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Daniel Messer

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Working from home? Using Zoom? Yeah, stop it.

These are some headlines from the last few days, in no particular order. This company lies about its security, has repeatedly installed tracking software without disclosure, and has flaws so serious that "Zoom-bombing" is a thing. Seriously, back in my younger days, I'd have totally gone…

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Miskatonic Public Library Cards

Don't wanna read my drivel? Just go straight to the app. Sometimes, a project just lands in my lap. I'm a systems librarian, but I'm also an instructor. So part of my job means designing, teaching, and delivering classes and coursework on subjects ranging from…

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Fear and Loathing at the Front Desk

A Facebook conversation between some friends and former co-workers and me turned to interesting times at the first public library I ever worked at. I can't say it was the first library I ever worked for, because that would be the school library at Wilson Middle School in Yakima,…

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LibraryThing Goes Free

Edit: BOY OH BOY I EFFED UP THOSE LINKS. Thanks to Aric (@snype@mastodon.technology) for the heads up! Before I converted much of my personal library to digital, I probably owned somewhere around 2,000 books. The way I kept track of most of them was a LibraryThing account.

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Managing Mice and My Workspace

A few days ago I experienced an epiphany, one that came from chasing my damn mouse and my damn mousepad all over my desk. For some reason, the mouse pad doesn't quite stick to the table that I use for my desk and, because of…

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