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Month March 2005

spring fever, wireless town

I’ve got my office torn apart for remodeling, and I haven’t had my computer hooked up for about 48 hours. I can hardly believe I haven’t started frothing at the mouth. We don’t have television or cable either, so we’ve been nicely disconnected for the past few days.

At any rate, it is a beautiful day here in Western Springs, so I’ve been riding my bike around to various places, getting errands done and working on an article. I’m sitting outside of the library now, slurping up some wifi. Yum!

Speaking of Western Springs, getting a signal is going to be a heck of a lot easier in this town soon. We’re going to be one of the first suburbs to have free wifi in our downtown area (and adjacent park). While this makes me happy as a citizen, as a librarian I’m perhaps slightly disappointed that the library won’t be the only provider of free wifi in town. I once considered starting a library initiated wifi project in town, but I felt that there were more important things to be doing with our time and money. It is just too bad we’re not involved in some way.

On the bright side, many more people will be using wireless devices, so I’m sure our network will get more use. Good timing that I have my “What is Wireless?” class scheduled soon.

Now I just have to figure how to install a signal amplifier on the access point (pringles, anyone?) closest to my house to I can stop paying the telco for a landline I never use.

money -> mouth

In the post leading communities through info technologies I mentioned that I’d report back on the results of some advanced type classes at the library. Last week I held a class titled “Weblogs and Really Simple Sundication (RSS)” at the library.

Only 4 people attended. This, however, was a good size. Noone was familiar with blogs or rss.