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Hallmark of Failed Techonogy: Sony Memory Stick Walkman (NW-MS7)

Submitted by Leo Klein on Sun, 12/10/06 (12:31pm)

Sony launched this unit amid much fanfare and expectations on the auspicious occasion of the 20th anniversary of the Walkman. Forget the iPod, which didn't even exist at this point, this player was supposed to be the successor to the fabled Walkman. Unfortunately because it only played Sony's proprietary format and showed more innovation in Digital Rights Management than features, it never got off the ground.

Sony showed it hadn't learned anything when four years later it released the Network Walkman NW-HD1, its 'iPod Killer' that also failed to gain any market acceptance.

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Zillow Has A Wiki

Submitted by Leo Klein on Thu, 12/7/06 (3:19pm)

It's always interesting to see how other organizations apply technology. It can often be a source of ideas. Here's an example of the popular real estate site, Zillow, deploying a Wiki. (h/t TechCrunch)

Current Cites for November 2006

Submitted by Leo Klein on Tue, 12/5/06 (7:16pm)

Current Cites Logo

The belated issue of Current Cites for November 2006 is now available. You can find it here...

Wonderful World of Widgets

Submitted by Leo Klein on Mon, 12/4/06 (12:18am)

Sample Widget from ChipIn.com

Widgets (also called 'badges') are like small windows of information about you and your institution that people can put on their own sites.

The information can be about anything: events, news, hours of operation -- anything that you can pull from a database and list on people's sites so long as they embed the pieces of your code in their HTML.

Is Library Culture an Obstacle to Change?

Submitted by Leo Klein on Sun, 12/3/06 (3:14pm)

Educause Quarterly

When harshly criticized for the huge disconnect between his words and actions, Charles II defended himself by saying that the actions were his ministers's and that only the words were his own.

I was reminded of that quote when reading "Disconnects Between Library Culture and Millennial Generation Values" by Robert H. McDonald and Chuck Thomas" (Educause Quarterly, 23:4). The authors harshly criticize research libraries for not meeting the needs of their users due in part to a rigid adherence to "old values". This in turn leads to "fundamental disconnects" between libraries and their users in the areas of "technology, policy, and unexploited opportunities".

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Site of the Month: Queens Borough Public Library

Submitted by Leo Klein on Sat, 12/2/06 (4:57pm)

QueensLibrary.org - Continue to Complete Review...

The Queens Borough Library Website is so good that it made me want to do this review. It practically cried out for it. The developers have done a fantastic job. They've taken features we routinely find on other sites -- features like creating accounts, specifying preferences and grouping information -- and applied them to a library context.

In so doing, they've upped the standard of what a library website can do -- and what the public can expect from one. They've also provided a good model for other libraries to follow.

(more after the jump...)

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US GAO Report: No Competition in ISPs

Submitted by Leo Klein on Fri, 12/1/06 (11:51am)

GAO SealCompetition in the area of Internet Service Providers? Fugeddaboutit!

That's basically the conclusion of the Government Accountability Office (GAO) in its new report entitled, "FCC Needs to Improve Its Ability to Monitor and Determine the Extent of Competition in Dedicated Access Services".

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Drupal 5.0 Beta

Submitted by Leo Klein on Fri, 12/1/06 (12:02am)

DrupaliconI've been doodling around with the latest beta of Drupal 5.0.

I was thinking of implementing it here but it's just not far enough along for me to use. Also, most of the modules, which are the true glory of Drupal, haven't been updated yet. (This site's running 4.7.)

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Hello World

Submitted by Leo Klein on Wed, 11/29/06 (10:13pm)

Welcome to my blog!

This is the personal/professional blog of Leo Robert Klein, writer, designer and web developer living in the great city of Chicago.

I'm also a Librarian -- hence the name of the blog.

This will be where I set down my thoughts on webdesign, librarianship, developments in technology -- and whatever else strikes my fancy. "Gott und die Welt" as the Germans say.

So sit down and make yourself comfortable. It's going to be one hell of a ride.

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