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Hippy Talk Circa 1970

Submitted by Leo Klein on Sat, 3/4/17 (3:57pm)

Early 1970s article from the Chicago alternative magazine 'The Seed'. Love the hippy talk: "head shop", "trick", "bust" and "rap".

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Usability-Thursdays

Submitted by Leo Klein on Thu, 2/16/17 (3:01pm)

MPOW: I set up shop at the computer lab in the Student Center and then hustled out to the hallway to ask students if they had time to test out a page. Some had to go to class. Others said yes (8 in total).

Results went on the writing pad and my cellphone served as a stopwatch.

Funniest moment: Someone who does webwork for another dept. said, "I wish we did testing too."

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Current Cites for Jan. 2017

Submitted by Leo Klein on Tue, 1/31/17 (6:16pm)

go to Current Cites
Current Cites for Jan. 2017 is out! You can find the issue here...

First Books of 2017

Submitted by Leo Klein on Sun, 1/22/17 (6:41pm)

Actually I've had the 'Handbook of Usability Testing' for years -- the first edition, that is.

Something funny about that article title...

Submitted by Leo Klein on Sat, 1/21/17 (12:47pm)

Something funny about that article title...

Looks Like Uncle Julius

Submitted by Leo Klein on Tue, 1/10/17 (8:48pm)

Found this picture in a book titled, "German Chicago: The Danube Swabians and the American Aid Societies". That older fellow with the bowtie sure looks like my Uncle Julius.

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Behind the Scenes in WYSIWYG

Submitted by Leo Klein on Fri, 1/6/17 (3:21pm)

Looking at the 'plain text' behind the WYSIWYG. I'm impressed:

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<h3>Alumni Receptions 2017</h3>
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Email Outside of Work? France Says 'Non Merci'

Submitted by Leo Klein on Mon, 1/2/17 (2:31pm)

A couple of interesting articles on the law just passed in France regulating (remember that's not outlawing!) emails outside of work.

Deutsche Welle reports:

From today, organizations with more than 50 workers will need to start negotiations to define the rights of employees to ignore their smartphones and not be forced to check and send emails on weekends and in the evenings.

Engadget comments:

French companies will be more likely to respect your work/life balance -- even if they don't mark certain hours as off-limits, they can't make unexpected requests that force you to drop everything.

More from the Guardian

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Distinguished Guest in Library

Submitted by Leo Klein on Sun, 12/4/16 (11:46am)

Welcoming distinguished guest in town for the holidays.

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At the Reference Desk with an Eye on a Couple of Things

Submitted by Leo Klein on Thu, 11/3/16 (10:29am)

Wednesday evening. Seventh game of the 2016 World Series. Audio was off but we could take a peek at the video every once and a while if only to check the score.

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