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Talks on human-computer interaction

The Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) sponsors an ongoing seminar series on human-computer interaction. Two upcoming sessions feature speakers from industry. On March 17, Fritz Knabe from Endeca will talk about ending the tyranny of the search box. On April 7, Pekka Ketola of Nokia will discuss trends in mobile user interfaces.

You can find out more about the series on IS&T's Usability page at To get on the seminar mailing list, visit

Naxos music library

If you're a devotee of classical music, the online library from Naxos may be the next best thing to Symphony Hall. Its online library includes the entire Naxos and Marco Polo catalogs. Listeners can also groove to jazz, blues, new age or world/folk music on other licensed labels. The collection, which continues to expand, has more than 8,800 CDs.

Members of the community can access the Naxos Music Library on or off campus. MIT certificates are required. At this time the service is limited to Macintosh and Windows users; there is no support for Linux.

For instructions on accessing the library, visit If you would like to offer feedback on this service, contact Peter Munstedt, the Lewis music librarian, at or x3-5636.

Widen your web site's reach

Most departments, labs and centers at MIT rely on their web sites to get out the word about what they have to offer. To reach the widest online audience, sites need to be accessible to people with disabilities. Web accessibility experts from IS&T's ATIC Lab can test MIT web sites with assistive technologies, such as screen reading, magnification and voice recognition software, and provide feedback on ways to make these web sites more universally accessible. There is no fee for this service. For more information, e-mail or call x3-7808. MIT's web accessibility guidelines are at

Macintosh migration assistant

The Mac OS X Migration Assistant is a tool designed to help in upgrading to a new Macintosh. It guides the way through the process of moving files, folders, applications and settings from an older machine to a new one. The key requirement is that both machines have built-in FireWire, since files and settings are transferred over a FireWire cable. Also, the older machine needs to be running Mac OS X 10.1 or greater.

The Migration Assistant lives in the utilities folder in the applications folder. For details, visit

Digitalk is compiled by Information Services and Technology.

A version of this article appeared in MIT Tech Talk on March 15, 2006 (download PDF).

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