The standby / Power button

A powerful symbol

Did you know that the symbol for power / standby mode used on most electronics today has existed since 1973?  At the time, it was included in a standard created by the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) for use on various electrically powered equipment.  Originally this symbol was meant to be used for  “Standby” mode.  It wasn’t until 2004 that its current more generic “Power” meaning was adopted in a standard released by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE).  The symbol is composed of two superimposed numbers, 1 meaning on, and 0 meaning off.

The Standby / Power symbol


Introducing the World’s First National Digital Currency

Ecuador is on track to become the world’s first nation to create its own digital currency. The country’s central bank announced last week (link in Spanish) that it would begin distributing the yet-to-be-named currency in December.

Backed by liquid assets, the currency will initially rely on demand to dictate how much will enter the marketplace, the bank explained.

Introducing the World’s First National Digital Currency – CityLab.

What Happens to #Ferguson Affects Ferguson: Net Neutrality, Algorithmic Filtering and Ferguson

Algorithms have consequences.


But I’m not quite sure that without the neutral side of the Internet—the livestreams whose “packets” were fast as commercial, corporate and moneyed speech that travels on our networks, Twitter feeds which are not determined by an opaque corporate algorithms but my own choices,—we’d be having this conversation.

-Zeynep Tufekci (University of North Carolina)

via What Happens to #Ferguson Affects Ferguson

Map of Hawaii

August Book Display

Map of Hawaii

55th Anniversary of Hawaii Statehood

President Dwight Eisenhower signed a proclamation admitting Hawaii to the Union after the Hawaiian residents approved the statehood bill by a huge vote margin in June. It became a state on August 21, 1959. Come check out some history of our great 50th state.

A look at the news and events happening in the Libraries at Waubonsee Community College