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OPLIN 4Cast #95: Monitoring productivity, OpenSocial, OverDrive w/iPods, LibraryThing

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1. Can a bigger monitor (or dual monitors!) make you more productive?
From Lifehacker: “The Wall Street Journal reports on a recent study that asked whether more screen real estate gave workers the ability to do things faster and better. Workers were given either an 18-inch or 24-inch monitor, and the researchers found that people using the 24-inch screen completed the tasks 52% faster than people who used the 18-inch monitor; people who used the two 20-inch monitors were 44% faster than those with the 18-inch ones. There is an upper limit, however: Productivity dropped off again when people used a 26-inch screen.”

2. Playing nicely together: Yahoo, Google, & MySpace working on OpenSocial project
Online interaction is more productive, and let’s face it, more FUN when you can EASILY interact with your friends and colleagues across multiple social websites.
OpenSocial is setting the standard for all of the existing and future social networking sites so they can all play nicely together.

3. Speaking of standardizing applications, OverDrive seems to be working overtime.  Bring on the iPods!

4. What’s that LibraryThing?
The 4Cast has briefly touched on LibraryThing in the past, but it’s prominently making library news once again now that Tim “Metadata Man” Spalding has been named as one of the LJ “Movers and Shakers”.