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OPLIN 4Cast #129: Virtual Servers, Xoopit, Twitter Tools, WiFi Security

Thursday, February 19th, 2009

1. Server virtualization allows you to use a single set of hardware to drive multiple virtual servers. These virtual servers appear to the outside world as normal, stand alone machines, but all share the same resource pool allowing you to utilize server hardware to its full potential. While virtualization can be a savior for those short on space and servers, it can come at the cost of overall complexity. Here are some links to free software to get you started:

2. Xoopit for Gmail is a Firefox plugin that lets you browse your files, photos, videos, e-mail, etc. all in one spot.

3. Twitter tools

4. WiFi security – the basics

OPLIN 4Cast #101: Ban Second Life? Backscatter, Spam is 30, Xobni

Thursday, May 8th, 2008

1. Virtual worlds in the hot seat
As reported in the 4Cast last week, there are 100+ youth-oriented virtual worlds in existence. With that kind of availability comes vulnerability. One Congressman wants to stop children from accessing these sites in schools and libraries. Below are the links to Congressman Kirk’s (IL) statements and the recent congressional hearings on virtual communities.

2. Now there’s a term for it – “backscattered”.
You open your in-box and you see LOTS of bounced or “return to sender” type messages, so you open one to see what could have possibly come back to you. The thing is, you didn’t send out any pharmaceutical ads, or lottery announcements, or Louis Vuitton ads, or other such spam. Unfortunately, people will use random valid e-mail addresses (sometimes even a librarian’s!) to send out their spam and when their messages reach invalid addresses, it gets bounced to you.

3. Happy birthday, spam!
Spammers love it, users hate it, poetry is written with it, and it’s 30 years old.

4. Xobni
From our Twitter feed…Xobni, or spelled backward, Inbox, is a plug-in for Microsoft Outlook 2003/2007 running on Windows XP/Vista. Basically, it indexes all of your e-mail messages in a more user-friendly way. What’s really cool about it? Xobni Analytics. You can view some really interesting statistics on your e-mail usage, such as what time of day you receive the most mail and who contacts you the most often.

4cast #82: SAFE Act, Broadband, Search Trends, Beyond Google

Tuesday, December 11th, 2007

This week’s 4cast:

1. Good Guys, Bad Guys & Wi-Fi

When the U.S. House of Representatives passed the SAFE Act last week, it sent a shudder through coffee shops, hotels, libraries, and anyone else offering open Wi-Fi access to the Internet. While the new bill doesn’t appear to require that these entities actively police their wireless users for illegal online activities, it does up the pressure for them to report any such known or suspected activity.

2. It Sure is Slow Out in the Sticks

According to a recent Pew Internet study, 50% of all Americans now have broadband Internet access at home, but this number still lags far behind in rural areas. As the link between broadband penetration and economic health becomes more apparent, the FCC is coming under increasing fire for their inability to address the problem.

3. The Year in Guilty Pleasures

Google, Yahoo, and Ask have all released their 2007 reports outlining the top search trends, with interesting variations between the three engines. Social networking was huge across the board, and of course… troubled celebrities are always on our minds.

4. I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Googling For

Google got your (or your patron’s) goat? There are always more – and in some cases, better – search options out there.

4cast #81: Spectrum Auction, Kindle, Reading, Gaming

Tuesday, December 4th, 2007

This week’s 4cast:

1. Sold! To the Giant Corporation with Deep Pockets, in the Back.

In January, the FCC will auction off the 700-MHz broadcast spectrum (see 4cast #66, item 2), with observers predicting an upwards of $30 billion pricetag. At stake is the future course of American wireless network services (including broadband), and the competition should be fierce, with Google, AT&T, and Verizon all poised to bid.

2. Kindle Me This…

Several weeks after its release, people can’t stop writing about the Kindle (see 4cast #80) – particularly, whether it’s going to have any impact on the future of reading, publishing, and/or libraries.

3. See Jack Watch TV (Not Read)

Of course, no device – eBook or otherwise – is going to help the book industry if Americans are really reading less and less, as a new National Endowment of the Arts study (To Read or Not To Read PDF) claims.

4. This Game is Most Definitely ON

So if teens and kids are less interested in books, should libraries start expanding their videogame collections?