Do you remember the days when, if you opened a savings account at your local bank, they gave you a toaster? (Or, as the joke went during the painful times the savings and loan industry endured — “Buy a toaster, get a free savings and loan!”) Well, in today’s mail I got a much more enticing offer (since I don’t eat toast very often) - support your Alma Mater (Stanford University - I attended for several years but left for personal reasons and did not receive a degree) and get “Free online access to thousands of newspapers, magazines, professional and scientific journals, and trade publications.” While I need to disclose that Stanford has announced that it is partnering with this blog’s sponsor Deep Web Technologies to deploy a federated search solution for the Stanford University Libraries, this article has nothing to do with this partnership.

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