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Date: 4/21/2005

Laptop sagas (stolen and found)

All the ibiblio office is abuzz over the video performance of Berkeley Professor Jasper Rine as he visits a class in which the pharmacological effects of coffee and of viagra are explained to put fear in the heart of the person who stole his (Rine’s) laptop during the another class. Boingboing has good coverage and links to many versions of the tape. And there is even a cartoon version. ABC News’ Hari Sreenivasan discloses the most unbelievable part of Rine’s over the top tirade:

At the beginning of the monologue, Rine outlines how he reinstalled the laptop’s version of Windows on a second machine and how folks at Microsoft’s Redmond headquarters responded within 15 minutes to the anomaly. (The idea that Microsoft would respond in 15 minutes to anything ought have been the first indication that there were some liberties with the truth.)

It turns out that it’s not such a good year for laptops with sensitive information at Berkeley.

And it’s not such a good year in Hampshire, England where one of the many laptops missing from the Ministry of Defense was found still full of data.

Poem a day for April

NC Poet Laureate Kay Byer releases a poem each day by a different NC poet on the NC Arts Council Website. Quite a variety there. Like Kay, I love the lines in Margaret (aka Peggy) Rabb’s “Dogwood Alarm.”

Your Elected Representative – me

Just got word that I won the UNC Faculty Election as the Professional Schools’ Representative to the Adminstrative Board of the Library. The Library in question being the UNC-Chapel Hill Academic Libraries.
This puts me on two library boards at once. The Chapel Hill Public Library Board of Trustees and the Administrative Board for UNC.
Send your local library issues this way. (And thanks if you voted for me).

Brainz: Meta and Music

Robert Kaye, who has the most creative hair styles known, writes to announce the MetaBrainz Foundation, which is designed to run the evolving MusicBrainz project.

MusicBrainz is a user maintained community music metadatabase. Music metadata is information such as the name of an artist, the name of an album and list of tracks that appear on an album. MusicBrainz collects this information about music and makes it available to the public.

With the creation of the MetaBrainz Foundation, the MusicBrainz project enters its second phase of life. In the first incarnation, the project was privately maintained and focused primarily on basic music metadata described above. Today the MusicBrainz project has the legal backing and infrastructure of the MetaBrainz Foundation, which will allow it to embark on a mission to expand its scope.

MusicBrainz recently released the Advanced Relationships feature which allows volunteers to enter vastly more information about music than previously possible. This new feature allows MusicBrainz to capture essential music information as well as obscure facts about music and the musicians who created it. With these new features, MusicBrainz takes the first step towards creating a user contributed music encyclopedia.

MetaBrainz has a killer Board, including Larry Lessig, Joi Ito, Cory Doctorow and Dan Brickley and is officially tax-exempt and is ready to receive your donations and your help.

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