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Thursday, October 19, 2006

Back from vacation... to an upgrade

Hey all,

Just back from a trip to Albany, NY to attend the wedding of my mother-in-law. It was a great time.

This arrived while I was gone:


Kim Harp, Legislative Reference
State Library of Kansas
300 SW 10th Ave Rm 343-N
Topeka, KS 66612

Free Software Streamlines Download Audiobook Use

Topeka, KS 10/17/06

Have you tried downloading a book from the State Library’s Audiobooks, Music and More yet? Now Overdrive gives you one more reason why you should go to to download your next audiobook.

Overdrive, Inc., a leading digital media distributor, announced today the release of Version 2.1 of OverDrive Media Console, free PC desktop software that enables download, management, and playback of digital audiobooks, music, and video. This free upgrade includes “Transfer Wizard,” a feature that with two mouse clicks transfers a downloaded audiobook from a PC to supported portable MP3 players. It is even easier than before!

The new software, available at, also provides audiobook listeners with book marking, speed adjustment, chapter navigation, resume from furthest point played, and hot key navigation features.

Audiobooks, Music and More! provides access to thousands of award-winning audiobook titles from the leading publishers, authors, and narrators including new best sellers by John Grisham, Richard Patterson, Tom Clancy, Amy Tan, Janet Evanovich, Mitch Albom, David Sedaris, Dave Barry, Meg Cabot, Dean Koontz and hundreds more.
Users of earlier versions of OverDrive Media Console 2.0 will be prompted to update to the newer version. All new patrons of Kansas libraries will automatically be offered this new release.
For more information on Audiobooks, Music and More! contact the State Library at 785-296-3296 or


Monday, October 02, 2006

And they don't call it a Laptop because?...

CPSC Releases Tips on Notebook Computer Use

U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission
Office of Information and Public Affairs Washington, DC 20207

September 28, 2006
Release #06-271 CPSC Consumer Hotline: (800) 638-2772
CPSC Media Contact: (301) 504-7908

CPSC Releases Tips on Notebook Computer Use
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Notebook computers are now a part of modern life. They can be found in offices, schools and homes across the country. There are tens of millions of portable computers in use. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is aware of at least 47 incidents involving smoke or fire associated with notebook computers, from January 2001 through August 2006. To promote safe use of notebook computers, batteries and chargers, CPSC offers the following tips:

Do not use incompatible computer batteries and chargers. If unsure about whether a replacement battery or charger is compatible, contact the product manufacturer.

Computer batteries can get hot during normal use. Do not use your computer on your lap.

Do not use your computer on soft surfaces, such as a sofa, bed or carpet, because it can restrict airflow and cause overheating.

Do not permit a loose battery to come in contact with metal objects, such as coins, keys or jewelry.

Do not crush, puncture or put a high degree of pressure on the battery as this can cause an internal short-circuit, resulting in overheating.

Avoid dropping or bumping the computer. Dropping it, especially on a hard surface, can potentially cause damage to the computer and battery. If you suspect damage contact the manufacturer.

Do not place the computer in areas that may get very hot.

Do not get your computer or battery wet. Even though they will dry and appear to operate normally, the circuitry could slowly corrode and pose a safety hazard.

Follow battery usage, storage and charging guidelines found in the user’s guide.


Send the link for this page to a friend! The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission is charged with protecting the public from unreasonable risks of serious injury or death from more than 15,000 types of consumer products under the agency's jurisdiction. Deaths, injuries and property damage from consumer product incidents cost the nation more than $700 billion annually. The CPSC is committed to protecting consumers and families from products that pose a fire, electrical, chemical, or mechanical hazard or can injure children. The CPSC's work to ensure the safety of consumer products - such as toys, cribs, power tools, cigarette lighters, and household chemicals - contributed significantly to the 30 percent decline in the rate of deaths and injuries associated with consumer products over the past 30 years.

To report a dangerous product or a product-related injury, call CPSC's hotline at (800) 638-2772 or CPSC's teletypewriter at (800) 638-8270, or visit CPSC's web site at To join a CPSC email subscription list, please go to Consumers can obtain this release and recall information at CPSC's Web site at