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Archive for May, 2007

The Librarian and Ubunutu

Posted by David Leslie on May 14, 2007

OK, so a librarian filmed herself as she took two donated computers and installed the new distro of Ubunutu on them. She posts the video to YouTube and poof, instant geek cred with the open source folks not to mention the Librarian Bloggers.

Yet this points out my problem with what is happening in the library space right now. Nobody stopping to ask questions like:

How do you plan on using the computers? Public access / Staff only?

If for Patron’s do they even know enough Linux to do what they need to do?

Can you printer’s work with it?

What do you do when the new distro comes out?

People think free software is going to save the frigging world but guess what, it’s not. Because the money is not in the code, it’s in the support. That’s how Red Hat stays in business. Half the guys who work on Bugzilla all run firms to help companies deal with the scaling issues that come up if you are using it across the enterprise. Needless to say, it’s not cheap to have one of those cats save your database after it goes poof.

I guess the bigger thing is that there is a geek DIY gist that in Librarianship now. But this isn’t punk rock. If librarians are so worried about the preservation of knowledge and meeting patron’s needs, why go with something that is DIY?


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The Joost beta

Posted by David Leslie on May 13, 2007

Well I got my invite as Joost is now in open beta.

So far it’s been good. The picture quality is better than YouTube plus the way the ads and gadgets work is well done.

The selection of channels is OK but I’ve been stuck on just one video.

It’s Snow Patrol Live playing Hands Open at the Royal Opera House in London. You might know Snow Patrol from their hit Chasing Cars that appeared on Gray’s Anatomy.

The show was recorded as part of the Vodafone TBA concerts, I loved the way they shot the show picking up the feel of the house and the reactions from the 300 folks who won tickets to the gig. If you get the chance, it is worth checking out.

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