Gizmodo: QR Codes: Goodbye and Good Riddance →
It’s a little premature to say goodbye to something just because Google is no longer supporting it in their Places service. Especially since there are lots of options to create QR codes for various purposes, including linking back to a business’ Google Places page. That said, I’ve never been very enthused about QR codes in the first place. Perhaps that’s because I...
CNN: Why cloud storage is the future of music →
A good overview of why cloud storage can be a good thing, and a few of the drawbacks (like internet connections, but they only mention mobile issues in that regard). Despite the title, I don’t really think they offered any compelling arguments about why cloud storage is the future, just offered some reasons why people might potentially use it.
On Monday, Senate Democrats offered to agree to the full amount of spending cuts...– OpenCongress Blog (I really hate politics. The Dems are giving the Repubs what they originally wanted and they’re *still* not happy?! ARGH!!)
Salon: The e-book that launched a thousand flame... →
Synopsis: A book review blogger writes a fairly good review of an ebook, but notes that spelling and grammar errors make it difficult to read despite a compelling storyline. The author takes offense and makes some less-than-wise comments on the post. I first came across this on Twitter on Monday afternoon, when there were still only about 200 comments on the blog post. It was a vast source of...
Speaking of cloud computing... Amazon Cloud Player →
This sounds interesting. It’s just too bad that the buy-an-album-get-20GB-storage thing isn’t retroactive -I got 5 albums from Amazon back in February. Haha, when I log in, I get a message that says, You have 5.0 GB of Cloud Storage. Upload your entire music collection. Dude, my music collection is 30+ GB.
Mashable: Why the Cloud Is Actually the Safest... →
This is a nice thought, but the article is focusing on the business/work environment, not the home user. I agree with the commenter who raised some questions about personal data in this sort of environment, especially in connection with copyright enforcement. Plus, the entire concept behind cloud computing assumes that everyone has internet connections available that can handle that sort of...
The Digital Reader: Where U.S. (Smashwords) Ebook... →
An interesting look at sales numbers of Smashwords ebooks via Barnes & Noble. As an aside, I’d not heard of Smashwords before (why yes, in some regards I *do* live under a rock), but I have to love the ‘free to publish’ part. :)
Closed Stacks: How Much Can a Professional Degree... →
I guess my big point is: how much can we expect from the MLIS, and how much is just personal responsibility and a willingness to teach ourselves? Some great points in this post. Learning what you can while you’re in school is important, certainly, but being willing to learn things as you go is absolutely vital. Especially with how quickly some things change!
TeleRead: Three truths that publishers should try... →
These hold true for me as a librarian and a reader, especially Truth 2: ‘Fair Price’ is a Relative Concept. One big reason I’m not on board with ebooks personally yet is the cost of ebooks compared to the prices I can get on Amazon/Half.com/etc. for used/’like new’ books. Plus, I don’t actually buy that many books; I heavily utilize my public library instead. ...
if:book - Shift Happened →
An interesting take from someone who has shifted to ebooks from physical books. Though I haven’t yet used a dedicated ereader, I can certainly relate to the problem of lifting and holding and turning while reading physical books, since all of those can be problems as I try to read and walk at the same time (my commute = my reading time).