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Eclipse working good

By dchud, Section Diaries
Posted on Wed Mar 5th, 2003 at 03:40:57 PM EST
I'm really starting to enjoy working within Eclipse. If it had a better python plugin, it would be perfect, but in the meantime for all the java work I'm doing (a few different projects), it is really working great. Just about every other time I've settled in to use an IDE I've given up after a few weeks and gone back to some combination of vi(m), emacs, nedit, etc., but I might just really be stuck on Eclipse. The features that do it for me: the beautiful, speedy interface that looks the same on windows and linux; the code support at all levels (suggested fixes especially); the little visualizations; and totally seamless cvs integration. I'm getting to the point where it's really saving me a lot of time, and isn't getting more done better and faster the whole point of an IDE? Maybe I've just never been patient enough before with other IDEs, but this is really working. And the added features landing in the 2.1 milestones look like they cover the things I've already noticed as annoyances. Wow.

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little scheming, debian woody

By dchud, Section Diaries
Posted on Tue Jul 23rd, 2002 at 08:39:14 PM EST
I'm through chapter four of the Schemer. Hopefully jaf and art will catch up soon and we can forge on togetherlike.

I've done a few debian installs since my last post on the topic, and in general am very impressed, enough to be mostly convinced it's worth cutting over. My laptop is having issues upgrading from the old pcmcia debs lingering from the initial potato install I did, so now that woody's stable I'll probably just reinstall 3.0 from scratch. If that works, I'm 99% convinced. Then I just need to figure out why my touchpad/mouse input keeps dying in X, with no trace of a reason. It's enough to render X completely unusable. Arrrggghhh. I hate to say it, but I ran Xconfigurator after upgrading one of our office's athena-linux machines and it fixed everything lickety-split. Missing that is my one main beef. Sigh... oh well, we'll see if woody's as solid [sic] as they claim.

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relief from heat

By dchud, Section Diaries
Posted on Fri Jul 5th, 2002 at 05:49:34 AM EST
Wow, it was hot yesterday. The kind of weather that will take you to a movie -- any movie -- just to escape into the air conditioning for a few hours. On days like that, usually, I'm very grateful to be a librarian. Now, though, being on vacation for a few days, and with bearable temperatures returning, I can maybe spend a day focusing on that age-old question: how to upgrade the home network?

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security updates

By dchud, Section Diaries
Posted on Wed Jun 26th, 2002 at 03:15:52 PM EST
I think I did seven distinct apache upgrades between sunday and tuesday. Now there's a new openssh hole floating around, so more upgrades loom. Oops, reading the ISS advisory again, it's only a little config change that's needed for now.

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Hacking the ALA Message Center

By jaf, Section Diaries
Posted on Sat Jun 15th, 2002 at 02:24:08 PM EST
As I was standing in line at the Internet Cafe at ALA Annual, I found out from fellow Open Source Advocate Ben Ostrowsky that instead of standing in line for a terminal, you can just hack the ALA message center! Basically, you log into the message center, right-click on the page, and choose 'view-source'. This of course brings up notepad, from which you can then load telnet. Pretty nifty.

In other ALA happenings, I was in a meeting with Howard Besser, currently of UCLA fame, but the news is Howard will be moving to NYC, where he will be heading a digital preservation program at NYU - congrats to Howard!

Also, the Open Source Systems Interest Group's Pre-Conference went very well - we had 19 attendees who were able to get hands-on experience with software such as Citation Manager, Sitesearch, Jake, WIBS, MARC.pm, OAI tools, MyLibrary, and Pears (all of the aforementioned projects can be found at the oss4lib website.

On a slightly sad note (at least to me), O'Reilly publishing is not in attendance at this years ALA. In years past O'Reilly has strongly support the OSSIG (Tim O'Reilly spoke at our first program, and Larry Wall at our second), and I hope that this is a one-time thing. Although they are a publisher, I feel that Tim O'Reilly really understands libraries and their important role in the information ecology, and I hope his company can find a way to next year's conference.

I missed most of the OSSIG business meeting due to another commitment, but I was able to catch the last 1/2 hour. Rachel Chang and Ranti Janus have taken over the roles of Chair and Vice-chair, respectively, and I am very happy to see leadership of the OSSIG move into such excellent hands. Dave and I have worked our butts off over the last 3 years putting together programs and other events, and although the work has been very rewarding, I look forward to seeing others getting to lead and move the OSSIG forward. Good luck Rachel and Ranti!

Finally, the ALA's Office for Information Technology Policy" has put together some excellent programs on policy issues dealing with the DMCA, intellectual property rights, and copyright. There is a new book out by David Bollier entitled "Silent Theft" - in part, it talks about the loss of our information commons. I picked up a copy of the book, and at first glance, it looks like an excellent read. Look for a review later.

That's all for this update - I have a very busy day scheduled for tomorrow, and will be posting more of what's going on then.


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What price content?

By dchud, Section Diaries
Posted on Mon Jun 10th, 2002 at 09:31:55 PM EST
It's interesting to muse on the obvious implications of increased velocity of book trading. For one, that libraries apparently haven't caught on that they're giving away free money... and that the value of a book on a shelf, bound into the short reach of its local community, is somehow so much less relative to the library itself than to these hounds. Perhaps the magnitude of the relative marginal value to an individual of a handful of scrounged books (maybe in the $100s per "find") is so small relative to the staff time that might be required to "harvest" value out of volumes deemed no longer friends of the library, so to speak, where the extra magnitude of activity (hundreds or thousands of titles being boxed and shipped vs. dozens) would equate to practically an extra staffer. Certainly another argument for the decreasing relevance of distinct boundaries between individual libraries.

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Is you is or is you ain't a journal

By dchud, Section Diaries
Posted on Thu May 23rd, 2002 at 09:00:16 PM EST
Funny how we're being completely informal about this thing but at the same time it's totally natural to develop editorial guidelines and add a masthead. Writing those up has forced a revision loop to the faq and recommended readings, additions to the section links and bottom footer, an added line on the submit screen, etc. I was checking up on other library weblogs that seem to have already found us and found this lovely suggestion to get an issn. That would be neato, especially if we started a print edition. :) Well, we're off for a long weekend , can't wait to see how things look come next week.

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