Monthly Archives: November 2008

The first is the Arc Mouse.

arcmouse6The revolutionary design of the Arc™ Mouse combines the comfort of a desktop mouse and the portability of a notebook mouse. Arc Mouse folds to 60% of its fully expanded size when you’re on the go. Two color options to match your personal style.

ms-explorer-mini-mouse-blue-sideThe second are more traditionally shaped mice based their new Blue Track technology.

Microsoft BlueTrack Technology uses advanced optics to generate a more precise image of the surface, allowing it to track more accurately and work on more surfaces.

There are still plenty of seats available in Library Camp Nebraska. Sign up now! It’s totally free and totally fun!

Potential topics to be discussed currently include:

  • The Social Web in the library
  • Cheap and free tech tools
  • Copyright & Creative Commons
  • Public programs
  • High Tech / High Touch: are they mutually exlusive?
  • Get your free Web presence (for libraries that don't have one already)
  • Privacy in a Social Web world
  • Wildly impractical, expensive ideas for your library
  • Alternative searching techniques (or, what's new & cool in the world of searching??)
  • Ideas for library marketing on the cheap
  • Ideas for new granting agencies/funding sources and/or grant success stories
  • Demythologizing the "information wants to be free" (while information may want to be free, it aint cheap to provide it...)
  • Community Outreach
  • Mentoring
  • Instruction
  • Expanding the role of the library on campus (PR/marketing/collaboration)
  • Exploring the future of library workers: What's the greatest need in Nebraska? for Master's level v. pre-professional training?

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VistaSome of you may already know that my latest home computer (named the beast) runs the 64-bit version of Windows Vista. But what exactly does that mean and why should you care? For that I'll send you over to the article "What's So Awesome about 64-Bit?" on the Gizmodo blog. Here's a short excerpt:

In a word, memory. We're not going to get super nerdy on you here (Wikipedia will gladly go there). To keep it simple, the whole bit thing (16-bit, 32-bit, 64-bit) refers to how much data the computer can keep track of, or talk to, at once, and that's what determines how  much memory it can handle. A processor with 32-bit memory addresses can basically roll with  4GB of RAM. A 64-bit system can rock, on the other hand, 16 exabytes of RAM. That's 16.8 bmillion 64bit_hero20071016terabytes. Of RAM. You're not going to get that kind of memory, not anytime soon; for now, from a user standpoint, this means there's simply no ceiling to memory expansion.

Microsoft has a FAQ available on the differences between 32-bit and 64-bit Windows and Apple also has a page about the 64-bit version of OS X Leopard.

backup I use Microsoft's Live Mesh to share files between computers and Windows Live SkyDrive to post large files online for others to download. I'm also considering using Jungle Disk in conjunctions with Amazon S3 for online backup. Confused? If so, check out this great article from PCWorld discussing 17 options for online storage, sharing, and backup.
Image: CC-BY-NC-SA Laurent Baumann

image Here’s how you do it:

  1. Download ToYcon
  2. Unzip the file and run ToYcon.exe file.
    (No installation necessary so this should even run off a flash drive if you can’t install software on your computer.)
  3. I box with an arrow will appear on your desktop.
  4. Figure out which graphic format your photo is in by looking at it’s extension. Chances are it’s a .jpg file. (ToYcon supports .png, .bmp, .jpg, .tga, & .gif)
  5. Right click on the box, select Choose type, then select the appropriate option for your image. (In this example, Jpg –> Ico.)
  6. I also suggest checking the Choose destination option found under Options.
  7. Drag and drop your photo into the box.
  8. Choose where you want your icon saved and click OK.

You should now have a .ico file which you can use for whatever you’d like. The screenshot below shows the original image on the right and the Icon created on the left.


logo OpenSource and Cloud Computing. You've heard about both of them but really, it take a little work to get most of that stuff into a place where you can actually try it out. If nothing else, unless you have a supportive IT department it's probably not going to happen. Your next option is to download some portable versions to a flash drive but some of you may be a little concerned about just how that works. Well, I've found a way for you to try both OpenSource software and cloud computing all at once: Ulteo Online Desktop.

Just head on over and create a free account then install a small application. Once in you'll have full access to the following programs all within your browser:

  • Firefox web browser enabled with Flash & Java
  • The full office suite that can deal with your MS Office documents
  • KPdf to deal with your PDF documents
  • Kopete: the multi-Instant Messaging software that supports MSN and other protocols
  • Skype
  • Thunderbird + Enigmail (so you can encrypt your emails!)
  • Gimp and Digikam to manage your pictures
  • Inkscape and Scribus to create great graphics and newspapers
  • and... many others!

A free account gets your data synched to your online environment with a reasonable amount of storage. "If you want more storage, more invitations, more frequent data synchronization, you can subscribe an Ulteo Premium." Here's your chance. Try it out today.

For those that haven't heard, the next version of Windows is known as "Windows 7" and is scheduled to be out in late 2009 or early 2010. (If Vista was any indication, make that mid-2014.) Anyway, for those interested in what it looks like at this pre-alpha stage you can check out these screenshots on flickr, and this 17 minute video on the user experience from Channel 9.

Screencast-o-matic will allow you to record your screen movements and coordinating audio and save it as a video which can be embedded in your Web site or exported as a Quicktime movie file. The great thing is that it can do all this without the need to install any software. Granted, it doesn't have a lot of the features of some of the purchasable software but it gets the job done when you want to show some basic directions. Here's an example: