Friday, January 30, 2015

Go to our Library Guides for Educational Links

This blog was a place for me to recycle information found while doing reference question research.  Now I just make a Library Guide if I find a lot of juicy websites with useful information.  Take a look: A-Z SUBJECT LIST OF GUIDES

Tuesday, May 06, 2014

Use "fixit KB2887505" to fix Microsoft’s IE security vulnerability

You can search OR using "fixit KB2887505"

" Microsoft has completed the investigation into a public report of this vulnerability. 
We have issued the MS13-080 security bulletin to address the Internet Explorer memory corruption vulnerability (CVE-2013-3893).

For more information about this issue, including download links for an available security update, see MS13-080. We also recommend that you install the most current cumulative security update for Internet Explorer. To do this, go to the following Microsoft website:

For more information about the most current cumulative security update for Internet Explorer, go to the following Microsoft website:

Friday, April 11, 2014

Color Guide for Color-Blind Accessible Web Design

I put together a "Color Guide for Color-Blind Accessible Web Design" based on the results of this simulator:

Use white instead of pastel or light colors.
Everybody can see blue.

For some color blind types:
Red = Green
Red = Black
Blue = Purple

Monday, March 10, 2014

Can you trust that internet speed test?

I would only trust internet speed tests to give me a "range of speeds" that I can expect on my computer.

A lot of internet speed tests seem to be based on OOKLA, which offers a speed test at: that I like because you do not have to download anything.

OOKLA also has a link to Net Index for places like Appleton which compares our broadband connectivity with Global Broadband and mobile connectivity - and gives a rating of internet providers in the area.

I tried a comparison of these three tests:

It seems that the further the ping travels,  the slower and more variable the speed:

Switching between browsers IE, Firefox, Chrome, Safari and Opera did not seem to make a significant difference in speed.

Wednesday, March 05, 2014

Looking for Salt Facts?

The government is great at collecting data.  Here are some great resources to browse for more information:

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Tips for Speeding Mail Delivery

"Light shaded area indicates preferred clear zone to enhance readability."

Now that many post offices depend on Optical Character Recognition (OCR) to scan your mail, it is a good idea to USE CAPS and black ink on white or light background. More details here.

Monday, January 13, 2014

Welcome Back Continuing Students, and Hello to New Students

The Library is still a bit noisy from construction on the new Student Success Center.  See the Library FAQ page for more details on construction.

Wednesday, November 06, 2013

Epilepsy Research and Websites by Domain

.org This domain can be an organization alone or an organization associated with a business or educational institution.  Read the “About Us” information for details.

American Epilepsy Society The American Epilepsy Society is one of the oldest neurological professional organizations in this country.   Useful Links for Patients  and About AES

Citizens United for Research in Epilepsy (CURE) is dedicated to raising public awareness about epilepsy and the fact that so many patients are severely impacted by the disease. See:  About CURE

Epilepsy Foundation: The organization works to ensure that people with seizures are able to participate in all life experiences; and to prevent, control and cure epilepsy through research, education, advocacy and services. See links; Living With Epilepsy and Parents and Caregivers and About Us

Massachusetts General Hospital :See Growing up with epilepsy and About This Site

.gov These websites nave the bias of government employees trying to keep their jobs and not embarrass their department.  The government provides many authoritative journal articles for free. > Epilepsy

.com These websites admit they are commercial and will try to sell you something.  Some provide excellent content as bait to draw you into the net of their advertisers. Others sell services or have some other commercial interest in providing you with information.

British Columbia Epilepsy Society ( > How to Help Brothers and Sisters of Children With Epilepsy

Epilepsy > Epilepsy Fact Sheet for Teachers > Download Epilepsy Fact Sheet for Teachers (PDF) 464 KB

.edu  The bias here is to impress you with their knowledge and try to get you to go to their college or use their services.

Epilepsy | University of Maryland Medical Center > Medical Reference Guide > Epilepsy

Epilepsy - MIT : Overview and list of Epilepsy related links.

Ketogenic Diet May Help Some People with Epilepsy

They do not yet know why it works for some people and not for others:

An Introduction to the Ketogenic Diet “The Ketogenic Diet is a high fat diet which appears to benefit some people with epilepsy, especially children.”

Comprehensive Epilepsy Center > Ketogenic Diet “The diet consists primarily of foods high in fat, with most of the remaining calories made up of proteins." 

The Ketogenic and Atkins Diets: Recipes for Seizure Control from PRACTICAL GASTROENTEROLOGY • JUNE 2006 

The ketogenic diet and epilepsy: does it really work? “The ketogenic diet is a high fat, low carbohydrate diet.”

Ketogenic Diet Clinic - Childrens Hospital of Pittsburgh “This specialized diet, which is high in fats and proteins and restricts the intake of carbohydrates, mimics starvation by burning fat instead of glucose for energy.”

Ketogenic Diet Facts -‎: “Doctors don't know precisely why a diet that mimics starvation by burning fat for energy should prevent seizures, but this is being studied. Nor do they know why the same diet works for some children and not for others.”

Reverse Engineering Epilepsy's 'Miracle' Diet | HMS “Study links seizure resistance to BAD protein, shedding light on the ketogenic diet and possible new therapies.”

Tuesday, November 05, 2013

November 19, 2013 Free Webinar on Flipped Classrooms

"The Center for Digital Education, in partnership with Sonic Foundry, has just completed the first in-depth, national survey on faculty perspectives of flipped classrooms. They’re ready to present their findings, including the fact that despite the time and resources it takes to launch a flipped course, the model shows the overwhelming majority of faculty – 97% – report that their initiatives are successful."

If you would like to register for this free webinar "The Up Side of Upside Down: CDE Study Shows Flipped Classrooms Are on the Rise" go to

Recent Webinar:
Just Flip It: From the Front Lines of the Flipped Classroom “It’s easy to picture a traditional classroom – a lecturing professor with rows of students watching, listening and taking notes. But that age-old model is turning a cartwheel in some of the best classrooms in academia. And chances are someone in your department is already flipping their classroom.” (Free registration gives you access to archived free webinar.)

Friday, October 18, 2013

Pandia R.I.P.

This is what the Pandia website now has on their webpage:

The Pandia Search Central is no more.
We have written about search and search engines since 1998, and have learned much about the way the new technology is changing our lives and our cultures. We are now using this knowledge of learning and innovation in other arenas.
For information about search and search engines, we recommend the following sites:

Monday, September 30, 2013

How to track down a medical rumor

My mother’s friend, a nurse, said she thought she read something about a "leadless" pacemaker a few months ago.  Here is how you track a rumor like that down.

Finding keywords, jargon, terminology. If you do not know the jargon, you will have to play around with descriptions until you start getting relevant articles. 

Hint: Paste URLs with segments of interest into a Word document. Later you can read the articles and look for sources and contacts.

A Google search for pacemaker no leads pulls up:

  • wireless cardiac stimulation (WiCS) system
  • EBR Systems

MIT is a reliable source, so now I believe there is such a thing.  To confirm it, I can see other reliable sources reporting the topic.

What is happening recently? Limiting to within last year:

Turn off web history:
At this point, I don’t want Google ignoring something that may be relevant to my search.

Google search for any word, then open settings and choose Web History.

Click “Disable…”. This turns off the filter Google puts on based on your previous search history.

Reading and gleaning:
After collecting some search terms, it is a matter of finding articles, reading them, and pulling out relevant information for follow-up with sources and contacts.  Look for product and manufacture information, principle scientists, and industry or association websites.

Search for leadless pacemaker.  
  • Vivek Reddy, MD, of Mount Sinai School of Medicine
  • Heart Rhythm Society (HRS)

  • HRS meeting in Denver by Vivek Reddy
  • The device is expected to be available in Europe later this year. The investigators hope to start a large multicenter trial in the US next year.

How far do you want to go?
You can find out about trials by looking in , contacting  the principle researchers, or manufacturers for more details.

I discovered Nanostim is a one-chamber system.  They plan to do trials in the U.S. next year.  EBR is a multi-chamber system.  As of September 2013, EBR is still getting paper work through FDA and is looking for funding to bring the trials to the US.  Americans who want to get a leadless pacemaker right now would have to contact a surgeon, fly to Europe, and pay about 20K. 

Friday, September 20, 2013

National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) Free Standards Access

Excerpts from the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA)  website:

“Even though NFPA owns those copyrights, we have offered free access to all of our codes and standards on our web site for the past 10 years.

Can the codes and standards be down-loaded or printed?
This is a read-only site

Can the codes and standards be viewed on mobile devices and tablets?

NFPA makes important safety information available for registered users:

1) Sign in or Create a free account (You will be asked to "sign-in" or create a profile to access the document in read-only format.” I signed up. I had to contact  to have my email manually validated, but they were quick to reply.)

You now have access to NFPA Standards as “Read Only”.

Thursday, September 19, 2013

ANSI Standards Portal

ANSI recommends the website to learn more about standards. In particular: “An Introduction to Standards: Why, where and how are they developed?” will provide you with a brief overview of standards, defining types as well as key definitions and terms.

Other databases “Powered by ANSI”:

To find information about a standard, use NSSN Search Engine for Standards. See blog post about American National Standards Institute’s (ANSI) University Outreach Program for information on how to access up to 20 standards while taking or teaching a class at FVTC.