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Hasbro is replacing Monopoly money with Visa debit cards. (Via Gizmodo)
I guess corporate sponsorship is slowly working itself into everything.
EPIC 2014 has been circulating on the web for some time now. This flash movie really forces someone to think about media and communication well into the future.
Notice there is the old 2014 version that was actually pretty close on some of its early predictions and a newer, improved 2015 version.
Watch a 4-minute video about a company called Blurb that provides a free computer application that takes content from a blog and creates a book. The company makes its money when you decide to physically publish.
I heard about an "email tax" sometime ago and I guess the email tax discussions are still continuing.
I am not sure how charging people to send email will reduce spam. I think it will just decrease legitimate emails and cause the normal (legal) users to move to instant messaging, VoIP, or other internet communication methods. Lets improve email protocols to prevent spam and make spam illegal and punishable, not harm a relatively cheap communication method.
Is Google considering the purchase of Napster? When does Google run out of money or stretch their resources (people, technology, users, etc.) too thin?
It seems to me some focus is needed here and hopefully some strong competition from other companies. Eventually the new ideas may run thin if no alternatives to Google's variety of tools are developed.
Have search engines, like Yahoo, reached the maximum amount of resources users need and want or can they no longer make improvements? I would think further development and improvements would be better than incentives, and last much longer in the long term in keeping users.
When will the stupid lawsuits stop? Apple is being sued by a person that has suffered hearing loss because he listened to his iPod at too loud of a level.
City demands warrant in FBI investigationNewton TABBy Dan AtkinsonWednesday, January 25, 2006
FBI won't seize library recordsNewton TABBy Galen MooreThursday, January 26, 2006
Susan W. Brenner and Barbara A. Frederiksen, Computer Searches and Seizures: Some Unresolved Issues, 8 Mich. Telecomm. Tech. L. Rev. 39 (2002) 40 pp. Focuses on Off-Site versus On-Site Computer Search Procedures by the Department of Justice. Discusses application of "plain view" doctrine to computers.
Ensuring the Admissibility of Electronic Forensic Evidence and Enhancing Its Probative Value at Trial
Criminal Justice MagazineSpring 2004, Volume 19 Number 1By Fred Galves and Christine Galves
My Commentary:I am been doing some reading to learn where the library legally can stand on this issue. The FBI said "plain view" was an issue, but they decided to wait for the warrant. While I found some related readings on plain view, and cannot find anything specific to this type of situation. In other court cases, plain view in computer searches was only relevant when a warrant for one type of computer file was being served and another file was found. For example, police search a computer by following a warrant looking for tax records and than in "plain view" find child pornography. Other cases have ruled that actual computer files are not in "plain view" since a computer application is needed to open them.
Has anyone seen a court ruling that actually addresses the "plain view" of computers in a public library?
I am adding this resource about publishing written by Rachel Singer Gordon, so I do not forget about it in the future.
I think The Shifted Librarian was right on with the proposed top 25 technology skills for librarians. I wonder how many new graduates already have these skills or if they are not ready for the real world upon graduation?
This parody about iPods is great. It had me rolling on the floor.
Some comments can be found here, plus additional links.
I just read of another use of RFID technology, this time providing information to students of garden tours. Maybe this will be the new way to provided library tours in the future.
Read this story, Drive Up, Log On, from LJ Tech Blog. This is a utilization of a service that I am sure most libraries (or other organizations) do not think of.
Here is sites I have viewed recently and thought were worth noting: http://del.icio.us/mindspiral.
Are patrons as concerned with their privacy as we think? Have library professionals created a bigger issue than really exists? For example, look at this person's website. He openly posts his checked out books and holds for the whole world to see.