6 October 2011

Steve Jobs dies at age 56

The illustration shows Jobs at home in 1982. The empty room of Apple’s then already wealthy master productizer might tell us something about his way. The former white house photographer Diana Walker attributes the following quote by Jobs to the picture in her book The Bigger Picture:

“This was a very typical time. I was single. All you needed was a cup of tea, a light, and your stereo, you know, and that’s what I had.”

The question now is whether Apple will run out of Apple within a couple of years and become some kind of Sony.

[via:Mika Isomaa]

27 July 2011

Dark Energy Camera imager of the Dark Energy Survey completed

This month, Fermilab technicians and Dark Energy Survey collaborators installed the last of 62 science-quality charged coupling devices, or CCD’s, into the imager for the Dark Energy Camera [called DECam] currently housed at SiDet. CCDs work like film, and each one contains 8 million pixels. The camera also has another 12 CCDs of 4 million pixels each for guiding and focusing. The imager will head to Chile in mid-August for installation on the Blanco telescope. DES collaborators in Chile just finished installing the off-telescope components of the DECam imager liquid-nitrogen cooling system in preparation for the camera’s arrival. Photo: Reidar Hahn

Dark Energy Survey, DES, is trying to determine what is expanding the universe and how dark energy is connected to it by imaging distancing galaxies.

[via: DES at Facebook]

5 July 2010

First picture

“This baby picture, scanned in 1957 [by Russell Kirsch], was the first digital image. At 176 by 176 pixels, its size was limited by the memory capacity of the computer.”

From: Circling the square: Fifty years later, creator of the first digital image aims to smooth the pixel

[via:ScienceNews]

5 June 2010

EFF Founder: Internet has broken the political system

[via:Telecomix]

2 June 2010

How Big Is A Yottabyte?

[via:Laughing Squid]

16 May 2010

Creepy Robots – It’s only a matter of time before one of these kills somebody

[via:Waxy]

20 April 2010

A Comparison of Dedicated Servers By Company

[via:High Scalability]

22 March 2010

Ask rooted – a computer security Q&A site based on the Stack Overflow platform.

[via:Mikko Hyppönen]

17 March 2010

Wired founder John Battelle on the hideous content lock-in of the iPad

“But the real reason media companies love the iPad is the same reason I don’t: It’s an old school, locked in distribution channel that doesn’t want to play by the new rules of search+social.”

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I’m no expert on the iPad and its intended content format. But content like, say, the kind you’d get through an attempt at developing the glossy magazine concept, is worthless unless everything in it has urls and is googleable. Bear in mind that I’m the kind of person who’s having issues with the fact that newspapers and mags don’t put some kind of unique alphanumeric id on all articles inside the regular paper issue.

Something like Spotify’s url system for linking to artists, albums, song, playlists etc. represents a bare minimum of sharing features for content distributed through a proprietary distribution platform. In the case of Spotify, users still have to turn to third party services to gain basic web access to metadata. Being someone who gets most of his magazine reading done via url recommendations over the web and IRC, I’d have very little use for a modern magazine kind of medium if its content isn’t accessible via urls somehow.

But I have to say that trying to build a distribution platform resembling Spotify, Steam or iTunes for magazines/text/photo/video clip content just for the sake of control is a terrible idea. If done right, such a platform could be based on websites with paywalls (optimized for different screens) and provide cute custom applications for e.g. better local offline storage of content.

[via:Kari Haakana]

15 March 2010

Porn internet domain name ‘dot.xxx’ plan revived

[via:Steffen Ørsted]

12 March 2010

Wired Reread: retro gold from old issues of Wired Magazine

[via:Laughing Squid]

6 March 2010

Wired: Cyberwar Hype Intended to Destroy the Open Internet

[via:Joonas Mäkinen]

1 March 2010

Newsweek 1995: Why the Internet Will Fail

[via:Telecomix]

15 February 2010

What is Deinterlacing? Facts, solutions, examples

Old but I just stumbled over it.

[via:Nuudelisoppa]

10 February 2010

Facebook now available via XMPP/Jabber

I’ll probably be visible as “online” pretty much all the time from now on since my Jabber client should be available pretty much 24/7.

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