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Saturday
Mar062010

Week of 2010/02/28

[Comment]

I'm listening to "It is a beautiful day" from U2 on my radio, and looking outside it feels like spring is knocking on my window. A perfect setup to do some daydreaming, daydreaming about geeky stuff. What if I connect my PCM even closer with Squarespace? What if I build my own platform for iPad-based media? What if I ... after an hour of researching on the web and filtering and linking multiple parallel thoughts .. indeed it feels like "It is a beautiful day"!

[NyTimes]

  • "6 Months, $90,000 and (Maybe) a Great Idea" [nytimes]
  • "Former Book Designer Says Good Riddance to Print" [nytimes]
  • "A Cover Ad That Mimics a Newspaper’s Front Page" [nytimes]
  • "Talk to Me. I’ll Turn Off My Phone." [nytimes]

[Links]

  • Video: Stargate Studios - Virtual Backlot. An impressive show-case of "virtual" movie-sets. [link]
  • Microsoft's Courier 'digital journal' [link]
  • Porsche 918 Spyder [link]
  • Video: Satellites - A User's Manual [link]

[Shopping]

Sunday
Feb282010

Week of 2010/02/22

[Comment]

"Filesystems are for computer geeks" and "the mouse is a bug not a feature", statements made by Evan Doll in his brilliant lecture "Developing for the iPad" at Stanford. It feels like a deja-vue, Apple is (re)defining the Personal Computer.

[NyTimes]

  • "Bribes Let Tomato Vendor Sell Tainted Food" [nytimes]
  • "Why Can’t PCs Work More Like iPhones?" [nytimes]
  • "Banks Apply Pressure to Keep Fees Rolling In" [nytimes]
  • "Wal-Mart Buying Vudu Movie Service" [nytimes]
  • "For Chip Makers, the Next Battle Is in Smartphones" [nytimes]

[Links]

  • Video: Adobe and Wired Introduce a New Digital Magazine Experience (2nd half of the video) [link]
  • PleaseRobMe [link]
  • Unplggd: Smarter homes, fewer wires [link]
  • Singin' In Space [link]

[Shopping]

  • Head First iPhone Development [shopping]

Saturday
Feb272010

Week of 2010/02/15

[Comment]

I think we finally reached a point where we have good enough software plus infrastructure available. We don't look to Silicon Valley anymore for the next big thing. We are much more interested in new and cool ideas and use cases of how to use the current infrastructure and software. It will be less about technology and more about content. Bye-bye Silicon Valley, you had a really good run.

[NyTimes]

  • "Microsoft Starts Over in Phone Software" [nytimes]
  • "Report Warns Silicon Valley Could Lose Its Edge" [nytimes]
  • "Barbie’s Next Career? Computer Engineer" [nytimes]
  • "Not Grass-Fed, but at Least Pain-Free" .. that is just weird [nytimes]
  • "The Claim: Counting Sheep Helps You Fall Asleep" [nytimes]

[Links]

  • Video: Windows Phone 7 Series [link]
  • Cargo: Sci-Fi movie from Switzerland [link]
  • Toyota 4Runner features a 'party mode' [link]

[Shopping]

  • Western Digital My Book Studio II - 2 TB External Hard Drive [shopping]

Saturday
Feb272010

Week of 2010/02/08

[Comment]

Please Google let me pay you $100/year for an advertisement-/buzz-/wave-/talk-/stalking-free search, mail, calendar, and address-book service. Or easier, I can just stay with Apple's MobileMe service!

[NyTimes]

  • "The New Math on Campus" [nytimes]
  • "Programmer Indicted in Theft of Goldman Software" [nytimes]
  • "Thirty Knots, With the Wind at Your Wings" [nytimes]
  • "Wi-Fi Turns Rowdy Bus Into Rolling Study Hall" [nytimes]

[Links]

  • Ready.Set.Build - an interesting platform for electric cars [link]
  • Parisian Love - a nice commercial from Google [link]
  • PunchDub - a funny commercial from VW [link]

[Shopping]

  • Arc'teryx Fission SL Jacket : Simply the best winter jacket I have ever owned. If you can find it 20% off, as I did, it is definitely worth the price [shopping]

Saturday
Feb272010

Week of 2010/02/01

[Comment]

I've read an interesting article this week in the New York Times from Dick Brass: "Microsoft’s Creative Destruction". The author lays out how innovation can get destroyed by big established groups within the company. A scary scenario for every growth-oriented technology firm.

[NyTimes]

  • "To Deliver, iPad Needs Media Deals" [nytimes]
  • "E-Mail Saves Time, but Being There Says More" [nytimes]
  • "On the Plate, a Pinch or a Pound?" [nytimes]
  • "Foursquare Teams With Bravo TV" [nytimes]
  • "A Is for Amazon, B Is for Best Buy…" [nytimes]

[Links]

  • YouTube in HTML5 Beta [link]
  • 3D In 3 Minutes [link]
  • Ski Challenge 2010 [link]
  • 30 Hilarious Print Advertisements [link]

[Shopping]

  • Book-on-my-Nook: The Privileges: A Novel (Correction: Don't read it .. brilliant first chapters .. but 2nd half of the book is just a patchwork of somehow related chapters) [shopping]

Saturday
Jan302010

Week of 2010/01/25

[Comment]

iPad .. still feels like a bad dream .. of course there is still hope that I wake up and it will be a really cool gadget with a name that doesn't remind women of a hygiene product and that won't start with a lame 'i' .. anyway, I will probably still get one, when I then wake up.

[NyTimes]

  • "For Apple, iPad Said More Than Intended" [nytimes]
  • "When Phones Are Just Too Smart" [nytimes]
  • "Our Boredom, Ourselves" [nytimes]
  • "The Four Basic Elements of Dining (and Umami, too)" [nytimes]

[Links]

  • Video: RealSki - Augmented reality on the ski slope [link]
  • Augmented Reality Façade Shows Building's Real-Time Deets and Tweets [link]
  • The Gates Note - Bill Gates new Blog [link]

[Shopping]

  • Tumi Alpha Organizer Briefcase [shopping]

Sunday
Jan242010

Week of 2010/01/18

[Comment]

Barnes and Noble is getting nicely set up for a successful future in the bookstore business. The ingredients: 'Paper-based' books and magazines, yes we still buy them + eBooks, of course + a coffee-shop, lucky Starbucks + eMagazines and eNewspapers + eCoupons :-) + eReaders, like their own Nook + necessary software and hardware infrastructure. That all enables Barnes and Noble to get a first-hand experience in running the integrated computer and software infrastructure; the platform that manages, deploys, and advertises all the e-content in a personalized way via web, eReaders, and their stores. I just hope they grab that chance.

[NyTimes]

  • "'Controlled Serendipity' Liberates the Web" [nytimes]
  • "A Big-Picture Look at Google, Microsoft, Apple and Yahoo" [nytimes]
  • "Agency Combines Clients’ Stocks for a Mini-Mutual Fund" [nytimes]
  • "China Restores Text Messaging in Xinjiang" [nytimes]
  • "Free Checking Could Go the Way of Free Toasters" [nytimes]

[Links]

  • Paper: Amazon Web Services - Architecting for The Cloud: Best Practice [pdf]
  • Mint - the automatic floor cleaner [link]
  • PDFmyURL [link]
  • Idealab - from ideas to successful companies [link]

[Shopping]

  • Adele Live from SoHo [itunes]

Saturday
Jan162010

Week of 2010/01/11

[Comment]

Being part of the workforce for > 25 years I start to realize that the real cool thing about my work is that I'm able/allowed/privileged to work with motivate, always curious, fascinating people of all ages .. the type of people mostly found in "growth-oriented" companies .. I just like it ..

[NyTimes]

  • "After Google’s Stand on China, U.S. Treads Lightly" [nytimes]
  • "Scaling the Digital Wall in China" [nytimes]
  • "Introducing a Twitter for Credit Card Purchases" [nytimes]
  • "A Facebook Movement, Against Mom and Dad" [nytimes]

[Links]

  • Video: China's attack on Google explained [link]
  • Video: "Thanks technology" [link]
  • Video: Light Blue Optics Light Touch hands-on [link]
  • Video: Car Tech, CES LTE Connected Car [link]
  • MyFord hands-on [link]
  • OnStar Mobile [link]

[Shopping]

Saturday
Jan092010

Week of 2010/01/04

[Comment]

I still don't have an iPhone. But I'm pretty sure I would have one if my cellphone provider would offer one. But now I have time to debate with myself about life without an iPhone. I can ask myself how much better my life could/would be if I would have an iPhone; or how my life sucks without an iPhone; or what opportunities I miss by not having an iPhone; or what great new friends I would have if I would have an iPhone; or what cool places I could visit/map out if I would own an iPhone; or how much more I could know about the inner workings of the world if I would have an iPhone; or how I could waste a ton of time in a more fashionable way .. if I just would have an iPhone.

[NyTimes]

  • "A Deluge of Devices for Reading and Surfing" [nytimes]
  • "Despite Risks, Internet Creeps Onto Car Dashboards" [nytimes]
  • "Breaking Up in a Digital Fishbowl" [nytimes]

[Links]

  • The office cubicle got invented in Ann Arbor [link]
  • DESIGNING *for humans [link]
  • Nexus One Phone [link]
  • Sony Dash [link]

[Shopping]

Saturday
Jan092010

Week of 2009/12/28

Happy New Year to Everyone and welcome to my first weekly update!

[Comment]

Have you ever experienced "Hyper-Browsing"? I'm pretty sure you have. It just happened to me this morning. I opened my web-browser to look up some book reviews. I opened the Amazon website and immediately got side-tracked checking out some camera shown on their front page. What followed was a somehow chaotic 1 hours click, check, google, watch, think, heart-rate-rising browsing experience; which ended in a bad "what was I originally looking for?" feeling. Yes, that is what I call "Hyper-Browsing", and I'm sure you have experienced that too. Now what is my point? I really like my Nook, and I really like its limited set of functionality. That limited set helps me to stay focused on what I want to do; I just want to read a book.

[NyTimes]

  • "The trends and events that dominated the past decade in icons and buzzwords." [nytimes]
  • "Safety of Beef Processing Method Is Questioned" .. mmhh, I just like those $1 burgers [nytimes]
  • "Blowing Smoke at a Ban" [nytimes]
  • "The Pogie Awards for the Year’s Best Tech Ideas" [nytimes]

[Links]

  • Cool Hunting [link]
  • Geeky: "WTF is a SuperColumn?" [link]
  • Disney Blu-ray Upgrade Program [link]
  • nookDevs [link]
  • GoEast WebTown 1997/07/07: The wayback machine archived one of my early "blogs", the WebTownFlash [link]

[Videos]

  • Engadget's look back on the gadgets of the past decade [video]
  • "A Day in a Photographer's Life" [video]
  • James May Toy Stories Episode 4 [youtube]

[Shopping]

  • "It Might Get Loud" on Blue-ray [shopping]

Enjoy! --Marcel

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