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DRM or How to lose a customer

Like many of you SimCity was one of the first games I ever played on the computer. I knew that a new version was coming out, but didn’t really keep up with the news about the release – until now. Apparently the newest SimCity was released about a week ago and has been making a splash in the news. Not because it’s an awesome game, but because of horrible DRM  [ Read More ]

Delete individual autofill entries

Today I did some clean up of my data on my computer. I created some groups in LastPass and did some site title clean up. I also did some research on how to get rid of autofill entries that aren’t right or got added without me realizing. I found this handy article on Lifehacker on doing just this. For example, I visit TripIt a least once a week and one  [ Read More ]

Macbook Vending Machine

I just learned that Drexel’s Hagerty Library is not only lending out Macbook Pros to those on campus, but is doing so via a vending machine type interface. Drexel University introduced a 24-hour, self-service vending machine located in the W. W. Hagerty Library that will dispense MacBooks for use by students, faculty and staff. Drexel is the third university on the East Coast to introduce the kiosk, which holds up  [ Read More ]

Downgrade from Windows 8

Disclaimer: I’m not a Windows user … not even a Windows fan … but this is probably of interest to some of you so I’m sharing. The other day my Dad was asking about buying a new computer. He didn’t want Windows 8 so he wanted to hurry and buy a computer soon so he could get Windows 7. It seems to be a common theme I’m seeing on the  [ Read More ]

Deeann Allison and Lorna Dawes spoke to us this afternoon about Pixel a chatbot that is used at the University of Nebraska. First, what is a chatbot? It’s a software application that designed to emulate conversations with human beings. It’s frequently text based, but it can include sound and visual effects. The software is usually developed on top of a database so that the bot can match metadata from questions  [ Read More ]

IL2012: Retail & Technology Trends

Up first for me this morning is a talk about baseball and shopping! Seriously though, the speakers were from the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising and were talking to us about parallels between retail and libraries and what we can learn from the retail industry. Consumers have changed! People are using mobile devices while in stores today. We’re scanning barcodes and checking prices online to find the greatest deal  [ Read More ]

Students get extra Dropbox space

Lifehacker pointed out this promotion on Dropbox that students should be aware of: Dropbox is holding a promotion for students in which you can gain 3GB of extra Dropbox space for two years, plus more depending on how many people in your school sign up. Sign up here on Dropbox.

How to not do support

Disclaimer: I work for a support company so I might be biased in saying this – but we are way better at support than Pinterest is. David Lee King summarized his support experience with Pinterest. Pinterest was messing up links from his catalog so he thought he’d try support. My first attempt wasn’t a good one. I submitted my ticket, and was immediately sent a link to the “here’s how  [ Read More ]

Treat joy and passion as your guide

I was reading an article by Tim O’Reilly and just had to share it with you all. One of the things I talk about when teaching open source is how the people involved in open source products love what they’re doing. It’s fun to them, not just work. O’Reilly’s article talks about that with a bit of history thrown in: There is a prevailing mythology that new industries start when  [ Read More ]

Hacking and a rant on texting

I just finished reading an article by Mat Honan on how his digital life was hacked and totally destroyed due to one hacker who just wanted to get his hands on Mat’s 3 letter Twitter handle. This is a must read! More and more of our lives are in the cloud and more and more of our content accessible via other accounts (Google linked to Twitter linked to Amazon linked  [ Read More ]

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