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4Cast #93: Passwords…IE 8…meebo/AOL…Hulu

Wednesday, March 12th, 2008

1. Those crazy passwords!
We have scores of them and most likely, you will forget one. Here are some ways to recover if one is lost. Of course, others can use these same methods to discover yours, too, so attempting to make them as secure as possible is a must. Perhaps some day, we could get by with having only one username and one password…

Recover Lost Wi-Fi Passwords with WirelessKeyView (Lifehacker)

Archiver Harvesting Google Mail Passwords (Slashdot)

Bringing OpenID To The Masses: Clickpass (Techcrunch)

Check Your Passwords’ Strength at Microsoft’s Password Checker (Lifehacker)

2. IE 8…It’s coming soon
Microsoft promises that Internet Explorer 8 will default to being compliant with web standards. The beta version is set to be released during the first quarter of this year. The final version should be available by the end of 2008.

Microsoft Expands Support for Web Standards(Microsoft)

Sanity prevails: IE8 will default to standard-compliant mode (Arstechnica)

Microsoft’s Chief Software Architect Talks About A More Compliant IE8 (Mashable)

Microsoft: IE 8 to support standards from the start

3. IM Partnership
meebo and AOL are teaming up to add a few new tricks to AIM. The new collaboration is promising to bring a “bunch of cool things” to IM.

meebo and AOL – partnering up! (meebo blog)

Meebo as a Firefox add-on (Mozilla)

AOL Launches Open AIM 2.0 – The Most Important Social Platform Yet? (Mashable)

AOL Gets It Right With Open AIM 2.0 – Embraces Meebo and eBuddy (TechCrunch)

4. TV and Movies on Demand
According to Reuters, Hulu will debut today. “At launch, Hulu will offer full-length episodes of more than 250 TV series from current hits such as “The Simpsons” as well as older shows like “Buffy the Vampire Slayer.” It also will offer 100 movies including “The Big Lebowski” and “Mulholland Drive.” What does this mean for libraries? If this takes off as predicted, just think of all of the additional bandwidth that will be needed to support it…

Hulu home page (Hulu)

Hulu makes public debut, adds Warner Bros shows (Reuters)

Hulu Launches with Warner, Lionsgate (Newteevee)

Hulu: News Corp’s YouTube Rival Gets a Name (Ars Technica)

4Cast #88: Microsoft/Yahoo, New Google Views, Amazon/Audible, Going Green

Tuesday, February 5th, 2008

This week’s 4cast:

1.  “Microsoft + Yahoo = ?”

Microsoft’s bold and unsolicited $44.6B bid for Yahoo shocked many and even appalled a few bloggers.  Meanwhile, the world waits for Yahoo to make its move.

2.  New Search Views in Google

For as long as we can remember, Google search results have been displayed in a vertical list of 10 results.  Now, in addition to this list, you can also view results by Map, Timeline, or Info.

3.  Amazon Buys Audible

Internet giant has announced that it will acquire a leading online provider of spoken word audio content,

4.  The Green Scene

Libraries are an obvious choice for the “green” consumer, and now they’re kicking it up a notch by introducing additional green initiatives and ideas.

OPLIN 4cast #64

Tuesday, July 24th, 2007

This week’s 4cast:

1. Could We Have Some Privacy, Please?

Last month, when a widely read report labeled Google as “hostile to privacy,” some of the other major search engines saw a chink in the armor. has just unveiled a tool to allow users to easily anonymize their search records, and everyone else is scrambling to promote and/or change their data retention policies.

2. Harry Potter Cannot Save Everything

Named after the now-concluded series of books, the “Harry Potter Effect” has been said to permanently turn young folks from video game junkies into voracious readers. However, a current study by the National Endowment for the Arts casts some doubts on this theory.

3. Libraries, In Your Facebook

So if teens aren’t reading, what are they doing? More and more (teens and adults) are flocking to Facebook, which is now threatening MySpace for social networking supremecy. And with the recent rush by developers to create Facebook applications (see 4cast #57), libraries are trying to find new, novel ways to meet their patrons on the pages of Facebook.

4. Reports of Dewey’s Death Being Greatly Exaggerated

The Wall Street Journal just published an already much-blogged about article regarding the Perry Branch Library in Gilbert, Arizona, which is the first public library in the country to completely ditch the Dewey Decimal System (see 4cast #58) in favor of a more natural, bookstore-like organizational approach.

OPLIN 4cast #39

Tuesday, January 23rd, 2007

This week’s 4cast:

1. Replace Your Old Windows with Linux?

Linux (pronounced LIN-ux) is an open-source operating system often associated with chilly server rooms and command line-spoutin’ uber-techies. However, in recent years great strides have been made in the development of Linux-based desktop applications and a friendlier user interface. Linux enthusiasts are hoping that 2007 is the year that ordinary computer users (and businesses) leave Windows behind.

2. Windows Vista: The Vista is Still Hazy

Some early reports on Microsoft’s new Windows Vista operating system haven’t been glowing. Microsoft is defending itself against the criticism as it prepares to roll out what could be its most disruptive upgrade in years.

3. So Long, OPAC… Hello, SOPAC

John Blyberg has integrated a number of nifty social software features into the Ann Arbor District Library‘s online catalog, like reviews, comments, and tags.

4. H0w’5 Y3r P@55w0rd?

The important information you keep at home and at work is often only as secure as the password that protects it. And according to security experts, most passwords are not very secure.