Category: Internet

February 28th, 2015 by Michael Sauers

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


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February 27th, 2015 by Michael Sauers

For those of you that missed it:

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February 26th, 2015 by Michael Sauers

NCompass Live: Tech Talk with Michael Sauers: Adding True SMS Service to an Integrated Library System (ILS) from Nebraska Library Commission


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February 24th, 2015 by Michael Sauers

DownDetector is a great little service that will help you figure out if an online service or ISP is currently down. Beyond letting you know if the service is currently up or down, it also provides historical data and allows you to report your current ability to access the service or not.

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February 17th, 2015 by Michael Sauers

Facebook is a place to share and connect with friends and family. For many of us, it’s also a place to remember and honor those we’ve lost. When a person passes away, their account can become a memorial of their life, friendships and experiences.

Today we’re introducing a new feature that lets people choose a legacy contact—a family member or friend who can manage their account when they pass away. Once someone lets us know that a person has passed away, we will memorialize the account and the legacy contact will be able to:

  • Write a post to display at the top of the memorialized Timeline (for example, to announce a memorial service or share a special message)
  • Respond to new friend requests from family members and friends who were not yet connected on Facebook
  • Update the profile picture and cover photo

If someone chooses, they may give their legacy contact permission to download an archive of the photos, posts and profile information they shared on Facebook. Other settings will remain the same as before the account was memorialized. The legacy contact will not be able to log in as the person who passed away or see that person’s private messages.

Alternatively, people can let us know if they’d prefer to have their Facebook account permanently deleted after death.

Here’s how to choose a legacy contact:

  1. Open your settings. Choose Security and then Legacy Contact at the bottom of the page.
  2. After choosing your legacy contact, you’ll have the option to send a message to that person.
  3. You may give your legacy contact permission to download an archive of the posts, photos and profile info you’ve shared on Facebook.

Read the full instructions @ Facebook.

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January 30th, 2015 by Michael Sauers

Matt Cutts describes lessons learned from the early days of Google in a January 2015 talk at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

The slides are available at

More info about the Toolsmith fund at

Watch other talks in this series at

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January 22nd, 2015 by Michael Sauers

That moment

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January 5th, 2015 by Michael Sauers

Boy Viewing Mount Fuji

The Freer Gallery of Art and the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery contain some of the most important holdings of Asian art in the world. In addition, the Freer Gallery boasts exemplary examples of late nineteenth-century works by James McNeill Whistler and his American contemporaries. The Sackler Gallery is host to contemporary art from Asia as well as international loan exhibitions. Together, both Galleries form the national museums of Asian art at the Smithsonian and are dedicated to the acquisition, care, study, and exhibition of works in their collections.

Image: Boy Viewing Mount Fuji, 1839,Katsushika Hokusai, (Japanese, 1760-1849)


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January 2nd, 2015 by Michael Sauers

Ian Urbina, author of The Secret Lives of Passwords, talks about what passwords mean to people beyond their access to email or social networking accounts. Published on Dec 29, 2014

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December 12th, 2014 by Michael Sauers

“GLAM and the Free World,” Cory Doctorow’s keynote speech at Museums and the Web Florence 2014

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