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Flying High:

March 9, 2012 1 comment

After traveling during Spring Break you may have come back wondering “is there any way to get a decent flight; one that doesn’t make you feel like a bovine herded onto a cattle car.  For the  last minute person planning your break get away, and for all of you who will return and/or travel this summer,  you might want to visit some of these helpful travel related websites.

Do you share a name with a terrorist?  Is it  causing problems with the TSA?  If you have been placed on the “no-fly”  list by mistake, the friendly and helpful Department of Homeland Security has provided a handy “One-Stop Travelers Redress process” to allow you to fix their mistakes.  (Am I the only one who considers the term “redress” an unfortunate choice from people permitted to do body cavity searches?)  Not seeking an intimate tête-à-tête with an overenthusiastic gate agent?  Visit TSA:Travel Assistant, to discover how to dress and what to carry or not carry in order to be “checkpoint friendly.”

Do you want to increase you chances of arriving on time?  Chronically late flights is provided by the Bureau of  Transportation and contains detailed statistics compiled by the Research and Innovative Technology Administration (RITA).  You can discover which flights are at least 30 minutes late 50% of the time or more, and book around them or, in the alternative, bring a long book and be prepared to read.

Ready to make your flight reservation?  While everyone has a favorite  travel site or two, at TopTenReviews  you can view side-by-side comparisons of the top travel sites and read comprehensive reviews before deciding which is the best travel site to use for your trip.

The website Hipmunk provides you with a unique way to sort your flights, by “‘agony [as] measured via a combination of price, duration and number of stops.”  Results are displayed in horizontal bar graphs that include the length of layover times.  According to one travel site reviewer “compared with older search engines like Kayak, it’s much quicker to find the right flight as the pain factor of multiple stops and long layovers is shown graphically. Intuitive filters automatically hide terrible flights to aid the decision making process.”

Once you have decided what flight to take, your next step is to choose your seat.  How do you know which ones are in front of the wing, in the emergency exit row, or close to, but not immediately in front of, the rest rooms?  Check out SeatGuru or SeatExpert to get the lowdown on best and worst seats on your flight.  Sorry, but neither site can tell you in what seat the screaming baby will be located. 

Do you  travel frequently or plan on doing some site seeing over break?  Check out Travel & Leisure’s Best websites & Apps.  This article reviews and provides links to over 30 travel websites and apps, as well as tips and technology updates.  Some apps reviewed include Room 77  that lets you choose the best hotel room according to your criteria and iFly, a comprehensive, online guide to airports including maps and parking information.

Once your trip is complete, take a few moments to share your opinion of the travel experience at Skytrax.  Describing itself as “the worlds’ leading airline and airport review site  for over 681 airlines and 725 airports,” this site lets you read other reviews of  airlines, airports, seats and seating maps as well as leave your own reviews.

So what happens when you use all these sites and, despite your best plans, your flight is late, you are groped by TSA agent, and you had to sit in the middle seat of the last row?  At that point you just have to laugh about it.  If you need help, visit Flight Humor for some airline related jokes.  And safe skies for those of you flying next week.

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QR Codes In The Limelight

QR-Codes-In-A-Nutshell:  Basically, QR (Quick Response) codes are super-barcodes.  Once created, a QR code encodes information in a 2-dimensional space, meaning on the  page of a pamphlet, in an email, or on an advertisement on TV.  Often used for commercial purposes, our library uses them for expanding our services.

How are QR codes different from barcodes? It is all how the information is encoded.  QR codes are much more advanced than traditional barcodes.  Barcodes only consist of vertical lines; whereas, QR codes encode data both horizontally and vertically just as if it were in a chart, or grid.  QR codes can encode a lot more information than a traditional barcode.  We’re using QR codes so that when the QR codes are scanned with the proper software, an interactive response is triggered, and a website is launched or a file is downloaded at the snap of a scan.

Here are a couple places you may have seen QR codes:

What software do you need to read the QR Codes placed throughout the PCL?   All you need to have is a SmartPhone or iPad.  For example, there are a few apps available for the iPhone that can read QR codes, including the free RedLaser (Barcode Scanner and QR Code Reader).  Most new Android phones, Blackberries, and Nokia handsets have the capabilities to read QR codes right out of the box.  If you are a Windows Mobile user, you can download QuickMark.

How does it work? All you need to do is to launch the appropriate application on your phone, point your phone’s camera at the QR code you want to scan, and start exploring.

Go ahead and try it out!

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Library Brown Bag Research Instruction Sessions

October 25, 2010 Leave a comment

Ever wanted to know more about legislative history research, cost-effective research strategies, or the latest legal research apps for your smartphone?  We thought so.  Therefore, the librarians are offering short research instructional sessions.  We’ll also be serving cookies, but you will need to BYOB!  Here are the dates, times and topics:

10/26, 2pm. Room 2321:  Legislative History

Streamline your legislative history research with online tools like Lexis Nexis Congressional and Thomas. Brush up on the best places to get documents from the legislative process.

10/27, 1pm. Room 1302 – Fastcase & Casemaker

What are they, where are they, and which one should you use?  Following a quick introduction to the nature of these no or low-cost services, you’ll get an overview of how to use each system and a quick look at their pros and cons.

11/2, 2pm. Room 2321 – The Mobile Lawyer

Do you have a smartphone?  If you do then come learn about legal apps such as Pocket Justice, Black’s Law Dictionary, Open Regs, Law Stack and mobile Westlaw and Lexis.

11/3, 1pm. Room 2321:  Free Internet Legal Research:  From Secondary Sources to Regulations

Add cost-effective resources to your legal research arsenal by exploring sites such as Wex, Google Scholar (yes, Google for legal research), Thomas and the e-CFR.  Learn about free and reliable resources to get you started on your research before turning to Westlaw or LexisNexis.