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DLTJ in another #NEWWWYEAR

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Well, we have reached the end of another arbitrary orbit around our small unregarded yellow sun1, and this primitive ape-descended life form2 is looking back...

DLTJ in a #NEWWWYEAR

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I came across Jen Simmon's call for a #newwwyear by way of Eric Meyer: Ok, here’s the deal. Tweet your personal website plan with the hashtag #newwwye...

Defending Net Neutrality. Again.

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I'm bringing this blog out of dormancy to add my voice to the chorus of people defending net neutrality. It isn't the first time; we've been here before whe...

In Memory of Miss Rebecca Alison Meyer #663399Becca

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On Saturday, at six years, eleven and a half hours old, Rebecca Meyer -- a spark of joy to her parents, siblings, friends, and people she never met -- died a...

What You’ll Find in My Twitter Stream

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Earlier this month I found myself apologizing for some errant tweets that ended up in my Twitter stream ((The problem turned out to be a forgotten automatic ...

Kids Birthday Parties in Libraries?

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Do public libraries host birthday parties for children as part of their programming? I was with my son at a party for one of his friends a local bouncy infl...

Setting Aside Time for Writing

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It is time for New Year's Resolutions, and the new habit I aim to pick up is setting aside some serious, concentrated chunks of time for writing each day. I...

In Opposition to the PROTECT IP Act (Also)

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Earlier this month there was an amazing groundswell of opposition to SOPA, the Stop Online Piracy Act. I participated in a 1-day anticensorship campaign d...

In Opposition to the Stop Online Privacy Act

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This blog will be participating in the American Censorship Day awareness campaign on Wednesday, November 16, 2011 to show opposition to the Stop Online Pir...

My O’Reilly Wish List

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O'Reilly Media -- my favorite technology publisher -- is offering a contest in which they are giving away $500 worth of books from their catalog. To enter, ...

DLTJ In a State of Flux

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DLTJ is in a bit of flux now. After updating some underlying packages on my 9-year-old Gentoo-based personal server, I'm finding that I can't start the web ...

Attempting to Run Comments without reCAPTCHA

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I'm trying an experiment over the next couple days/weeks. I'm turning off the reCAPTCHA requirement for blog commenters (the figure-out-these-words-and-type...

Charleston, SC Visitor’s Center A/V Display

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First, sorry about this getting posted prematurely through the DLTJ blog. I was trying the post-from-Flickr function, and it was telling me that the postin...

From Joshua Kim, Ideas for Working with Vendors

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Joshua Kim, senior learning technologist and an adjunct in sociology at Dartmouth College, recently had a series of posts about working with software vendors...

“Mash-Up” Term is Over 150 Years Old!

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Ron Murray, a colleague at the Library of Congress (and no known relation to me), sent me a note about the history of the term "mash-up" in the Oxford Englis...

Creative Blog Spam

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I have to give the creator of the blog spam below points for trying. This is what I found in my WordPress spam queue this morning, embedded here as an image...

On Being Fodder for Questionable Twitter Posts

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Okay, I know this is starting to seem like an obsession, but I can’t figure out why someone(s) would be constructing tweets that consist of my blog post head...

Why I Need Twitter Distillation Tools

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The following may not be news to those who regularly hang out in Twitter-land, but the extent of the problem recently became clear to me: there is a bunch o...

OhioLINK Has Moved!

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My place of work has moved to office space in downtown Columbus. If you have saved contact information for me, please update it. Those connected to me via ...

Some Navel-Gazing: A Meta-Post about DLTJ

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I usually don't post about the act of blogging itself (I wonder how many middle-aged blogs have a similar post), but the confluence of a couple of things cau...

Administrative Note – Feeds Moved on FeedBurner

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DLTJ uses the FeedBurner service to enhance its syndication feeds and gather statistics on readers. Several years ago, Google acquired FeedBurner and recent...

Consolidating Travel Details with TripIt

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I'm sitting in the Denver airport (and quite pleased to have remembered my note to myself about tunneling through ad-laden interception proxy) with lots to t...

Central Ohio E-Waste Drop-off Locations

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As part of our winter holiday activities, our family has been busily clearing out the basement to set up a play area for the kids. In doing so, we created a...

What Makes Google Tick? A Pointer to an Analysis

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Why does Google do what it does? A report by the faberNovel management consulting firm describes Google's "key success factors" and how it goes about achiev...

The Jester Joins Twitter

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It was only a few months ago that I was teasing Dan Chudnov for joining Twitter. Now I've gone and done it myself. I don't expect to be using it much, but ...

DLTJ Updated to WordPress 2.5

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Unlike previous upgrades, this left some functionality broken -- notably some of the links in the second block under the "about" heading to the left (if you ...

DLTJ the Target of Real Dead-Tree Junk Mail

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Dorothea Salo started a conversation late last year that was picked up by Walt Crawford and others about receiving unsolicited "PR spam" with the expectation...

DLTJ Updated, Readers Yawn

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At least I hope that is the correct headline. I've been having some problems with this installation of WordPress lately -- in particular, I could no longer ...

Pointless E-mail Disclaimers

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I’ve been collecting disclaimers that appear on the bottom of e-mail messages in a draft post on DLTJ for about a year now – every time I’d get a new one wit...

DLTJ now Running on WordPress 2.3

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Last night DLTJ was upgraded to WordPress 2.3. As far as I can tell, everything is working okay, but please let me know in the comments or the comment form ...

DLTJ Now Uses reCAPTCHA

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DLTJ now uses reCAPTCHA on comment forms. reCAPTCHA is an enhanced version of CAPTCHA (an acronym for "completely automated public Turing test to tell compu...

DLTJ Now Running on Wordpress 2.1

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DLTJ was upgraded to Wordpress 2.1 tonight. Everything looks good so far; please let me know if you disagree...

Can You Hear Me Now? DLTJ as a Podcast

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Update 19-Jan-2011: I've decommissioned this service. Talkr seems to be unavailable, and I haven't had time to find a replacement. If reading the thoughts o...

Do I Want to be a Warrior in ALA’s Battle?

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Today I received an e-mail from ALA asking me to renew my membership. An excerpt of the e-mail is included below. There is a confrontational tone in the me...

Killing Off Runaway Apache Processes

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Well, something is still going wrong on dltj.org — despite previous performance tuning efforts, I'm still running into cases where machine performance ...

WordPress/MySQL Tuning

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dltj.org runs on a relatively tiny box — a Pentium III with 512MB of RAM. I'm running a Gentoo Linux distribution, so I actually have a prayer of gett...

Taking a Day’s Break from SOA

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No Service Oriented Architecture posting today, but here is a glimpse of the topic of the next one -- the title is: "Web Services: A means to a Service Orie...

Possible Resolution to Technorati Update Problem

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Up until about an hour ago, Technorati refused to update its database of postings to DLTJ, and having reached the 31-day point of no updates I was starting t...

Modifications to FreePress Recent Comments Plugin

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For others that may find it useful, I've made two modifications to the FreePress Recent Coments plugin on DLTJ: one to strip out quoted material when using ...

DLTJ under a New Theme

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Okay -- let's try this again. The first time around didn't go so well, so I went back to the basics and started with a new theme: what is running on DLTJ n...

For the record, I did attend JCDL2006

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If you look along the right-most row in this picture, about midway vertically in the shot, you can see someone in a cream-colored shirt with an Apple lap...

JCDL2006 Monday Brain Dump

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JCDL is ranking high one of the most useful (and when not useful one of the most interesting) meetings I've attended. This is my first time here, and althou...

Jester Site Was Broken; Fixed Now

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An attempt to upgrade to Wordpress 2.0.3 a few days ago resulted in the Wordpress installation being blown away. It is hard to tell whether it was my fault ...

“Have you seen AccessMyLibrary?”

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I got a note recently from a colleague with the subject "Have you seen AccessMyLibrary?": This is a Thomson Gale new thing: http://www.accessmylibrary.com/...