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Saturday
Jun122010

Week of 2010/06/05

[Comment]

I'm still curious about Apple's iPhone strategy. It seems like it would be so easy for them to own the whole app-/smart-phone market. All they would have to do is offering their iPhone thru all the mobile-providers. But they don't do it. Is it because they want to leave some space for "competition"? Competition is good. Or is it just simply AT&T's dictatorship?

[NyTimes]

  • "In Gulf, It Was Unclear Who Was in Charge of Oil Rig" [nytimes]
  • "The Chemical Weapons of Onions and Garlic" [nytimes]
  • "Popular New Drinking Game Raises Question, Who’s ‘Icing’ Whom?" [nytimes]
  • "I’m Prepared for Adversity. I Waited Tables." [nytimes]

[Links]

  • Nicholas Zambetti Selected Projects [link]
  • Apple WWDC 2010 Keynote Address [link]
  • Video: Ferrari 458 Italia [link]

Saturday
Jun052010

Week of 2010/05/29

[Comment]

I like my "single purpose" appliances. I like watching tv on my big-screen TV. I record shows using my TiVO. I take pictures with my camera. I shoot movies with my camcorder. I find my way using my GPS system. I read books using my Nook. I wake up listening to my clock radio. I still can't imagine that at some time in the future those appliances will be replaced by some "multi purpose" OSX, Windows, or Android based system. The swiss pocket knife was never able to replace a well built screwdriver and cork screw either.

[NyTimes]

  • "The Death of the Open Web" [nytimes]
  • "Sam’s Club Personalizes Discounts for Buyers" [nytimes]
  • "Venting Online, Consumers Can Find Themselves in Court" [nytimes]
  • "The Kno, a Tablet for the College Market" [nytimes]
  • "Batteries Power New Talk of Cheating in Cycling" [nytimes]

[Links]

  • How a Silly Phone for Teens Reveals Microsoft's Plan for Us All [link]
  • Coroflot - Design Jobs & Portfolios [link]
  • Video: Shuttle Crew Enjoys Final Days of Mission [link]
  • Video: Bike with engine (doped bike) and Cancellara [link]

[Shopping]

  • Pirate Radio [shopping]
  • Saturday
    May292010

    Week of 2010/05/22

    [Comment]

    I watched the movie "Pirate Radio" on my flight back from London. "Pirate Radios" were transmitted via radio waves, obviously, which 1) made it possible for everyone who owned a simple radio to listen to them. Listeners didn't have to be some technology nerd or geek. 2) radio waves made it very hard for the "gatekeepers", the government-driven media at that time, to stop those radio stations putting their rock revolution on air, even from a legal perspective. Plus 3) anonymous listening is a standard "feature" of radio waves. That all made me thinking: In our current internet based media world, what technology would "Pirate Radios" be using today?

    [NyTimes]

    • "Safety Rules Can’t Keep Up With Biotech Industry" [nytimes]
    • "For Shuttle Atlantis, a Final Landing" [nytimes]
    • "New King of Technology: Apple Overtakes Microsoft" [nytimes]
    • "Forbidden Sights" [nytimes]

    [Links]

    • A New Type of Phishing Attack [link]
    • Why Google Is So Incredibly Rich [link]
    • Vicon Revue - Memories for life [link]
    • Video: Stellar DSLR Time Lapse of a Space Shuttle Launch [link]

    Saturday
    May222010

    Week of 2010/05/15

    [Comment]

    I did it, a week without Facebook account. And interestingly that week felt like a regular week. So, what again was I using Facebook for?

    [NyTimes]

    • "Metric Mania" [nytimes]
    • "Putting a Price on Words" [nytimes]
    • "If Plan B Fails, Go Through the Alphabet" [nytimes]
    • "Taylor Momsen Did Not Write This Headline" [nytimes]
    • "Plan B: Skip College" [nytimes]

    [Links]

    • Google Code: Google's Developer Conference [link]
    • Urbanspoon’s RezBook [link]
    • Lessons Learned at Reddit [link]
    • Video: New Google Phone Service Whispers Targeted Ads Directly Into Users' Ears [link]

    Saturday
    May152010

    Week of 2010/05/08

    [Comment]

    Every time I approached my teenage daughters about some pictures they posted online I got the same response: "Dad, that is Facebook, and only my friends, which by the way I know face to face, can see those". In a world of MySpace and other open social sites I/they/we felt save in the trusted close environment of Facebook. That trust allowed Facebook to gather a never-seen-before amount of private data. Private data which in a sneaky way they now turn into data that they can sell to advertisers and every other interested party. I'm closing my Facebook account this week, and it feels really good.

    [NyTimes]

    • "Imagine YouTube for Traders" [nytimes]
    • "Net-Worth Obsession" [nytimes]
    • "In Mobile Age, Sound Quality Steps Back" [nytimes]
    • "Will the Internet Kill Traditional Car Radio?" [nytimes]

    [Links]

    • Video: Social Media Revolution 2 (Refresh) [link]
    • Video: Routan Around the Block [link]
    • Video: Sluggy Patterson talks about the rules of PunchDub [link]

    Sunday
    May092010

    Week of 2010/05/01

    [Comment]

    I can only come up with two reasons why someone still wants to read a novel in good old paper form instead of using an ebook reader: 1. The high price of such a reader, 2. paper books are still easier to share with other people. Other than that, I definitely prefer the ebook. They are easier on your eyes, turning pages doesn't require a fight against the tendency of regular books to stay shut, and you don't have to show the whole world your guilty pleasure literature.

    [NyTimes]

    • "The Demise of Datebooks" [nytimes]
    • "Facebook’s Former Privacy Officer, Now AG Candidate, Slams New Features" [nytimes]
    • "In New York, a Tech Incubator Becomes a Hub of Collaboration" [nytimes]
    • "Braking Away" [nytimes]
    • "U.S. Farmers Cope With Roundup-Resistant Weeds" [nytimes]

    [Links]

    • Jason Fager: Quitting Facebook [link]
    • Backupify: Secure Online Backup and Archiving for Gmail, Facebook, Twitter, and Wordpress [link]

    Saturday
    May012010

    Week of 2010/04/25

    [Comment]

    If we could archive and retrieve everything we see, watch, feel, hear, read, blog, and post, would that be a good thing? Pretty difficult question to answer. Of course there are things I would like to remember in all its details, but forgot. For other things it is probably good that I don't remember them anymore. And there are those past experiences that our brain morphed in something more beautiful ... so I'm just glad that I currently don't have to decide if I want to have total-archiving turned on or off.

    [NyTimes]

    • "A Milestone for Internet Ad Revenue" [nytimes]
    • "Spammers Pay Others to Answer Security Tests" [nytimes]
    • "Cellphone Payments Offer Alternative to Cash" [nytimes]
    • "The Data-Driven Life" [nytimes]

    [Links]

    • Dive Into HTML5 [link]

    [Shopping]

    Saturday
    Apr242010

    Week of 2010/04/18

    [Comment]

    Dear Facebook, you are the only web-site that not only knows my real identity but also full names of my friends and their real identities. And that is ok, and I'm even fine with you trying to use that information to finally make some real money. But please do it in a transparent way, and don't try to do it by fooling your not-so-tech-savvy users. Your business-strategy currently sounds as shady as those "0% for 36 month" offers.

    [NyTimes]

    • "The Facebook Backlash Has Begun..." [nytimes]
    • "For Web’s New Wave, Sharing Details Is the Point" [nytimes]
    • "When Over-Sharing Leads to Problems" [nytimes]
    • "Beyond Street View: Google Photographers Begin Going Inside Businesses" [nytimes]

    [Links]

    • PiperSport [link]
    • Nook Software Update 1.3 [link]
    • Botched McAfee update [link]

    [Shopping]

    Saturday
    Apr172010

    Week of 2010/04/11

    [Comment]

    Too bad that I won't be around for that. But imagine 100 years from now how interesting it will be to browse thru our "tweets", our pages on Facebook, or our videos on YouTube. I just hope that those upcoming generations of human beings won't conclude that those postings were the result of a generation going cracy.

    [NyTimes]

    • "Library of Congress Will Save Tweets" [nytimes]
    • "Twitter Launches Places, Annotations, User Streams for Developers" [nytimes]
    • "Apple Places New Limits on App Developers" [nytimes]
    • "Lehman Channeled Risks Through 'Alter Ego' Firm" [nytimes]

    [Links]

    • "Apple is an Experience Company" [link]
    • SmartCockpit [link]
    • Engadget on Microsoft Kin [link]

    [Shopping]

    • Blade mSR RTF .. better than yoga .. [shopping]

    Saturday
    Apr102010

    Week of 2010/04/04

    [Comment]

    Inspired by the book "Total Recall", by a blog-post from Dave Winer, by a video on YouTube, and by an announcement of a new Fujitsu Scanner, I decided it is time to switch to paperless archiving.

    [NyTimes]

    • "U.S. Court Curbs F.C.C. Authority on Web Traffic" [nytimes]
    • "iPad: The First Real Family Computer" [nytimes]
    • "Netflix Reviewed: The iPad’s First Killer App?" [nytimes]
    • "'Suicide' Query Prompts Google to Offer Hotline" [nytimes]
    • "Hot Spot Shortcut, in the Weeds" [nytimes]

    [Links]

    • The Beauty of Brainstorming Gadgets [link]

    [Shopping]

    • Fujitsu ScanSnap S1300 .. paperless archiving [shopping]