All Kinds of Stuff: Wednesday Morning Buzz, March 11th, 2015


The Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center has launched a new online database. “The database, which can be found at, allows users to explore the entire collection through searches by keyword, artist’s name, accession number, or a variety of other search criteria.” There are over 19,000 items available.


Into podcasting? Here’s a big roundup of tools. But still no decent search engine, alas.

The National Genealogy Society will be livestreaming ten sessions from its upcoming May conference. The sessions are not free, but are divided into two “tracks” that can be purchased separately or bundled. In addition to live streaming, three months post-event access is provided.

The Next Web reviewed a Chrome extension that allows you to create personalized e-mails without relying on canned responses. There’s a paid version that allows a team to share e-mail templates. Looks nifty.


Oracle, in an apparent attempt to get as many people to hate Java as possible, is now bundling adware with its Java installation for Macs. From the article: “The unwelcome Ask extension shows up as part of the installer if a Mac user downloads Java 8 Update 40 for the Mac. In my tests on a Mac running that latest release of OS X, the installer added an app to the current browser, Chrome version 41.”

Microsoft’s Patch Tuesday yesterday was pretty huge. “One of the more curious critical fixes is MS15-020, which according to HP’s Zero Day Initiative researchers addresses the same vulnerability that Microsoft patched in August 2010. That vulnerability — first revealed in a post on this blog July 15, 2010 — was later discovered to have been one of four zero-day flaws used in Stuxnet, a weapon of unprecedented sophistication that is now widely considered to have been a joint U.S. and Israeli project aimed at delaying Iran’s nuclear ambitions.”

Google’s CFO is going to retire.

More Google: Google has launched a new Chromebook with extended battery life. I was wondering about the timing of this announcement until I saw the Apple Watch conference.


Research says journalists hang out together on Twitter. “The big takeaway: Journalists at The New York Times were much more likely to retweet journalists at other traditional media organizations, and reporters from BuzzFeed were more likely to retweet journalists from other digital news organizations.” Good morning, Internet…

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