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Roundup Friday: eBooks!
My colleague Linda hit the nail on the head once more when, in her latest blog post , she wrote: "electronics vendors offer "must-have" apps and gadgets faster than we can learn or finance them." I am so taking it out of context but...
Read a Book, Give a Book
Jumpstart , The Pearson Foundation , and We Give Books have teamed up this year for the annual Read for the Record campaign coming up on October 7 th . The event encourages as many people as possible to come together on the same day to read a classic...
HealthCare.gov: An (Impressive) Work in Progress
H ealth Care reform was the big news item for months before it actually came to fruition. But now what? After all the debates and the compromise, what changes can you look forward to? I'm so glad you asked! (okay, so I asked. But maybe you were at...
How I Saved My Phone and Ruined My Dinner: True Tales of a Wet Gadget
I was beginning to think my summer was cursed. First my car was totaled, and then my laptop became completely overwhelmed by my music and photo files that it barely turns on. It seemed only right that a third item would suddenly and strangely meet its...
Speed Up Boot Up Time with Soluto
I own a laptop that runs Windows Vista. When I made the switch at the beginning of grad school I was so so pleased. There are photographs of me actually hugging the thing after taking it out of the box. However, as with all laptops certain problems began...
This Week's Technology Tip: Take a Break from Technology?
Last week Stephen Colbert interviewed Nicholas Carr – author of the newly-released book . Three days ago I came across a blog post titled “Do You Purposely, Regulary Go Offline?” Today, to top things off, I read a brief synopsis of a study which shows...
Roundup Friday: Maps!
Two things are going on. My multi-tasking is spiraling out of control (which is why I have 13 tabs open in my browser) and I've become very interested in maps and map applications lately. So, I am going to act like a serious blogger and do my own...
Developments in Google Maps
Although this is not hot-off-the-presses news, I've been wanting to mention some developments in Google Maps . I love that Google is constantly trying to think outside the box and develop new tools for users. It's true that sometimes they execute...
Browser Add-Ons Can Help Boost Productivity
As I write this blog entry I have the following open: our checkout software, an Excel spreadsheet, a browser with 5 tabs open, and two Word documents. This is far more than the human brain can deal with at a time (at least this human brain) but we often...
Heading to the Big Apple
I'm afraid I won't have time to post another blog entry before I leave for New York City tomorrow morning. Instead, I'll leave you with this neat little video I saw posted on kottke.org . Neither kottke nor I really know how to explain it...
Taking the Mystery out of Stain Removal
I often pride myself on my “tallish” stature and ridiculously long arms. I can reach things in high places and barely have to lean over to tie my shoes. The downside is a tendency towards the klutzy side. Combine that with my bad habit of eating while...
RFID Magic
As many of you know by now, the library is in the process of switching our circulation to an RFID system. I realized the other day that, when telling patrons about the switch, I often used the phrase “like magic” to explain the new system. As a provider...
The Quest for Audio Books Made Easy
Sometimes all I want to do is shut my laptop, silence my smart phone, power off my iPod and read a good book. But then there are times when I need those gadgets to help me get through a good audio book so I can busy my eyes and hands on others things...
Google Docs Introduces New (super helpful) Features
For months, rumors had been spreading that Google would being accommodating more file types in Google Documents and would increasing the amount of storage space available for users. A couple weeks ago, the rumors became a reality. Google now allows users...
Edit PDFs Without Buying Expensive Software
Ninety percent of the time, I prefer communicating via email rather than making a phone call, mailing something or (especially) faxing. This is especially true when it comes to applications or other PDF documents. Like the library computers, most individuals...
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