In the heart of civilization lie places abandoned. For whatever reason, people retreat from these spaces entirely, leaving behind unintentional time capsules filled with objects and equipment from another era, including computers.
In recent years, a risky hobby called 'urban exploration' has gained momentum on the Internet. Urban explorers risk life, limb, and imprisonment to document derelict buildings and urban decay. They are guided by a code of ethics not to disturb what they find, as illustrated by their main credo: 'Take nothing but pictures, leave nothing but footprints.'
In the following slides, we'll uncover the hidden and often eerie world of abandoned computers in 12 photographs/photos. that remind us both of our own propensity for technological excess and of the seemingly inexorable force of tech obsolescence that has overtaken our civilization at a breakneck pace...""
Ant writes: "This Libreaction blog rants on how "real librarians sometimes silently cringe at the shockingly-poor reference interviews conducted by librarians on television/TV and in the movies.
But Andy Priestner, head business librarian at Cambridge University, isn't going to hide under the reference desk. He's come out swinging against Jocasta Nu, the librarian over the Jedi Archives depicted in the Star Wars franchise. As the above video illustrates, Nu really doesn't know how to discern and meet customer needs. Priestner writes at length about Nu's dubious use of space and access policies..."
Ant writes: "A 15 minutes and 21 seconds TED video talk showing: "Jason Fried has a radical theory of working: that the office isn't a good place to do it. At TEDxMidwest, he lays out the main problems (call them the meetings and managers (M&Ms)) and offers three suggestions to make work work.
Ant writes: "This old BBC News article reports that sitting straight is bad for backs — "Man sat at a desk. Slouching over a desk is certainly not recommended. Sitting up straight is not the best position for office workers, a study has suggested..."
Ant writes: "HotelChatter's Annual Hotel WiFi Report 2010 — "This year marks HotelChatter's sixth annual hotel wifi report. Over the years we've documented the progression of hotel WiFi, from blatant disregard, to price-gouging for WiFi access, and reliable WiFi for loyalty program members, through guests taking matters in to their own hands with wireless laptop/notebook cards and 3G access. A year ago, we thought guest demand for free, reliable, hotel WiFi might just go away, thanks to 3G.
Well guess what? The demand for hotel WiFi has not gone away, quite the opposite, a growing number of hotel guests not only demand the hotel they book have proper wireless access but most will consider *not* staying at a hotel that can't meet their basic access needs. That's right, WiFi is a make or break amenity for many hotel guests that can sway booking decisions — and that isn't going away..."
Ant writes: "Frontline has a 1.5 hours documentary video titled "Digital Nation" — "A television (TV)/Web report on the digital revolution and how it's changing our lives, with video stories, interviews, and user-generated video on relationships, information overload, education, the military, parenting, brain development, and more...""