remaindered links and a short report

where you put your library fines and how the librarian gets them out

People have been sending me some great links which I’ve been consolidating for a “best of inbox” post here today. This is a rainy Vermont weekend coming up which means indoor projects and I’m waiting for the kitchen floor to dry.

The above image is from the Royalton Library up the road from here. I went there on Wednesday after recording the MetaFilter podcast. The librarian had a patron who had gotten a “free” computer (actually two) and needed help setting it up. I went over with Ubuntu CDs and a cheery frame of mind. That outlook soured somewhat when I learned more about the computers. They were given to this family by the VT Department of Children and Families. They were, I think, donated to them. Neither one worked right — one had no operating system (and a possibly broken CD drive) and one froze intermittently. DCF had given these computers to this family, this family already needing a bit of help, as a way of helping them out. All they wound up doing was giving them a project, a somewhat futile project. The mom and daughter were good natured about it, but I felt totally on the spot — if I fixed the computers, the family would have a computer. I took them home to mess with and I’ll probably just replace them with a working computer from my attic. What a pickle.

On to the links I’ve assembled.

That’s the short list for now, I have a few that are begging for more explication which I’ll be getting to shortly.

4 Responses to “remaindered links and a short report”

  1. Jessica Says:

    If you can’t help the family get those computers running, I cannot say enough good about Freecycle.org. They may be able to find a decent one there.

  2. Stan Says:

    Thanks for listing the library punk in your link potpourri!

    We’re so pretty…

  3. Archives Issues | More on Brewster Kahle, the Internet Archive and the FBI Says:

    [...] Librarian.net highlighted the May 26th “This Week in Technology” podcast featuring Brewster Kahle talking about defending the Internet Archive from being served by FBI in 2007 with a national security letter seeking the identity and behavior of an Internet Archive user (see also previous post on this case). [...]

  4. rebecca Says:

    hey, I think I can procure at least one free computer. checking now.