This week has been a bit hard. I haven't really felt like reading much or thinking about anything other than my family. My grandmother passed away on Mother's Day surrounded by her children in a comfortable place she was 88.
She was a big inspiration to me and is a major reason I am who I am. She always encouraged me to read and learn as much as I could. She taught me to appreciate the beauty of nature and passed on her love of hiking and the mountains.
I'm lucky I got to know her as well as I did. When I was in graduate school she lived within walking distance of my house. I would visit her frequently and we would often eat lunch together. We discussed many things and talked about whatever books we were reading at the time. She was the most well read person I have ever known. She read just about everything you were 'supposed' to read and lots of other things. She was NOT a Harlequin Romance reader. I could go on and on but I won't.
I love her dearly and will miss her the rest of my life.
This week's posts
This week Google announced they would begin selling Google branded 'Chromebooks' in June. These computers will only go online and will be powered by ChromeOS. ChromeOS is essentially the Chrome browser. The prices are in line with most netbooks but they will have business and student plans. These plans allow businesses and students to lease the machines for a monthly fee ($28 business $20 student). I don't know if they will work staff but they may be an option for our public machines. The monthly fee covers all upgrades, there is no licensing or security and they even replace the hardware after a few years. How much do we spend on pc's, licensing and hardware upgrades?
I'm including three posts about this topic today because they all touch on different aspects of the device.
- Chromebook is the Culmination of Google's Web Strategy, But Will it Sell?
- Chromebook: Like Good Wine, It Gets Better With Time
- Five Reasons why Google's Linux Chromebook is a Windows killer
I've always been intrigued by this idea. Check out a person to learn more about them, their ideas, history and beliefs.
Good news on digital privacy from California. The State Senate unanimously passed a bill that upgrades reader privacy laws to include digital distribution. I hope it passes the House and becomes law. If it does maybe it will be picked up in other states.
This is a good list and worth reading. My favorites:
- Libraries are there for all ages.
- Libraries are there in a crisis.
- Libraries offer the human touch.