Wow, I can't wait for this to hit the U.S., although I'm sure our implementation will be screwed up with DRM and we won't be able to use those songs on any other device. Still, the implications for mobile entertainment through the cell phone in an always-on, ubiquitous high-speed internet environment has implications for libraries.
In a couple of years when Kailee and Brent get cell phones, they will most likely have this functionality. What do you think they will expect to be able to download from their library? What do you think the library will be able to offer? Do you think the library is even thinking about this kind of service for the future?
LaGrange is the next suburb over from where I work, so you know what we'll be doing during lunch one day next week! I'll definitely be moblogging that one. :-)
I couldn't believe this when I read it, so I checked the SWAN catalog to see if any of my libraries have it, and THEY DON'T! Un-freaking-believable.
I'll note a disclaimer that Dan was kind enough to send me a copy of the book and I've only had a brief chance to skim a few pages, but even without this copy I would feel completely confident calling this an important book about 21st Century media. I know Aaron will order it when he's back in the office, but you other MLS libraries get your ordering-butts in gear. I hope to talk Tony into linking to the free versions on the web, much like we did for Larry Lessig's book, "Free Culture."
And on a side note, congratulations to the SWAN staff for a fairly smooth implementation of the new interface. Finally - FINALLY! - I can search our catalog from one screen, rather than having to choose to search (step one), choosing the type of search (step two), and entering a query into the box (step three). It's a very big improvement, plus they've added jacket covers and book reviews. The whole thing is just easier to read and use!
PC World, 1990
Okay, MT users - it just doesn't get any easier than this. Us RSS bigots would r-e-a-l-l-y appreciate a full text feed from you, so if you're not already providing one because you're not sure how to do it, be confused no more. Here are step-by-step directions, illustrations included.
Also note that you can save the template shown in this tutorial under a different name and provide two feeds, one with excerpts and one with full text. That way, your readers can decide which one works for them.
If you're reading this, then Radio appears to be working again, heaven only knows why since we still don't know what was wrong with it in the first place. My hope is that it will keep working until the next version is available in two weeks (see the Radio Roadmap). I'm thrilled to see that Userland is finally doing something with this software. It's been very frustrating to have upstreaming and aggregator problems recur every few months, to the point where I had given up on it.
But here's the problem. I investigated alternative solutions, but when you're an RSS junkie like me, the integration of an aggregator into the blogging tool is much more efficient than anything else that's out there. I was shocked that I couldn't find any other product that duplicates this functionality so seamlessly. Sure, I could have tried to jerry-rig something, but I couldn't emulate the one-click-post-from-the-aggregator functionality that is the single best evolutionary feature of Radio. On its own, the aggregator is okay (miss a few days and those posts are gone forever, HTML in posts kills the whole page, no way to search past items, no Atom support yet), but as Marc Canter found out, that one little "Post" link is just too important to give up.
So Userland, I'm glad you're finally addressing the problems with Radio. If the new version doesn't mess with existing templates, I'd happily beta-test it. Let's get this show on the road!
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