December 10th, 2006 by Michael Sauers

Originally uploaded by travelinlibrarian.

On the flight home from Cedar Rapids the other day I was deep into Wikinomics when the woman sitting next to me, looked up from her bible study book, looked at the cover of the book I was reading and asked “What’s wikinomics?” pronouncing the “i” in wiki as an “a”. Not knowing how much she knew about the Internet I stated my explaination with “It’s about how new Internet technologies are effecting businesses and the economy…” At this point a relieve expression came over her face, she smiled, and said “Oh, I thought it was about witchcraft.”

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November 8th, 2006 by Michael Sauers

Yes, The Children of Hurin, originally started by Mr. Tolkien in 1918 and recently finished by his son Christopher, will be released on April 17, 2007.

“The first complete book by J.R.R. Tolkien in three decades—since the publication of The Silmarillion in 1977—The Children of Húrin reunites fans of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings with Elves and Men, dragons and Dwarves, Eagles and Orcs. Presented for the first time as a complete, standalone story, this stirring narrative will appeal to casual fans and expert readers alike, returning them to the rich landscape and characters unique to Tolkien.”

A $100 Deluxe Edition is also available for pre-ordering.

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October 19th, 2006 by Michael Sauers

For those that don’t want to wait for IE7 to show up via Windows Update, you can now download it directly from the Microsoft site. (You’ve been warned in the past but now it’s cofirmed: It won’t work on anything less than XPsp2.)

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October 12th, 2006 by Michael Sauers

Blogging and RSS: A Librarian's GuideFor those of you not coming to IL2006 the book is now available for ordering from both Informatin Today, Inc. and (Buy it through Amazon and I get an extra cut as an associate.) Heck, at only $29.50, buy two and give one to a co-worker.

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September 10th, 2006 by Michael Sauers

I havn’t blogges about’s downloadable video service Unbox yet and I wasn’t planning to until I say that they are offering a limited number of Doctor Who episodes (the original 1963-1989 series). I ove the fact that they’re doing this but if you look at the details, the downloads (good for 30 days worth of viewing) are $1.99 each. That’s $1.99 per 25 minute episode of which 4-6 episodes typically formed a complete story. So, at a minimum, you’re looking at $8-12 for a 1:30-2:15 show. That’s a bit high in my opinion.

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August 30th, 2006 by Michael Sauers

As I promised the folks in my Blogging workshop last week, here’s the screencast of how to install and use the BlogThis! bookmarklet. (It’s in .swf format so you’ll need to be sure you’ve got the latest Flash Player installed in order to view it.)

On a more technical note, I used CamStudio to create the video and convert to flash. It also wrote an HTML page for me that embedded the video, instead of linking to it like I’ve done here. That code looks correct and is correct based on every bit of reading I’ve done on the subject. However, it completely works only in IE. In Firefox I get audio but no video. Take a look at the page if you’d like to help. If anyone has any suggestions or pointers please let me know.

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August 25th, 2006 by Michael Sauers

IE7RC1The IEBlog page gives most of the details. The biggest thing I noticed is about the install program. This one will automatically remove previous beta installations. You will not need to go through the add/remove programs-based uninstall this time around. (Assuming you’ve previously installed beta 3.)

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July 3rd, 2006 by Michael Sauers

If my instructions for uninstalling IE7 betas don’t work for you, take a look at these instructions from the IEBlog.

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June 30th, 2006 by Michael Sauers
Lists in Firefox
Lists in IE

I’m getting some odd results in IE right now (both in IE6 and IE7beta3) that I just can’t explain. Here’s what I’m talking about:

  • unordered list
  • unordered list
  • unordered list
  • unordered list
  1. ordered list
  2. ordered list
  3. ordered list
  4. ordered list

The first list is coded with <ul> and displays the bullets as expected. The second list is coded with <ol> and displays the nubmers one through four as expected, but only in Firefox. IE is not displaying the nubmers. The really odd part is that it only seems to be happening in my Blogger posts, but not with test files sitting on my hard drive. I’ve repeated this on multiple computers and would appreciate someone confirming this problem. If you have a solution and/or explaination I’d love to hear it.

UPDATE: As you can see, the CSS edit suggested by Steve in the comments fixed the problem. Thanks Steve!

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June 30th, 2006 by Michael Sauers

IE7b3 about screen
I’ve now downloaded and installed IE7beta3 on two computers without too much trouble. As I’ve mentioned previously I’m saving a full review of the process and the program itself until the final release but for now you can view the slideshow of the 84 screenshots I took during the installation and first run. If you are going to install it here are a few pointers from my experiences.

  • Installing any IE7 beta will replace IE6. You can get IE6 back by uninstalling the beta, but you can not run both at the same time.
  • You will be asked to verify that your version of Windows is legit. To do this you may need to download and install the Windows Genuine Advantage Plug-in in order to do this. The slideshow shows this process since I was using Firefox to download the beta. If you’re using IE6, this process will be slightly different.
  • Before installing beta3 you will need to uninstall any previous betas that are on your computer. The message says to do this by using Windows’ Add/Remove Programs feature. However, previous betas are not listed here unless you select “Show Updates”. Once you’ve done that, you will find previous betas listed under “Windows XP – Software Updates”.
  • After uninstalling a previous beta you must reboot your computer before installing beta3. Failing to do so will seem to work but it won’t.
  • The installation on my office laptop failed the first time. Instructions for fixing the problem were provided and involved editing the registry. Once I did this, the second attempt worked without any additional problems.

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