Category Archives: Computing

How to Create a CIPA Compliant Content Filter Using Free Software.

In this post I will describe how to use free open source software to create a simple CIPA compliant web filter that can be used in a small to medium public library.  I am using Ubuntu server 10.04 with Squid, … Continue reading

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Julia’s SuperTux Commercial

SuperTux This is the commercial that Julia, Ashley and I made for Julia’s first grade advertising project.  She made the poster that is at the beggining and end of the video.  She is also going to give a presentation tomorrow.  … Continue reading

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What I did to make the Everex ready for patrons

The first thing I did was download and burn Ubuntu 8.04 Hardy Herron to a disk.  This was eventually done on a “gasp” Windows machine, since the gOS burning software was somehow not able to burn a readable .iso.  So… … Continue reading

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Everex pc2 first impressions

The everex pc arrived today and the reviews of gos being a total piece of crap os are true.  I am sure that anyone with tech skills would put on a Distro like Ubuntu, and those without tech skills (like … Continue reading

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New Linux Project @ Cass

The friends group at the Howard Branch of the Cass District Library have generously donated a six station computer table for patron access computers. This means that we need to come up with six new computers… Since we have a … Continue reading

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Defective By Design Calls for Protests against DRM using Libraries

Libraries: Kick DRM out!   The Boston Public Library (BPL) has DRM on its ebooks, audio books, music, and videos. These DRM systems sit between you and the item and restrict how and for how long you can access the … Continue reading

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Recipes for a 5-Star Library (with contributions by yours truly)

The Maintainit project has released another Joy of computing Cookbook. If you look closely, you will see that on Page three under the acknowledgments, I am listed as being from the Cass County Public library…. everyone gets that wrong… it … Continue reading

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Edubuntu: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly

<!– @page { size: 8.5in 11in; margin: 0.79in } P { margin-bottom: 0.08in } –> <!– @page { size: 8.5in 11in; margin: 0.79in } P { margin-bottom: 0.08in } –> Well, after several months of using Edubuntu in a LTSP … Continue reading

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YouTube – Information R/evolution

YouTube – Information R/evolution This short video should be required viewing for all information professionals. The world is moving forward…. are we being left behind?

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Open Source Software Used in the Library

I have been thinking a lot about the pros and cons of free and open source software lately. I found this chart very useful in spelling out some of the arguments, in this case the pros and cons of open … Continue reading

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