Easongate

Recently at the “World Economic Forum(World Economic Forum)”:http://www.weforum.org/ at Davos, Switzerland, “Eason Jordan(Eason Jordan)”:http://www.cnn.com/CNN/anchors_reporters/jordan.eason.html of CNN made some “remarks(An Abbreviated Timeline of Events)”:http://billroggio.com/easongate/archives/2005/02/an_abbreviated.php while on a panel. There is no “consensus(Eason Jordan, Quote, Unquote)”:http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A6490-2005Feb7.html on what he said. Seemingly this whole issue could be potentially resolved by releasing the videotape, which the WEF is “refusing( Help: Why the WEF Video is Important to Me)”:http://sisypheanmusings.blogspot.com/2005/02/help-why-wef-video-is-important-to-me.html to do. Eason Jordan should be out in front asking for the tape to be released. The longer this drags on, the only result will be more damage to both him and his employer. Update: Apparently, it was already “too late(CNN executive resigns after controversial remarks)”:http://www.cnn.com/2005/SHOWBIZ/TV/02/11/easonjordan.cnn/.

Technology Generation Gap

bq.The cliché of Web-savvy teenagers clicking circles around their parents is simply not a reality, according to a new study by the Nielsen Norman Group that challenges Internet stereotypes of teen “technowizards.” The study showed that teens quickly succumb to Internet ennui and, unlike their parents, give up quickly on sites that are difficult to navigate. – “CNN/Money(Surprise: Parents more Web-savvy)”:http://money.cnn.com/2005/01/31/technology/personaltech/Teenstudy/index.htm This doesn’t suprise me at all. I have yet to meet one of these technologically adept teens that the media always portrays.

Library on a Train

bq.Do trains encourage reading habit which is sliding worldwide? Yes, says a highcourt lawyer who has approached Railway Minister to introduce lending library in long-distance trains. – “P. K. Surendran(Lalu urged to launch library in trains)”:http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/articleshow/783491.cms It certainly isn’t your typical bookmobile, but it could make a lot of sense in areas where people rely on mass transit.

Hitting the Mark

Hello from the Adam’s Mark in Downtown Jacksonville. The hotel does not have wireless access, but it does have a red cable in every room marked “Free High Speed Internet.” Of course, I just did a speed test at Cnet and it measure a blazing 16.8 kbps. Still, it works well enough for what I want it for.

Internet Management

So far this week I have had the opportunity speak with librarians from Montana and Broward County, Florida. And you know what we spoke about both times: how we manage the use of Internet stations. That is so depressing to me that that is where the overwhelming concern of the profession is right now.

Computer Security Tool

I hadn’t looked at the “Public Access Computer Security Tool(Public Access Computer Security Tool)”:http://www.pacomputing.org/PACTool/ that the Gates Foundation created in a while. It looks like there are capabilities worth investigating. And I found a link to “WebJunction(WebJunction)”:http://www.webjunction.org/do/Home, which I don’t recall visiting before.

E-Mail Machine 3.0

I have completed the “latest version(Creating an E-Mail Only Machine)”:http://www.libraryplanet.com/2002/08/20/email of the instructions (clarified a few things) and it now includes a .zip file with everything you need. The new web page should alleviate the problem I have been having of people trying to use web2mail to check their one of their web-based accounts. But we shall see. I also turned off the address bar on the browser to see if that will help. I am hoping this one solves all the issues, but that is probably wishful thinking on my part.

Creating Internet Content

bq.Despite the potential of turning every Internet user into a publisher, relatively few have created Web journals called blogs and even fewer do so with regularity, a new study finds. Some bloggers indeed update their journals often, in some cases several times a day. But it’s clearly a minority who are taking advantage of the blog and its potential to steer the online discourse with personal musings about news events and daily life. – “Anick Jesdadun(Study: Very few bloggers on Net)”:http://www.cnn.com/2004/TECH/internet/03/01/internet.blogs.ap/
bq.44% of Internet users have created content for the online world through building or posting to Web sites, creating blogs, and sharing files – “Pew Internet & American Life Project(Summary of Findings)”:http://www.pewinternet.org/reports/reports.asp?Report=113&Section=ReportLevel1&Field=Level1ID&ID=484 While it is true that not everyone has taken advantage of the opportunities afforded, it is true is the percentage is on the order of several magnitudes higher than traditional communication mediums like publishing or television.

Servicing Consumers

I complained a few months ago about sites requiring things like “Flash(Flashing Random House)”:http://www.libraryplanet.com/2003/07/flashing that can limit accessability to those who do not have it available Today, I was working on a project and was trying to find some consumer information at the Florida Division of Consumer Services and ended up at this introduction to “Service Point(Welcome to Service Point)”:http://www.fldfs.com/consumers/sp_redirect.htm.
bq.�Service Point� requires Internet Explorer 6.0, Service Pack 1. A link for downloading the upgrade is available here. To continue to the consumer eService site, without installing IE 6, you may click here, but you may experience a few problems while navigating through the site. When I clicked to continue to “ServicePoint(Welcome to ServicePoint – Your Point For Informed Financial Decisions)”:http://servicepoint.fldfs.com/eService_enu/start.swe in Firebird, I ended up with a page of what appears to be XML. Now, as a Windows user, I can either launch IE or take a try at “spoofing IE in Firebird(Spoofing IE in Firebird)”:http://www.fortysomething.ca/mt/etc/archives/003062.php. But I guess Mac/Linux/etc. users are just out of luck.

Online Licenses

If you were looking for a silly solution to a serious problem, you can find it “here(Should licence be required to go on-line?)”:http://www.globetechnology.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20030912.gtlicencesep12/BNStory/Technology/.