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Book Review: The Future of the Internet

 

The Future of the Internet: and how to stop it by Jonathan Zittrain


 

The author argues that the Internet has moved away from "generative" technologies: democratizing, do-it-yourself technologies that encourage innovation.

Now, with explosive growth in the use of iPhones, Blackberries, Xboxes and other "tethered" devices--Web-connected technologies whose development are strictly controlled by their manufacturers--the power of the personal computer, and the ability of the end user to express him/herself, will be diminished in the future.

Zittrain writes: "...the Internet's generative characteristics primed it for extraordinary success--and now position it for failure."

Generative technologies develop by the interest/passion of their creators, as did the Internet: but then the Internet went mainstream. More corporate interests have found ways to tap into it, but control little pieces of it for themselves.

A provocative book.

New Non-Fiction Book Discussion Group

Non-Fiction Book Discussion Starts! September 11, 2008, Thursday at 7 P.M. in the Conference Room. If you love reading non-fiction or just want to try something different join our new discussion group. This is the start up meeting and will be devoted to sharing plans and ideas for the group. You can pick up the book for the October meeting at this time.

Doodle Your Search Results with Doodlebuzz.com

Doodlebuzz.com brings a different approach to news aggregators/news search engines.

After you enter your search terms, you draw lines to which the search results are attached.

The site is fun and with as clean as interface as your artistic skills can provide.

 

Is that a UFO or what?

Look! Up in the eastern sky! Is that bright light a UFO?

We have been enjoying some very clear skies of late (between tropical storm left-overs) and early risers may have spotted a very bright point of light in the pre-dawn eastern sky. What is it?

It's not a bird. It's not a plane. Nor is it Superman. That brilliant beacon is the star Sirius -- the brightest star in Earth's night sky.

New Genealogy Program from Federal Government

Genealogy buffs may be interested in a new program from the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service.

This fee-based program enables genealogists to access naturalization and immigration records.

Two Books for End of Summer Reading!

Death of a Gentle Lady
M.C. Beaton

The Killing Ground
Jack Higgins

It's a Mystery 8/21/08


New Fall Releases

 

A number of popular mystery authors have new books coming out in August and September.  Here is a sampling of some forthcoming titles.

New Image Search Engine

Tineye.com is a promising and innovative image search engine.

Currently in beta (not ready for prime time), TinEye doesn't use keyword searches. Instead, you upload a picture and TinEye tells you where it appears on the Web.

Here are some same searches.

Just the Facts

National Preparedness Month
September is National Preparedness Month (NPM). The kickoff for this project is September 11, 2008; this nationwide event is a coordinated effort to encourage businesses and families to take simple steps to prepare for emergencies in their homes, businesses and schools. The event coordinators want to highlight the importance of emergency preparedness by promoting community involvement through a wide variety of preparedness events and activities.

You can access their website at www.ready.ohio.gov which provides information about NPM. There you will find a tool kit and informational brochures that can be ordered and/or downloaded. You may also call the 1-800 number listed and order these publications at no cost.

PDF Search Engine

I came across this specialized search engine: PDF Search Engine. With this engine, you can search Websites for PDFs (portable document format).

PDF Search Engine will search all kinds of Websites, including forum/message board sites.