This week’s 4cast:
1. Microsoft Surface Has Surfaced
Microsoft recently unveiled the Surface computer – a flat tabletop touch screen that allows users to move and manipulate data with their fingers, instead of a mouse or keyboard.
- Intelligent Screens Full of Data (Tame the Web: Libraries and Technology)
- Yes to all. Yes to all. (blyberg.net)
- What lurks below Microsoft’s Surface? A brief Q&A with Microsoft (Ars Technica)
- Much Ado About Microsoft’s Surface Computer (Pogue’s Posts)
2. Where Dewey Go From Here?
A new public library is opening in Arizona that has everything you’d expect, except for one small detail – the Dewey Decimal System. Instead, the library will organize its collection the way most bookstores do, by topic. Librarians aren’t sure how to react to this development.
- Library opening with no classification system (LibrarianInBlack)
- Dewey Decimation (The Letter Z)
- Dewey… or Don’t We? & Dewey Redux (Library Revolution)
- Dewey system gets shelved (Phil Bradley’s weblog)
3. Learning to Live with Being Annoyed
According to a new Pew Internet report, as the overall volume of spam continues to increase, more and more computer users are simply learning to accept that the spammers are winning. But that doesn’t mean the fight is over.
- Study: Tide of spam continues unabated; people don’t care as much (Ars Technica)
- Pew Study on Spam (LibrarianInBlack)
- Backing for tool to battle spam (BBC)
- You might be digitizing books on the Web without knowing it… (NetworkWorld)
4. It’s Tough Being a Social (Network) Butterfly
A number of librarians are realizing that too much social networking can leave you little time for anything else.
- Sarah’s social network presences, and the dilution thereof (LibrarianInBlack)
- Couldn’t have said it better… (Information Wants To Be Free)
- Are You My Friend? (Life as I Know It)
- Being a librarian on the bleeding edge (Connecting Librarian)