Neuromancer

Essays on libraries, technology, webdev, &tc. by Ruth Collings

Software Carpentry: Git

This past Tuesday and Wednesday I attended a Software Carpentry for Librarians session as a mentor. I had attended a previous session intended for scientists back in June. While talking to the lead instructor, Greg Wilson, on Tuesday, I mentioned that there is now a GitHub client for Mac that ...

Hospitality

In his book Debt, David Graeber completely crushes the Econ 101 myth that before money people used a system of barter (eg one cow for four goats). Such a system only works if you already look at things in terms of a standard unit of measurement - money. What people ...

Universal Minimum Income

A universal minimum income, or a guaranteed wage, is an idea I can really get behind. The idea is that everybody within the country get a cheque every month that adds up to a basic standard of living. As Canadians we do already have a number of social security programs ...

What I learned about renting while living in Canada

When I moved halfway across the country to go to university at 17 it was my first time being away from my parents for more than a week. This was definitely not a problem; I had been focused on “getting out” for years. Unfortunately for me, my parents had no ...

Code4LibNorth 2014

This are my notes for the conference. Security and Privacy Activism, law, practises, & code Reality - Model - Feelings There's no such thing as completely secure, it is merely a matter of raising the cost of hacking you to the point where few people will bother. Being a person ...

Ew, malware! Why public computers at libraries are dirty in more ways than one.

As librarians, we all know the kind of grossness that must be residing on our public computers' keyboards. It's better just not to think about it. Unfortunately, the contents of our computers are just as unclean. This is a hypothesis in need of a research study and I don't have ...

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