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Sunday’s CiL PreConference Session

For the “Videocasting Boot Camp” preconference session David Lee King and I are doing Sunday. I think you can still come if you’ll be in D.C.
Intro Slide: Videocasting Preconference

If you’ll be in Vancouver, Washington at the OLA/WLA Joint Conference feel free to swing by the presentation I’m doing with my good buddy, Chris Peters (from TechSoup). We’re talking about trends in computing, deepening/impending ubiquity of said computing and what it all means, and might mean, for libraries. Cool stuff!
UbiComp WLA-OLA 2008 Intro Slide

Truncated version of the presentation with notes is up on Slideshare here (What’s up with the pics not showing up on the first slide, Slideshare?):



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One Laptop Per Child: Give One Get One

One Laptop Per Child
These are the fabled “$100 laptops” we’ve been hearing about for some time now. While they do cost more than $100 (twice that in fact) the concept is no less fascinating. Now, for two weeks only, you can buy one and give one in a sort of “donation bundle”. Not saying to plop down your $$$ here, but at the very least it’s an interesting initiative. Lots of potential for library reach here. At the very least a nifty gadget, right?
One Laptop Per Child: Give One Get One

Kankakee and MP PC (podcast)

We sure had fun talking, but will it be fun to listen to? Thanks to Allison and Steve at the Kankakee Public Library for working up this (not so) little ?BiblioTech? podcast. This is a very relaxed and hopefully somewhat inspiring library technology conversation. Even if the podcast thing isn?t your style, be sure to check out the KPL web site. It rocks the bells and they are the bees knees, baby. It truly was an honor to talk with them about LibraryMan, ?2.0″, ?getting things done?, and library tech stuff in general.

The KPL Podcast Page Is Here?

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This is the banner ad for the full day, emerging library technology workshop that I’ll be teaching in the western US several times over the next few months. Woo Hoo!

With a library-centric focus, we will demonstrate and discuss a surprisingly wide variety of thought provoking and potentially sea changing current and future library technology issues. Substantial resources and instructions are provided along with the classroom demonstrations and discussion. All of this is focused on the goal of getting you back to your library ready to implement those things that you learned in class that will best serve your library and your community. With clear explanations and resources to use back in the library you will likely grow to understand much more that you expected to.

I’ve never been this excited about a class before, even the digital imaging or community outreach classes! If attendance is good (and we really hope that happens) we will be able to offer more classes in more places around the Western US. For now however, if you are in the greater Los Angeles, Ontario (California), San Diego, Portland or Seattle areas you can sign up now for classes in November and December. Details, dates and times can be found via this link to the workshop web page.

I’d love to hear what you all think. If you have any content you think I absolutely should not miss please do let me know. I have quite a collection or resources ready, but there is so much good material out there right now about exciting, practical lib tech that I’m sure I don’t have every good thing I could use. Thanks much for your help all my wonderful blog friends and tell all your library buddies to come to this class! Hope to see you there!

PS-See why I haven’t posted to the blog more lately? In addition to several other big projects, this class has been getting energy I would have previously put into updating the blog more often. The blog will march forward though! :)


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.