September 28, 2004

How fast is your Intenet connection?

The bandwidth speed test at MSN is a handy tool to check your connection speed.

This site will tell you how fast your connection really is. I've been in libraries whose T1 line was slower than a 56k dialup modem. I have a DSL line where I work (my home) and this tool just told me I'm getting 1139 kbps (of course, I'm the only person using this bandwidth) -- which is about what I should be getting. Does your library really provide high bandwidth access?

Posted by leita at 05:21 PM

September 26, 2004

For all the NPR Weekend Edition listeners

The blog post (don't miss the comments either) imagining an affair between Lianne Hansen and Will Shortz that Lianne mentioned this morning.

Posted by leita at 10:05 AM

September 21, 2004

AskJeeves enters the ring

Ask Jeeves revamps search engine, from InfoWorld,

Posted by leita at 07:17 AM

September 18, 2004

I thought the problem was with my eyes

Now I know why the fonts have gotten so much smaller in the past couple of years.

Want people to read, not scan? Consider small type

The Eyetrack III researchers discovered something important when testing headline and type size on homepages: Smaller type encourages focused viewing behavior (that is, reading the words), while larger type promotes lighter scanning. In general, our testing found that people spent more time focused on small type than large type.

Posted by leita at 08:30 AM

September 17, 2004

More on A9

Updates to my A9 post a couple of days ago. Great information on the pros and cons on this new search resource I've been using a lot lately from John Battelle's Searchblog.

Posted by leita at 04:45 PM

September 16, 2004

Wikipedia as an authority

Read an interesting post over at Web4Lib about Wikipedia being used as an authoritative source at the Library of Congress.

The record cited:

010 sh2004001503
040 DLC ?b eng ?c DLC
005 20040325160112.0
150 Hinnies
550 Livestock ?w g
550 Donkeys
550 Horses
670 Work cat.: 2003070232: Grovet, Heather. Beanie, the horse that wasn't a horse, 2004.
670 Wikipedia, Feb. 12, 2004 ?b (Hinny: the offspring of a male horse and a female donkey)
670 Am. heritage dict. ?b (Hinny, n., pl-nies: The hybrid offspring of a male horse and a female donkey)

Posted by leita at 05:25 PM

September 15, 2004

A9 toolbar

Rats! Sometimes it sucks to be a Mac aficionado. Those handy search toolbars aren't ever done for the Mac when they first come out. Eventually someone will figure it out and post it at the Mozilla plug-ins site for us Firebird users, or elsewhere. But it's not available to me today unless I crank up my Windows laptop. And, since this is the kind of toolbar you need available while you work and since I work on a Mac, I will have to wait. But for you 95% Windows users out there, this is hot -- A9 has been enhanced. Lots of useful search inforporations. See today's NYT article for details.

Posted by leita at 06:35 AM

September 14, 2004

A successful use of the "comments" feature of blogs

Last Friday we posted the news of Anne Lipow's death on the Infopeople blog. We generally keep the comments feature for the blog turned off, because the blog is more informational than discussion, and it is reported that enabling comments on blogs leads to spam. I thought, however, that the comments feature would give folks who knew Anne a place to share remembrances with her family and friends. The family thought it was a good idea, and have linked to it from Anne's company website. As of this posting, it has been a great success, with wonderful comments from many people (and no spam!).

Posted by leita at 11:33 AM