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LISTen: An LISNews.org Program -- Episode #150

LISTen: An LISNews.org Program -- Episode #149

This week's episode contains a rather large news review. There wasn't a major connecting thread to the news this week outside the shutdown-that-was-not. Since that fizzled we look at the scattered news bits that deserve consideration. Related links: Last minute tax filing tips (MP3) Groklaw on shutting down Ann Althouse on a tax base challenge Ars Technica on the first step being taken towards passing House Joint Resolution 37 to kill net neutrality regulations The Register on that procedural step HJR 37 underwent Reuters reporting HJR 37 passing the House, moving on for Senate action Michael Geist on the Conservative Party of Canada's digital economy platform The Librarian in Black against DRM The folks at Defective By Design proposing a Librarians Against DRM group The Free Software Foundation, the parent organization of Defective by Design Gawker: Twitter regresses to infancy Dave Winer's screenshot of Twitter backsliding Reuters on the failure at Twitter PCMag Digital Network on the failure at Twitter The Register on MMS being the new killer app in the mobile space DIY server software for interacting with patrons via SMS #1 DIY server software for interacting with patrons via SMS #2 DIY server software for interacting with patrons via SMS #3 Library of Congress Public Affairs on Deanna Marcum being selected for the Melvil Dewey medal Ars Technica on bandwidth caps around the world Deutsche Welle on publishing translations of German works in the US Library of Congress Public Affairs on new entries to the National Recording Registry Radio Netherlands Worldwide's Media Network blog on Google's attempt to reorganize YouTube to compete with broadcast television Russian internal security agency comes out against Skype Russian internal security agency comes out against Hotmail Reuters on the Russian Federal Security Service complaining about web-based off-shore e-mail providers Deutsche Welle on the Berlin prostitute engaging in the trade of negotiable affections to pay for her PhD studies Amy Buckland referencing the new McMaster University librarian's view that PhDs with non-LIS skill sets may be the future of libraries

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LISTen: An LISNews.org Podcast -- Episode #148

From this week's script: To you, dear listeners, this has some impact. The first is that any read counts on the site for any particular post should be regarded as utterly fictitious. The second is that you really should be using the FeedBurner target for the podcast rather than subscribing directly to the LISNews PHP-generated feed. The third is that our presence in the iTunes Music Store is a bit off-kilter for now and the downloading of individual episodes through that source is not recommended. That whole discussion of the weirdness on LISNews over the past week as well as an expansive news round-up can be found in this week's episode. Related links: LISNews Netcast Network on gpodder.net An example of illegal narcotics becoming a cash crop Associated Press on current economic woes Deutsche Welle on gender imbalance in Wikipedia editor stats Monty The Dog Greenstone 2.84 released Ann Althouse on the New York Times paywall Teleread on per capita distribution of ebook reading Ars Technica on Google's +1 vote up search ranking system CNET's Caroline McCarthy on Google's +1 vote up search ranking system Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals on their awards nominees in the realm of children's books Evan Prodromou on the launch of Freelish.us Ars Technica on data caps becoming a problem in Canada for Netflix Ars Technica on the reduction in wireline broadband bandwidth caps that resulted in Netflix problems John C. Dvorak on the Internet being the new opiate of the masses Creative Commons License
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FeedSync Test

The nuclear option is being employed on the FeedBurner side of things to realign a major feed. For those getting this as an e-mail digest, apologies for the repeat e-mail. For those seeing this in iTunes...I hope this fixes things...

LISTen: An LISNews.org Podcast -- Episode #146

Over the past week Erie Looking Productions has unsuccessfully grappled with a massive reduction in computing power. Two computers dying within days of each other is not a good thing. An annotated round-up of links from the slush pile is presented in this post while the audio brings an old-time radio classic. With luck we'll be fully recovered operationally next week. From the slush pile: (Click "Read more" to see the links)

Cancellation Notice for 14 March 2011

Due to circumstances beyond our control, Erie Looking Productions has suffered a catastrophic equipment failure. As we attempt to repair damage it must be noted that the regularly scheduled release for 14 March 2011 is cancelled. Barring disruptions the next programming release is set for 21 March 2011.

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Production Calendar Test

For better or worse an operational calendar is being updated using IceOwl with Google Calendar hosting it on the back-end. To keep up with the production calendar, use this link in your calendaring package:

http://www.google.com/calendar/ical/[email protected]/public/basic.ics

LISTen An LISNews.org Podcast -- Episode #144

This week's episode of LISTen brings the return of segment-sized Tech for Techies. A news miscellany is also presented. Listeners must re-point their podcast receiving software to the following address to continue to receive the podcast uninterrupted: http://feeds.feedburner.com/LISNewsNetcasts Related links: Twitter outage Google-bombing abortion to equal murder Iranian Cyber Army attacks The Voice of America Lianza updates on libraries affected in Christchurch The Tatler: Counties Dying The Associate Press: Counties Dying

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LISTen: An LISNews.org Podcast -- Unnumbered Special Edition (23 February 2011)

LISTen: An LISNews.org Podcast -- Episode #143

This week's episode is brief as there will be another release on Wednesday. Sometimes the production cycle does not give us time to adapt to late-breaking events. This week's episode presents a news miscellany that touches upon Borders, Facebook, and The FreedomBox. As of March 1st we will be breaking the previous URL for subscribing to the podcast. Your podcatcher must be pointed to http://feeds.feedburner.com/LISNewsNetcasts to continue to receive the program. That target is already live and active so it may be used immediately. Related links: New York Times: The FreedomBox Software Freedom Law Center: Freedom in the Cloud The Register: The FreedomBox PCMag.com: National Broadband Map Fox News: National Broadband Map BBC News: Borders seeking Chapter 11 bankruptcy Australian Broadcasting Corporation News: Borders seeking Chapter 11 bankruptcy The Register: Google on Manual Search Penalties The Register: Facebook on SIM Creative Commons License
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LISTen: An LISNews.org Podcast -- Episode #140

This week's episode is a cross-cutting, interdisciplinary look at the violation of the knowledge ecology perpetrated in Egypt. Practical discussion is presented as to circumventing the disruption of Internet access as well as SMS/MMS messaging as seen there. Implications for information architecture are also discussed. Related links: Xubuntu Project Lead Approved Mashable: Egypt Protests Deutsche Welle: Egypt Protests Media Network: Egypt Protests Renesys: Egypt Leaves The Internet The Other McCain: Egypt Protests The Register: Egyptian Media Crackdown Al Jazeera English: Egypt Leaves The Internet Al Jazeera English: Online Activism Fueling Protests Caroline McCarthy: No such thing as a "social media revolution" Committee to Protect Journalists: Egypt Leaves The Internet The Register: Vodafone acknowledges shut down order Librarian Phoebe Ayers: Egypt Protests Infodisiac: Egypt access to Wikipedia disappears The Associated Press: Egypt Leaves The Internet...and fails to quell protests! Media Network: Radio Netherlands Worldwide to target increased broadcasting at Egypt The Associate Press: The Day Part of the Internet Died RFC 1930: "Guidelines for creation, selection, and registration of an Autonomous System (AS)" Ars Technica: How Egypt Fractured The Internet RIPE Network Coordinate Centre stats on Egypt traffic Project Gutenberg's CD & DVD Project for offline access LOCKSS MirrorBrain FLDIGI QSSTV TOR Project: Egyptians Switch En Mass To The Onion Router TOR Project: Downloading for Ubuntu

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The Lights Are Going Out

Things are apparently developing in Egypt. There is an unconfirmed report that Egypt is totally offline. The Electronic Frontier Foundation posted to Identica about a separate report about the Internet being cut off in Egypt. Caroline McCarthy at CNET notes that Twitter is presently being blocked in Egypt. Later reporting by Elinor Mills at CNET notes that blocking is on the rise in Egypt and Associated Press reporters are unable to communicate. Nina Shea at National Review Online's group blog The Corner notes that these reports of disruption are not anomalies which is echoed by Matthew Shaffer there as well. Agence France-Presse notes that cellular telephone service is disrupted in addition to the reports of Internet disruption.

The situation in Egypt, much like the recent case in Tunisia, illustrates fundamental flaws in the nature of Internet access. Even though the system is purportedly designed to route around outages like this, failure seems to be easily caused. In conjunction with the proliferation of computer sound cards and software like fldigi, the deployment of radiofax service by outside powers to distribute information may be advisable. Examples of what this might look like are available online. Though such would have required specialist equipment twenty years ago that method for information distribution can take advantage of consumer-grade computer and radio hardware.

This situation continues to develop...

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LISTen: An LISNews.org Podcast -- Episode #139

"You may or may not have noticed LISNews fell off the Internet on Saturday..." In this episode we talk about our interesting outage, how to find the podcast when there is an outage, and have an essay that takes a reasoned look a public finance. Related links: LISNews on Twitter LISNews on Identica The new feed location you must point your podcatcher at ASAP: feeds.feedburner.com/LISNewsNetcasts Ars Technica: Fake keyboard PCs via custom Android drivers New York Times: Digital Unreliability Media Network: No blogging in Saudi Arabia without government permission Creative Commons License
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LISTen: An LISNews.org Podcast -- Episode #137

This week's episode contains a replay of the most recent episode of TVO's program Search Engine about the censorship situation in Tunisia. We follow up last Tuesday's release of Search Engine by bringing the story up to date with events that happened since. Another episode of LISTen will be released late Tuesday night/early Wednesday overnight with content that is more traditional. Related links: The episode of Search Engine being replayed Ars Technica on Twitter vs. Tunisia Committee to Protect Journalists on Tunisian Censorship BBC News reporting on Tunisian censorship...in 2005... The Voice of America on the Tunisia situation Story by Aidan Lewis on BBC News about the situation in Tunisia Canadian Broadcasting Corporation news on the ex-President of Tunisia fleeing to Saudi Arabia France24 on the possibility of more incidents like this Creative Commons License
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LISTen: An LISNews.org Podcast -- Episode #136

This week's tardy podcast brings discussion of the upgrade to the LISNews back-end and a news miscellany. As referenced in the episode, your podcatcher should be pointed at the following target to best receive the program in case we have to switch to any backup systems through the technical wizardry of variable endpoints: http://feeds.feedburner.com/LISNewsNetcasts Related links: The Register on the net neutrality debate at CES 2011

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