UK Politics, Massachusetts Postcards, North Carolina Newspapers, More: Sunday ResearchBuzz, January 2, 2022


National Archives (UK): Prime Minister’s files from 1998 – 2000 released. “Today we release files from the Prime Minister’s Office and Cabinet Office covering the first years of Tony Blair’s premiership. The newly released Cabinet Office files (CAB and PREM) shed light on a range of subjects both at home and abroad under Blair’s leadership.”

The Enterprise Falmouth: Falmouth Public Library Unveils New Digital Collection. “Two years after receiving a grant to digitally preserve Falmouth’s history, the Falmouth Public Library is ready to unveil its new digital collection—Postcards From Falmouth: The Oral Histories. The project is an ongoing effort to curate a series of oral histories based on the library’s extensive collection of historical postcards. Kim DeWall, head of technical services at FPL, was the grant manager for this project, which began in 2019 after the library was awarded funds through the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners under the Library Services Technology Act.”

DigitalNC: The Wallace Enterprise now on DigitalNC Thanks to New Partner Thelma Dingus Bryant Library. “Thanks to our new partner, the Thelma Dingus Bryant Library in Wallace, NC (Duplin County), twenty years of the local paper The Wallace Enterprise is now online. Over 1,000 issues covering 1931 to 1955 were digitized from microfilm. The paper covers many local topics of the day in Duplin County and wider eastern North Carolina and had the tagline ‘Devoted to the Best Interests of the People of Wallace and Duplin County.'”


MakeUseOf: 5 Google Chrome Tab and Bookmark Hacks to Make Your Life Easier. “The invention of the browser tab and bookmark functions has increased people’s online productivity. Instead of having multiple windows open, you can instead have multiple tabs in one window. This feature can help you organize your workflow, allowing you to open a group of web apps or specific topics in their own windows. But what if you want to organize things further, like subgrouping similar web apps or systematically bookmarking open tabs?”

CogDogBlog: A CC Only Google Images Bookmarklet By Request. “Hmmm, someone pressed the 3 button. This is an outflow of the recent hand tossed post about my hackly idea for making Google Image search server only Creative Commons licensed results…. @ResearchBuzz tossed in the request line. I have to give Tara a listen as I have been pilgering links and resources from her site since the beginning of web time.” It always weirds me out when I guest star in my own newsletter.


Saint Louis University: Boeing Institute of International Business Launches Podcast. “The podcast explores key issues in international business today with critical thought leaders from around the world. A new guest host each will take the reins each month from the Boeing Institute’s Advisory Board of business executives and discuss topics ranging from post-Brexit Europe to COVID market recovery, geo-economic strategies, the green deal and much more with leading global experts in international business.” Six episodes are available now.

Wired: In Celebration of the Internet’s True Angels. “THE INTERNET IS made up of givers and takers. The vast majority of users appear to be the latter: They click through instruction videos on how to fix broken toilets, pore over reviews before investing in air purifiers, and are delighted to find that someone has uploaded a clip of their favorite old children’s TV show. The givers are the ones who make all of this possible: They film themselves fixing toilets, write 1,000-word reviews of air purifiers, and digitize their VHS tapes before sharing the results with the world. Without the givers, the internet would not be anywhere near as helpful or useful a place—without the givers, many toilets would still be broken.”


Hyperallergic: Artists Say Plagiarized NFTs Are Plaguing Their Community. “Non-fungible tokens (NFTs) have opened up previously unimaginable possibilities for many artists, allowing them to create or “mint” unique artworks and reach a global collector base at the click of a button. But the growing popularity of these digital assets, whose authenticity and proof of ownership are ostensibly secured by their existence on the blockchain, has been accompanied by a rise in reports of so-called ‘NFT theft’ — artists having their work plagiarized, minted as an NFT, and even sold to buyers who believe they are acquiring the real deal.”

Bleeping Computer: Microsoft Exchange year 2022 bug in FIP-FS breaks email delivery. “Microsoft Exchange on-premise servers cannot deliver email starting on January 1st, 2022, due to a ‘Year 2022’ bug in the FIP-FS anti-malware scanning engine. Starting with Exchange Server 2013, Microsoft enabled the FIP-FS anti-spam and anti-malware scanning engine by default to protect users from malicious email.”


Chrome Unboxed: More Improvements That Google Play Books Should Make To Its Web App This Year. “I can no longer use my Duet with the Google Play Books app, and instead, I’ve been forced into using the web app in its place. In doing so, I’ve realized just how truly awful the PWA experience is. With all of the advancements and hype around progressive web apps, you’d think that the company would throw some paint on something as important as Books, and maybe even do a few things under the hood. Today, I’d like to take a moment to look at how the service has done over the last 365 days and offer five more major thoughts about how the company can bring Play Books out of the Stone Age.”

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory: LLNL establishes AI Innovation Incubator to advance artificial intelligence for applied science. “Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) has established the AI Innovation Incubator (AI3), a collaborative hub aimed at uniting experts in artificial intelligence (AI) from LLNL, industry and academia to advance AI for large-scale scientific and commercial applications.”

Forward: My wife gave me a DNA test kit for Hanukkah. The family secrets it revealed changed my life. “My journey started in 2017 when my wife gave me a mail-in DNA test as a Hanukkah gift. I completed the test but only glanced at the results. After all, I thought I knew everything I needed to know about my family. What else could I learn from my DNA? Three years later, with a wealth of time on my hands during the pandemic lockdown of 2020, I decided to take a closer look at my DNA test results: 100% Ashkenazi Jewish. No surprise there. But when I examined the names of the people I shared significant amounts of DNA with, I didn’t recognize any of them.” Good morning, Internet…

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