December 31, 2009
The 100 Essential Websites from the Guardian of London
How Google Changed the Game in 2009 from Smartware
Newspapers and Technology: Network Effects from The Economist
What Does it Mean to be Literate in the 21st Century? a video from bibliosmartgirl
Happy new year to all!
Read more at Yahoo! News.
According to Nuri Djavit and Paul Newnes, writing on the blog Digital Media Buzz, the coming year will be one where Facebook replaces email, mobile commerce becomes a reality, we will register only once for many different sites, and crowd sourcing becomes a common idea.
Meanwhile, the technology staff at the Guardian (of London) predicts a year of more Google, green technology, apps and Apple.
What do you think?
December 29, 2009
To upload your presentation, you must first create a free Slideshare account here. After confirming your account, you are able to start uploading.
What is especially nice about Slideshare is that, like Youtube, it allows you to embed your slideshow in any web page. You also have the ability to make the slideshow private, if you wish. Here is a slideshow by Francisco Grajales III on Social Media, that I embedded into this post as an example of the sharing capabilities of Slideshare.
Slideshare is free to use and is a great resource for those looking for an easier way to share PowerPoint presentations.
One caveat: When I originally tested a PowerPoint presentation, it cut off pieces of text near the top and bottom of the slides. So be sure to give your presentation a decent size margin before uploading.
December 28, 2009
Depending on which survey you read, the U.S. is somewhere between 15th and 20th on the list of broadband penetration, behind such countries as South Korea, Singapore, Estonia, and Canada.
Three libraries are among the earliest grantees.
The Arizona State Library, Archives and Public Records received a $1.3 million grant to enhance existing facilities in more than 80 public libraries throughout the state. More than 1,000 computers will be added.
The Boston Public Library will receive $455,000 (of $1.9 million granted to the City of Boston) to expand public computing capacity at its 25 locations. The Library expects to install 282 new computers in dedicated training rooms and mobile tech classrooms, and to offer technology training in English and Spanish.
The New Mexico State Library will receive a $1.5 million grant to increase broadband adoption and promote computer literacy and Internet use among vulnerable populations, including Latino and Native American users, small businesses, and entrepreneurs through training and outreach.
In addition, ION Hold Co., LLC, received a $39.7 million grant to build 10 new segments of fiber-optic, middle mile broadband infrastructure, serving more than 70 rural communities in New York, Pennsylvania, and Vermont. The 1,308-mile network will offer broadband speeds of one to 10 gigabytes per second, and connect more than 100 institutions, including libraries, state and community colleges, state and county agencies, and health clinics.
More broadband grants will be announced in the coming weeks, with more libraries likely to be named.
Dr. Miller, working with the University’s Center for Public Policy and Social Research, looked at six key indicators of literacy – newspaper circulation, number of bookstores, library resources (including number of libraries, volumes held, and circulation), periodical publishing, educational attainment, and Internet resources – to put together the ranking.
Rounding out the top ten are: Washington, DC; Minneapolis; Pittsburgh; Atlanta; Portland, OR; St. Paul; Boston; Cincinnati; and Denver. Detroit finished 51st of the 75 cities surveyed.
The top five cities in terms of libraries are Cleveland; St. Louis; Pittsburgh; Seattle; and Cincinnati.
Dr. Miller writes:
"For the 2009 edition, I also examined how well the most literate cities fared in other quality of life surveys. What I discovered is that quality tends to be associated with quality, and highly literate cities often rank high in other quality of life metrics.
Cities ranked in the top 10 most literate tend to offer the most active singles’ scenes (Boston, Seattle, Washington, and Atlanta), are safer (Minneapolis, Boston, Seattle, Portland, Denver, and Cincinnati), more walk-able (Seattle, Washington, DC, Portland, Boston, and Denver), and healthier (Washington, DC and Denver).
They are not, however, immune to financial hard times: only #2 Washington DC has even relatively low unemployment."
While it is still only a beta release, you can download the OverDrive app here. At this time the only format that can be downloaded with this app are MP3 audiobooks.
Did you purchase or receive a new Motorola Droid or an HTC Droid Eris this holiday season? If so, download OverDrive's Android app and let us know what you think.
Read more about the OverDrive Media Console for Android.
December 22, 2009
If you have installed the MyLibraryDV player on your computer, you can uninstall it, following the directions below:
For Windows XP:
- Click Start.
- Click Programs.
- Click PermissionTV.
- Click Uninstall Download Manager. Follow the prompts to uninstall the MyLibraryDV player.
- Click the Start button
- Click All Programs
- Click PermissionTV
- Click Uninstall Download Manager. Follow the prompts to uninstall the MyLibraryDV player.
December 18, 2009
The Troy Library offers many titles, free of charge, in the .epub format, which can be used with two popular readers: the Sony Reader and the Barnes and Noble Nook. (Sorry, not Amazon’s Kindle.)
Go to the Library's home page and click on the Downloadable Audiobooks, Video link under the Library Links. Then click on OverDrive. There, you will be able to browse and download (with a Troy Public Library card) ebooks to use on your new gadget.
For more information, contact the Library's Technology Department at firstname.lastname@example.org or chat with us online from the Library's home page during open Library hours.
December 16, 2009
Read the list here and then hit the malls! Or avoid the crowds and shop online.
December 14, 2009
December 9, 2009
To help combat this growing problem, lifehacker.com has published The Complete Guide to Avoiding Online Scams. This excellent article not only covers basic tips (such as making sure you have a strong password), but also excellent tips as related to Web 2.0 sites (never give out your email password to see what friends are using a particular Web 2.0 service).
The Internet is a great tool, but you do need to be careful. Remember, use common sense while on the Internet; if something looks too good to be true, it probably is.
December 7, 2009
December 5, 2009
Check it out. It may help you find the perfect gift for that hard to buy for person on your list!
December 4, 2009
Additionally, the variety of available eBook readers is also increasing. You are not just limited to a Kindle. Sony has introduced several new models, and Barnes and Noble has introduced its new reader called the Nook.
To help in making a purchasing decision, check out the following links:
December 3, 2009
Go to this site, type in your holiday message and the recipient's address, and Gmail will, on your behalf, send a holiday postcard via snail-mail to a person of your choice. Cards are available for only a limited amount of time, so act soon.
Stickers last year, cards this year. What will the Gmail team do for 2010?
December 2, 2009
To register, send an email to email@example.com, and mention that you use Morningstar through the Troy Public Library. You will need an Internet connection and a phone to attend this webinar.
Even if you can't attend the webinar, Morningstar Investment Research Center has helpful training brochures available for download that cover a variety of topics, such as getting started in investing, retirement planning, and investing in options. Additionally, a series of 150 courses provide instruction in investing topics. These items are available anytime and can be found under the Help and Education tab within Morningstar.
Morningstar Investment Research Center is available through the Troy Public Library website, by clicking on eResources, selecting Business & Economics, and then selecting Morningstar. You will need a valid Troy Library card to use this eResource.
December 1, 2009
PC Magazine helps answer this question with a list of its 50 favorite blogs of 2009. The list not only features classics, such as Gizmodo, Engadget, and Boing Boing but also some that are true oddities, such as Scanwiches and Cake Wrecks. Also of note, Awful Library Books, a blog by southeast Michigan librarians Holly Hibner and Mary Kelly, made the list.
You can find PC Mag's list here. If you have any favorite blogs of 2009, let us know.
November 26, 2009
The caterpillar in the Detroit News' float in America's Thanksgiving Parade (held in Detroit for the past 83 years) was reading detnews.com on a laptop this year:
November 24, 2009
If you use Mango Languages, an online language learning program offered through the Troy Public Library, you will notice something different when you login. Now, instead of a screen showing various languages, you have a choice: Mango Complete or Mango Basic.
November 20, 2009
As we mentioned in January, Microsoft is developing its latest version of Office -- Microsoft Office 2010. While not commercially available yet, the company has made the beta release of available for download.
Switching to this latest version of Office should be easy for people familiar with Office 2007. Office 2010 keeps the same "ribbon" navigation format. Many items have been upgraded, including more ways to edit photos, new themes, and the ability to add screenshots from the Insert tab. Additionally, Office 2010 will work with Microsoft Office Web Apps. For an early preview, see this article from pcmag.com.
Download Microsoft Office 2010 here.
If you are running Office 2010, let us know what you think by leaving a comment. We are currently testing it now, and will share our thoughts in a later post.
To raise awareness of this terrible disease, and to provide support and information to caregivers, the Michigan Department of Community Health has dedicated the November 2009 issue of its Family History and Your Health newsletter to Alzheimer's information.
The Department encourages you to share this newsletter with friends, relatives, and patients, in an effort to reduce the effects of this chronic disease on Michigan residents and to promote a healthier lifestyle.
November 18, 2009
The top ten words, along with the year they became popular, are:
1. Global Warming (2000)
2. 9/11 (2001)
3. Obama (2008)
4. Bailout (2008)
5. Evacuee/refugee (2005)
6. Derivative (2007)
7. Google (2007)
8. Surge (2007)
9. Chinglish (2005)
10. Tsunami (2004)
The lists were created by tracking words and phrases in the media and on the Internet (including blogs and social media, such as Twitter), in relation to frequency, contextual use and appearance in the global media.
November 17, 2009
November 16, 2009
Sony has introduced new versions of its Reader. Barnes and Noble's new device, the Nook, will be shipping soon. Instead of a new device for the holidays, Amazon has launched a new, free, application that allows Kindle books to be more accessible. Kindle for PC joins the Kindle for iPhone app that allows Kindle books to be read on devices other than a Kindle, like on your home computer.
Still a beta release, Kindle for PC, like the Kindle for iPhone app, features Whispersync technology which keeps tracks of your place in a book when you switch between devices. It is currently only available for Windows, but a Mac version is promised.
For some reviews, check out this story at wired.com and this review from PC World.
November 12, 2009
November 11, 2009
Take a look at the video below, from Gizmodo, to get a closer look at this cool new technology.
In an exchange with Downloadsquad , the Panda CEO had some interesting things to say about this latest entry into the anti-virus market. One statement in particular stood out:
"Panda Cloud Antivirus is a new protection model," said Santana. For starters, it's the "first antivirus without an update button."
What does this mean to the user?
- No need for manually updating your virus definitions
- Constantly having access to the latest updated virus, spyware and malware protection
- Extremely low memory footprint (It will not slow down your computer)
This article from Library Journal, The Future of Reading, talks about how libraries build long-standing relationships with readers based on the needs and wants of the readers.
November 9, 2009
In the past five years Firefox has introduced many people to the concept of tabbed browsing, web browser extensions, and opensource software. Firefox's usage has increased steadily, now accounting for approximately 25% of web browser market share.
To help celebrate, here are some links that discuss Firefox:
After Five Years on the Net, Firefox Preps for Next Round (via Webmonkey)
Images: Firefox Through the Ages (via ZDNet)
Happy Birthday: A Look Back at Five Years of Firefox (via Lifehacker)
So break out the birthday cake, and if you haven't tried Firefox, download it here.
November 3, 2009
October 30, 2009
Some workers think their workplace is scary because their bosses bear a strong resemblance to famous Halloween characters. When asked which popular characters best reflect their boss’s behavior, workers said the following:
Glenda the Good Witch, liked and respected by all - 20%
The Wolf Man, fine one minute, howling the next - 11%
The Invisible Man, never around - 10%
Casper the Friendly Ghost, eager to help, but often misunderstood - 9%
Dracula, constantly sucking the life right out of you - 6%
Wicked Witch of the West, conniving and sending out minions to do his/her dirty work - 5%
The Mummy, slow-moving and has an ancient thought process - 4%
Grim Reaper, constantly delivers bad news and inspires fear among workers - 3%
Frankenstein, green with envy - 1%
In addition to spooky bosses, when asked what the scariest part of their job was, workers reported the following fear-inducing activities:
Workload - 18%
Performance reviews - 9%
Tight deadlines - 9%
Hours worked - 8%
Their boss or supervisor - 7%
Sitting through meetings - 6%
Hm. I wonder how the Technology Department staff would describe me as a boss. I have my suspicions....
In any case, how about your workplace? Let us know.
And have a Happy Halloween.
October 29, 2009
October 27, 2009
Drop by the Troy Public Library after dark (about 6:30 pm) on Wednesday, October 28, and Thursday, October 29, and let members of the Ford Amateur Astronomy Club help put your head in the clouds.
Club members will set up telescopes to give you a great view of Earth's moon - now in its first quarter. Viewers should be able to see mountains and craters on the lunar surface. You should also be able to see the giant planet Jupiter -- 465 million miles away -- and a few of its moons.
The telescopes will be on the sidewalk on the east side of the Library, at the north end of the handicapped parking area, right in front of the current construction. There will be minimal interference with pedestrian traffic.
If you have an interest in seeing what else is out there, here's your chance. The early weather forecasts are clear and mild for both evenings -- perfect nights for sky gazing.
October 26, 2009
The Guide provides non-partisan information about candidates for the offices of Troy City Council and Troy School Board. Each candidate is given an opportunity to provide biographical information and to answer a number of questions on issues important to the office being sought. Responses are included as submitted and have not been edited, except for space.
If you live in a Michigan community other than Troy, check out the League's Voter Guide for your area.
October 22, 2009
Below are some sites that discuss Windows 7 features and how to upgrade.
- Paul Thurrott's SuperSite for Windows
Paul Thurrott is a major source for Windows information. Not only does he maintain the SuperSite for Windows, he is the co-host of the Windows Weekly podcast and also writes books about Windows. His site features a 12-part review of Windows 7, extensive articles about specific Windows 7 features, and detailed articles about how to upgrade.
Perennial Tech Desk favorite Lifehacker has collected all of their Windows 7 articles into one post. Of particular interest is their article about Windows 7 underhyped features.
Another excellect source of Windows 7 information, pcmag.com seems to have unveiled their new website design along with the launch of Windows 7. In addition to reviews and hands-on tests, editor Lance Ulanoff describes his upgrade experience.
This is obviously an excellent source of Windows 7 information. Not only can you buy Windows 7 here, you can also download the Windows 7 Upgrade Advisor to see if your computer can run Windows 7.
If you want to know more, the Troy Public Library now has books about Windows 7. Many of them are on the shelves. But, if you see a title you want and its availability is On-Order or Out, you can place a request and we'll call or email you when you the item is here.
What do you think about Windows 7? Let us know by leaving a comment.
October 21, 2009
The Library is now offering one-hour classes to teach you the basics, including how to: find items you want; request titles to be held; renew material; save your reading list; manage your account; use the children's catalog; and access MeLCat, the statewide library system.
The classes are free, open to the public, and held in the Library Training Room. Click on the date for which you want to register, and enter your name, phone, and email address. We'll send you a confirmation:
6:30 pm, Tuesday, October 27
10 am, Wednesday, October 28
3 pm, Thursday, October 29
6:30 pm, Monday, November 2
10 am, Wednesday, November 4
1 pm, Thursday, November 5
Questions? Email Phillip Kwik at firstname.lastname@example.org, or phone 248.619.7577.
October 19, 2009
Morning Investment Research Center contains comprehensive information on stocks, mutual funds, industry profiles, and more. It also has an excellent help and education section which features articles about beginning investing, saving for college, and retirement planning.
Standard and Poor's Net Advantage is another excellent resource for tracking investments. In addition to stock, mutual fund, and company information, Standard & Poor's features a financial education section. From here, you can browse articles about investing basics, how taxes affect investments, and saving for retirement.
Do you invest largely in stocks? Value Line is a popular source of stock ratings and recommendations. With our subscription to Value Line, you can get the latest copies of the Value Line Investment Survey electronically before the print publication is available. Value Line also has an education section called Value Line University which discusses investing basics, how to build a portfolio, and how to study a stock.
All of these databases are available in the Library or at home to Troy Library cardholders. To access these products, go to the Go to the Library's website and click eResources on the left under Library Links. Click on the Business and Economics link and then choose which one you want to use.
October 13, 2009
In today's economy, it's more important than ever to make informed purchasing decisions. Consumer Reports, the magazine of nonprofit organization Consumer Union, has been independently testing, evaluating, and rating products for over 70 years.
Now you can get all the ratings from Consumer Reports at home through the Troy Public Library's subscription to ConsumerReports.org. Our subscription gives you access to all subscriber-level content, including ratings, product overviews, video, and more. You can also browse issues from the current calendar year.
To access ConsumerReports.org, you will need a Troy Public Library card. Go to the Troy Public Library website and click eResources on the left under Library Links. From the Magazines, Journals, and Newspapers subject list click on ConsumerReports.org.
October 7, 2009
Beginning October 2009, the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) will maintain a list of registered manufacturers and links to each manufacturer web page providing details on where covered electronic equipment can be recycled. The list is/will be available at www.michigan.gov/deqewaste under the link titled 'Electronic Waste Takeback Program.'
For more information on managing electronic waste in Michigan read What Do Generators Need to Know About Electronic Waste?
October 6, 2009
In a phishing scheme, users are tricked into divulging confidential information, often account password and usernames. In this case, users could have used Hotmail to communicate with banks and other institutions, storing confidential information in their accounts. Users who believe they have fallen prey to a phishing scheme should change their passwords immediately, Microsoft advises.
PCMag.com reports that on October 6, Gmail, Google's email product, also fell prey to the phishing attack. As soon as Google learned of the attack, they forced password resets on the affected accounts. They will continue to force password resets on additional accounts when they become aware of them.
September 29, 2009
The tweet hear 'round the world, penned by Technology librarian John Robertson, is below:
Visit troylibrary.info and let us know what you think.
To read more about our new site's features, take a Sneak Peek at the Library's New Website.
On Twitter? Follow John @jrr1234, or The Tech Desk @tpltechnology.
September 28, 2009
September 25, 2009
As a result, the Troy City Council is considering several options, among them to close the Troy Public Library.
In response, Zach Kilgore, a Troy High School student, started a Save the Library! Facebook group. There are already over 300 members. [Update: As of 10 am, September 28, there are over 1,090 members!]
If you are a Facebook user, take a look. The site contains great information about an upcoming City Council meeting, where this issue will be discussed.
Thanks for getting the word out, Zach!
September 20, 2009
Proponents of the net neutrality rules argue that this will ensure consumers have uninhibited access to free legal content on the Internet. Service providers contend that the net neutrality rules would negatively impact their quality of service because some applications require a large amount of bandwidth, and this could slow down Internet access to its other users.
September 19, 2009
You might take a look at Veggie Trader. The site was started by neighborhood gardeners from Portland, Oregon, and New York, who believe eating locally is less expensive, more sustainable, and a better way to live. Veggie Trader is about community, finding local food, strengthening local economies, and getting to know your neighbors.
Veggie Trader is free, easy, and works like a classified advertisement. You post a listing describing the excess produce you have and what you'd like in return, and then you wait for a response. Or, if you're looking for local produce, just enter your zip code and see what your neighbors have available. You can also post specific produce for which you are looking in the Wanted section and see which of your neighbors answers your request.
Currently, Veggie Trader has over 7,000 members. Though biggest on the East and West Coasts, there were a few traders Michigan. But the creators hope that, in time, the site will grow and prove to be an important source for locally-grown produce and sustainable economics.
HealthyStuff.org contains test results on 900 common items, from toys to school supplies to women’s handbags. The testing – done by the nonprofit, Ann Arbor-based, environmental organization, the Ecology Center – analyzed products for lead, cadmium, mercury, bromine, polyvinyl chloride (PVC), and arsenic. These chemicals, which build up over time in the body, have been linked to liver toxicity, thyroid disorders, learning disabilities, cancer, developmental disabilities, reproductive disorders, and other health issues.
Among the findings was the presence of “chemicals of concern” in most of the more than 60 common back-to-school supplies (e.g., backpacks, lunch boxes, pencil cases, binders) tested. Nearly 90% contained one or more toxins, 22% contained detectable levels of lead, and “far too many” were made of polyvinyl chloride.
Among pet products – including chew toys, beds, leashes, and collars – which are not regulated by the government, 25% had detectable levels of lead. Of these, 7% had levels greater than 300 parts per million (ppm), the current standard for lead in children’s products set by the Consumer Product Safety Commission.
A surprising finding was the amount of lead in women’s handbags. Of the 100 handbags tested, 64% contained more than 300 ppm lead, and 50% topped 1,000 ppm lead.
The Ecology Center hopes that consumers use the information on this site to make healthy choices and purchases. The site so invites consumers to take action and urge government officials and manufacturers to phase out lead, arsenic, and other hazardous substances from consumer products.
September 17, 2009
Best selling authors James Patterson, Judy Blume, John Grisham, John Irving, Jodi Picoult, Nicholas Sparks, Kate DiCamillo, and Shannon Hale will be among the writers and illustrators scheduled to attend the festival.
For more information about this year’s National Book Festival, visit www.loc.gov/bookfest
The Troy Public Library is happy to announce that we now offer Blu-ray format movies available for check out.
Like our DVD offerings, the latest Blu-ray titles marked "Feature" will cost $2 for a week. Older titles are free for the same period of time. Some current titles available include Batman Begins, Slumdog Millionaire, and Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull.
Looking for reviews of Blu-rays? Look here.
Stop by the Library and take a look at the collection. And don't forget to put in a request if you don't see it on the shelves.
September 16, 2009
September 15, 2009
OverDrive has released a version of its Media Console for Windows Mobile devices. Using this version of the Console, a user can download OverDrive audiobooks and video wirelessly directly to her or his device. In addition, according to the company press release, this application "sets the stage for future support on additional platforms including iPhone(TM) and BlackBerry®." You can download the OverDrive Media Console for Windows Mobile here. Go here to view OverDrive items available from the Troy Library.
If you have a Windows Mobile device, give it a try and let us know what you think!
September 13, 2009
On September 14, the State will implement a new online employment application and selection system hosted by NEOGOV. Michigan government will become one of the more than 400 public sector clients, including several states, which are using NEOGOV for recruitment and hiring.
As the State implements NEOGOV, the existing job vacancy posting site will no longer be available. Applicants will find a link to the new site in the same location as the current posting site, on the Michigan Civil Service Commission website. Included on the site will be applicant resource materials including a First Time User Guide, Returning User Guide, and NEOGOV Applicant FAQs.
Among the many benefits of the new system, it allows applicants to save and store multiple applications and keep transcripts and other relevant documentation in one place. This eliminates the need for applicants to repeatedly upload and attach the same materials for each vacancy. Additionally, applicants will receive automated responses regarding their applications, reducing the need to contact the agencies to confirm receipt.
Mainstream search engines have come in for criticism in many parts of the world for displaying content that is offensive to local culture, or even against local laws. This site, launched earlier in September, has received over 400,000 unique visitors so far, according the the creators.
Read the complete story from ABC News here.
September 8, 2009
Here, from getdegrees.com, are 20 Excellent Tips to Help You Crack That Dreaded Job Interview. Though this is geared toward new graduates with little experience, the tips -- among them, do research to get to know the employer, practice your answers, and be prepared to ask questions -- are good things to keep in mind no matter if this is your first or five-hundredth interview.
You might want to point him or her to collegeboard.com. This site has a section called College MatchMaker, which allows the student to search nearly 4,000 colleges and universities, based on various criteria, such as location, major, size, cost, sports programs, and several other categories.
Once the student has created a list a prospective schools matching the search criteria, he or she can see if he or she is on-track to be admitted to the school (based on high school classes), and how the student stacks up against other students at the school (based on standardized test scores, grades, and standing in high school.)
Just go to collegeboard.com, and click on Find Your Match to get started.
September 4, 2009
Cushing Academy has all the hallmarks of a New England prep school, with one exception.
This year, after having amassed a collection of more than 20,000 books, officials at the pristine campus about 90 minutes west of Boston have decided the 144-year-old school no longer needs a traditional library. The academy’s administrators have decided to discard all their books and have given away half of what stocked their sprawling stacks -- the classics, novels, poetry, biographies, tomes on every subject from the humanities to the sciences. The future, they believe, is digital."
Read the entire article Welcome to the library. Say goodbye to the books.
Physical books and electronic books are here to stay, but the role of the library will continue to change and develop. Read more about it at CNN.com/technology.
"Think of the changes as a Library 2.0 revolution--a mirror of what's happened on the Web."
September 1, 2009
August 30, 2009
Frequently, I find myself trying to hunt down a particular song that I'm in the mood to listen to, only to find that I do not own the song. So my next step is to do a Google search, go through tons of results, and find the one song to which I want to listen. Thanks to Grooveshark, I won't have to do this anymore.
Grooveshark is a new website that makes finding and listening to songs simple and straightforward. Looking for "The Wonder of You" by Elvis? Go ahead and enter the title into the search box on Grooveshark's homepage, and you will quickly be presented with a list of all the results of your search.
The best part is that instead of giving you a straight list like you would get with Google, you are able to instead organize the list by artist, title, album, and genre. After you select the song you want to hear, you can instantly listen to the song through the iTunes-like, easy-to-use interface.
On top of just listening to songs, you are also able to create an account which allows you to create playlists, and to mark a track as a Favorite. Grooveshark will remember all your Favorites, and create a playlist, for you to listen to at your leisure.
I encourage all music fans to checkout Grooveshark. I have already found it to be an indispensable tool.
August 29, 2009
When you have finished creating your Excel workbook, click on the Office Button in the upper left hand corner, then click on Save As. On the Save As dialog box, click on the Tools button on the bottom left side of the screen. Then click on General Options.
Marc Saltzman, a freelance journalist, author, and radio and TV host, has a great article, giving a list of the most comprehensive and reliable educational websites a student can use.
August 28, 2009
But in spite of the publicity, there are still many people who dislike Twitter both for its limitations and the connotation that all Twitter posts are as inane as what I had for breakfast this morning.
If you are a Twitter Doubter, or just prone to long-windedness, you might enjoy Woofer -- the macroblogging site that requires users to post a minimum of 1,400 characters.
So far nearly eight thousand people have joined Woofer and have made over nine thousand woofs. However, the woof content is not what you might expect of bloggers. Some of the more popular woofs are copied from works such as The Gettysburg Address, A Tale of Two Cities, and Moby Dick. Unfortunately from what I've seen so far the average woof is random words and characters akin to the dreaded spam email.
Clearly, Woofer is not a tool that will replace or even rival Twitter, but it should make for some interesting reading. And even I, a strong microblogging advocate, can enjoy this homage to Twitter.
You can follow The Tech Desk on Twitter @tpltechnology and follow the Troy Public Library @troylib.
And there you have it: 1,400 characters (punctuation and spaces included, of course).
According to this video review at freep.com, Snow Leopard is a “Web browsing speed demon…Hitting the streets with very little fanfare, [the] operating system is a refined, slimmer version of an already great computing system.”
And here is an equally positive review from The New York Times.
Snow Leopard is a $30 upgrade for Mac users running Leopard (10.5).
Microsoft’s newest operating system, Windows 7, is due out in October.
August 27, 2009
The Alliance, headed by the non-profit Internet Archive, has expressed concern about “serious legal, competitive, and policy issues” surrounding Google's book scanning project.
Google reached a settlement last year with the Authors Guild and the Association of American Publishers over a copyright infringement lawsuit filed against the Internet search giant in 2005. Under the settlement, Google will pay publishers and authors $125 million. In exchange, the company will resume scanning copyrighted, out-of-print books, and provide up to 20% of the text on-line at no charge, under its Google Book Search program.
In addition, the settlement creates a method for how Google, publishers and authors will share the profits of digitized versions of printed books. The company will take 37% of the revenue, leaving 63% for publishers and authors.
In a statement, Google responded to the latest news saying: "This sounds like the Sour Grapes Alliance. The Google Books settlement is injecting more competition into the digital books space, so it’s understandable why our competitors might fight hard to prevent more competition."
Microsoft, which entered into a 10-year Web search partnership with Yahoo! last month that set the stage for a joint offensive against Google, also had a project to create a vast digital library but shut it down recently. Online retail giant Amazon is a major player in the electronic book sector through its popular e-reader, the Kindle.
The settlement still needs the approval of a US District Court judge, who is to hold a "fairness hearing" on the deal in New York on October 7.
For more background, read Learn More about the Google Book Search Settlement.
[via Yahoo! Tech]