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Articles from Vol. 23, No. 7, July-August

A Rogue's Gallery: CyberSports
The world of nutritional supplements, steroids, and all the other little chemicals designed to turn schlubs into stars makes your Field Correspondent a little queasy. For one, the thought of injecting a chemical used by veterinarians into one's...
Aural Conversion
Lately, I've heard that some people would rather listen to than read something. The assertion is being used to advocate everything from Web events to corporate podcasting. But I haven't actually been able to find any data to back up this claim, though...
Breach of Faith
Retailers who deal with customer information every day look carefully at the developments in data protection and data breaches. In fact, those were the major topics at the Retail Data Security Forum held May 22-24 in Chicago. "Our consumers are...
Clusty Solves Information Overload
Google is now the 800-pound gorilla among search engines, but it won't necessarily continue to be this way forever. In recent issues, I've reviewed intriguing search engines, including Grokker (October 2005) and Ask.com (May 2006), which have important...
Cruisin'
It's easy to shift into autopilot during the summertime. There must be something in the air that makes us feel relaxed, less focused, and more prone to playing hooky. While there's certainly nothing wrong with trying to find ways to lighten the...
Elsevier's Vice Chair Revisited
When I last spoke with Y.S. Chi at ALA 2005, he had been in his new job as vice chair of Elsevier for only 2 days. He was just getting to know the groups he referred to as his constituencies. (See "The New View at the Top," IT, September 2005: http://pqasb.pqarchiver.com/infotoday/docsearch?877e895558371.)...
From Book Fairs to Global Cybersecurity
In the world of information technology, nothing stays the same for long. Change is never far, especially when it comes to a little old-fashioned competition. Reed Exhibitions may have won a bizarre battle with the organizers of Frankfurt Book Fair...
Google Explores the Final Frontier with Google Mars
Two down; seven to go (planets, that is). Google recently released Google Mars, an online collection of maps similar to Google Earth, though less likely to inspire reactions like, "I can see my house from here." Google Mars allows users to view any...
Improve Your Photography
What's the most important thing a photographer needs to take great portraits? Is it a camera that produces extremely high-resolution images? Expensive lenses? Sophisticated lighting equipment? None of the above, according to writer and photographer...
Iraq Gets a Foothold in Cyberspace
It appears that the safest place to build in Iraq is online. A group of American scientists have constructed a massive online database called the Iraqi Virtual Science Library (IVSL) to help bring Iraqi scientists and engineers up-to-speed on the...
Jenny Walker, Executive Vice President of Marketing, Xrefer, Ltd
Free is good ... right? According to Jenny Walker, Xrefer, Ltd.'s new executive vice president of marketing, when it comes to researching, free services may come with a much higher price tag--time. "There is no 'one-size-fits-all,'" she said,...
Legislative Wrangling and Developments in Search Lead the News
The nonstop pace of events at the end of each year often leaves me breathless with a bevy of conferences, end-of-the-year wrap-ups, and the bustle of family gatherings and holiday events. But that pace is nothing in comparison to the tempo of late...
Libraries in the Digital Age 2006
Librarians are facing a new task, according to Carol C. Kuhlthau of Rutgers University in New Jersey. As the opening speaker at the Libraries in the Digital Age (LIDA) conference from May 29 to June 4 in Croatia, Kuhlthau said librarians will be helping...
More Summer Conferences
Ah, the long, lazy days of summer--an annual period eagerly anticipated by almost everyone. But, as I explained in my last column, summer is often used for combining vacations with furthering one's education by attending a seminar or conference. In...
MySpace.com and Library Filters: Deleting Online Predators Act
When I was growing up in Vancouver, Wash., I could see Mount St. Helens from the front window of our house. Unfortunately, I left home for college before the volcanic mountain (which had been dormant for many years) erupted 26 years ago the week I...
Nervana: The Quest for Discovery
Webster's dictionary describes nirvana as "any place or condition of great peace or bliss." For Nosa Omoigui, chairman and CEO of Nervana, Inc., the spelling of the company's name may be slightly different, but the results are much the same. Nervana...
SLA 2006: On the Horizon
The crowds filtering in and out of the Baltimore Convention Center for the SLA conference held June 11-14 ferried an arsenal of necessities: SLA 2006 Conference REPORT Guides, signature totes, FROM laptops, name tags, and THE comfortable shoes. ...
StopBadware.org Announces Four Additions to 'Badware Watch List'
Downloading files from the Internet can sometimes be risky. You can never be sure exactly what you are installing when you click that "download" button. Some software programs, termed "badware," embed malicious spyware without the online user's...
The Impact of Open Choice
The findings of a study released last month in PLoS Biology reveal that articles that are published by the author-pays open access (OA) approach are cited more often than those that are published in the same journal and that are publicly released 6...
The Newspaper Dilemma: More Than 1,500 U.S. Daily Newspapers Have Online Editions
The advent of the Internet has been revolutionary for newspapers. However, newspaper publishers are still searching for economically viable digital publishing models. Part 1 of this two-part series examines why newspapers have been migrating toward...
The New Video Connection
I am in my living room typing this column on my laptop, while my No. 2 son is in the Florida room on his laptop watching a ballgame on MLB.TV (we received an annual subscription as a gift). MLB.TV lets us watch any Major League Baseball game--live,...
Users as Competitors
The market in technology ... the marketing of technology. Now how does that work again? When I was watching an old movie from the 1930s the other day, one scene had a very distrustful executive bargaining with a vendor for a service. In this case,...
Web Tools I Can't Live Without
My daughter's favorite movies are Disney's Princess classics. How do I know that? Well, if you have ever spent time with a 3-year-old, you know that he or she will tell you everything. Sometimes you'll be told the same thing five times within a 3-minute...