Snippets #52, Friday, 07.Nov.2003 (ISSN 1530-9622)
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_____2. Amazon to Allow Searching Within Books
_____3. A Third of Users Get Violent with PCs
Several people have written me to ask "How do you find out all this stuff?".
One way is that I subscribe to a wazillion ezines myself. Most of the information I relate was related to me. I'm just passing it on.
One of the ezines I enjoy is a monthly ezine on organization. Published by Ramona Creel, OnlineOrganizing.com is a website filled with information on how to organize your work, your home and yourself. She has two newsletters: "Get Organized" and "Organized for a Living".
This month's issue of "Get Organized" focuses on how to store all those articles, clippings and references so you can find them when you need them. This focuses primarily on organizing PAPeR copies of such things, not on organizing the electronic stuff. But it is still useful.
If you are "organizationally challenged" you will enjoy these newsletters.
__________2. AMAZON TO ALLOW SEARCHING WITHIN BOOKS
Amazon is introducing a new service to enable users to search and flip through the pages of books sold on its online store. The idea is to make book shopping on its Web site closer to browsing at a bookstore.
Users typing in a search query will not only get matches based on titles and authors, but also matches of pages within a book. Users can then read the page, as well a few pages forward and backward.
Amazon already offered book excerpts, This is an expansion to that service.
However, that new service is already hitting snags. The day after the service was introduced, the Authors Guild sent a letter to its members raising some issues about whether the program complies with author/publisher contracts.
Keep your eyes on this one.
Amazon Turns a New Page on Search
Publishers Grudgingly Cooperate With Amazon Database effort
Many Questions Aimed at Amazon Search Program
Authors Guild Letter to Members
__________3. A THIRD OF USeRS GeT VIOLeNT WITH PCS
A recent article indicates that a survey of UK computer users reported almost 40 percent admit to swearing, shouting and becoming violent with troublesome PCs.
Not only that, only "14 percent are never irritated by problems with their PC."
The remaining 86 percent must be like you and me.
Well, maybe just me. I'm sure you've never become angry at YOUR PC.
A third of users get violent with PCs