Last updated on April 19, 2006
The OPLIN 4cast is a new, weekly compilation of recent headlines, topics, and trends that could impact public libraries. You can subscribe to it via RSS feed at http://www.oplin.org/4cast/index.php/?feed=rss2.
This weekâ€™s 4cast:
1. Digital Rights & Wrongs
Digital Rights Management (DRM) technology is being increasingly used by content companies to prevent buyers from copying and distributing the works of artists and musicians. Is it valid protection of copyright or the criminalization of fair use?
- Digital Rights Management (Wikipedia background article)
- Digital Rights Management: A Guide for Librarians (American Library Association’s Office for Information Technology Policy)
2. Google Gets Contextual
The Google Related Links service allows websites to display a box of links on their site, which are generated automatically by Google according to the siteâ€™s content.
- Google Related Links (Google)
- Google Related Links Now Out; Challenges Yahoo’s Year-Old Y!Q Links (Search Engine Watch)
- Google Roundup (Ars Technica)
3. Windows Reports to Boot Camp
With the release of Boot Camp, Apple now officially supports the installation of Windows XP on their machines. But as the name might suggest, Boot Camp isnâ€™t always a walk in the park.
- Apple Announces Official Support for Installing Windows XP (Daily Tech)
- Users Report Problems with Apple’s Boot Camp (Top Tech News)
- Special Report: Troubleshooting Boot Camp (MacFixIt)
4. The Essentialness of TechEssence
TechEssence.Info is a new website run by Roy Tennant (California Digital Library) and an all-star cast of librarians that aims to provide â€œaccurate, understandable explanationsâ€ of library-related technology.