Gaelic, Reddit, Boston, More: Afternoon Buzz, October 30th, 2014

Hey! Did you know that Bing isn’t the only search engine that lets you search by emoji?

Reddit has launched a crowdfunding platform for its users.

Useful from How-To Geek: How to use Handbrake to convert any video file to any format. That’s what the title says anyway; I’m not sure I’d say any format; it does look useful, though.

Duke is preparing to launch a digital archive of cigarette cards.

Banco de Mexico has released all of its numismatic items into an online database. (Click on the logo in the article for a link to the database. It is of course in Spanish.)

Wondering what the oldest Web sites are? Stanford can tell you. “Some of the earliest pages from the World Wide Web have been restored and are once again browsable, providing a glimpse of how the web once operated. Stanford Libraries has made these pages available with Stanford Wayback, a customized version of an open source platform that enables long-term access to archived web assets.”

A huge archive of 10 million Gaelic words has been launched. “Corpas na Gàidhlig is a searchable online database bringing together full texts dating from the Twelfth Century to the present day. Together they make up a corpus of almost 10 million Gaelic words, which is expected to grow to up to 30 million words over the course of the project.”

Now available: an online archive of Boston Park documents.

You can now find scientific literature by research location thanks to JournalMap. “Articles in the JournalMap citation index are “geotagged” based on locations reported in the study and then plotted on a world map. This means that scientists can use JournalMap to search for environmental literature thematically and geographically by selecting a location on a map.”

Feedly has killed its URL shortener. Good afternoon, Internet…

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100% Googly: Morning Buzz, October 30th, 2014

It ended up that the first five items I pulled last night/this morning to write about were all about Google, so I decided to make this issue 100% about Google and its properties. If you are not a fan, you can skip. The Afternoon Buzz will be the usual varied selection. Thank you!

Want to try Google Inbox but don’t have an invite? You’ve got options.

More Google: it wants to Halloweenify your photos.

More More Google: Google Glass has been completely banned from movie theatres.

Sorry, I’m getting really Googly here: Google has released a new bookmark manager for Chrome.

Okay, I give up, this Buzz is going to be 100% Google: a cat showed up on Google Maps.

Thought-provoking article: Is Google responsible for delivering accurate and truthful search results?

Hoo boy: malware updating via GMail draft. “With the Gmail drafts folder open and hidden, the malware is programmed to use a Python script to retrieve commands and code that the hacker enters into that draft field. The malware responds with its own acknowledgments in Gmail draft form, along with the target data it’s programmed to exfiltrate from the victim’s network. All the communication is encoded to prevent it being spotted by intrusion detection or data-leak prevention. The use of a reputable web service instead of the usual IRC or HTTP protocols that hackers typically use to command their malware also helps keep the hack hidden.”

Google’s anti-piracy algo is apparently doing its job.

Wondering what Google’s DeepMind startup has been up to? Here ya go. Good morning, Internet…

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Google, Story Maps, Vine, More: Morning Buzz, October 29th, 2014

Use Vine? Here are 7 Tips and Tricks. I didn’t know most of these but I’m not a huge Vine user.

Do you use Tor? Might want to check for malware.

Now available: a seriously digital Susan Sontag archive. “UCLA’s Library of Special Collections has enabled your voyeurism by making public everything that was once on Susan Sontag’s Power Mac G4 and iBook. And when they say everything, they mean it: The digital archive contains all 17,198 of her emails, Word documents, and MP3s, from the 1990s to the early 2000s.”

FamilySearch has added another new round of records. “Notable collection updates include the 161,880 images from the Australia, New South Wales, Cemetery, Military, and Church Record Transcripts, 1816-1982, collection; the 195,602 images from the Illinois, Northern District Petitions for Naturalization, 1906-1991, collection; and the 57,359 indexed records from the Oregon, County Marriages, 1851-1975, collection.”

Apparently people are more afraid of Google using their personal information than the NSA. “In light of the many detailed reports based on Edward Snowden’s leaks that revealed the sophisticated technologies the NSA and other spying agencies can employ for mass surveillance purposes, a new survey from Survata seems to indicate that Internet users are more afraid of their personal data being used by Google than the NSA.” I wonder if “all of the above” was a choice….

Google is offering the first minute of international calls free via Google Hangouts. This is apparently only through the end of the year.

More Google: it is apparently developing a cancer and heart attack detector. “The idea is to identify slight changes in the person’s biochemistry that could act as an early warning system.” You get that? Google wants to index your biochemical system. One tweak to the algorithm and POW! Your liver falls out.

Tumblr is rolling out Yahoo ads.

YouTube is apparently considering ad-free paid subscriptions.

One of the Duke Libraries blogs has a great post on story maps, both on what they are and resources to make them.

The Archive of Contemporary Music and The Internet Archive are teaming up. “Powered by teams of volunteers, the two archives are partnering to digitize CDs and LPs and then use audio fingerprinting to match tracks with metadata from catalogs and other services. Using Internet Archive scanners, the ARC is digitizing its books and photographs at its New York facility. When complete, this music library will be a rich resource for historians, musicologists and the general public.”

Google Apps for Education users are getting unlimited Drive storage. Good morning, Internet…

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NARA, Food, Excel, More: Morning Buzz, October 28th, 2014

If ever I am sad and lonely and want e-mail, I will simply forget to put a link in an issue of ResearchBuzz. Y’all pummeled me with messages when I accidentally left out the link to the useful spreadsheet templates. Here it is: . Enjoy.

Reminder, y’all: the NARA Online Genealogy Fair starts today! Lots of streaming!

Need to know where to go to vote? Google makes it stupid easy.

Google Glass has lost its Twitter app.

Gee, I just use it to crunch numbers: 10 Works of Art Made in Microsoft Excel.

Speaking of Excel, somebody hacked it to play movies.

The USGS has released new topo maps of Maine which include portions of the Appalachian National Scenic Trail. (Yes, I know this is a bit far afield, but it fits under ” for reference librarians”. Also, I like Maine.)

Whee! Bing now lets you search by emoji.

PetaPixel pointed me toward this interesting online archive with information about over 10,000 vintage cameras.

VentureBeat has some tips on getting Facebook’s news feed to work better for you.

Did you know there’s a Google Street View tour of the New York Transit Museum?

The USDA has launched the Ag Census Web Maps application, “…a dynamic online tool that gives users rapid access to Census of Agriculture maps and data about crops and plants, livestock and animals, economics, farms, and operators in more than 3,000 counties across the United States.”

The Britain From Above Web site has added more than 1,000 aerial photographs of Northern Ireland. The photos in the article I’m linking to span the 1920s to the 1950s.

The Archive-It Web archiving service has launched version 5.0. “To date in 2014, 326 Archive-It partners have created 2700 public collections on a diversity and range of topics, subjects, events and domains. These collections have become integral to these organizations’ collecting strategies and have helped to raise awareness and understanding about why web archiving is so important.”

Bing has added a bunch of aerial and streetside imagery for state landmarks.

Yes, the online museum of barf bags. Because, that’s why. Good morning, Internet…

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Facebook, Surveys, Spreadsheets, More: Monday Buzz, October 27th, 2014

Facebook is now allowing page admins to save and backdate posts.

Now available: new free software for designing surveys. The software itself, Surveyman, is available at .

Ebola scare tactics are spreading to your inbox. Be careful! “Both the U.S. government’s Computer Readiness Team and Trustwave, a private security consulting firm, have issued warnings about an increase in spam campaigns with the Ebola virus as the subject, and messages containing either malicious links or attachments. Analysts say the last two weeks in particular have a seen a significant rise in the spam theme, following the confirmation of several Americans being infected.”

From Hongkiat: 5 (More) YouTube Tricks You Probably Didn’t Know.

Anybody out there still into Second Life? A new tool converts OpenSim regions to mesh. “The Tokyo University of Information Sciences released a new tool this week for converting OpenSim regions to mesh. The new OAR Converter tool takes a region saved as an OAR backup file and converts it to a Collada file, which can then be used inside Unity 3D and other all-mesh environments.”

Want some ideas? 23 Ways to use Twitter Lists.

Google/Skybox has launched Skybox for Good. “Today, at our annual Geo for Good User Summit, we announced the Skybox for Good program, under which we will contribute fresh satellite imagery to projects that save lives, protect the environment, promote education, and positively impact humanity. We’ve captured some images of Nagarkovil village in Northern Sri Lanka. HALO Trust previously cleared landmines in this area and used updated imagery to help verify that people are returning, having built 84 houses and cultivating over 40 hectares of agricultural land.”

PC World (Warning! PC World!) has an interesting article on 5 interesting ways to use videoconferencing.

Are you a spreadsheet nut like I am? Check out this collection of useful spreadsheet templates. These are for Excel but at least some of them also work with Google Spreadsheets. Good morning, Internet…

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Twitter, Idaho, NASA, More: Short Sunday Buzz, October 26th, 2014

Groupon has launched a new Yelp competitor called Pages (PRESS RELEASE). You do not want to hear my Groupon horror story.

Microsoft has opened up The Garage. “Microsoft clicked the Genie on Wednesday and invited the whole neighborhood into its online Garage to try out a handful of consumer apps that are still in the works.”

Twitter has launched Digits, a way to sign into apps using phone numbers instead of passwords.

Don’t want to use GMail or Dropbox? Techspot offers some alternatives.

The state of Idaho has launched an online portal for parcel data about Idaho counties (PRESS RELEASE). “Users can choose from two types of parcel standard downloads: public and comprehensive. Public parcel downloads include seven basic data fields, such as parcel unique identifier, date shared, and date that the polygon geometry was last updated. Comprehensive parcel downloads feature the same information as the public downloads plus 47 more data fields, including property descriptions, total assessed value, and value by category.”

Gombe National Park is now on Google Street View.

Don’t care for Google Analytics? Here are 14 alternatives.

Twitpic’s photo archive has been acquired by Twitter, so it’ll stay online for the time being.

NASA has launched a SoundCloud page of clips from historic missions. Good morning, Internet…

I love your comments, I love your site suggestions, and I love you. Feel free to comment on the blog, or @ResearchBuzz on Twitter. Thanks!, Grain Elevators, Colorado, More: Afternoon Buzz, October 25th, 2014

Did you know October 30 was Ask an Archivist Day? I had no idea. (That’s a press release).

Firefox and Chrome are flagging links as malware. Not just some links, apparently: all links.

Now available: 80 years’ worth of information on Canadian grain elevators (PRESS RELEASE). “Thanks to a partnership with the University of Alberta Libraries, data on grain elevators in Canada collected by the Canadian Grain Commission beginning in 1912 is now freely available online. Fully searchable, digital copies of these records from 1912 to 1998 are openly accessible via the University of Alberta Libraries’ website, Peel’s Prairie Provinces.”

The University of Colorado-Boulder has launched an online research repository. “CU Scholar, which launched Oct. 1, aggregates scholarly content produced by academic and research units on campus. The digital archive allows readers from all over the world to search for and access CU research, without needing to pay for an expensive journal subscription.”

Now available: the Inter-American Court of Human Rights database. “This freely-available database, produced by the editors and staff of the IACHR Project under the supervision of Professor Cesare Romano, allows users to search Inter-American Court decisions by case name, country, and topic. Advanced search features include the ability to search by specific violation of various Inter-American Conventions.”

Google has launched a new app for handling e-mail, and at the moment it’s invitation-only. I am probably spoiled by using client-side e-mail software for many years, but there are many ways I find GMail’s e-mail just awful (especially the filters) and have no interest in the new app.

The latest Windows security hazard? PowerPoint presentations. “Heads up! In what feels like a throwback to the late 90s/early 2000’s, Microsoft has discovered one helluva bug in Microsoft Office. Executed properly, the bug could be exploited to take over your entire system running just about any version of Windows.”

From Hongkiat: 13 alternative Web browsers for smart phones.

OpenStreetMaps is helping the Ebola crisis in Africa. “A subset of the OSM community, the Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team (HOT) has taken on creating more robust maps of the affected countries in West Africa. HOT is a specialized team that responds to international humanitarian crises by corralling OSM volunteers to gear their efforts to impacted areas.”

Ubuntu 15.04 will be code named Vivid Vervet. Good afternoon, Internet…


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