must… acknowledge… kindle.

Of course everyone has been blogging about the atrociously-named ebook/blog reader, the Kindle - billed self-importantly by Amazon as a "revolutionary wireless reading device." I've been putting it off out of sheer ennui, but like many others I believe it's a step on the long and dreary march towards a usable portable electronic reader, which... Continue Reading →

ut does widgets.

I seriously appreciate this UT Libraries Widgets page: It's listed under the research tools drop-down on the main library page, which is smart. It blends library-created add-ons with useful "information organizing" and "collaboration" widgets, which is also smart. It explains what the apps can do in clear language, stating simply that "widgets bring the Libraries... Continue Reading →

the visual dictionary

i just ran across an awesome pictorial cataloging project out of the u.k. - the visual dictionary is a "collection of words in the real world": you can view entries as images or as a cloud: the creators also have a mashup that combines twitter and the visual dictionary:

tokbox your librarian

I was recently contacted by Dennis Clark, head of Reference at the Texas A&M Libraries, about OU's Skype a Librarian pilots. He expressed interest in how video is working in terms of public services, which is unfortunately not a question that can be answered in a few words - I'm still working on a series... Continue Reading →

it’s all frowns for ebooks.

There has been some discussion lately about tectonic movement in the ebook world - the New York Times recently reported that Google and Amazon are getting into the act of making it easier to read and own books electronically. Easier - maybe, but less expensive? Recent reading devices range from $300-400, not including the price... Continue Reading →

rock my teeth?

Okay, this takes gadgetry to another level - an iPod accessory from Professor Bocelli that supposedly whitens teeth. Ars Technica confirms that I'm not making this up. Image courtesy of Ubergizmo.

steampunk craft.

Thanks to Lia for recently tipping me off to steampunk, which I literally cannot believe I've been ignorant of until now. This movement induces people to (among other things) anachronize new technology in some incredible ways. Take, for example, this working steam cooled pc tower: Check out BoingBoing's steampunk posts for more examples, or a... Continue Reading →

miro: the populist media player

Miro is a rad new open-source, non-proprietary desktop media player with tons of functionality - it plays any video file format, allows video feed subscriptions, features 1,500 free channels, and has a built-in BitTorrent feature. I've been messing with it for about five minutes and am completely sold. The best part? Miro is nonprofit-run and... Continue Reading →

problems with pidgin

My colleague Chad Boeninger over at Library Voice recently wrote an excellent how-to post on Pidgin, an open-source multiprotocol IM client that has the useful feature of allowing Meebo widget monitoring in addition to IM logins, something most multiprotocol apps aren't able to do: The ostensible promise of Pidgin is that it could reduce virtual... Continue Reading →

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