Firefox's add-on, called ReloadEvery (https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/ll5), reloads a page at any time interval you set up. You can set it up to run all of your current tabs at the same time, or you can run one tab every one minute, another one every three minutes, and another every 10 minutes. The tool can also help with other less client-focused areas. For the best results, the author usually have two browsers running at the same time: one for his daily work activities, and the other for the auto-refreshing sites.
20 InformationToday November 2008 www.infotoday.com internet access “for all,” and he says that Legal Issues the role of government is to protect con- Library Stuff Revisited (continued from page 17) sumers and develop policies that will effectiveness of the U.S. Patent and Trade- mark Office (USPTO). Both candidates “leave consumers free to access the con- tent they choose.” Obama’s technology platform is sim- How Firefox Add-Ons Can reportedly agree that the laws governing copyright terms need some adjustment and that not every copyright needs to be ilarly long on rhetoric but leads with his stance in favor of Net Neutrality, fol- lowed by increasing the diversity of me- Get You on the Plane First of the same length, although the candi- dia ownership and preserving the First by STEVEN M. COHEN | I was a special hero, as my 5-year-old dates disagree on the details. Amendment. Like McCain, he would likes to say. In fact, when we proudly took I Other disagreements emerge when make the R&D Tax Credit permanent, t was the day before my flight back our spot at Nos. 1 to 4, the crowd around more specific issues are addressed, such as but he also pledges to double federal to New York from West Palm Beach, me asked how I managed to get the sa- the patent area and specifically how to en- funding for both scientific and univer- Fla. Since I was flying on South- cred spot. Of course, I told them how. Af- sure that patents are issued only for valid, sity-based research, while pledging to west Airlines, which has no reserved ter all, I’m an educator. patentable inventions. Barack Obama pro- take the “ideological predispositions of seating, and since I was reluctant to take I still use ReloadEvery all of the time, posed a tiered patent examination process agency officials or political appointees” the word of the airline attesting that especially for my clients. When a big news that would provide a more rigorous review out of funding decisions. His platform families with small children item is expected to hit the that would result in a more reliable patent indicates strong support for education would have priority, I had to wires, I run a few searches on at the cost of higher fees to the USPTO. in the sciences and technology at both form a plan quickly. I wanted the major news engines and This “gold-plated” patent would presum- the K–12 level as well as in college and to be first in line on our flight reload the search results every ably reduce postpatent review and liti- graduate school as a way of recapturing back to New York. 15 seconds or so. As many of gation costs for an inventor who was will- our “leadership in science, technology, As some of you know, South- you know, I am a zealot about ing and able to pay the upfront costs. and innovation.” west allows its customers to log keeping current and keeping John McCain supports more effective in 24 hours ahead of time and my clients up-to-date with patent review but opposes a multitiered “reserve” a spot in line. The any issues they need to know approach. He questions whether those Privacy as a Political Issue faster we were able to reserve about. If a public company is patents that undergo the “normal” re- Both candidates recognize privacy as the spot (or four spots in our Steven M. Cohen expected to file a big report, view would be disdained as being of min- a political issue in their campaign plat- case), the earlier we could board I’ll go to the SEC page for the imal value. His position is that reform- forms. Specific proposals are rather lack- and the less anxious my wife and I would filings and set up my add-on. You can do ing the USPTO and its review process ing again in details although both recog- be. With a little more than 24 hours to go, this with your web email clients as well. will provide for more validity to patents nize the balance between privacy and I still didn’t have a plan. Sure, I could Even though Gmail seems to retrieve for all applicants. preserving the First Amendment and the manually refresh the page by continually your emails instantaneously, I have found need to protect children. Obama pledges pressing F5 every half-second to make that reloading it every 5 seconds helps to strengthen privacy protections, “har- sure I would be first to sign up. (We with the speed. Net Neutrality ness the power of technology,” and hold needed to get to a landing page after The candidates also take opposing po- both government and business account- plugging in our confirmation number, sitions on Net Neutrality. This issue arose able for privacy violations. McCain out- and I was now on that page, and it was
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