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Archive for the ‘Technology’ Category

Self Driving Cars

While this has nothing to do with library science, it is an interesting development in technology and I’d love to hear what everyone else is thinking about it. I read about self driving cars a while ago and was torn between thinking “Oh Cool!” and “Fat Chance!” The fact is that self driving cars are becoming much closer to a reality and I’m not sure how I feel about it.  [ Read More ]

Technology Grant Success Stories Needed

I received this via email and figured that some of my readers might be interested. Pam MacKellar is looking for technology grant success stories to include in her new book: Writing Successful Technology Grant Proposals: A LITA Guide. If you have been successful at winning a grant for a library project of any kind that utilizes technology, she’d love to hear from you! Just go to and complete the  [ Read More ]

101 Free Tech Books

A couple of months ago I wrote about 101 Free Tech Books for you all. This month I want to remind you that this site is a must for anyone interested in technology or getting free books! Because of my previous post I just won five free tech books! This will bring my count of free books to 7 since signing up in the fall (and have seen my librarian  [ Read More ]

Google and Data

Two new(ish) tools from Google make it easier to examine and organize your data. Back in November they announced Google Refine (which looks totally awesome if I do say so myself): Google Refine is a power tool for working with messy data sets, including cleaning up inconsistencies, transforming them from one format into another, and extending them with new data from external web services or other databases. Version 2.0 introduces  [ Read More ]

Are you backing up?

There was an article on TechCrunch today about a massive mistake made by Flickr: IT architect and Flickr user Mirco Wilhelm couldn’t log on to his 5-year old account yesterday, and when he asked the Flickr team about this issue they flat out told him they had accidentally flushed his entire account, and the 4,000 photos that were in it, straight down the drain. Apparently Wilhelm reported a Flickr user  [ Read More ]

Nook Color Review

This Christmas I got a Nook Color from my hubby and mother. I’ve been using it for a few days and I think it’s time to share my opinions. First things first, if you have an ebook reader you must download Calibre. Calibre is an open source ebook management application that runs on Windows, Mac and Linux (a flavor for everyone). It’s a great way to convert files from one  [ Read More ]

Get yourself some free tech books

Tech books are expensive! A few months ago I signed up for to try and offset some of that cost. It only took me a month before I won my first tech book!! Basically, you sign up, put some books on your wish list and then if you win you get one of the books shipped to your for free. You really can’t beat it. So, just a quick  [ Read More ]

No more Delicious?

Some of you have probably heard that Delicious is possibly going to be turned off by Yahoo!. One of my favorite mashups examples is using Delicious to create ‘link rolls.’ In fact link rolls power the links page on both my Library Mashups and Practical Open Source Software book sites. So the question now is what the heck do I do? Well, first I’m all for petitioning Yahoo! to open  [ Read More ]

Rant about the cloud

Cloud computing is the new big things and in many cases I live my life in the cloud. I work in a virtual office and share files with my colleagues using various cloud servers. Our customers’ systems are in the cloud (a benefit of using Koha) and this works well for both them and us. But when it comes to my personal computer there are some things that just don’t  [ Read More ]

An Open Source Government

There was an interesting article on about open sourcing government. At first I read the title as getting government to use open source software – but what it really talks about is opening up government so that they can harness the power of crowdsourcing and the wisdom of crowds!! How awesome is that? As an example in place well before Obama came to office, [Beth Noveck] cited the Patent  [ Read More ]

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