African-American History, Wyoming Business, Tennessee Education, More: Wednesday Buzz, July 13, 2016


The National Museum of African American History and Culture has launched a new Web site. “The website includes virtual tours of the building and exhibitions, and a searchable database of the museum’s almost 37,000-item collection.”

The state of Wyoming has put its business filings online. “Businesses and organizations in Wyoming can now file forms with the Secretary of State’s Office electronically, the office announced Monday. In addition, business filings like articles of incorporation and annual reports are now in a searchable database the public can access. The changes are expected to save businesses, organizations and state workers time compared to the old paper-based system.”

Tennessee School Boards Association has launched the Tennessee Digital Resources Library for education. Unfortunately it looks like the materials are available on iTunes – bleh – “The digital library was created by utilizing the talents of our Tennessee teachers. Beginning in August 2015, teachers from across the state curated digital learning materials for the following fourteen high school courses: Algebra I and II; Biology; Chemistry; Economics; English I, II, III and IV; Geometry; Government; Physical Science; U.S. and World History.”

The Pulaski County Library System (southwest Virginia) has created an online archive of local high school yearbooks. “Thanks to grant funding, Pulaski County Library System now makes it easy to reminisce over high school days through an online archive of 89 local yearbooks published between 1921 and 1977.” This is just a snip of an article because the rest of it is behind a paywall. The yearbook archives are available via the Internet Archive.

Indiana University Southeast’s student newspaper will be getting a digital archive. “The Horseshoe Foundation of Floyd County recently awarded IU Southeast an $8,000 grant to create the Indiana University Southeast Student Newspaper Digital Archive. The archive will provide public access to student-created newspapers from 1947 to the present by professionally microfilming and digitizing the print newspapers stored in the IU Southeast Library.” The project is expected to be completed in about a year.


For every obsession there is an equal and opposite curmudgeon. If you’re tired of seeing Pokemon Go news everywhere, there’s a Chrome extension for that. If I’m reading the GitHub page right, this appears to be a fork of a Donald Trump-blocking Chrome extension, which I find oddly amusing.

Google wants to make it easier for you to plan your vacation. “Now, when you search for specific types of hotels like ‘pet-friendly and under $175 a night,’ Google can surface results nearest you (or whatever location in your search query) that fits those requirements. You can also narrow results down by clicking various filters, like ‘budget’ or ‘luxury.'”

Like video games? The Atari Podcast has reached its 200th “interview” episode. “The retrocomputing podcast ANTIC: The Atari 8-Bit Podcast was launched in June 2013 and over the course of more than 200 episodes has interviewed people from virtually all aspects of computer history, from game designers to copywriters to corporate executives to attorneys. The subjects were involved in early personal computers such as the Atari 400 and 800 as well the company’s home gaming systems. Some hadn’t been interviewed since the 1970s or ‘80s, and many had never before gone on the record about their roles.”

Twitter has upped the GIF file limit on its service to a whopping 15MB. “In typical Twitter fashion, the new 15 MB limit has only been rolled out on the web client. Those using TweetDeck are stuck with the 5 MB limit, as are those using mobile apps. It should also be noted that the existing 5 MB limit for non-GIF images remains in place across the board.” I’m still sticking with TweetDeck!

More Twitter: Twitter is teaming up with Bloomberg. “Bloomberg Media and Twitter announced a partnership to livestream select programs from Bloomberg TV — extending the network’s reach beyond its relatively small TV audience and furthering the social network’s aim to be the home for live content.”


From TechRepublic: How to safely access and navigate the Dark Web. “There are also number of legitimate reasons users may want to access the Dark Web. The web’s substratum is populated by mainstream web companies like Facebook, political activists, and journalists who need to communicate and share sensitive information. The United Nations, FBI, and CIA use the encrypted internet to monitor terror groups like Daesh and keep tabs on criminal profiteers. Corporate IT departments frequently crawl the Dark Web in search of stolen corporate credit card information and compromised accounts.”


Google / Alphabet is being given an extra six weeks to respond to antitrust charges in the EU. “Alphabet Inc’s Google has been given an extra 6 weeks to early September to respond to EU charges that it uses its dominant Android mobile operating system to squeeze out rivals, EU antitrust regulators said on Tuesday.” Good morning, Internet…

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