Tag Archives: wikipedia

Everything Is Too Complicated – What Are Tech Companies Assuming We Know?

A good article which is especially relevant to libraries where we hear many tech-related questions every day and struggle with how far we go with our tech-support role, how we train staff to answer tech questions and whether “Tech Help Desk” is the new “Reference Desk” for the modern library. Think of the tech industry […]

“I Made My Shed The Top Rated Restaurant on TripAdvisor” (And Some Quick Thoughts on Fake News)

At RPL’s recent Staff Development Day, I was asked to moderate a panel discussion on fake news.  The panelists included a local education prof who specializes in social media and digital technology, a journalism prof who specializes in mass and alternative media and a journalist who is the assignment producer as well as having responsibility for […]

Friday Fun Link – What The World’s Biggest Sites Looked Like At Launch

This is pretty interesting featuring screenshots of the original version of sites such as Google, Yahoo, Amazon, etc. For comparison’s sake, here’s what my very first web page looked like in December 1998 (this isn’t the first page I ever made but the earliest I could find in the Wayback Machine).       Crazy to […]

What Happens If You Keep Clicking On The First Link of A Wikipedia Article Over and Over Again?

You almost inevitably end up in the entry for “Philosophy”!

Friday Fun Link – Listen to Wikipedia

HatNote is a unique site that interprets ongoing Wikipedia edits as musical notes – which creates a nice ambient soundscape if you leave it open in a tab.

Friday Fun Link – How Secure Is My Password?

This site lets you know if your passwords are very secure.

Friday Fun Link – “It was Google back in the day.” Teens React to Encyclopedias

Bonus footage:

13 Best Entries from the TL;DR Tumblr Version of Wikipedia

TL;DR means “too long; didn’t read” and is used when you provide a summary of a longer comment or article. A hilarious Tumblr  (now private?) creates TL;DR versions of Wikipedia articles.  Even though the original Tumblr doesn’t appear to be available, Google Images is your friend.  

How Popular Are The Various Netflix Original Series?

On the recommendation of a co-worker, Shea and I are working through “The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt”, a Netflix original series.  (That link will go to Wikiwand.com – a site I recently discovered that presents Wikipedia pages in a more visually appealing, readable format.) Watching that series led me to this article which discusses how a company that’s […]

Friday Fun Link – Wikipedia’s List of Emerging Technologies

Covering all kinds of sectors from energy to manufacturing to health and more.  Fascinating glimpse at the near future.