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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]

Saturday
Apr032010

Week of 2010/03/28

[Comment]

After using my iPad for a day I'm more than ever convinced that yes it will redefine the personal computer space. Go and get yours, you won't be disappointed!

[NyTimes]

  • "Foursquare Introduces New Tools for Businesses" [nytimes]
  • "Portable Real Estate Listings — but With a Difference" [nytimes]
  • "In a Test of Sales Savvy, Selling a Red Brick on YouTube" [nytimes]
  • "Death of a Loophole, and Swiss Banks Will Mourn" [nytimes]

[Links]

  • Microsoft Research SenseCam [link]

Saturday
Mar272010

Week of 2010/03/21

[Comment]

Mayors jump in ice-cold lakes and swim with sharks just to get Google's attention? "People reacting to an unseen dog whistle and moving en masse, on command" at SXSW? Flash-mobs driven by text-messages and twitter vandalize downtowns? TV-doctor twitters in "real-time"? The show "Marriage Ref" is just insane, even from the point of view of the attending stars! .. What is going on here? Did someone put something into our drinking water?

[NyTimes]

  • "Hoping for Gift From Google? Go Jump in the Lake" [nytimes]
  • "Digitally, Location Is Where It's At" [nytimes]
  • "Mobs Are Born as Word Grows by Text Message" [nytimes]
  • "The TV Doctor With Tweets in Real Time" [nytimes]
  • "'The Marriage Ref' Curbs Everyone’s Enthusiasm" [nytimes]
  • "The Low-Hanging Fruit of Saving Fuel" [nytimes]

[Links]

  • appFigures, a reporting platform for iPhone developers [link]
  • Video: BMW S1000 RR. Dinner for RR. [link]

Saturday
Mar202010

Week of 2010/03/14

[Comment]

I'm not really a Microsoft fan. I even hate them for what they have done to personal-computing and office-computing over the last 20 years. Old-Microsoft miss-used their monopole and made personal-computing harder as it should or could have been. But something seems to be changing. I'm getting the impression that products like Bing, Windows 7, and Windows Phone 7 fit quite nicely into a new age of personal-computing. An age currently dominated by Apple and their products .. By the way, Google seems to take the role of the new ugly Old-Microsoft.

[NyTimes]

  • "In Bid to Sway Sales, Cameras Track Shoppers" [nytimes]
  • "An ‘Unanswerable’ Question: Can the iPad Save Magazines?" [nytimes]
  • "Barnes & Noble Promotes the Head of Its Web Division to Chief Executive" [nytimes]
  • "Woman Is the Youngest to Cross an Ocean Alone" [nytimes]
  • "I Need to Vent. Hello, Facebook." [nytimes]

[Links]

  • Video: Jessica Sanders - Award Winning Filmmaking [link]
  • The Engadget Show - 006, Boxee and Windows Phone 7 [link]
  • Video of Windows Phone 7 emulator [link]

[Shopping]

Saturday
Mar132010

Week of 2010/03/07

[Comment]

Just read a post on Gizmodo about "How Sad the Internet Can Look Without Flash". Seriously, I would prefer an Internet without Flash! We wouldn't have those over-designed web-pages that take a long time to load, just to get you confused by their non-web-standard interaction-design. Even from a technical perspective it doesn't make sense to run a runtime within a runtime, as Java-applets didn't make sense. It is just a performance hog and a backdoor for viruses and trojan-horses.

Adobe Flash can get used as a standalone UI-technology in appliances like the Chumby or the new TiVo. But the web belongs to the HTML-runtime, to HTML5!

[NyTimes]

  • "U.S. Hopes Exports Will Help Open Closed Societies" [nytimes]
  • "Reaching for Stars When Space Thrilled and Paranoia Ruled" [nytimes]
  • "The Age of Concrete" [nytimes]
  • "Television Is Not Free and Does Not Want to Be" [nytimes]

[Links]

  • AOL Launches Lifestream [link]
  • 15 Design Tips to Learn From Apple [link]

[Shopping]

  • Apple Mac Mini Server .. to drive your iPad, AppleTV, and Mac's [shopping]

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]