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Internet Hell

Submitted by Leo Klein on Sat, 9/22/07 (11:30pm)

Courtesy of Susan Crawford:

Non-neutrality ... serves the interests of those who would like (more generally) to see the internet morphed into something much more akin to the current wireless model here in the US: a fully-monetized network, permitting use of particular applications that share their revenues with the network access provider. (This network would not be the same thing as the internet.)


OneWebDay - Videotaping at UIC (Day 2)

Submitted by Leo Klein on Fri, 9/21/07 (2:32pm)

Again a fine day at UIC. I got lots of great input.

It'll be a challenge to put it together for a 10 minute clip.

One way or the other, it'll be on with the tags 'onewebday2007' and 'UIC'.


OneWebDay - Videotaping at UIC (Day 1)

Submitted by Leo Klein on Wed, 9/19/07 (3:21pm)

First day of videotaping at UIC. Even the weather cooperated! See ya tomorrow (11a-2:30p)


Google Reader Supports Search

Submitted by Leo Klein on Wed, 9/19/07 (12:18am)

Wow, I just noticed the search box on top of my Google Reader window. All I can say is finally!


Klein on Drupal: Chicago (2/29/2008)

Submitted by Leo Klein on Mon, 9/17/07 (11:15pm)

drupal_250x250.gif Okay, this one is so far off it's almost crazy to talk about, but since they just posted it, I thought I might as well put out the word -- at least for people in the Chicagoland area interested in Drupal.

Innovation Good and Bad

Submitted by Leo Klein on Thu, 9/13/07 (11:11pm)

Aaron Schmidt rightfully quotes himself with pride from an article in the Chicago Tribune:

"There's a lot of dead wood in libraries, and I think there's a lot of administrations that are kind of just biding their time for retirement and don’t feel like putting forth a lot of effort," he said. "I think there’s a general culture of resistance to change. That needs to go away."

He's right of course but I think the problem is a bit more complicated.

(more after the jump...)

OneWebDay (Video Taping at UIC)

Submitted by Leo Klein on Wed, 9/12/07 (3:40pm)

[From my UIC Announcement:]

OneWebDay OneWebDay is a global online event celebrating the importance of the Web (website:

As explained by the event organizers:


9/11 Home Video: Lower Manhattan Two Weeks After the Attack

Submitted by Leo Klein on Tue, 9/11/07 (5:08am)

I've witnessed two major events of "historical" proportions, one very good and one very bad. The very good one was the Fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989. The very bad one was 9/11 in New York.

At the time of 9/11, I was living in Manhattan. Here are a number of video clips I took around two weeks after the attack.

We see the flyers for missing persons, a NYFD Fire Station set up almost like a shrine; we see the World Trade Center in smoldering ruins with debris everywhere; finally we see energetic attempts to get things back in working order.


Chicago Documentation Center

Submitted by Leo Klein on Fri, 9/7/07 (2:18am)

Here's a preview of something I've been working on. It's called the "Chicago Documentation Center" and it's going to be the home for various exhibits and digitization projects that I'll be doing.

The full name is "Chicago Documentation Center: Documenting the Life and Times of Chicago and the American Midwest".

The scope is pretty wide -- basically anything of historical or cultural value in the city of Chicago, the state of Illinois or the U.S. as a whole.

Current Cites for August 2007

Submitted by Leo Klein on Sat, 9/1/07 (2:05am)

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Current Cites for August 2007 is out! For some reason, the WebJunction people are having problems sending it out as email to all the subscribers. It's available online however and you can find the issue here...