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Searcher Magazine
VOLUME 11 • NUMBER 9 • October 2003 
The Magazine for Database Professionals

Spies Like Us: Understanding Information-Hiding Technologies
Denise Hamilton examines the digitized advances in steganography, a method of transmitting secret communication data in a multitude of media.

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Online Before the Internet:
Early Pioneers Tell Their Stories

In parts 3 and 4 of this series, authors Ardito and Bjørner interview Carlos Cuadra and Roger Summit in-depth for each pioneer's own extensive history.

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Social Software
Stephen Arnold looks at how blogs, listservs, and other Internet "revolutions" have created a network effect between the creators and users of these online components.

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The State of Search Engines
Avi Rappoport reviews the hot topics and products at the CHI (Computer-Human Interface) 2003 Workshop and the 8th Infonortics Search Engines Meeting.

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Net Effects: How Librarians Manage the Unintended Consequences of the Internet
Web filters, user expectations, access problems, disappearing data — Marylaine Block offers advice on how to deal with all types of Net-induced difficulties.

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Kick the Google Habit: Pick Up the Phone. Whoever Talks the Longest, Wins!
Do you need a refresher course on the advantages of human-to-human interaction? Nisa Asokan reminds searchers how rewarding talking can be!

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Angst and the Art of Computer Maintenance
Why is Dick Kaser singing the "iTunes" blues? Anyone who's ever been afflicted with "upgrade fever" will understand Kaser's lament all too well.

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Chemical Information Software for Searchers: A Brief Review
Focusing on the needs of the information professional, Matthew McBride and Laura Felter review currently available chemical information software.

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Searcher's Voice
bq looks at the customer service "staples" users have come to expect in this technology-driven age.

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Internet Express
Cell phones behind the reference desk? Irene McDermott investigates the feasibility of using cell phones for Internet connectivity within a library setting.

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Web Wise Ways
Marsha Fulton compares two top trademark databases, QUATRA and SAEGIS.

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Best Buys
Before you make those hardware, software, and Internet-related purchases, check out Best Buys.

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Find the postal and electronic addresses, phone and fax numbers for all the companies, products, and people mentioned in this issue.

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