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Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Video: LIVE from the Library Internet Seminar - Thu, March 27

Here is the video for tonight's Internet Seminar at the Sherman Oaks Branch of the LA Public Library this Thursday, March 27.

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Elsewhere Online: AT&T's Spam Filter Gets A Bit Too Aggressive

This story from TechDirt lays out yet another reason I recommend that folks DON'T use the email provided to them by their ISP. My typical recommendation right now is to get a Gmail account instead. It also points out why I want to manage all my SPAM on my end, without pre-filtering from an ISP. I will gladly manage my spam if it helps to insure that I see as many of my "real" messages as possible. Again, Gmail's tools work pretty good in this regard.

Having an alternative email account also insures you will keep the same email, even if you decide to leave your current ISP. Witness all the folks holding onto AOL accounts just to keep their AOL email address. Thank goodness at least that is free now.

AT&T's Spam Filter Gets A Bit Too Aggressive

You can certainly understand why ISPs offer spam filters. It's a service for users who don't want to be totally bombarded with spam. But what I've never understood is that these ISPs rarely give the user a chance to circumvent the spam filter themselves. If most people want to ignore it and assume all spam is spam, then so be it. But what if some users want to make sure no legit emails are getting through? Witness the latest chatter about AT&T's "upgraded" spam filter that is apparently eating up a ton of legitimate emails with no indication to the receiving party. It's surprising that AT&T would do this, knowing (as it must) that back when Verizon became too aggressive with its spam filters, it lost a class action lawsuit and had to pay out a few million dollars to annoyed users. Either way, it's a reminder not to use your ISP's email solution.

(Via Techdirt.)

Monday, March 24, 2008

Video: Inkjet Printer Clogs

Some of my clients, who use their printer infrequently, are having trouble with clogged inkjets. Here are a few tips to prevent it or recover from it if it occurs.

iPod Ready Video

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Elsewhere Online: Your Dog Wants A Robotic Tennis Ball Slingshot

Sometimes technology can be the coolest thing. Creativity, in all of its forms is so neat. What are you creating?

Your Dog Wants A Robotic Tennis Ball Slingshot

This is Jerry. He’s a dachshund, and he has the best damn dog toy in the world:

I was hoping the robot would try and chuck the little puffball dog that shows up two minutes in, but no dice. Guess I’ll have to wait for version 2.0 and the sequel.

VIA [ Digg ]

(Via BotJunkie.)

Sunday, March 16, 2008

Elsewhere Online: Google Sky Now Available Through Your Browser

Several months ago, Google included a view of the sky, as well as the Earth in their free Google Earth software. (Download) Now word comes from Slashdot that they also offer a web based version of the Google Sky information.

This is an amazing collection of astronomical information, all provided in the familiar and easy-to-use interface used for Google Earth and Google Maps.

Google Sky Now Available Through Your Browser Ars Technica brings word that Google Sky, formerly only available as an extension of the Google Earth software, is now accessible through your web browser. The interface of Google Sky is quite similar to that of Google Maps, complete with search and alternate views by spectrum. The story also mentions (and more importantly, links) ten of the more interesting sights. We discussed Google Sky's initial release last year. Quoting: "Visible light only shows us a small picture of the entire universe; non-visible spectra such as ultraviolet (UV), infrared and X-ray hold a whole other world of information. Here is where Google Sky becomes very cool. There are three more sections that highlight fantastic images from the Chandra X-Ray Observatory, the GALEX Evolution Explorer (UV), and the Spitzer Space Telescope (IR). What makes these very cool is that under each selected body there is a slider that will change the displayed image back and forth between the visible and invisible spectrum."

Read more of this story at Slashdot.

(Via Slashdot.)

Thursday, March 13, 2008

LIVE from the Library - March 13, 2008

Elsewhere Online: Design LEGO creations on your iPhone or iPod Touch

Are you and iPhone or iPod Touch user? Do you have a love for Lego, too! Here is the perfect apps that allows you to play and design with Legos wherever you are.

Design LEGO creations on your iPhone or iPod Touch

LEGO-touch is an application for designing LEGO creations on your iPhone or iPod Touch. From the website:

View, post, build, or edit other LEGO maniacs projects. Create your own LEGO characters in pals, post your LEGO self to represent in share. Play and download different LEGO games or challenge anyone to a build-off! Personalize your bricks with color-slider and more...

The community aspect of this software seems pretty interesting to me; collaborative designs, perhaps! - Link.

(Via MAKE: Blog.)

Friday, March 07, 2008

Try turning it off and on - via Utterz.com

Try turning it off and back on

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Thursday, March 06, 2008

Just what is Twitter? View this Twitter in Plain English Video

Librarian in Black points to this new video from the Common Craft show. You might remember them from the "RSS in Plain English" video I posted here before.

If you have ever wondered what Twitter is all about, or tried to explain it to someone else, this is a great place to start.

Twiter in Plain English

Another great explanation video from CommonCraft: Twitter in Plain English.  Twitter seems to puzzle many people, micro-blogging, useless "lunch was good" updates, and so on - so this would be a great way to show you staff how exactly this tool works.  Then follow it up by showing them how libraries are successfully using Twitter to do various tasks.

(Via LibrarianInBlack.)

Douglas guests on Monday Night Tech -- STP’s MNT 013 - Vista and Printers

I had a chance to "sit in" again with Dean Jensen over at the Monday Night Tech version of the SoHo Tech Podcast this week. It is always a great time and lets me talk about a wide variety of tech issues.

Listen: STP’s MNT 013 - Vista and Printers

STP’s MNT 013 - Vista and Printers - Recorded March 3, 2008

Small Office Home Office Technology Podcast

MNT Episode 013 - Vista Rant and Printer Review

Recorded on March 3, 2008


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Wednesday, March 05, 2008

Podcasting Now from BarCampLA-5

Sunday, March 02, 2008

Editing video on Nokia N95

Editing video? Ok. On a phone? Wha??!?!?!?

Saturday, March 01, 2008

Audio: LIVE from the Library - February 28, 2008

Listen to the audio from my most recent LIVE from the Library Internet Seminar.

Listen: LIVE from the Library - February 28, 2008