Inspired by Peter in PEI, I went ahead and transcribed the PDF of the official Westmount Charter School (in Calgary) 2014/15 Calendar into Google Calendar and iCal formats so you can actually import them into the calendar of your choice, rather than have to read a PDF.
Update - August 18, 2014: Just got an email from Westmount indicating they're launching their own official version on Google Calendar, so I've taken mine down to avoid confusion and will link to the official one when it's posted. Yay!
Gartner claims that next year, for the first time, more tablet devices will be sold than desktop PCs: Gartner Says Worldwide Traditional PC, Tablet, Ultramobile and Mobile Phone Shipments to Grow 4.2 Percent in 2014. This despite the report noting that tablets are actually cooling down - guess that means PCs are going cold?
A couple of good-looking posts from my aggregator today:
Earlier this year I mentioned a couple of useful tools to help you determine what CMS and plugins are being used on a given site.
Amit has an even better list of Online Tools To Know Everything About a Website, including things like what hosting company is being used, and a tool to determine whether a site is accessable from different countries. Definitely worth a bookmark!
Yesterday Google launched add-ons for Google Drive, suddenly making their online office product an awful lot more extensible. Lifehacker has a listing of some good tools to get you started, including information on how to create your own add-on, courtesty of Digital Inspiration.
Some of the existing add-ons that might be useful for libraries include the MailChimp Merge, some mind-mapping tools (don't you love meetings?) and of course EasyBib might prove useful for your students. Wonder what else we could come up with that'd be library-specific?
From time to time I find myself wondering what module a given Drupal site uses to perform some nifty action or another. A while back I found a tool that helps with that spy work for WordPress called simply What WordPress Theme is that? And then I finally found Drupal X-Ray, which does the same thing for Drupal sites.
Oh, and if you're not sure which CMS (Content Management System) you're looking at, try http://whatcms.org/
Ooh, this doesn't sound good. The Digital Reader is reporting that come July, 2014, Adobe will be requiring vendors and hardware to support an updated version of their DRM (Digital Rights Management) solution. So what, you ask?
"This means that any app or device which still uses the older Adobe DRM will be cut off. Luckily for many users, that penalty probably will not affect readers who use Kobo or Google reading apps or devices; to the best of my knowledge neither uses the Adobe DRM internally. And of course Kindle and Apple customers won’t even notice, thanks to those companies’ wise decision to use their own DRM.
But everyone else just got screwed."
Well, it was a good run while it lasted, but LogMeIn Free is going away by the end of this month :-( I've been using and recommending this wonderful product since 2007 to remotely access my home iMac from work, and my work machine from home. I've also used it on occasion to provide remote assistance to my in-laws. Bought the Ignition iPad app as well for $20, my most expensive app purchase ever! That app seems to have disappeared from the iTunes store, but there's a new version for free that offers in-app purchases for yearly subscriptions at $65(CDN) per year.
The new Pro pricing isn't too bad, but the FAQ says purchasers of the Ignition app will receive some sort of preferential pricing, so I'm keeping my fingers crossed that it'll be very attractive, as it's a great product and I wouldn't mind sticking with them.
That said, we're using the business version of TeamViewer here in the library, and they offer a free personal version as well, so check that out if you need to stay free! Or look at some of the VNC options, but I've always appreciated how drop-dead-simple LogMeIn is.
I also can't quite tell how LogMeIn Central differs from Pro, and since they say there's still a free version of Central I'll be checking that out as well.
As announced on the Plum Analytics blog, Plum Analytics Becomes Part of EBSCO Information Services. I find this fascinating because I know how instrumental Mike and Andrea were to the start and early success of ProQuest's Summon. Wonder if EBSCO will try to pick their brains on that product...
Not a brand-new read, but *I* just finished reading the Educause annual paper, Top-Ten IT Issues, 2013: Welcome to the Connected Age (PDF). While libraries are only explicitly mentioned once or twice in the entire 19 pages, one of the panelists was a librarian, so there is that I guess. I only bother to mention that because while I read it I found myself checking off how almost each of the ten issues apply almost directly to my library, in addition to the institution as a whole.
Here's the list:
Each section concludes with a series of strategic questions to consider about each point. Well worth the read if you have anything to do with IT in your library. In addition to the paper itself, there's some supporting material on a companion website.
My quest continues. I didn't think it was all the way back in January that I last posted about this dream, but it was! Postifier is a little gizmo intended to be put inside a mailbox that will alert you when there's actually something placed inside:
The device lives on the inner roof of your postbox, attached with adhesive. It has a sensor that detects changes in infrared light when new mail arrives. When it detects mail, it activates the Bluetooth module and waits for the Postifier/smartphone reunion, at which point it will connect with your paired device and tell you the news.
So it's not quite the reporting structure I imagine, but the technology would be perfect to detect whether there's a pair of legs under a given study table, no?
Postifier doesn't actually exist yet, as it's looking for funding on Indiegogo. Waffling about whether to throw in some money just for testing. At $20-$25 each, it's still not an economical way to cover a couple hundred seats :-(
I should also point out this project at Oregon State that Cathrine linked to in the comments of my earlier post: http://beaversource.oregonstate.edu/projects/44x201213. Can anyone tell if these design files are enough to manufacture? I had been in touch with the students involved in the project, but haven't heard anything from them lately...
Oh, and there's this too: Wimoto.