Posted tagged ‘networking’

The Day Twitter Died

August 6, 2009

As has been reported everywhere today, Twitter was hit by a DDoS attack, which crippled the service for a few hours this morning and drastically slowed it down throughout the day.  What was really amazing to me was how much I have aparently come to rely on it throughout the day.  

Over the course of the last few weeks an enormous network of Tweeting librarians has developed via #followalibrarian.  Besides the incredible networking opportunity this has provided (Massachusetts library Tweetup on August 17th), this network has become an invaluable tool for me in my job.  To paraphrase one of my favorite obscure X-Men characters, librarians know stuff.  Yesterday for example, I had a question about a random book I needed to catalog in Urdu.  Turns out I knew three people on Twitter who had the answer I sought.  That one just floored me.

Working without that contact with my peers today was actually a bit rough after having grown so accustomed to it.  Hopefully tomorrow everything will be better.

Shoutout to a Twitter Buddy

February 19, 2009

The networking powers of web 2.0 don’t get talked about nearly as often as many of the techonology’s other benefits to the library world, but that’s definitely my favorite part.  Without I never would have started talking to my newfound Twitter friend @neiljohnford, who I met on a forum in Librarything, and convinced to join Twitter (much to his regret).

Now he’s got a very nice post up about his experience with his first month using the service, with a focus on the professional pros and cons.

On a seperate note, I’m going out of town for a few days so I’ll probably be a few posts short here.  Back next week.

Networking and the Middleman

August 15, 2008

So at my library we have the worst network setup imaginable in terms of maintenance.  We have two separate networks and no administrative access to either one of the damn things.  So right now we’re in the sad position of adding networked printers that have to communicate across both of them.  Which leaves me and one other colleague coordinate tech support from the printer vendor and both network administrators.  Suffice to say that after two days of playing some very enthusiastic games of phone tag nothing is working.

Do not let this happen to you!

Damn the Machines!

August 11, 2008

I just need to vent for a bit, I’ll appologize later.

Why is it that with all of the advances in technology we still can’t get printers or e-mail accounts to work right!  I mean really, we have an incredibly complicated network setup at my library.  There are two networks, layers of firewalls that I barely understand, and an archaic wireing setup that sneaks through 3 closets, four patch panels and 3 switches.  And normally it all works fine, but you try to add a printer to the mix or set up a new account for the Exchange server and everything falls apart!  What the hell!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Ok, I’m done for now, thanks for listening.