Monthly Archives: June 2008

TED: Nicholas Negroponte On OLPC

MIT Media Lab founder and “Being Digital” author Nicholas Negroponte stopped by the EG conference last December to give a sort of status update on the One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) project he’s been driving for the past two years. The project’s mandate is to create an inexpensive, durable and well-designed laptop that costs less […]
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Oh, But The Home Of The Future Is Sooooo 1939

The future home will probably be equipped with a number of control centers, from any one of which the homemaker can give her commands to appliances at work in the kitchen and laundry. Electric ranges already are equipped with automatic controls for temperature and cooking time, but there is no practical reason why these operations […]
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Mathew Ingram on The Symbian Unification

Globe & Mail Technology writer Mathew Ingram blogged this morning on Nokia’s announcement yesterday that they intend to acquire the outstanding shares of Symbian that they don’t already own, and together with a whole host of other mobile providers and vendors, will create an open source, unified and standard Mobile OS. From Nokia’s press release: […]
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News & Notes on Bill C-61 (AKA Canadian DMCA)

London Ontario’s David Canton has written a column in today’s London Free Press on Bill C-61. As Michael Geist was quick to point out, David minces no words in describing his opinion of the proposed legislation: “…the bill is flawed and should not be passed in its current state…” “Canada had an opportunity to set […]
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Michael Geist – The Canadian DMCA: A Betrayal

Michael Geist – The Canadian DMCA: A Betrayal Brlliant
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ArsTechnica examines "Made-In-Canada DMCA"

Ars Technica reviews the new Canadian Copyright Act (Bill C-61) and comes back with a distressing, albeit not entirely surprising analysis. The review can be found here What’s great about the review is that although it most definitely has a point-of-view (e.g. “…those pesky details… make even the “consumer-friendly” parts of the bill a bit […]
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David Byrne: Playing the Building – Boing Boing

David Byrne turns the Battery Maritime Building in NYC into a giant musical instrument as part of an art installation called “Playing The Building“ My favourite quote from Byrne: “It’s not like a musician sits down at this and has any more skills playing this than anyone else. It kind of democratizes the whole experience, […]
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Writing Style for Print vs. Web

Link to Jakob Nielsen’s blog at useit.com Summary: Linear vs. non-linear. Author-driven vs. reader-driven. Storytelling vs. ruthless pursuit of actionable content. Anecdotal examples vs. comprehensive data. Sentences vs. fragments. Great explanation of the inherent differences in writing for the Web versus writing for print or TV. He identifies, in part, the way we write for […]
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eCommerce Goes Rube Goldberg

h/t to my friend Kadie for this one… http://producten.hema.nl/ From her eMail: HEMA is a Dutch department store. The first store opened on November 4, 1926, in Amsterdam . Now there are 150 stores all over the Netherlands . HEMA also has stores in Belgium, Luxemburg, and Germany. In June of 2007, HEMA was sold […]
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Matthew Ingram on Gmail Labs

Matthew Ingram is weighing in on Google’s new “Google Labs” service on their gMail application: ”Labs” allows users to try out all kinds of new features and then immediately let Gmail developers know what they think. As a User Experience practitioner myself, one of the biggest misnomers I have to overcome personally and with those […]
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