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This week's podcast took a different operational stance in recording. Instead of the usual cassette deck, we shifted instead to a reel-to-reel system:
If you click the picture above you can see a larger version of that snapshot. The computer pictured functioned essentially as an overgrown cart machine. This week's episode was recorded on a 1978 TEAC 3340S deck at 7.5 ips on normal bias. The other deck we were working with was intended to give more of a 1970's audio vibe but the recorded results sounded like chipmunks on a methamphetamine binge.
News was slow this week and budget constraints dictated that South by Southwest Interactive was not happening for the air staff. A miscellany is presented as well as a zeitgeist review.
National Bookmobile Day
Omeka in the Cloud
StatusNet Cloud Service Enters Public Beta
LISNews Pinger On Identica
LISFeeds Pinger on Identica
John C. Dvorak on the media dead pool
Whitney Georgina Hess on learning leadership
The Register on the Ubuntu theme makeover
The Register on BBC cuts -- Read More
This week's episode brings word of a developing story relative to the logistics back-end to interlibrary loans in the United States as well as discussion of the digital divide from a practical perspective. The BBC World Service is used as the example in the essay.14:20 minutes (5.75 MB)
This week Stephen moved away from the microphone as long-time engineer Mike Kellat took charge instead. This episode has a zeitgeist recap and talks briefly about the situation post-earthquake in Chile. Practical suggestions are offered as to worthwhile avenues of action by concerned library personnel.
In addition to the audio program an attempt was made to reformat one of the segments of LISTen 107 as an animation bit.5:17 minutes (7.25 MB)
Power outages during snow storms are not fun. While power has been restored (for now?), the following handwritten bit of blogging is posted as an attached PDF talking about format diversification.
Technical issues continue to plague us at Erie Looking Productions. LISTen #107 is a lost episode as there will be no recorded audio for this one. The unedited script that has none of the usual handwritten corrections or any ad-libs by the presenter is instead released for consideration. Links to matters referenced are shown as footnotes in the attached PDF file. This peculiar release is made under a Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license.
While we plan to release LISTen #108 on March 1st, this is dependent upon us chasing down electrical shorts and other complications. Thank you for your patience and cooperation in this difficult time.
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.