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Monday, December 28, 2009

Free Books Online from Library of Congress and Other News for Geeks

You may not think of yourself as a techie, but obviously you have an online life or you wouldn't be reading this. ReadWriteWeb has an article, 8 Things Every Geek Needs to Do Before 2010. It makes very interesting reading, particularly the password section in the light of this week's news about the theft of 32 million passwords from the website RockYou.

Library of Congress has digitized about 60,000 vintage books and made them available on the web. So far it is not easy to search, but if you do find something you like, say an illustrated Three Little Kittens, you can view it online or download in any of several formats. Why bother? In itself this is not so interesting. Yet. But it's certainly the direction things are moving, as any number of articles will tell you. Example: The e-book, the e-reader, and the future of reading

Plenty more entertainment out there:

  • just for admiring the beauty of the world in places as different as they can be from our familiar surrounded-by-water experience, Sublime Sand: Desert Dunes Seen From Space (thank you, thank you, Wired)
  • Mr. Montler continues to offer us a Klallam Word every day on on Twitter. (Click for larger image).
  • Or you mght try exploring Google's access to the US Patent database.

And on a more solemn note, today is the anniversary of the Massacre at Wounded Knee, December 29, 1890.

As usual, all these links came drifting across our Twitter stream. Thank you, tweeps.

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