Archive for December, 2004


Centrino Article

Centrino. What the heck does that word mean anyway? It wasn?t really easy finding a straight answer, at least in what this layman would define as layman?s terms. Perhaps it?s just not really a layman?s question at all, despite the fact that most households in America are familiar with the term (because of all the advertisement Intel does). In training I?ve certainly had a lot of people ask me what Centrino means. Lets see if we can figure it out here.

If you dig around in the Intel? site, one of their pop up windows has this to say about this bit of computer lingo: ?Designed from the ground up for mobility, Intel? Centrino? mobile technology brings together key Intel? silicon components, all integrated and validated by Intel to work together.?

That?s actually a clear description compared to most of what I found.

Its my experience that most people think ?Centrino? is one of two things. Many guess it is a type of Italian sandwich. Others, more accurately believe that Centrino to be a type of computer processor ; as in Pentium vs. Centrino. The latter is correct. Mostly. It isn?t really that simple though (of course:).

The Pentium M (current commonly available type of Pentium) processor ?is a key component of Intel? Centrino? Mobile Technology?.

Combine the Pentium M processor with the ?The Intel PRO/Wireless Network Connection?
(imagine it sort of as an antennae for your wireless connection) and ?The Intel? 855 chipset family? (a group of Intel chips that work well together) and you have, in a nutshell, Intel? Centrino?.

These Centrino? components communicate well together and work together in a couple of special ways to save power while you are ?on the go? with your laptop. Intel might call the whole Centrino thing a highly integrated, power saving, wireless friendly mobile solution. Others might call it a way for Intel to expand their market share and make more parts for (and money from the selling of) the guts of your computer. Either way, hopefully you now know what Centrino means. At least in relation to computers.

By the way, if you really want a Centrino processor you can get the same type of component only with a different name. Same specifications, different manufacturer. You?d then have different internal components (made by other manufacturers) that did similar things to what the Centrino parts would. It can be confusing to figure out just how closely some of these Centrino alternatives compare speed an power consumption wise so if you go that way, be aware.

There you have it. Centrino from libraryman. If anybody has any clarification or changes to add to this, please do feel free.

Maybe now somebody can submit a nice Centrino sandwich recipe to make this post a little more interesting to those of you who already know this or just don?t care!

Completely unrelated song of the day: ?Guy Who Got a Headache and Accidentally Saved the World? by The Flaming Lips.


Yearly Wrap Up

Do the rest of you bloggers out there throw away more entries than you post? I’ve written many, many things that just never made it to the ole’ bloggy blog this year. In gearing up for my annual year end computer cleaning, I’ll put up a few “nearly made it” posts over the next week or so. In fact, here are a couple of “lost posts” right now. Truth be told, posting them just helps me feel like I wasn’t wasting my time. I know, I know, the journey is the reward and all, but it?s good to bear fruit from your efforts too. At any rate, I hope everyone has a fun, safe, rewarding and peaceful New Year. Thanks for reading the libraryman blog!



Gone Culling

The web is becoming less of a wading experience and more of a culling exercise. Culling, not curling.

Definition number one for ?cull? from the wiktionary is: ?To pick something?. Exactly. Having spent way too much time wading through masses of pages and links on the net, definition number three?s visceral imagery sounds good too: ?To select animals from a group and kill them in order to reduce the numbers of the group in a controlled way.?

RSS is a brilliant idea, but it hasn?t always been practical. Now it is. I use Bloglines. This tool has significantly streamlined and improved my use of time on the web. Not that I?m spending less time on the net, its just that the way that time spent there is much more focused, informative and entertaining.

My initial experiences with RSS and aggregators (which is what Bloglines is) fell flat. They seemed indirect and impractical. Honestly, I gave up on the idea for a while. But now Bloglines is my browser?s new start page.

So if you are one of those folks that learns best from doing, even if you don’t really understand RSS or aggregators much, sign up with Bloglines and add a few of your favorite web sites and your friends blogs. You can even subscribe to my feed using the URL you lucky, lucky person. After you have added a few page “feeds” into Bloglines, check back in a day or two. Freakin? sweet, man! It?s free even. What’s to stop you from giving it a shot? Trust me, it makes sense when you set it up and see it working its magic on your web experience. If not, ask and I’ll even try and help.


I Told You So

This interesting video combines fact and not-too-far reaching speculation to offer a vision of the future of media and access (read:libraries). I just wrote an article about this last week, didn’t I? The movie is a few minutes long, but fascinating. My only complaint is that the final few bits seemed a tad pessimistic. We’ll find out soon enough I suppose. Perhaps I overrate the general global public.

Maybe a couple of posts about media merging and access, nanotechnology and copyright should follow. All this makes me wish I was in library school again and had an undergrad in computer science!
Found the video via the freakishly wonderful Jenny. Seriously, give it a peek.
Wish a really good comment session would start up around this. Well, maybe ’round Jenny’s way it’ll happen. :)


My oh my

A short while back my new friend TiVo caught my old friend Charlie Rose being especially useful. (Episode #10833 originally aired on 11/17/2004). The guests were the respective heads of Yahoo!, Intel, Google and Cisco. Push the geek jokes aside and I?ll dare you to watch this episode and not be inspired to think a bit, especially if you are a librarian. It wasn?t rocket science but the conversations gelled amazingly. One of the episodes themes was ?Convergence? and as a librarian I just can?t get that word out of my head.

Good old Charlie Rose was the crest of a refreshing wave of tech awareness and convergence that has inspired me to write this article and even a little tongue in cheek library haiku. I even tried to stay true to haiku form just for all you literati out there. Here goes:

True seasons do pass
Our libraries will evolve
Hold on tight and grow

In between writing haikus and watching my pal Charlie on PBS a few things have been hitting me over the head lately. Google, PSP, TiVo, Musicmatch and assorted other concepts have me all worked up about technology, libraries and the future.

Google Is Freaking Me Out and I love it!
First the general public got Google then Google Scholar and now Google Print starts kicking up dust. Likely literally! This is a very, very interesting read about Google Print (originally referred to as Google Library). Read it then predict the future (insert creepy “Mwaaa ha haaa!!!” or carnival music depending mostly on your perspective). Reminiscent of Amazon?s ?Inside the Book? search feature, but different enough to startle a bit.

Back in 1998 a library school professor back in Indiana told our ?Electronic Resources? class that he wished he could buy Google stock then. It appears the good Doc’s wish/forecast may more deeply fit a librarian?s definition of ironic as years go by.

This is the first section of an “article” I’m working on. The other parts will likely follow shortly.
Next Installment: TiVo+Musicmatch=Fuggetaboutit and/or loose some sleep!



“Massive information overload is placing librarians in an ever more important role as human search engines. They are trained and gifted at ferreting out and vetting the key resource material when you need it. Today’s technology is spectacular ? but it can’t always trump a skilled human.
Have you hugged your librarian today?”

Awww! Thanks President Brody (and TechnoBiblio).


We knew this, but it made the news today.

Students shun search for information offline” from CNN
So much to say about this, so little time. Education related to the databases we offer is a key of course. Having the resources is key too. Perhaps state/consortia wide ads promoting new services? King County highlighted this service recently on their main page. Nice work. It’s a fascinating time to be a librarian. What will we be in 20 years?

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Some zine library (maybe even this one here in Seattle?), might give this auction a gander and pine. Via Boing Boing