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The grass is always 00FF00er.

Spring! Trees budding, lots of rain, birds singing. Time to turn to yard maintenance as well, which for me isn't much, but for many is quite the ritual and often an expensive one at that. I wanted to blog about something lawn-related, but wondered how it fit into my technology angle - I think I got it. I usually walk to work and have noticed a few prime properties whose grass appears eerily green. It seemed strange that the grass was so green so early in the spring, but on closer examination, I realized that the lawn was simply spray-painted green. Hmmmm.

OSS Freedom!

I came to a sudden realization recently and it can be expressed easily: I started using OSS because it was free, using OSS has made me free. (I'm finally getting what RMS means by free software!) I just gave a round table presentation at the OLA (Oklahoma Library Association) conference titled OSS onramp, and I am relieved to have it over and quite excited with the feedback from it. The round table featured my fellow students from last semester who had used OSS in their projects.

Please mind the gap.

I was speaking to a colleague who just returned from a trip to the U.K. and she commented on how in the tube there was a constant recorded message to mind the gap (between the platform and the train) which is still oddly stuck in her head. Well, I am asking that you mind the gap as well perhaps not with any mind-numbing recording, but with apologies. It has been a big gap in my posting to this blog and it is not for lack of ideas, but for lack of time.

Organic software?

organic software Firefox has a great new ad campaign touting the claim that Firefox is 100% organic software. What a great ad campaign and what a great new term for OSS. From their site:
As software companies go, we’re a little unusual.

Hotmail not so hot.

Patrons were very upset today because of problems logging into Hotmail. I tried to assure them that it was not anything to do with our computers or network, though many still think we control all aspects of the Internet.

Taxing resources

For some, their single annual visit to a public library is to get their necessary tax forms. In Oklahoma, public libraries have an added burden this year. The Oklahoma Tax Commission is NOT sending any forms to public libraries as they have in the past. Instead they are instructing libraries to point patrons to the website where they can print out the necessary forms.

Congratulation Firefox!

Firefox is about to break has broken 500 million downloads as this New York Times article points out.

Take an Internet Tablet and call me in the morning.

The Nokia Internet Tablet is just what the doctor ordered. Great piece here that expands on what I said in Poor man's iPhone pointing to the Nokia Internet Tablet as an open platform for an iPhone-like experience ... and more. I have the original version of the tablet, the Nokia 770 which I picked up for just over $100.00. The newer version (Nokia 810) is four times that much, but has GPS, a pull out key board, Skype and much more.

School of phish

"People-driven security, an approach that pools the judgments of individual participants to identify new threats, is gathering momentum, with uses popping up in everything from antimalware and spam blocking to site filtering."
This article discusses several collaborative efforts (one called PhishTank) which aim to utilize Web2.0 collaboration to identify phishing sites or other mallware sites.There is also a

In search of....

Another staff member told me about a call from a man who was told that you can find women on the Internet and wondering if we could help him. It may seem humorous, and certainly isn't the first. We have had several instances of patrons coming in for the first time on this new-found revelation that the Internet, was among other things, a seeming repository for whichever gender you might be searching for. "I just thought I should warn you that he might come in and ask for your help," my colleague said. Sure enough, this gentleman did come in.
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