Technology

End of typewriters

Although there are still a lot of typewriters on the market, mashable (a technology news source) & others are reporting that Godrej and Boyce, the last remaining manufacturer of typewriters, has shut down production http://mashable.com/2011/04/26/rip-typewriter/ More here:http://tinyurl.com/3cefhtg A history of typewriters and key layouts (…and I keep reading that keyboards are on the way out, too)

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Google ceases support for pages and files for Google groups

Well, this just sucks (as a manager of groups on google…) Google Groups will no longer be supporting the Pages and Files features. Starting November 1, you won’t be able to upload new content, but you will still be able to view and download existing content. See this announcement for more information and other options for storing your content.http://is.gd/fpoMe

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MIT Libraries Beta Graveyard

Interesting idea… “University libraries nationwide are attempting to make scholarly research easier, whether with browser extensions or iPad applications. For technologies in the testing stages, though, low usage or lack of support can lead to an early demise. MIT Libraries has created a place to for these tools after they’ve come face to face with the grim reaper—its Beta Graveyard.” more here:http://is.gd/ePwuh link directly to ...

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remove background in google — did this pass usability testing? really?

If you’ve been to google today, you got to see a hideous background image — pretty, but impossible to read the font. Want to replace with the default google page? Sorry you are out of luck — at least for today. However you can choose a plain white image from Editor’s picks which changes the background to plain ol’ white background — well sort of. ...

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Lifespan of digital formats — how long will that flashdrive last?

A sampling of common digital media and their life expectancies (assuming you take care of them):• Floppy disk – This can theoretically survive between 3 and 10 million passes• CD and DVDs – It depends heavily on the materials used in their construction (PDF), but you’re looking at anywhere between 2 and 10 and 25 years, in the best of circumstances• Flash storage – Also ...

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What happened to tr.im (& reviews of URL shorteners)

Wandered over to shorten a URL @tr.im and found this: tr.im is no longer accepting URL shortening requests via its website. May we respectfully suggest that you choose one of the many other wonderful alternatives available. Please understand that this does not affect any software that has tr.im available within it. tr.im‘s API is available, and redirections are working normally. Found this article about it:http://thenextweb.com/us/2010/03/22/trim-small-app-problem/ ...

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