Alexis Madrigal has written a fascinating article for The Atlantic about how the New York Public Library is not only not floundering in this digital age, but is flourishing in ways that the beleaguered newspaper, magazine, and television industries would do well to examine. follow link
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Encrypted Screen Sharing in Snow Leopard
In Snow Leopard, screen sharing in iChat can now be encrypted if both parties sharing a screen have MobileMe accounts and have enabled encryption (iChat > Preferences > Accounts > Security).
The Atlantic on What Big Media Can Learn from the NYPL
Hmph. Inspired by the TB piece on Overdrive, I tried reading ebooks from the NPL and Brooklyn PL. Both websites and the Overdrive app (on iPad & iPhone) were unusable.
Yes, the OverDrive apps have a long way to go before they can even be called mediocre. Fortunately, Bluefire is capable of displaying the ebooks that most libraries' OverDrive services offer. See "OverDrive, Bluefire, and the EPUBlic Library," 18 February 2011: http://tidbits.com/article/11980