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LISTen: An LISNews.org Podcast -- Episode #97

This week's episode recognizes that a holiday weekend just passed in the United States so a miscellany of notable news items is presented.

So When Is The Hundredth LISTen Podcast Really Happening?

Although it may seem silly, it is perhaps worth it to note that there is a small bit of fudge in episode numbering of LISTen: An LISNews.org Podcast. By any stretch we are already past one hundred released episodes. The main reason that the numbering does not reflect that is that specials normally are not included in the numbered sequence and are either given date-related titles or simply bear descriptive titles. The one time a special podcast release received episode numbers was when coverage of BlogWorldExpo 2008 was released as three separate episodes in a single week.

With luck we will hit the ninety seventh episode of LISTen: An LISNews.org Podcast soon with the hundredth episode coming in December.

It has been a long run. The podcast has outlasted everybody's nervous initial expectations. How long it may run into the future is a story not yet written, though.




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LISTen: An LISNews.org Podcast -- Episode #96

This week's podcast brings an essay on another aspect of the digital divide. The issue is not one that is neat, clean, or lacking in facets for consideration.

LISTen: An LISNews.org Podcast -- Episode #95

This week's episode contains an essay talking about the seemingly innocuous matter of Selectable Output Control and how it fits into a bigger puzzle relative to the Digital Divide.

Post-Upgrade Audio Module Test

After an upgrade being applied to Drupal's audio module, this is just a test to ensure that nothing became broken along the way.

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LISTen: An LISNews.org Podcast -- Episode #94

Some weeks are slow for news. We would be remiss, though, if we did not note that LISNews crossed the 10th anniversary threshold last week. A zeitgeist review and a miscellany of stories are presented this week. Related links: Mudville Gazette on Corporal Hodge The Register: "Elgato DTT Deluxe world's smallest USB TV tuner" Depression & Bipolar Support Alliance

Preparatory Compliance Statement -- 7 November 2009

Preparatory to 1 December 2009 when new scrutiny will be paid by the Federal Trade Commission to new media outlets, it is necessary and proper to discuss where the promotional ads and other such material airing presently on LISTen originate. This relates to anti-payola measures that the federal government is taking. As the program is produced within the territory of the United States of America, Federal Trade Commission jurisdiction is certain.

As a matter of habit the first promotional item aired each week is a segment from Profile America. Profile America is an audio segment produced by the United States Department of Commerce through its Census Bureau. Profile America highlights facts from American history and is distributed without cost or payment to radio stations across the United States. Not only does Erie Looking Productions receive no compensation for airing Profile America as part of LISTen, the LISNews Netcast Network and LISHost additionally receive no compensation. Pieces from Profile America are aired as they highlight matters of national pride and national history from the United States of America where the primary air staff holds citizenship.

From time to time, a promotional piece from the Linux Outlaws is also aired. As with Profile America, nobody within any of the applicable chains of command receives compensation for airing that piece. The promotional piece by Dan Lynch and Fabian Scherschel, citizens of European Union member states, is aired by choice of the air staff to highlight a new media production that they think does good work that the audience of LISTen might also be interested in.

Other promotional materials from agencies and instrumentalities of the United States Government are also aired from time to time without compensation or cost. Such pieces are chosen typically based upon either current events or to highlight bad examples of public relations that should not be emulated by librarians. Many of these are presented as continuing examples so that librarians can have models from which to build their own public service announcements.

Questions or comments in regards to this can be directed to the Head of Business & Finance at Erie Looking Productions at [email protected]

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LISTen: An LISNews.org Podcast -- Episode #93

This week's episode of LISTen features an interview with the CEO of the Openmoko Team, Sean Moss-Pultz, about their WikiReader off-line portable device project. A brief discussion of the SirsiDynix-WikiLeaks matter also arises.

24 Months of LISTen

In 2007 in early November, the idea behind LISTen: An LISNews.org Podcast was proposed and approved. Over the course of November 2007 preparations were made for what has become a program that has spanned over ninety episodes. LISTen's third year of operations begins on 7 December 2009 when Pearl Harbor is also commemorated.

It has been an interesting run including a shift in operating base across the continent of North America. This was caused by the split into two parts of the operating base of Erie Looking Productions. Staff are now split between southern Nevada and northeast Ohio until June 2010 at the earliest.

Nobody knows what tomorrow may bring. Let's go forth boldly and make some history!


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Intermingling Issues

The American Library Association's President issued a statement on the new FCC net neutrality proceeding. The text is available from the FCC web site in PDF form relative to what the Commission is proposing.

School Library Journal ran a piece in the matter. The story included extraneous issues that are not being dealt with in the net neutrality proceeding by the FCC but in other dockets. For those participating in FCC proceedings, the Commission normally rebukes commenters who raise extraneous issues outside a particular docket's scope unless there is good cause for the matter to come up. The hub for speed issues but not net neutrality issues is at Broadband.gov.

LISTen, one of the LISNews podcasts, talked about the net neutrality proceeding in its most recent episode. While the discussion is brief it does discuss what was not an FCC decision but rather the start of a process.

LISTen: An LISNews.org Podcast -- Episode #92

This week's episode talks about two proceedings before the Federal Communications Commission that librarians have an interest in. Other notable headlines are also discussed. Related links: Daylight Savings Time Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on Net Neutrality (PDF File)

LISTen: An LISNews.org Podcast -- Episode #91

This week's episode contains an interview with web celeb Cali Lewis about blogging today and recent rumblings from the Federal Trade Commission about disclosures bloggers must make. Related links: Cali Lewis on Twitter GeekBrief TV The Blog of Cali Lewis Linux Outlaws LISNews Account Registration

LISTen: An LISNews.org Podcast -- Episode #90

This week the podcast originates from our Ohio team. First up is a miniature installment of Tech for Techies where we discuss why you should not take LISTen #89 as a blueprint for your own endeavors. After that there is discussion of Google Books, Google Groups, and "Institutional Attention Deficit Disorder". The episode wraps up with a multi-faceted business statement.

An Ill Wind Blows

7 October 2009

There is a film titled "A Mighty Wind". It is a great film in the genre of the mockumentary. Unfortunately this piece is not about that film. Instead we get to talk about mighty winds.

Overnight Tuesday into Wednesday, northeast Ohio was battered with high-velocity winds. Wind gusts were estimated at points around forty-five miles per hour. Rain was scattered. Branches were felled by this mighty wind. This was something that would lead into something worse.

I was already woke up once by the whistling winds outside my bedroom windows. After I caught another two hours of sleep, I woke up to find a lack of power. The first priority, though, was to secure down the facility in light of the winds. This meant running around locking up the barn, checking on the corn crib that doubles as the "cat house" and more. The barn cats were no dummies and seemed to fly inside as soon as a door was opened.

After waiting a while in case the power outage was transient, we departed for somewhere with power. This part of Ohio has two seasons: "snow" and "not snow". It was getting cold and when we called the outage in to First Energy we were not even given an estimated time of restoration.

The outage pointed out some problems. First and foremost, my battery-operated transistor radio worked fine. I could hear WWOW's morning program just fine. The time signal on shortwave from WWV was still audible. Computers in the house were fancy-looking door stops. Laptop batteries have a particular mean time between failure and unfortunately some batteries were miserable failures. Desktops could not be fired up without electricity. The Apple portable media player had a decent battery charge but it was preserved for as long as possible.

While we went driving, we saw what looked to be part of the problem. Kingsville Township Volunteer Fire Department was out responding to a downed electrical line. The line was sparking and the field it was being buffeted around in due to the high winds bore scorch marks from the fires it started. This felt all too reminiscent of the huge outage in 2003 that covered a significant chunk of the northeastern United States as well as the Canadian province of Ontario. In that case a tree that fell started a cascade that wiped out power to many.

For librarians, this presents some interesting points. While the data cloud might be proposed to be a great tool, it would have been a miserable failure in the face of a power outage. If a Kindle were possessed on the farm it would have been useless for downloading as Sprint has no coverage at the farm. Although news was just released that AT&T will be eventually providing data coverage for Kindles, that would still not help here. Power had to be shepherded in battery operated devices as there was no way to know when service would be restored. That would wipe out any hope of mobile broadband or similar backstops for accessing the cloud. Thankfully the backup power supplies at the cell towers were intact long enough to call in outage reports but I would not have pushed my luck in seeking data through those means.

This was a case where books won out. Candlelight or the light from a hurricane lamp would be sufficient provided I could find my glasses. Analog tools like that did not need power to operate and would have carried through.

Fortunately the outage only lasted a few hours and service was restored for us by the early evening. Not everybody in northeast Ohio affected by this have seen service restored yet. This does leave an issue for librarians to ponder. While issues like irregular power are normally thought of as things happening to the poor abroad, what happens when the homeland does not seem as impervious to such problems? How do you plan effective information access over digital means in light of such?

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LISTen: An LISNews.org Podcast -- Episode #89

The big networks have contingency plans with alternate studios. When ABC cannot produce evening news in New York, a back up is available in London. When our eastern US operating site isn't able to act, our western US site can sometimes take action. Through a great degree of improvisation this week's podcast was presented by our western engineer, Mike Kellat. First up we go through the zeitgeist review. Secondly we talk about the post-tsunami situation in American Samoa while mentioning one local religious group that is taking action. So far no needs have been heard from the territory's two lending libraries although one was within the immediate target area of a wave. The two elders who oversee Tafuna Church of Christ are respectively the territory's Chief Forester and a former head of the local bar association. Their mailing address mentioned in the episode is: Tafuna Church of Christ P.O. Box 326 Pago Pago, AS 96799-0326 Their contact telephone number is +1 684 699 8763. Their contact e-mail is [email protected] Be forewarned that even though the territory is a US jurisdiction calls to it are often billed on par with international calling. For cell phone users in the United States, expect the cost per minute for calling to range in dollars per minute. Skype is preferable for making contact. After that we take a look at the report of the Knight Commission on the Information Needs of Communities in a Democracy. The report was released on Friday on a day normally known for bad news being buried. The episode wraps up with a miscellany of nuggets. Related links: Profile America Script Knight Commission on the Information Needs of Communities in a Democracy Knight Commission's Report Referenced post by Henry Jenkins Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter #162 Reuters on talks between Comcast and NBC Universal CNET on talks between Comcast and NBC Universal Adrian Kingsley-Hughes on Amazon deletion policy David Bigwood on web services reliability Larry Dignan on Earthlink's plan to speed up dial-up

Hyperlinked History- Explosive Information

Hyperlinked History is back with a new episode in the continuing online documentary series!

Join Daniel Messer, The Faceless Historian, and go on a journey from the depths of space right into your own computer. Along the way you'll play a game, read a mystery, and get a little bit mystical. It's a circus of history and you're invited!

Check out the latest episode.

Update: I just confirmed that the video issue on iPods is fixed, so you can now sync the video to your iPod, iPod Touch, Nano, or whatever else works through iTunes. If you'd like to go that route, feel free!

LISTen: An LISNews.org Podcast -- Episode #88

This week's episode brings a discussion of the digital divide. The discussion is meant to start discussion about the issue while pointing out links to further non-LIS discourse in the matter. Some thoughts are thrown out at ways to bridge the digital divide that might involve materials reformatting.

A LISTen Special: Kiwi Surprise With A Side Of Buckeye Candy

Welcome to a LISTen special! First up we hear from Brenda Chawner of the School of Information Management at VUW about Software Freedom Day in Wellington. After that we discuss some pending legislation relative to newspapers in the United States. Related links: Profile America's script Bio page on Brenda Chawner IRS 501(c)(3) compliance guide

LISTen: An LISNews.org Podcast -- Episode #87

The news stories this week are not that major. This happens when the national debate on health care reform sucks the oxygen out of the arena. The podcast brings a headlines service this week of things you might have missed. Later this week there is planned to be a special episode in the aftermath of Software Freedom Day. Related links: Script of the Profile America piece Blog post by Room of Infinite Diligence on TANSTAAFL Professor Adler on USA Patriot Act Renewal Reuters on FCC & Net Neutrality Royal College of Psychiatrists against "thinspiration" sites The Register on Botnet Clean Up Zack Whittaker on whether or not Internet filtering does more harm than good Dent on Identi.ca by Fabian about gPodder News post at gPodder on the new version Daily Telegraph on atheists having more success in online dating

Filing documents on time

I rarely, if ever, get to write about government documents. This is one of those times.

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