Just Wow. (Thanks for the pointer Darlene)
Back in July I posted a PSA entitled Road trip survival - children's music you'll atually enjoy too! As a result I was contacted by two different small publishers asking if I'd review their CDs as well. I said sure, send 'em up and I'll have my kids pass judgement, and lo, they did. Here's a quick review of those two, plus one recommendation I can't believe I forgot last time around.
JSTOR reports "We are glad to report that we have located and fixed a problem that caused an incompatibility between JSTOR PDF files and older versions of Mac Preview. This problem caused only part of the article to be viewable in Preview. The fix released today means that JSTOR PDF files should now be viewable in their entirety in Preview 3.0.9 (the current version integrated with Mac OS 10.4) as well as newer versions integrated with Mac OS 10.5. Users of Preview 3.0.9 should note, however, that the page images of articles are usually highly compressed to save file size, and may be slow to open on this version of Preview. It is believed that this is a limitation of Preview that Apple corrected in the version of Preview shipped with Mac OS 10.5."I've had one patron report this problem, and thought I'd post the official word from JSTOR for wider discoverability:
We have recently become aware that certain versions of Mac Preview are incompatible with the newest generation of JSTOR PDFs. For some users, this means that only the cover page is displaying. Other users have reported that the downloaded article appears to be missing the first portion of the article—it begins somewhere after the first 10 pages of the article. The article is in fact intact and complete, but some pages are not displayed properly. We are working to fix this and plan to continue to support the use of Preview with JSTOR PDFs. We apologize for the problems that this is causing for Mac users.
For now, the quickest workaround is to download the latest free copy of Adobe Reader, available on the Adobe web site:
Once Adobe Reader is downloaded, please check to make sure that the default PDF viewer is set to Adobe Reader rather than the original PDF viewer installed on your Mac.
The default viewer for PDF documents in Mac OS X is Preview. To change the file association for PDF files:
* Select any PDF file and choose File > Get Info.
* Choose the application that you want to open PDF files from the Open With menu.
* Click Change All, and then click Continue.
You will also want to make sure that the popup blocker is turned off for the JSTOR site. The new PDF files are set to open in a new window and popup blockers may affect this.
Bet most of you don't have this much fun on YOUR campus! This arrived via email a short time ago:
Moose tranquilized and safely removed from campus
Alberta Fish and Wildlife Officers successfully tranquilized and removed a young moose from campus this morning.
The moose wandered onto campus at about 8:20 a.m. and broke through a window in the link between Reeve Theatre and Craigie Hall. Fish and Wildlife Officers had been in the area and were able to tranquilize the moose shortly after 8:30 a.m.
Alberta Fish and Wildlife Officers were to monitor and then release the moose.
Absolutely no relevance to libraryland, but as a public service I thought I'd throw you the names of several artists your children will love to listen to in the car, and that you'll actually appreciate too!
I'm sure there are many others, but these have worked really well for my kids, and should work well for ages 3-9 and their parents.
Your turn - what do you listen to with your kids in the car that doesn't drive you insane?
Oh, and check out Audiobook Builder for easily building slick audiobook files for your iPod (Mac only).
Happy Road Tripping!
Haven't had a chance to try this, but TeamViewer, free for non-commercial use, offers desktop sharing for both Windows and Mac. They claim 10 million users - wonder if they were known as something else before?
The Chronicle of Higher Education reports that the Encyclopaedia Britannica is "about to launch a new initiative" that will allow users to participate in the EB Wikipedia-style. From the press release, "A complete redesign, editing tools, and incentive programs will give expert contributors and users the means to take part in the further improvement of Encyclopaedia Britannica and in the creation and publication of their own work... Encyclopaedia Britannica will continue to form the core base of knowledge and information on the site, though the material created by contributors and the user community, which each member will control and be credited for, will be published alongside the encyclopedia." Much more information available in the press release and on the Britannica Blog, where surprisingly there's only one actual comment about the new initiative, even though it was announced 3 days ago!
I think this is an excellent idea, and an excellent example of old media attempting to innovate - movie and record companies take note. I hope it works. I do think maybe they need to tweak their Google Ads on the new beta site though... Wow, there are a lot of ads on that site. Don't like all the flashy ones...
Work life's been such a whirlwind I forgot to let y'all know that as of May 1 I'm now officially the Public Services Systems Librarian here at the University of Calgary. I've been filling the role since last October and have been having a blast, so I'm really tickled that I get to stay in the position. Big things to complete this summer - launch Federated Search, and migrate website to Drupal. Glad I've got great folks around me to help!
I'm not changing anything on the blog, and I'll still be keeping an eye on the world of DE, so I hope you stick around for the reads.
Cool! Not a program I would've watched ordinarily, but I'll be giving it a shot. Michael Geist points out that the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation plans to freely release a high-resolution version of Canada's Next Great Prime Minister via peer-to-peer networks without any DRM restrictions. And in a Naked Conversations moment, Tessa Sproule, CBC's Executive in Charge of Digital Programming, weighs in with a comment.
On a side note, I haven't visited the CBC's home page in a while - check out all the links for podcasts and oooh, the archives. Here's a piece from December 1979 - a Buyer's Guide to Digital Watches (one model even has an alarm!)
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