Ethan Gates

Does anyone have readings off the top of their head along the lines of "don't refer to computers as 'magic' because it obscures the human decisions and biases and labor that go into making technology"

I want to start picking this bone and would like to be able to point immediately to more well-thought-out arguments ;)

5 days ago
Ethan Gates
FB rant

Ok, finally bothered to read Zuckerberg's letter. Lord, spare me.

The word "advertising" is in here....once? I think? And YET AGAIN he's put the onus on the users (oh YOU thought we wouldn't let every half-wit "researcher" and "startup" access your one-on-one chats? whatever gave YOU that impression?)

I still see nothing in here even suggesting they'll stop selling the shadow profile I'm quite sure they've kept and gathered on me in the past two years.

March 07, 2019
Ethan Gates

I try to be super upfront that I'm running Ubuntu any time I have an issue with university systems and have to file an ITS issue

And yet, every time, do I have to spend half an hour with the poor help desk employee whose script requires them to send me .exe remote desktop installers? You betcha!

March 06, 2019
Ethan Gates

Code4Lib live streams available today, tomorrow and Friday on their youtube page!

Sarah Roberts' opening keynote on megatech content moderation has been bone-chilling but confirms that I want to be a part of a community that is putting issues like this front and center

February 20, 2019
Ethan Gates

Working on a lecture for next week inspired me to properly condense all my bookmarked emulation resources into one basket, and put the list out there for everyone.

If you've got favored blogs/papers/guides for emulation, please contribute and share!!

February 09, 2019
Ethan Gates

Veteran -ers : what's the general protocol for lightning talks? I see there are blocks for them each of the three days, do we send in proposals day-of? Or is there an opening on the first day and all three get scheduled from there?

February 05, 2019
Ethan Gates

The good news: thanks to car troubles, I got to ease back into work today by writing a ton of emails from the comfort of home (and the car's all right in the end, too!)

The bad news: whirlwind 48-hour trip to New Orleans last weekend (featuring sick plane baby coughing straight into my face) has left me with a persistent cough that still endangers returning to the office tomorrow! 👍

January 02, 2019
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Winnie Schwaid-Lindner
Unexpected death & preserving their memories

RT @winnie For 2019 I have been reflecting on how preservation helps everyone, often in unexpected ways.

A friend died very unexpectedly this year, and it’s because of (somewhat reluctant) digipres from a third party that we have videos she recorded & stories she wrote. We often think of preservation as saving humanity’s grand culture / history, but the mundane content of friends & fam is priceless in a different way. Her memory matters.

January 02, 2019
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Johan van der Knijff

RT @bitsgalore New tool klaxon red alert! First public pre-release of tapeimgr, a simple tape imaging and extraction tool (GUI + CLI). Details here:

November 28, 2018