Tuesday Tech Tip: There’s a Game Hidden inside Google Chrome

Google Chrome users are probably familiar with the T-Rex dinosaur that shows up when your computer is not connected to the Internet. The T-rex had short arms and therefore lot of things were out of its reach. Chrome, like that dinosaur, too is having trouble reaching the Internet.

What’s even more interesting is that the offline dinosaur in Chrome is also a game. Press the space bar to activate and your Chrome tab will quickly turn into a moderately addictive game. The T-Rex will run and your mission is to prevent it from bumping into the saguaros.

Read the full article @ Digital Inspiration.

University of Illinois GLIS honors Orland Park Library for Intellectual Freedom

The Orland Park Public Library’s Board of Trustees and staff were recently honored with the 2014 Robert B. Downs Intellectual Freedom Award by the Graduate School of Library and Information Science’s (GSLIS) faculty at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and Libraries Unlimited. This national award recognizes exceptional contributions in defending intellectual freedom.

The library was acknowledged for its commitment to defending intellectual freedom and the First Amendment by supporting an Internet policy that allows adults unfiltered access to the Internet. After a challenge by two non-residents, the Board voted in 2014 to continue unfiltered access for adults as part of “…the fulfillment of their responsibility to provide information and enlightenment” as stated in the American Library Association’s Library Bill of Rights.

Read the full story @ The Chicago Tribune.

Google reverses recent “no porn” Blogger decision

Hello everyone,

This week, we announced a change to Blogger’s porn policy. We’ve had a ton of feedback, in particular about the introduction of a retroactive change (some people have had accounts for 10+ years), but also about the negative impact on individuals who post sexually explicit content to express their identities. So rather than implement this change, we’ve decided to step up enforcement around our existing policy prohibiting commercial porn.

Blog owners should continue to mark any blogs containing sexually explicit content as “adult” so that they can be placed behind an “adult content” warning page.

Bloggers whose content is consistent with this and other policies do not need to make any changes to their blogs.

Thank you for your continued feedback.

The Blogger Team

Source: productforums.google.com

Throwback Thursday: What did I read in 1990?

I’ve got a spreadsheet on which I’ve been tracking what books I’ve read back to 1990. Here’s that 1990 list.

Title Author Finished
Harmful Intent Robin Cook
The Great and Secret Show Clive Barker
Cyberbooks Ben Bova
Back to the Future Part II Craig Shaw Gardner
Mystery Peter Straub
The Clocks Agatha Christie 14-Jan
DL Preludes 3: Brothers Majere Stein 16-Jan
Only Begotten Daughter Morrow 19-Jan
Case of the Long-Legged Models Earl Stanley Gardner 19-Jan
Beyond the Poseidon Adventure Paul Gallico 20-Jan
The Exorcist William Peter Blatty 21-Jan
Nemesis Isaac Asimov 25-Jan
Perry Mason: Case of too Many Murders Chastain 23-Jan
Lori Robert Bloch 25-Jan
Partners in Crime Agatha Christie 30-Jan
The Fortress of the Pearl Michael Moorcock 3-Feb
Psycho House Robert Bloch 3-Feb
And then there were None Agatha Christie 7-Feb
Who Needs God Harold Kushner 19-Feb
The House of Doors Brian Lumley 19-Feb
Skin Trade Koontz (Intro.) 19-Feb
Wrath of Ashar Angus Wells 23-Feb
STTNG: Metamorphsis Jean Lorrah Feb-29
The Hunt for Red October Tom Clancy 4-Mar
Brain Rose Nancy Kress 9-Mar
Nighteyes Garfield Reeves-Stevens 12-Mar
Rules of Prey John Sandford 15-Mar
DL: Riverwind the Plainsman 20-Mar
A Matter for Men David Gerrold 27-Mar
Necroscope IV: Deadspeak Brian Lumley 10-Apr
The Face of Fear Daen R. Koontz 11-May
The Stand / Uncut Stephen King 13-May
Planet of the Apes #3: Journey Into Terror George Alec Effinger 17-May
Creature John Saul 19-May
Shattered Dean R. Koontz 19-May
The Servants of Twilight Dean R. Koontz 22-May
Alien Nation Alan Dean Foster 23-May
Total Recall Piers Anthony 25-May
ST #50: Doctor’s Orders Diane Duane 29-May
Scarecrow Richie Cusick 30-May
Back to the Future Part III Craig Shaw Gardner 31-May
The House of Thunder Dean R. Koontz 3-Jun
Night Chills Dean R. Koontz 6-Jun
Second Child John Saul 6-Jun
Strangers Dean R. Koontz 12-Jun
QB VII Leon Uris 13-Jun
By Reason of Insanity Shane Stevens 18-Jun
The Diamond Throne David Eddings 19-Jun
Blood Lust Ron Dee 19-Jun
The City of the Beast Michael Moorcock 20-Jun
Vampire Files #1: Bloodlist P.N. Elrod 23-Jun
Phule’s Company Robert Asprin 24-Jun
Lupe Gene Thompson 25-Jun
STTNG #12: Doomsday World Carter et. all. 26-Jun
Legion William Peter Blatty 27-Jun
The Vision Dean R. Koontz 28-Jun
Twilight Eyes Dean R. Koontz 5-Jul
Specimines Fred Saberhagen 9-Jul
Walkers Graham Masterton 9-Jul
Future Crime Ben Bova 11-Jul
Tender Prey Julia Grice 11-Jul
Broken Claw John Gardner 13-Jul
The Blessing Way Tony Hillerman 16-Jul
Perry Mason: Case of the Burning Bequest Chastain 16-Jul
Whispers Dean R. Koontz 20-Jul
Dance Hall of the Dead Tony Hillerman 22-Jul
Fade the Heat Jay Brandon 22-Jul
Chase K.R. Dwyer (Koontz) 24-Jul
Hanging On Dean R. Koontz 26-Jul
The Wall of Masks Brian Coffey (Koontz) 27-Jul
No Lesser Plea Robert K. Tannenbaum 28-Jul
The Bad Place Dean R. Koontz 1-Aug
A Darkness in My Soul Dean R. Koontz 2-Aug
Planet of the Apes #2:Escape tp Tomorrow George Alec Effinger 3-Aug
The Body Lovers Mickey Spillane 4-Aug
Fiends John Farris 8-Aug
Eyes of Darkness Dean R. Koontz 9-Aug
Tekwar William Shatner 11-Aug
Prison of Ice David Axton (Koontz) 15-Aug
Phantoms Dean R. Koontz 19-Aug
Prime Directive Garfiled Reeves-Stevens
Four Past Midnight Stephen King
Yes, I did more reading this year but got realy lazy and never wrote any of it down. I hope to never have this happen again. (01/13/91)
Night Plague Grahm Masterton 28-Dec
Cold Fire Dean R. Koontz 29-Dec

Google goes full prude when it comes to Blogger

In a sharp policy U-turn, Google is warning users of its Blogger platform that they must remove all graphic images and videos or face having their blog yanked from public view.

Google blogs – which have “blogger” or “blogspot” in their URLs – number in the many millions and include topics from makeup tips to X-rated material.

But from March 23, says the company, all this changes, and “you won’t be able to publicly share images and video that are sexually explicit or show graphic nudity on Blogger.”

Existing blogs that contravene this rule won’t actually be deleted, but will be set to “private”, so that they can only be seen by their owners or by anybody that’s been specifically invited. New blogs, though, could be pulled altogether.

The only exception will be content that “offers a substantial public benefit, for example in artistic, educational, documentary, or scientific contexts”.

Read the full article @ Forbes.