Methodist Newspaper, Google Keep, Google Docs, More: Thursday Afternoon Buzz, April 21, 2016


Centenary College of Louisiana has digitized almost 100 years’ worth of The New Orleans Christian Advocate, a weekly Methodist newspaper. “The online issues span 1850 to 1946 and total more than 46,000 pages of content. Researchers can now access these online, page through each volume, download a complete PDF, or search the full text version.”


Google Keep has gotten some upgrades. “How many times have you found yourself with a great idea, but no easy way to jot it down for later? Or maybe you’ve got lots of notes scattered around, without no central spot to find them. Having a single place to capture what’s on your mind and save your ideas and to-do lists is what Google Keep is all about, and today’s updates give you a few new ways to collect and manage the information that’s important to you.”

Google Docs wants to let you pick the files you access offline. “With this launch, we’ll allow end users to choose the specific files they want to make available for offline access when they’re working in a Chrome browser on their desktop computer. This will make it easy for individuals to work anywhere, anytime, even when they don’t have an internet connection. To make a file available for offline access, a user simply needs to visit the Docs, Sheets, or Slides home screen and toggle the Available offline switch in a file’s overflow menu to ON.”


MakeUseOf rounds up 12 screencasting apps for Windows, Mac, and Linux.

Muck Rack is putting together a list of journalists and media outlets on Snapchat.


Here is why I worry about Google Maps: this gentleman has spent two years trying to correct a Google Maps error which shows a creek running through his property. Har har, except the guy wants to sell his house and is worried about this error putting buyers off. Unfortunately the newspaper writing about it didn’t have much luck getting to Google either: “The Daily contacted Google for a response and was advised to send an email to which there had been no response at the time of publication.”

Quora is testing advertising? “Quora has started looking at what ads would look like on the question-and-answer service. The company is running what it calls an ‘experimental pilot’ (basically it’s in beta) where ads from Lever, Uber, Wealthfront, and Sunrun will appear on a small number of question pages.”

Uh-oh: The Internet Archive truck took a little trip. Glad it’s back. “When one of our employees came out of his home over the weekend, he saw an empty parking space. Granted, in San Francisco, that’s a pretty precious thing, but since this empty parking space had held the Internet Archive Truck for the previous two days, he was not feeling particularly lucky.”


Oracle has released a huge stack of security patches including, of course, for Java. “Oracle has released another monster quarterly security update containing 136 fixes for flaws in a wide range of products including Oracle Database Server, E-Business Suite, Fusion Middleware, Oracle Sun Products, Java and MySQL.” Good morning, Internet…

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