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Dan Scott
Works at Laurentian University
Attended Faculty of Information Studies, University of Toronto
Lives in Sudbury, Ontario
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When you carefully avoid booking Air Canada Rouge for a trans-Atlantic flight due to their lack of power in seats, and their entertainment is limited to streaming to Apple devices...

😎

Then get a call a few weeks that flight plans have changed and you're going to be flying Rouge anyway...

😡

#argh
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Had a good time at the +GDG Sudbury "social hack" event last night!
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PSA for Chrome Beta on Linux (Version 35.0.1916.27 beta aura)

Over the last few days, Chrome Beta updated and I started seeing a blue a on my settings icon. Didn't know what that was, but I did notice that scrolling on pages filled with pictures (like G+) started showing image tearing and was making image-rich pages almost unusable.

Then opening up threads in Gmail started to cause tabs to hang.

Not good.

Turning to the chrome-dev forum I found this thread (https://groups.google.com/a/chromium.org/d/msg/chromium-dev/UMwGGgP0P9c/BIP-omZvNuwJ) describing Chrome Aura builds (that's what the blue a means) and the plans to disable GPU rendering for WinXP and Vista.

Taking a bit of a wild stab, I opened up chrome://flags/#ignore-gpu-blacklist and enabled Override software rendering list (sounds like my Intel GPU may have been blacklisted, sigh).

All seems right with the Chrome Beta world since then... so far. Fingers crossed!
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Interesting blend of the evolution of the St. Paul library services to meet local needs, and an ad for Google products such as Chrome, Search, Chromebooks, and Maps.

I like what St. Paul is doing--how can you not?
 
Libraries these days do a lot more than loan books. This National Library Week, see firsthand the incredible impact libraries and librarians make in their communities in our video featuring St. Paul Public Library: http://goo.gl/AfeJBH #NLW14
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Hmm. Nitro Pro is almost 500MB, comes preinstalled on my Lenovo T440s as 30-day trialware, and is BLOCKING WINDOWS UPDATES.

I almost never boot into the Windows side of my laptop, except to apply updates just in case something like a web conference that requires Windows-only software comes up... this kind of stuff drives me nuts.

Oh, and uninstalling Nitro Pro to reclaim disk space and unblock the Windows updates? Yeah, that fails as well. ARGHHHHH

#proprietarysoftware  
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+Servilio Afre Puentes I've done that in the past, with Windows XP confined to a VM, but a) as this is Windows 8 preloaded on the laptop, I don't have install discs or a licence to do that, and b) if I'm having this much trouble dealing with a stock Windows install on a high-end laptop, what the heck do normal (not highly technical) people do in cases like this?
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Thanks to +Nicole Engard, I have an article in the pipeline at +Opensource.com about the +Evergreen Library System. Exciting!

Also, huge props to the editorial team; they're fast and a breeze to work with.

#freesoftware  
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Learn to develop with Chromecast, for free, via livestream... if they get 200 people to sign up!

#signalboost  
 
Chromecast 101 Tutorial Live Event

We are aiming to hit 200 signups or we have to cancel, sign up so we can take advantage of this tutorial. 

http://www.meetup.com/seattle-gdg/events/175412452/

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Awesome! I need to spend some time putting some nominations together, methinks...
 
We're excited to announce Red Hat's launch of the Women in Open Source Award. It's the first award of its kind, created to shine a spotlight on talented women who are doing great things in open source. Read about the award: http://ow.ly/vRICp 
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My article on Evergreen at opensource.com is live

This week, opensource.com's Education section is focusing on libraries. I was asked (thanks to a recommendation from +Nicole Engard) to contribute an article about Evergreen that provides some insight into our project's approach to open source principles and education. It turns out that that provides a lot of ground to cover; hopefully you'll find it interesting.

Here are the opening paragraphs to whet your appetite:

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As a systems librarian at an academic institution, I am a conduit between those who want to access the resources our library offers and my colleagues who describe the resources on behalf of researchers. I direct our limited development resources so that our systems can best meet the needs of all of our users. In their paper, Schwarz and Takhteyev claim that software freedom makes "it possible for the modifications to be done by those actors who have the best information about their value [and] are best equipped to carry them out."

Evergreen, as an open source library system, enables me to invest my time so that my work benefits not only our institution, but all other Evergreen-using institutions when I offer my local work to the project as a whole. This focus on the improvement of the project as a whole, rather than site-specific enhancements, is a broadly shared principle of our development community.
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#evergreen   #egils   #opensource  
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+Michael Zuliani Thanks for the kind words, and great catch on the botched link! Apparently opensource.com automatically prepends "http://" to Website URLs. That's a little annoying :) Fixed now.
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Perils of ambiguous authors

+Google Play might want to avoid making suggestions based on matches for classes of authors for which they don't have a specific identity, like Various... DC Comics and erotica, eh?

If you need a librarian to help you out, I can probably hook you up!

#hilarityensues
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+Kevin Coletta Wow... I totally noticed that this morning cueing up Belly the early nineties band featuring Tanya Donnelly, and getting Belly the rapper in the mix. Then I promptly forgot about it.

Methinks they should tap the power of their own Knowledge Graph a bit more...
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Systems Librarian
Skills
Structured data (schema.org, RDFa, microdata); Perl; PHP; Python; PostgreSQL; HTML5 (yes, JavaScript and CSS too); obscure library standards and protocols like MARC21 and Z39.50; can code Java when necessary, which Android gets me to do.
Employment
  • Laurentian University
    Systems Librarian, 2006 - present
    I make it possible for people to connect with information they need in the form of articles, books, and data, while overcoming the hurdles that publishers and "solution providers" put in the way.
  • IBM Canada
    1998 - 2006
    Product planner for DB2 on Linux; Information Architect for DB2 / IBM Software Group (System House); Technical Writer focused on DB2 application development
  • Xerox Canada
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Currently
Sudbury, Ontario
Previously
Toronto, Ontario - Barrie, Ontario
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Tagline
Librarian coffeetarian bass guitarian geek.
Introduction
I'm a systems librarian who cares about software freedom and open source. Since 2007 my core contributions have been to the Evergreen library system project.
Bragging rights
I can (and do) hit some awesome mountain biking trails right out of my backyard. Sudbury rocks!
Education
  • Faculty of Information Studies, University of Toronto
    Information Studies, 1996 - 1998
  • Laurentian University
    English & Philosophy, 1992 - 1996
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