afternoonbuzz, 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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