry. They also believe that the coding that google is going to use for the database should be open source.\"Some suggest the best place for the archives would be the Library of Congress. But one former Deja user wants to create an open-source, community-based Usenet archive and has asked Google to contribute the programming code of the old Deja service to the open-source community and give the project full access to the Usenet archive.\" -- Read More

Over $1 Billion in E-Rate Money Lost Under Reams of Bureaucratic Red Tape

Wired had this to report today on the continuing saga of the missing e-rate funds.....\"The e-rate has been hailed as a lifesaver for bringing schools and libraries into the information age. Now a study by the General Accounting Office reveals that $1.3 billion in e-rate funding has gone unspent, leaving some schools without the Net access that they are entitled to. What happened to the money? [more...]

Your Patrons Can\'t Search for Sex

According to this article from Cyber Atlas, a tremendous number of web users still do not know how to search. Also, the most popular search term is \"sex\". I think that the cartoon from the other day says it all. Librarians NEED to be the search engines.\"The study also found that the most popular term people search for online is \"sex.\" Alexa\'s findings are based on an examination of more than 42 million search pages viewed in aggregate by users of the Alexa toolbar at 10 of the Internet\'s leading portals and search engines -- altavista.com, aol.com, excite.com, go.com, google.com, goto.com, lycos.com, msn.com, netscape.com, and yahoo.com -- between March 1999 and January 2001.\"
Read the study here -- Read More

Saint of the \'Net

Brian writes \"globetechnology.com is one of a number of sites with This Story:

The Pope is reportedly going to name Isidore of Seville as the patron saint of computer programmers and the Internet. Isidore wrote a 20-volume encyclopedia in the 7th century.

One guy jokes, \"If we\'re talking about Silicon Valley, I had always assumed that San Jose was the patron saint of the Internet.\"

Google takes Deja

It seems that Google has taken over the rest of Deja. The beta site can be found here and the press release can be read here. On a related note, look for old dot com buddies at Dotcomdropout.

Children\'s Safe Harbor Coming to a Living Room Near You

With the barrage of information surrounding filtering issues in libraries in an effort to protect children from the dangers of surfing the Internet, comes a different perspective in relation to accomplishing the same level of protection in the television viewing arena. It seems that the concept of a \"Safe Harbor,\" which we now know as the Children\'s Internet Protection Act (CIPA) extends to the Children\'s Protection from Violent Programming Act, (someone gimme an acronym puh-leeeeze).

The measure would require the Federal Communications Commission to \"prohibit the distribution of violent television programming,\" during times when kids are most prone to watch TV, according to Rep. Ronnie Shows (D-Miss.), the chief patron of the House bill, which he said he\'ll introduce this week.

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Five Days at your desk

Lee Hadden writes:\"A 30 year veteran proofreader for a publisher was known for his
dedication to work. He came in first each morning, and stayed late each
night. Sadly, George Turklebaum died at his desk at a New York publisher,
and it was five days before anyone noticed that he was dead in his cubicle.
It was the cleaning staff who first noticed he hadn\'t moved, and not his
co-workers of many years.
The Guardian in England has picked up the story.

Certainly, this lonely death could never happen to dedicated
librarians. Could it?\"

Worthless Study Proves Nothing

I post this one, more to comment on the story, not to report any findings.
This Story was picked up and reported on by about everyone.
A preliminary study of 150 people aged 20 to 35 has shown that more than one in 10 are suffering from severe problems with their memory.
Tiny study, actually, not even a study, a preliminary study, shows some people are stupid, and all of a sudden this is the headline I read... \"Computer-mad generation has a memory crash\" There are so many things wrong with this story I will not waste my time with it.

Please read the entire story critically, and make up your own mind.

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