Explorations and Experiences of a Technology Services Librarian
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Bilbo's Last Song
Probably the most fitting way leave The Lord of the Rings behind is to visit Bilbo's Last Song.
A poem written as a gift to his secretary, Bilbo's Last Stand was published posthumously and serves as an epilogue to The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit. Illustrated by Pauline Baynes, the poem makes a graceful transition to picture book, with paired scenes from The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings as Bilbo pens his farewell to Middle Earth.
So one of the "joys" of upgrading hardware is inevitably you have some sort of legacy component that still needs to work with the new system. For us it was our barcode scanners as legacy components as I upgrade our staff computers. Computers that work are awesome, even more so when they work well. Unfortunately we have a slew of barcode scanners with PS/2 connectors intended to share a port with a PS/2 keyboard.
Simple solution, right? Just get a PS/2 to USB adapter, plug tab a into slot b, and go! As it turns out, not so much. I can connect everything, the scanner is powered, but when I scan a barcode I get only a few characters printed to screen. Now, in the past I was provided with several $30 adapters from Staples that worked like a charm. This time around I am in the position of making most technology purchase recommendations, and I went for a generic adapter from Monoprice. At $6 total for shipping and two adapters, I hold the brief hassle of figuring this out…
You can of course do it if you really want to, and likely if you're in a public library, you've had patrons request iTunes on the public computers.
Here's the problem - iTunes is designed to work with personal collections and personal devices, and does this whole authorization thing that verifies that the iPod is authorized to the iTunes library account (and not to a different account), as well as potentially limiting the number of machines that items in your library can be saved to. If you have an iTunes account you can authorize up to 5 computers, and 5 devices to that one account.
If you hook up your device to a computer with a different authorization, the authorization on your device will be reset in order for it to work with iTunes on that computer. When your authorization…
The Girl in the Green Silk Gown (The Ghost Roads #2) / Seanan McGuire
Previously Reviewed Sparrow Hill Road
If you're reading The Girl in the Green Silk Dress you should already know all the major players. Rose Marshall, Bobby Cross, Apple, Emma, Gary, Laura, the Ocean Lady, and even Persephone. They all had their parts to play in Sparrow Hill Road
This is in many ways the first true novel about Rose, Sparrow Hill Road being a collection of short stories. As a protagonist Rose is a mix, she is a force to be reckoned with, but at the same time spends much of the story being pushed or pulled through obstacles (or by obstacles), while avoiding her primary goal of the story... defeating Bobby Cross. In her defense, no one knows how to achieve that, and he's put her in a situation she doesn't have the tools to defeat him with until it's fixed. Rose also has growing pains, at the end of the last novel she was reunited with her teenage love, and they are both learning about…