The Shifted Librarian - Shifting Libraries at the speed of byte
Tuesday, January 15, 2002

Microsoft's Plan to Dominate PDAs [in PC World]

Yet another reason to dive deeper into Radio:
"At the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas last week, Microsoft chair Bill Gates introduced Windows CE .Net. The software is a variant of the Windows CE operating system and incorporates a version of Microsoft's .Net APIs and interfaces, called .Net Compact Framework. This framework software includes an array of Internet standards such as XML and Simple Object Access Protocol."

Must learn XML, RSS, and SOAP....

Sign me up now for Hitachi's "broadband PDA" with its 11-megabits per second 802.11b wireless LAN card. Is your library ready to provide services to this device?

And sadly, Palm is faltering yet again. Don't get me wrong -- I love Palm. But if they had come out with the Palm VIIc (wireless, color) as I predicted two years ago, or if they'd just get out of the hardware business, then they wouldn't be in this fine mess, Ollie.

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Note to the Userland team: RU8 has a major, serious flaw.  You forgot the verb for adding hours to the 24-hour day.  How on earth am I supposed to sleep or do anything else now?

Please add a fix ASAP.

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Here is a beta tester's review of the pay version of Napster.  Note how there is absolutely no role, no way, no how for libraries in this model.  :-

Libraries have to get on the radar in order to have access to the "Heavenly Jukebox" of digital material. Consider this your wake-up call.

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Note to self: add Classic Novels to the Homer Library Web site.
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What Video Game Character Are You? I am a Light Cycle.I am a Light Cycle.

I drive fast, I turn fast, I do everything fast. I even breakfast. I tend to confuse people with my sudden changes of heart. Sometimes I even confuse myself, which tends to cause problems. What Video Game Character Are You?

Cool, because I loved Tron!  I think I'm more of a Defender-ship, but they tell me that if I wasn't a Light Cycle, I'd be a Kung Fu Master.  What, no Burger Chef or Tempest Geometric?!
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T-spam: text messaging spam, coming to a cell phone near you.

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For a future tech summit on privacy: http://technoerotica.net/mylog/optouts.html
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Powazek: "Oyvey, do we have your money?"  [via Scripting News]

Oy vey, another idea I wish I had thought of!

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Kevin Bacon: You've Got Mail "Researchers are using e-mail to test the notion that everyone in the world can be reached through a short chain of social acquaintances. Are there really 'six degrees of separation'? By Kendra Mayfield." [in Wired News]

This is probably true, given how quickly Yours Is a Very Bad Hotel spread.  And it flows perfectly into Malcolm Gladwell's The Tipping Point, which I highly recommend if you haven't read it already.  You'll hear about this book a lot on this blog, because I think we need to find connectors and mavens to spread the word about libraries.

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In case you're interested, I started a thread about public libraries over at SchoolBlogs.  Patrick and Peter were nice enough to suggest libraries could use this service, too.  If you haven't visited SB before, head over there now although please note you may lose several hours of your day.
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BTW, even an Internet junkie like me is getting tired of pop-up windows and especially the ads.   Oy, the ads!  So I'm using Pop-Up Killer, although I also hear good things about No Ads.
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Hey, Rich -- want some really old news?  (Sidebar: I thumbed through Oracle 9i Web Development at Borders this past weekend.  Thanks for the shout-outs!  And don't worry, we'll keep you pushing the envelope....)
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Oracle acquires voice portal technology "In a move intended to give users voice-based, wireless access to a range of applications and databases, Oracle Monday announced the acquisition of voice portal company Indicast." [via IDG InfoWorld]

Hmmmm.  We use Oracle Portal at SLS for our databases and authentication, but it's been quite the learning curve.  I'm not a programmer, and I don't play one on TV.  We wanted to use it for our portal, too, but I'm exploring Frontier & Manila for this purpose instead.  Still, we'll keep Oracle for databases, etc., and the addition of VoiceXML could be very interesting!  Without thinking this through, there has to be a way to use VoiceXML with remote reference services.

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There's so much to read about Radio right now (the software running this blog) that I can't keep up.  But John Robb says, "This is a personal tool to get your mind online.  Think out loud.  Whatever you think, post.  Whatever you find link to in a post.  Connect."  That's a perfect description for what this blog will be.

And to add a "Me, too" post to the discussion, Radio is indeed ridiculously easy.  Now if I just had time to start playing under the hood.  I can't wait to get this technology up and running at SLS and cross-post my messages to the SLS portal!  Knowledge management, here we come!

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