At the Ref Desk (5/22/18): Got an IM request explaining in great detail (several sentences in fact) what kind of article the person was looking for. Only thing missing -- the topic. Oh well... [more...]
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Make It Hard to Update Software? Guess What: Then People Won't

Submitted by Leo Klein on Fri, 6/8/18 (2:36am)

Ars Technical reports on the vulnerability of 115,000 Drupal websites to 'hacker takeovers'. This even though a software patch has been available for over 10 weeks.

All I can say is, I'm not surprised. I mean, updating Drupal software is not an easy thing. There is no link or button you can click on which gets the job done. Instead, the programmers have built a command-line interface using Drush (or whatever) thus coming up with a method which only a programmer would love. For this reason, when you go through comparisons of CMS's routinely making the rounds, 'easiness of updating' for Wordpress rates as 'easy' while for Drupal, it rates as 'difficult'.

"Difficult"? Is it any wonder then that an almost predictable result is a significant time lag before updating? This is not rocket science.

Current Cites for May 2018

Submitted by Leo Klein on Sat, 6/2/18 (1:03pm)

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Current Cites for May 2018 is out! You can find the issue here...

MIT Technology Review devoted an entire issue to blockchain and cryptocurrency; so naturally I linked to one of the articles.

Mentioned in Book

Submitted by Leo Klein on Fri, 5/25/18 (5:55am)

I see I was mentioned in a book (link). The book's title (translated) is "Spirited Resistance from the Outside: Austrians in US Propaganda Units in WWII", written by Florian Traussnig (source). Mention of me comes from a blog post I wrote a few years ago where I discussed my father's role in the allied broadcast program called ABSIE. Interesting. Daddy is mentioned often in write-ups like this; first time however that I ever saw a reference to me.

Google Redefines Email (& Your Rights) :-(

Submitted by Leo Klein on Wed, 4/25/18 (3:53pm)

So Google comes out with a number of changes to its Gmail service including "Confidential Mode". As XDA-Developers explains:

A new Confidential Mode allows you to remove the option for the recipient to forward, copy, download, or print an email. You can also make the email expire after a set period of time.

Huh? Email that someone sends you that self-destructs? Anyone see a problem here? (Ripe for deception & fraud, lack of privacy on the part of the recipient, etc.) Hello, Google, but if someone sends me a message, it's me who decides what to do with it -- not you.

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Interesting Front Page from today's Chicago Sun-Times

Submitted by Leo Klein on Mon, 4/23/18 (8:27pm)

Interesting front page from today's Chicago Sun-Times. (And yes, I subscribe to their 'digital' edition.) More info here...

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Opening Day T-minus-1

Submitted by Leo Klein on Sun, 4/8/18 (6:36pm)

Waiting for that $10 ticket... (Update: Game delayed a day due to inclement weather.)

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50 Years of Information Technology and Libraries (ITAL)

Submitted by Leo Klein on Mon, 3/19/18 (5:51pm)

Congrads on 50 yrs to the LITA Journal ITAL (more here)! The 50th anniversary issue includes a short review of tech articles from the 1960s as well as two pieces on (what else?) present-day social media [1], [2].

UPDATE (4/1/2018): I listed the articles as well as the issue on this month's Current Cites.

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Current Cites for February 2018

Submitted by Leo Klein on Wed, 2/28/18 (3:25pm)

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Current Cites for February 2018 is out! You can find the issue here...

Being involved with Citation management at DPU, I found an interesting study which actually polled faculty as to what system they use. Although the response rate wasn't great, it is a good example -- at least a beginning -- for evaluating reality in these services.

Featured on Good Day DePaul (1/24)

Submitted by Leo Klein on Wed, 1/24/18 (6:54pm)

A few thoughts on Net Neutrality featured in the student news program 'Good Day DePaul'. My part begins at 8:13: https://player.vimeo.com/video/252359196#t=493s

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1st Saturday of 2018

Submitted by Leo Klein on Sat, 1/6/18 (6:39pm)

#RefDesk: 1st Saturday of 2018! Cold outside so IM was chugging away.

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