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Musings of a librarian, former archivist, musician, bibliophile, and tech-obsessed.

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The New Tablet/Netbook

I really want an EEE Pad Transformer by ASUS! It's a netbook and a tablet in one that run on the Android system.

I want something for conferences and the many committee meetings at GW, so I don't have to translate my poor penmanship when I get back to campus. I want to actually make the edits on the documents we work on in the meetings, at the meetings! My bad back prevents me from hauling my laptop on the metro, and commuters prevent me from getting a wheel laptop bag (because it's actually harder to wheel something through a crowd than it is to break your back carrying it). I've been eying the Xoom since it came out many months ago, but on an archivist's salary, I just can't justify it, and it doesn't have all of the functionalities I want. I've looked at countless netbooks but I haven't been fully satisfied because I want to switch to the Android platform.

This may just be the answer to my tech problems AND it's much more affordable than the Xoom or ipad!

This is one of the more extensive reviews I've found.


The Bibliophile In Me Breaks Out...

The bibliophile and techie in me has recently gotten excited about e-books, especially ones from Barnes and Noble. Why? Not only does their e-reader use the Android operating system and receives operating system updates much like a computer or a smartphone, not only does the e-reader read e-pubs and cross-platform PDFs, and not only does the nook have an app for my Driod, but Barnes and Noble supports the habits of bibliophiles like me by giving away free books every week! Every Free Friday, one newer book is made available for free download, and 12 free classic books are made available (though this program runs for only a few more weeks)! My favorite weekly theme so far--books that were banned in libraries!


Personal Archivist For Hire

Sometimes I feel like a personal archivist-for-hire.

When I was starting along this path and joked with my family "If you need something preserved, you know who to ask!" they laughed. Okay, not the same as "Now that I'm an accountant, I'll do your taxes for free," but I meant well.

Now I've taken on a project for each side of my family--a photo preservation project from my mom's side and a mixed material collection (cloth, medals, documents, tin-types, etc.) of Civil War era from my dad's side (from Peter Pike, who served in the war).

Recently, my boyfriend has realized the potential of my tech side ("Can you look at my printer?" "Why doesn't this file work on this computer?"). I de-acidified and housed his newspaper from the Red Sox World Series win for a gift. We've been packing his stuff since he's moving next week, and he found a few magazines from the same time, and he wants those preserved, too. He also has quite the collection of movies on VHS, DVD, and Blueray. Somehow we got on the topic of me transferring audio for work and that somehow translated into me transferring his VHS to a hard drive. I said "Just as soon as I figure out how to do that for work..."


Just because I'm an A/V techie...


Just because I'm an A/V techie, doesn't mean I'm a computer techie. My cheat sheet (brought to you by comics: