31 August 2014

intersections between politics, global commerce, physical infrastructures, and the internet interesting

In the wake of learning on Thursday just how the information on the internet is transferred (in a very physical, not magical way), I was reminded of an article I read this summer about how the internet is in danger of being broken up along regional lines all across the globe.

In case someone else finds the intersections between politics, global commerce, physical infrastructures, and the internet interesting, here it is:


30 August 2014

Introduction of Nora Weston

  1. My name is Eleanor Weston, but I usually go by Nora (Eleanor works fine as well, though).
  2. I am originally from Danville, KY, though I have lived in three different towns in North Carolina over the past year and a half.
  3. I am a first year MSLS student.
  4. I am majoring in Library Science, on the Archives track.
  5. I hope to learn a lot more about web development and relational databases in this class--I would like to make prettier websites for my own portfolio and work by other people, and relational databases seem like an incredibly powerful tool, which I have never built on my own before this year.
  6. Some other things: I have a broad range of interests, but academically mostly around art and natural sciences. I used to work as an illustrator for a natural history museum, and I really like drawing bones. I am hoping to become a collection manager for a science museum someday.
  7. I also work in the UL at the reference desk, so come talk to me if you'd like help researching things or installing CCI Printing software (preferably the former, more likely the latter).

29 August 2014

Upcoming Events!

Hello Everyone! I gave a starter last class about upcoming events for anybody looking for internships or full-time positions!  Here are the events I listed in class.

Tuesday, September 2nd 4pm-6pm
"Projecting Professionalism" Workshop
239 Hanes Hall

Wednesday, September 10th 10am-2pm, 4pm-5pm
GE Career Day!
From 10am-2pm there will be booths set up in the student union and in the business school.
From 4pm-5pm there will be an information session in the student union.

Thursday, September 11th 1pm-4pm
UNC Job and Internship Expo Fair
Ram's Head
-Full-time positions and internships
-Bring multiple resumes
-Professional attire encouraged

Friday, September 12th 11am-2pm
Computer Science and Information Technology Fair
Sitterson Hall

As I said in class, information about upcoming events can also be found on the UNC Career Services website.  Also feel free to subscribe to listervs from SILS and ISSUE!  September is a busy month at SILS so make sure to keep yourself updated with upcoming events and deadlines.

If you have any questions, feel free to contact me!


28 August 2014

Configuring your client to show file extensions

Often we see issues with folks not knowing the file types they are dealing with. Often this is caused by the client computer having been set up to hide file extensions. I recommend you re-configure your client to always show your file extensions so you can clearly see the difference between a file named "something.jpg" and a file named "something.JPG".

Show File Extensions

See here to enable File Extensions for OSX (Use "For All Files") 

Here for Windoze 8, and here for Windoze 7


-Chris Nellis

PS: If anything in this class doesn't make sense, ask me. I know what's going on, and I really enjoy being helpful :)

advanced email techniques

·       More emotions are always better than less. So try to use people’s names in emails and add a picture of yourself.
·       It is possible to track when and where emails are opened by embedding some JavaScript in a small image.
·       Streak for Gmail is the best way to track emails. It can be found at https://www.streak.com/ .
·       You can protect yourself from this kind of tracking by not displaying images in email.
·       It is possible to specify when to send an email in the future.

·       The best way to send emails later is Boomerang. It can be found at http://www.boomeranggmail.com/ .

Hi I'm Johnathon Kirk

·       My hometown is Cary North Carolina.
·       My intended major is information science
·       My primary areas of interest are security, networking, handling the flood of information and making technology more accessible.
·       I hope to learn some web development and databases from this class as well as to meet other people interested in information tools.
·       My operating system is windows 7 64bit.
·       I have A+, Network+ and Security+ certifications.

·       I am currently studying for the Cisco Certified Networking associate.

27 August 2014

Starters for networks session


U.S. Underwrites Internet Detour Around Censors. By JAMES GLANZ and JOHN MARKOFF in the New York Times, Published: June 12, 2011. The Obama administration is leading a global effort to deploy “shadow” Internet and mobile phone systems that dissidents can use to undermine repressive governments that seek to silence them by censoring or shutting down telecommunications networks.


Last.fm, a form of a tailored music stream, linked to a social networking structure. You can read about it how it evolved through 2008 on its blog. You can also become part of the ongoing conversation on its Feedback and Ideas Forum.


Despite the Latest Creaks, the Internet Isn’t Close to Breaking. The complexity of the Internet is overwhelming some older routers, but these systems can easily be upgraded. By Mike Orcutt on August 20, 2014[Technology Review]


Transparent Screens pool slideshow on Flickr


How the internet works. Mapping the tubes. Contrary to expectations, the internet has a heart of cable and steel. Jun 23rd 2012 | from the print edition


The future of corporate IT: Surfing a digital wave, or drowning? Information technology is everywhere. For companies’ IT departments, that is a mixed blessing. Dec 7th 2013 | From the print edition

Issues to ponder

Center for Democracy and Technology works to promote democratic values and constitutional liberties in the digital age. With expertise in law, technology, and policy, CDT seeks practical solutions to enhance free expression and privacy in global communications technologies. CDT is dedicated to building consensus among all parties interested in the future of the Internet and other new communications media

Free Tools

The Puush application allows users to take advantage of keyboard shortcuts or drag-drop gestures to quickly capture any portion of their screen or upload any file. The files are effectively "puush'd", which leaves a short URL in the clipboard, which means they can be easily shared with others. Visitors can also archive and embed their files for free, which is quite nice. This version is compatible with computers running Windows XP and newer and Mac OS X 10.5 or 10.6.


The Skitch application is a great way to capture screen shots, crop them, resize them, and even add your own text to the image. Visitors can share these shots with others via Facebook, Twitter, and other social media sites. It's a fun way to customize different images, and it can be used as a basic design tool for those interested in the field. This version is compatible with computers running Mac OS X 10.4 and newer.

And yet one more

Quick Screen Share is pretty much the easiest way to share a screen, and it doesn't require registration or installation. The program allows visitors to also remotely control the mouse and keyboard, and it is a great way to share information on a range of projects. This version is compatible with all operating systems, including Linux.

Data Display

2. Countries That Do Not Use the Metric System


Should've probably done this sooner...

Hey everyone,

Glad to see I might be the very last to post my introduction :-) My name is Travis Fish and I'm a junior transfer here at UNC.  I moved to Greenville, NC from Buffalo, NY a couple years after high school, where I worked as a project foreman for a contracting company much of the last 6 years (I'll be 29 in October).  I decided to go back to school because I wasn't being challenged anymore at work and it became too repetitive, although the money was great.  After three semesters at PCC, I applied to UNC and you can guess the rest. I live in North Raleigh now with my three big 80lb. dogs who take up most of my time when I'm not at school.  I'm applying to the SILS program this semester, which I hope to major in.  I expect to gain a lot from this class, but I am most looking forward to the design aspect of some of our projects.  I'm good with my hands so I enjoy building and creating things.  Hopefully, it's as much fun doing it on the computer as it is on a property.  Good luck this semester and look forward to seeing you all around!

PS- I'm the guy usually wearing a Buffalo Bills or Sabres hat/apparel

Libib: A Neato App for Book Collectors

Hello INLS 161 People!

I know that a lot of us are Library Science students and a lot of us are book-lovers, so I wanted to share my favorite app with everyone.

Libib - a cataloging app for personal libraries

It is surprisingly difficult to find a good app for organizing personal books collections, but this is a great one. I use it not only to organize but also to track what I have already bought for my library and, of course, it is great for bragging about your many lovely tomes.

This is my favorite online tools for cataloging for a number of reasons:

  • It's free, really.
  • There is no limit to the number of items you can add.
  • You can catalog books, music, movies and video games.
  • It can be accessed through the mobile app or the website.
  • You can add items by scanning the ISBN/barcode.
  • The entries are very detailed and include a cover image of the book that it pulls from the web.
  • You can set up whatever categories/folders/sections you want. For example, I currently have sections for Fiction, History, Reference, etc.
  • If you wish, you can socialize with fellow collectors.
  • You can import or export your entire list.
  • You can get statistics about your own reading/collecting habits.

I have only come across a few issues:

  • If a book is too old to have an ISBN, then you would have to enter it manually. I'm sure a lot of book people like me would not mind that so much. 
  • You cannot delete an entry from the app, just from the website.
  • In a few instances with some obscure paperbacks that had ISBN numbers, the barcode sometimes scanned in as a different book, so you just have to check your entries after you scan them in to make sure you don't have incorrect titles in your list.

Overall, I love this app/website and highly recommend it for those of us that have too many books to remember all of them. Here is a link to the site: http://www.libib.com/ 


It looks as if ITS has cleared up the ONYEN issues for you all. I just checked and ISIS allowed me to ONYEN protect your individual gradesheets. You may download and see your gradesheets as you wish, using your personal ONYEN credentials.

Your gradesheet is an Excel workbook, with individual worksheets for each task. We are currently doing task 01, so look at the tab for task 01 and see if you have been credited for your work. If you haven't, you may need to either contact me or double check to see if you have told me that you did the task.

26 August 2014

Minnipa - the small and dry

Hi all,

So this is Minnipa, a town where I spent the ages 8 to 12.  Something I forgot to mention about living in such a small town is how close to everything you are.  We went on a tour down to the main street from my house, (corner of Clive and James Street), but across the road was what passed for a fire station, the major employer was next door, the policeman two blocks to the east and the golf course one block north.

If you are ever over there, and I'm not sure why you would be because it is approximately 10,480 miles away, then you could also go and visit Tcharkulda or any of the other rock formations in the area.  There is also the Gawler Ranges, which are pretty but not very high.

But as I said, it amazes me that street view is available there - I've taken my wife on a virtual tour and it took all of about five minutes and that was with a dodgy internet connection.
And if you are ever after Australian news, then go to : www.abc.net.au/news
It is not affiliated with the American abc, think more like the British BBC, but with better accents and less Dr. Who.
Have a good day!

Class Presentation on Zotero

Today in class I did a presentation on Zotero.

This is the website: https://www.zotero.org/

It is a free piece of software that you can add on to your current web broweser or you can download a stand alone version of Zotero to your computer and within this version you can take notes and index those notes under your source.

This is what the standalone version looks like when you are using it.

This is what the notes section looks like.

I hope this was helpful to you.