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Due to circumstances beyond our control it appears that LISTen #107 is delayed until further notice. We are trying to excise gremlins from the system but having a tired crew decreases the value of any attempted efforts. Our target is to get the episode out later Monday after some sleeping hours can be had.
Thank you for your patience in this difficult hour.
This week's episode brings an extended miscellany where we track down some potential trends that seem to be developing. The essay poses the concept of a print supplement to LISNews and seeks input.
Full text of the essay read out by the engineer
Severe Storm versus Anthropogenic Global Warming hearings
Andy Woodworth on this technological life
Lance Whitney on broadband speed
FCC on broadband penetration
Gerald Warner on Internet usage licensing
European/International Computer Driver License
ZDNet on Google being ejected from the Linux kernel
A Linux kernel developer as to why Android-related code is being excised
Zonker Brockmeier's GNU Screen tutorial
Felicia Day versus Google Buzz
OpenOffice.org Review Discussing Microsoft Office 2007 interoperability
OpenOffice.org as if it were Hasselhoff
Blogging is not cool anymore to teens
Due to the impending Super Bowl match-up on February 7th, it is anticipated that connectivity will be quite impaired for Erie Looking Productions at its rural operations site in extreme northeastern Ohio. Under optimal conditions not tied to major events like the Super Bowl, our cable broadband access has roughly one-third the throughput a conventional cable broadband connection in the United States would possess. We expect that access will be impaired during and immediately after the game. Recognizing such, LISTen #106 will not be released on February 8th as we will most likely repeatedly time-out during upload attempts.
Columns will still be released as deemed appropriate in the intervening time. These will be posted as text posts with Adobe Acrobat files injected into the podcast stream as enclosures so as to not leave podcast listeners without something.
Barring any further disruptions, LISTen #106 is anticipated to be released on or near 0500 UTC on February 15th. For those wanting to catch up on listening after ALA Mid-Winter might have put you behind, LISTen 105 remains available as does the column Defining Value.
This week's episode features an interview with the President of the ALA's counterpart in New Zealand, LIANZA. A new situation has arisen in New Zealand where a library may be starting to charge for loans of materials to adults. Barbara Garriock joined us via the magic of Skype to talk about the situation.
An LISNews zeitgeist recap as well as a miscellany of news bits are also presented.
LinkedIn profile of Barbara Garriock
Press Release: "LIANZA opposes library charges"
Dan Lynch's Review of the Nokia N900
Megan McArdle on unemployment
Thomas F. Bertonneau via the Pope Center on literacy
Miguel de Icaza on the iPad
Elizabeth Krumbach on the Ubuntu Community Learning Project
The Register on the Firefox Cross-Protocol Attack on Freenode
The Register on the Google DNS Extension Proposal
This week's episode brings an analytical essay. What is fueling this renewed drive for paywalls and exclusivity contracts for content? The essay talks about some of the economic pressures that may have been overlooked. Remember, the air staff used to work in print news which means that they have their bylines and photo credits in at least a vertical file out there somewhere.
A miscellany of brief items is also presented.
Andy Woodworth on paywalls and EBSCO exclusivity
China accuses US of online warfare
Reuters on the China situation regarding Internet freedom
Tom Foremski on a paywall hole
Usage of Mobile Internet in the UK
This Week in Fun Enters Hiatus
The death of Air America
Tech Liberation Front on Air America's death
Our indoor/outdoor tomcat is having problems. We had to rearrange things. Since I got back from the day job, the cat has been spastic. He's been far more expressive than normal with fairly strange physical antics. Here's what happened.
The space here on the farm where we record LISTen suffered some structural damage recently. I had a spaghetti pot catching the leak as water dripped down from the ceiling of that space. We just had a damage assessment that indicates that that whole space is going to have to be repaired. Before I had to shuffle off to the day job I worked with family to tear out that whole area and reconfigure another part of the farm house to compensate for the loss of space.
This truly sucks. I was worried that I was going to have to negotiate time to borrow somebody else's recording space to record the next episode. I was even more worried the podcast would be forced back into hiatus until I could figure out a solution.
After all that worry, I am pleased to say that we're still on the air barring any unforeseen complications. The acoustics profile has changed so things might sound slightly different. Listener discretion is encouraged.
This week's episode is truncated due to the holiday. A zeitgeist review is presented as well as a news bits miscellany.
Disclosure statement on the Erie Looking Productions blog
Ann Althouse on the New York Times paywall possibilities
New York Magazine on New York Times paywall possibilities
Gayle Van Horn on special BBC World Service broadcasts to Haiti
Australian Broadcasting Corporation on besieged aid workers in Haiti
CIA World Factbook profile on Haiti
Haiti in Internet user population ranking
Gayle Van Horn relaying word of ITU assistance to Haiti