Don't believe me about kids and the future of wireless? Read on. Teens with Wads of Cash Flex Spending Muscle: Marketers Focus on This Huge Consumer Group
When wireless rates level out to the point these kids can afford to play games on their cell phones, we'll see a huge jump in this area.
Buzz suggests adding The Death of Distance by Frances Cairncross to The Shifted Reading List, so I did. Thanks, Buzz! I promise to email you back tomorrow.
Paul asks how I got the Homer Library's remote database authentication scripts going. At SLS, Curran found a Unix script from the some library in Pennsylvania (I think - sorry, I'll get a cite tomorrow) that we could steal, so he did all of the heavy lifting and modified it to work for us. Now, we create scripts on-demand for any of our member libraries in order to provide remote authentication to any of their databases. We'll also host them on our server, too.
So for Homer, I stole the stolen script and modified it yet again. Homer provides access to four databases - Facts.com, FirstSearch, ProQuest, and SIRS. Facts.com provide this service from their own server, so all I had to do was link to the URL they gave us. ProQuest provides its own scripts, too, although you do have to install them on your own server. That one has been the trickiest, and I need to go back to working on it to get it in the HTPLD template. I modified the above-mentioned script for both FirstSearch and SIRS. If you type in a valid barcode, it takes you to a page that shows you the login and password for the database with a link to it. Since it's a Unix script, I've put it on my own server.
I've since heard that FirstSearch will authenticate based on a referring URL and its IP address, so I'm going to pursue that as well. For obvious reasons, I really want click-through access once the user has entered a valid barcode. And that's pretty much it. :-)
Radio 101 Docs #2 is up - How to Add the YACCS Commenting System. It's a great service, so I encourage you to give it a spin. Thanks, YACCS!
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Wow, I didn't even know WGR existed, but now that I do I'll definitely be spending some time there. In fact, you'll find lots more interesting stuff on the site's main page, including a WAP game emulator. The screenshots of the SR game look almost as good as the games on my Sony Clie PDA. I believe this type of service will be the entry point into the American mobile market - kids playing multi-player games on their cell phones in brief bursts, so this is a smart strategy to make the games multi-level.
Of course, that's once prices reach a more reasonable level but as I've noted before, wireless carriers are targeting their ads at kids 10 years and younger because they're the future market for these services. If you don't have a young child, you may not have seen the newest Nintendo Gameboy for which you can buy a "multi-link" cable in order to play directly against other players. Take away that wire and you've got mobile gaming. A cell phone acting like a gaming console won't be that big of a leap for kids growing up with that type of technology.
Something to note as we move into CSS.
Where can I get one?!
I'm not holding out hope for the Supreme Court's decision, but it sure would be a beneficial reversal of the past few decades if they limit Congressional authority in this area. We'll see.
And it's even worse in libraries.
Heading out the door, but I want to note that I'm way behind on responding to email, a situation I hope to correct soon. In the immortal words of Bartyles & Jaymes, thank you for your support.
Application for the Jerry Springer Show Making the rounds in my family right now (not because we want to be on it!).
I'm getting lots of questions about how I added "comments" to my site when Radio hasn't officially released their version yet. So instead of sending out multiple emails, here's a quick summary. I'm using YACCS for comments, which is an insanely easy thing to set up. The folks over at Rate Your Music provide this service for - get this - free, so first I want to shout a big "THANKS" to them!
When you sign up for an account with them, you fill in some boxes with info about your site, what it's called, etc., and then they generate some code for you. You put that code in a couple of places in your templates, and voila - instant comments. I wish I could say it was difficult and took me hours to set up so that I could throw some flour on my face and walk out with some brownies, but it's not. It takes about five minutes, and it's well worth it.
The reasons I went with YACCS are:
There's a ton of other features, but note that YACCS works only with Blogger and Radio sites. I haven't had any problems with this service, so I give it 5 out of 5 stars and 2 thumbs up. Newbie heaven. Maybe I'll expand this and make it tonight's entry for Radio 101 Docs.
Good question - how about InstantWap? Does anyone have any experience using it? One to check out in my - ahem - spare time.
Sorry, but I won't be very productive today, as I'll be reliving my childhood at Mrs. Neugast's Fan Worship Page. See you some time next year. [via MeFi]
Choosing between "stodgy" and "technophobic," Walt chooses stodgy. These are his own words, mind you, not mine. I figured that would be his answer, because someone who writes a monthly newsletter about technology and libraries, publishes it in PDF, moderates tracks at technology conferences, and regularly contributes to mailing lists is most definitely NOT technophobic. On the other hand, I don't think that qualifies you as "stodgy," either.
Whew. If I've done everything correctly in my half-asleep state, my first attempt at documenting changes to the Radio template is ready. I'll be archiving my Radio 101 Docs, where you'll find all of them as I add to the list, but for now you can also go directly to the one explaining How to Add Navigator Links. I did it pretty quickly tonight, and I haven't given it a good looksy-over because I'm tired and I'm going to sleep now. If you spot problems, have suggestions for improving it, or find something that still isn't clear, please don't hesitate to let me know.
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