Monday, June 14, 2010

Starbucks WiFi

Rumor has it that Starbucks is going to offer free WiFi starting July 1st. They have had WiFi for the last several years but were locked into a contract with T-Mobile who managed the service. At that time only the first 24 hrs were free, then you needed an account with T-Mobile ($$$) to connect. Other coffee houses offered free WiFi so this is great for Starbucks and many coffee addicts who also want an internet fix.

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Breaking News

I have dedicated nearly 22 years to a library that has been named the #1 library in the country and is now an ALA 5 Star library. On April 3rd the doors will close on 12 (50%) of the branches in our system and 148 of our finest will no longer have jobs. This is a sad truth all over the US. In many cities as the tax revenues decrease and the cost of government operations increase, libraries suffer, security suffers, and education suffers.

In our digital age, libraries offer the sole means of closing digital divides between the haves and have nots. As employees become the unemployed the reliance on libraries as a means of learning computer skills, creating a resume, searching for jobs, applying for jobs, and in some cases finding a job.

I invite any who are able to support your local library. Lobby for your government to prepare for the future and if they are not already effected to plan to weather the storm of the current recession.

Sunday, November 08, 2009

eMac upgrade update

Well, 4 of the 5 eMacs are upgraded to Leopard. Yes, they run it just fine after a memory upgrade to 1GB. I also stocked one with Open Source Software to test out. I will be recruiting teens and youth to help out with testing and getting opinions as to what works and what doesn't. So far TuxPaint has been used a lot.

Apple and bundled software:
iLife 09 - iMovie did not upgrade due to Video Card.
iWork 09 - Apple Office Suite
The old Panther build came bundled with a couple games that I left in place as they were very popular:
Nanosaur 2
Marble Blast Gold
I also allowed access to:
Dictionary, with profanity blocked

I also kept PrintShop for a desktop publishing software.

Open Source installed:
For pre-teens:
Child's Play
For Teens:

I am still trying to load Alice. I have it on my MacBook and it runs great. The website says that it will run on a PPC Mac but when I try to install it comes up as not recognized. I am still researching this but if any of my readers know what the problem might be let me know in comments, especially if you can help me resolve the issue.

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Photo social bookmarks

I'm not 100% sure why Digg or another social bookmarking site can't do this but I found this on iLibrarian and had to post a link to it. Basically the New York Times had an article about some sites that do for images what Digg and the rest do for websites. It's worth checking out.

Thursday, December 04, 2008

My Dewey number

Helene Blowers posted this from the CML Learn and Play program.

My name gives this and it really seems to fit me.

Mary Kyle's Dewey Decimal Section:

858 Italian miscellaneous writings

Mary Kyle = 31851525 = 318+515+25 = 858

800 Literature

Literature, criticism, analysis of classic writing and mythology.

What it says about you:
You're a global, worldly person who wants to make a big impact with your actions. You have a lot to tell people and you're good at making unique observations about everyday experiences. You can notice and remember details that other people think aren't important.

Find your Dewey Decimal Section at

This is the results from my birthday and again not a bad description:

Mary Kyle's Dewey Decimal Section:

671 Metalworking & primary metal products

Mary Kyle's birthday: 7/18/1953 = 718+1953 = 2671

600 Technology

Health, agriculture, management, public relations, buildings.

What it says about you:
You are creative and inspired to make the world a better place. You can work hard on something when it catches your interest. Your friends have unique interests in common with you.

Find your Dewey Decimal Section at

Lastly my 3 digit number choice:

Mary Kyle's Dewey Decimal Section:

927 (Optional number)

900 History & Geography

Travel, biographies, ancient history, and histories of continents.

What it says about you:
You're connected to your past and value the things that have happened to you. You've had some conflicted times in your life, but they've brought you to where you are today and you don't ignore it.

Find your Dewey Decimal Section at

I was truly surprised to find that all three seem to hit highlights that make up my personality, perhaps not all but some of the most obvious

Wednesday, December 03, 2008

I need a new marketing strategy

Teens don't care about Open Source. I will be attempting my GIMP class again but am marketing it as just a photo editing class. Hopefully, that will draw in more people.

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Avast me hearties!

Talk Like a pirate day is here again.
I've been checking my name for this year and came up with 2.

Mary, your pirate name is
Seaman Grainne O'Malley the Green
What is YOUR pirate name?