Monthly Archives: December 2005

Vista and Metadata

Found this on Slashdot.org today: " Metadata in Vista Could Be Too Helpful." In part: "Windows Vista will improve search functionality on a PC by letting users tag files with metadata, but those tags could cause unwanted and embarrassing information disclosure, Gartner analysts have warned. Search and organization capabilities are among the primary features of […]

Google Newsletter for Librarians

Google has a newsletter for librarians now, which looks like they’ll make into a regular service. Unfortunately, all I have to go on is the link, which doesn’t link to subscription services or even any real information. It might just be an experiment, or there might be pages that I haven’t found yet. I’ve been […]

The End of Literature?

Another fast update from the other day: Charles H. Featherstone writes this in response to the fact that all reading is apparently now suspect by the lovely folks in the U.S. government. Or, at least all the material that’s worth reading. (Yes, I think Mao’s "Little Red Book" is worth reading. If you  care about […]

"Come and get me, Feds!"

Normally when someone talks about how much damage librarians are doing the American Way of Life, you figure it’s just more talk radio hyperbole. Not this time. This time it comes from the Federal Bureau of Investigation. First, we have an article in the New York Times ("At FBI, Frustration Over Limits on an Antiterror […]

Target: Google?

All four of my dedicated readers know that I like to keep track of Google links. Well, this one is from William Anderson writing from the Mises Institute (two words for those who’ve never heard of it: "libertarian economics") on the potential for Google’s despoiling at the hands of anti-trust bearing politicians. His point seems […]

Wikipedia: Cool, But Not for Primary Research

This got a mention in this week’s ResourceShelf Newsletter: "Wikipedia, an Internet encyclopedia written entirely by volunteers, claimed that a prominent journalist might have been involved in the assassinations of the Kennedy brothers, a false charge that has highlighted the Achilles’ heel of such do-it-yourself Web sites. The journalist, John Seigenthaler Sr., 78  —  who […]

Newspapers From Around the World

I picked this up from Andy, who picked it up from Alan . . . I get som many things from Andy’s site by way of his readers that had I not already listed him on the Economics typelist, I’d be tempted to sneak his wite onto the typelist for Library resources. Good stuff. Like […]

Uncle Sam Wants You!

The Daily Reckoning has a great tidbit on the history of "Uncle Sam" today, including the fact that there is no copyright on the image used by Army recruiters in World War 1 (government documents generally are not copyrighted, so yeah, that makes sense even though I’ve never really thought much about it. More fool […]