At the Ref Desk (4/25/17): Someone calls but when I pick up the phone all I get is background noise -- people talking, etc. Did he or she just sit on their smartphone and dial out accidentally? Interesting jumping off point for a work of fiction... [more...]
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Note to Google

Submitted by Leo Klein on Tue, 12/15/15 (7:44pm)

Note to Google: No, we aren't open till 2am tonight. It's intersession.

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UPDATE: I contacted Google through the "Feedback" page and they fixed the thing in about a day. Not bad.

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And Now From the People Who Gave Us 'Smart Tags'...

Submitted by Leo Klein on Wed, 2/20/13 (1:38am)

Kind of ironic ad considering it's from the people who (almost) gave us 'smart tags'. Background info...

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Small World After All - Nelson, NZ Edition

Submitted by Leo Klein on Wed, 7/22/09 (9:37am)

So I was checking out the location of a library -- from Nelson, NZ, no less -- that someone had just posted on LibSite.org.

It turns out, Google has a StreetView for the place. I clicked in, all prepared for something exotic. Here's what I found:

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World of Widgets: Google Friend Connect

Submitted by Leo Klein on Sat, 6/27/09 (1:36pm)

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I put up the Google Friend Connect widget on the far right column. It kind of duplicates what the MyBlogLog widget does though in a more dynamic way.

In any case, sign up today!

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Google - Now with Rich Snippets!

Submitted by Leo Klein on Sat, 5/16/09 (1:52pm)

Google Logo Google continues to embellish its interface. This week they introduced something called 'Rich Snippets' which basically are additional search results based on metadata embedded in web pages. For the moment, they're just starting with "reviews and people".

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Enough with the Google-bashing

Submitted by Leo Klein on Sun, 4/5/09 (11:06pm)

I'm just as happy as the next person to be paranoid about huge corporate entities trying to dominate our lives but this attack on Google by UK Observer columnist Henry Porter is pure insanity.

In it he identifies Google as a "classic monopoly that destroys industries and individual enterprise in its bid for ever greater profits." You either agree with Google, he says, or you feel "the weight of its boot on your windpipe."

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Google Reader Supports Search

Submitted by Leo Klein on Wed, 9/19/07 (12:18am)
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Wow, I just noticed the search box on top of my Google Reader window. All I can say is finally!

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Library Websites by Google Map on LibSite.org

Submitted by Leo Klein on Fri, 6/8/07 (12:44am)
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Social Mapping has come to LibSite.org! All library websites listed on LibSite.org will be laid out according to location using a modified version of Google Maps.

You can see the map by going here...

Not all sites have been converted and the mapping still needs a bit of work, but the basic function is up and running.

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ChillingEffects.org

Submitted by Leo Klein on Sun, 12/10/06 (1:51pm)

While googling for pictures of failed technologies for my post on eBooks, I came across a strange note at the bottom of Google's search results. It read:

"In response to a complaint we received under the US Digital Millennium Copyright Act, we have removed 2 result(s) from this page. If you wish, you may read the DMCA complaint that caused the removal(s) at ChillingEffects.org."

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