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LISNews Goes Drupal

Submitted by Leo Klein on Tue, 7/17/07 (2:00pm)

Or at least that's Blake's intention. He's doing it because he hopes "Drupal will increase participation and make LISNews easier to use".

As a user of Drupal since 2004 and now a contributor to LISNews, all I can say is, Amen. Data conversion is going to be a challenge. He's set a target for himself of the 8th Anniversary of the site (Nov. 2nd, 2007). In any case, good move.

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WebJunction Does Illinois

Submitted by Leo Klein on Mon, 7/16/07 (4:16pm)

From my Email Inbox:

Today, the Illinois State Library joined WebJunction as a Community Partner. As a library staff member working in Illinois, you're about to receive an enhanced version of the site that has been customized just for you!

Now if you're from Illinois and you log into WebJunction, you get Illinois-specific material.

TECH cocktail 5 (Chicago)

Submitted by Leo Klein on Thu, 7/12/07 (9:39pm)

Chicago Geekdom on parade at the Tech Cocktail gathering on Thursday, July 12 at John Barleycorn in Wrigleyville. At least 500 people in the business showed up. Here I am with part of the SingleHop team -- one of the primary sponsors of this great Event.

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Grids Are Good

Submitted by Leo Klein on Mon, 7/9/07 (10:37pm)

I've wanted to link to this for quite a while now. It's a PowerPoint presentation by Khoi Vinh called "Grids Are Good". Khoi Vihn is the lead designer at the New York Times and he gave this presentation along with Mark Boulton at SWSW.

The importance of the topic, namely that grids are essential to how we lay out information can hardly be overemphasized.

Citation of the Month

Submitted by Leo Klein on Sat, 7/7/07 (2:25am)

Courtesy of ArticleFirst: "Harold Washington and the Neighborhoods: Progressive City Government in Chicago: 1983-1974" by Pierre Clavel and Wim Wiewel. 1983-1974" by Pierre Clavel and Wim Wiewel.

July 4th BBQ

Submitted by Leo Klein on Wed, 7/4/07 (1:21pm)

Living the High Life at the Lake in Lincoln Park -- with relatives and old friends from both coasts in for the occasion. A perfect day.

Current Cites for June 2007

Submitted by Leo Klein on Fri, 6/29/07 (5:56pm)

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Current Cites for June 2007 is out! You can find the issue here...

iPhone Frenzy Hits North Side of Chicago

Submitted by Leo Klein on Fri, 6/29/07 (4:03pm)
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I was studiously trying to avoid any mention of the iPhone today. I'm at home putting the finishing touches on a site for work. Anyway, I ducked out for a chicken and baguette and what do I see? A line around the local AT&T/Cingular store with people waiting for the new contraption!

This is the North Side of Chicago. We're not even close to Downtown. Still there was a line starting at the front of the store and going around the corner into the alley (bottom photo). The guy at the head of the line said the phones were expected by 6pm.

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Happy 'Day of Silence'

Submitted by Leo Klein on Tue, 6/26/07 (12:05pm)

From SaveNetRadio.org:

SaveNetRadio.org The future of Internet radio is in immediate danger. Royalty rates for webcasters have been drastically increased by a recent ruling and are due to go into effect on July 15 (retroactive to Jan 1, 2006!). To protest these rates and encourage the millions of net radio listeners to take action and contact their Congressional representatives, a national Day of Silence will be held June 26. Webcasters across the country will observe this day of silence in a number of ways, including dedicating entire programs to the campaign to save Internet Radio and broadcasting complete silence.

iPhoney -- Your Virtual iPhone for Free

Submitted by Leo Klein on Sat, 6/23/07 (4:19pm)
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As a personal contribution to iPhone-mania, I'd like to present 'iPhoney' -- a software program (mac only) that gives you "pixel-accurate" views of how your site would look on a real iPhone (if you had one). This may be of slight consolation to those of you who'd rather have the unit itself but hey, iPhoney is free for the downloading!

Meanwhile in other mobile news, you can also try out your website in Operamini's new online Simulator.

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