Giddy over Gates

Last year, I “asked(Shared Computer Toolkit)”:http://www.libraryplanet.com/2005/06/29/shared what the introduction of the “Shared Computer Toolkit(Shared Computer Toolkit for Windows XP)”:http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/sharedaccess/overview.mspx meant for the Public Access Computer Security Tool. I found out this week that it has definitely become a “replacement(An Overview of the Microsoft Shared Computer Toolkit)”:http://pacomputing.webjunction.org/do/DisplayContent?id=13182. At my library, we …

OpenOffice 2.0

I looked at OpenOffice early in the development, and it was definitely not ready for primetime. The “newly-released 2.0(OpenOffice.org 2.0 Final Launches)”:http://www.betanews.com/article/OpenOfficeorg_20_Final_Launches/1129819229 is a different story, however. Next time we redo our public stations I am sorely tempted to replace Microsoft Office completely. Oh, and I definitely think there is …

IE-Only Copyright

bq.The U.S. Copyright Office is soliciting opinions, through August 22d, about it’s planned website upgrade that will require the use of Microsoft Internet Explorer, effectively banning most technically-advanced users and all Linux and open-source advocates from its service. – “Dave Murphy(U.S. Copyright Office Fumbles, Bit by Bit)”:http://www.geeknewscentral.com/archives/004755.html I was stunned …

Shared Computer Toolkit

Microsoft has released the “Shared Computer Toolkit for Windows XP(Shared Computer Toolkit for Windows XP)”:http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/sharedaccess/default.mspx. This is not to be confused with the “Public Access Computer Security Tool(Public Access Computer Security Tool)”:http://pacomputing.webjunction.org/do/DisplayContent?id=7593. The PAC Tool was designed for NT Workstation, but has worked great for us on 2000 stations. It …

Internet Access @ your library

bq.Virtually every U.S. public library now offers free Internet access but most ration it, inhibiting the ability of lower-income families to benefit from the Information Age. – “Anick Jesdanun(Library internet access better than ever)”:http://www.businessweek.com/ap/financialnews/D8ATH0G00.htm?campaign_id=apn_tech_down At my library, we ration internet usage as well. But we also allow people to stay …

Half-Life Broadband Penetration

I have no idea if Half-Life 2 players are a representative sample of the penetration of Broadband Access into society, but if they are this “survey(Valve Survey Summary)”:http://www.steampowered.com/status/survey.html shows a rather sizable portion of gamers have high-speed access.