OSS: Easy as cake.

My major project for the class this blog is part of involves a web presence to serve as an introduction to open source software (OSS). I will surely write more about this as time passes. In fact, much of my time is currently spent working on this project as it involves learning how to use and customize the Drupal content management system (CMS). I've talked to many people about OSS and why I think it is so important and it is often difficult to convey the difference between OSS and proprietary software.

Poor Man's iPhone

This is a test of Maemo WordPy running on a Nokia 770 N770 Internet TabletInteret Tablet. WordPy can be used to post directly to a Wordpress client and this version was ported to run on the Maemo OS, which is a version of Linux for mobile devices. I refer to the N770 as the poor man's iPhone... Well, it's just a tad over a hundred bucks.

It's a guybrarian thing.

A new entry appeared last week in Meriam-Webster's OpenDictionary:
guybrarian (noun) : A male librarian in a female dominated field.
With so many women studying library science, Tim felt conspicuous as the only guybrarian in the class.
Submitted by: Verlene Schafer from Arizona on Sep.

BBW in SL

Banned Books Week is coming up: Sept. 29th through October 6th and this year you can celebrate your right to read at your local library AND on SL (and teen SL). Here's a bit from the ALA OIF announcement made yesterday.
Second Life/Teen Second Life: To tie in with this year’s theme of “Aye, mateys…celebrate your freedom t' read!,” ALA has created a “Pirate Paradise” in Second Life (SL), a 3D virtual world complete with pirate ship and a wharf with interactive displays on banned books.

OSS - Community Property

I was reading Karen G. Schneider's recent blog on Enterprise Open Source, and two lines really struck me:
  1. A "significant value of open source software is that its survival depends on a community's needs, not the whims of a corporation."
  2. "The ability to change the software changes the balance of power.

Long way home.

A little more reflection on Krug's Don't Make me Think: Krug mentions that users will often use websites in ways we can't imagine and he gives the example of users typing URLs into search engine text boxes. I would have been skeptical reading this if it weren't for my experience with the public. I see this happen all the time. Lately, I've done some of my own usability testing as patrons ask for help.

Psychology classes for MLIS?

I've worked in a public library for about four years now and I've met more unique individuals than I would have ever imagined lived in our little town. There is a gentleman who comes in nearly every day, sometimes repeatedly in the same day. He walks up to my desk, sets a small bag down on the ground and begins a little speech. It varies a bit - usually involving respecting something or other and then listing two to four things about it, which he repeats. One day he was respecting the fact that Oklahoma is a coastal state.

Don't push my buttons!

Part of my current MLIS coursework (for which this blog is a requirement) is a book titled Don't Make me Think by Steve Krug. It is an excellent, easy read about how to design websites with an eye on usability. For the most part, I love what Krug has to say. But, one premise of his I disagree with, though I do it with some trepidation, is that clickable links should be three dimensional buttons. I especially find it confusing because he also contends that the logo (which, btw, should always be at the top of the page) is the default home "button".

ISO:NO OOXML

The vote count was close, but it appears that Microsoft's OOXML as an International standard has been voted down .
A ballot on whether to publish the draft standard ISO/IEC DIS 29500, Information technology – Office Open XML file formats, as an International Standard by ISO (International Organization for Standardization) and IEC (International Electrotechnical Commission) has not achieved the required number of votes for approval.

Hasta la vista, Vista.

I just recieved an email from eWeek titled The Trouble with Vista. The linked sideshow addresses ten major problems with Windows Vista, and I have to say I've been reading a lot about this lately and have had several friends and patrons who don't like Vista. Some people who recently bought systems pre-installed with Vista asked for my help to switch back to Windows XP (which really is a fairly good and stable OS).
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