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Monthly Archives: March 2007
Like philips puts it nicely, less devices and more living space. In this light, many people in the Netherlands don’t like actions taken by the telecom providers to force digital television on them with television boxes. For starters, with many houses having excellent internet speeds and connections already.. who wants a backward device as the UPC digital television box, while Joost is coming for example? Bright on top illustrates what bad service should make people do with this unwanted device:
Alle “Keek op de Week” van Kooten en de Bie online
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5 years of a large online party community. The site had a site party, add 20,000 site visitors. 260,000 active online members. That large? Maybe one or the largest community sites in this field of Europe, who knows.. Radio Online has an interview. (more…)
Shortly after the announcement that even podcasts are going to be billed heavily in the Netherlands, the music scene started to respond to those actions in line of current developments..
VPRO (Dutch public radio, tv and internet – non-profit) will start promoting ‘open content’, Creative Commons music in their radio-show Wissel. … This will only be the first step. I am talking about other open content projects for the Publieke Omroep here in Holland as well. So stay sharp for future updates at this blog. 2007 will be the year of free, open and… music of course
This began with a post on Marco’s blog, noticed by VPRO. Way to go! [creative commons blog]
Thus, this thursday the first radio program with creative commons music focus. Meanwhile Creative Commons 3.0 is published online.
Update 2: Belgium is debating its policies too.
Update 3: Some insights from the LinuxJournal with follow up and tracking links.
Update 4: The broadcast of the wissel show can be heared online here too.
On the left is the chart the New York Times published to illustrate the report, on the right the chart the Bush administration published. Notice anything odd?
Calgoo is free online/offline software that lets you:
- Find the calendars, schedules and appointments you need
- Use them and arrange them your way
- Share calendars and appointments with those that need to know
Calgoo Beta is now available to the public. Check out the many improvements: faster, updated interface and works with Outlook, iCal, Google Calendar and Google Apps. Please read the Release Notes.
Activating a hidden viral infection in a patient already sick with cancer sounds like a recipe for disaster, but it may actually help treat the disease.
It sounds like a recipe for disaster: activating a hidden viral infection in a patient already sick with cancer. Yet, not only is this technique being used to produce images of tumours, but mounting evidence also suggests the activated virus might be able to help treat the cancer.
Eneco is not alone in being big and lumpy, i have similar experiences with UPC (big & scary), KPN (big & clueless) and companies like Accenture are not known as Accidenture in the IT world for nothing. There seems to be an inverse relationship between size and customer service that is apparent for every big company i ever had dealings with, professional or otherwise.
and here is the follow up of the Swift story.
Quote of Jacob Kohnstamm in NRC article:
„What would you think if Poetin or the Chinese would request your financial informaion? Your savings, mortgage, bankstatements. Would we accept that?
Like netkwesties pointed out in April 2006, there seems to be little management regarding these issues.
UPDATE: Google is following up on the European privacy directives, by finally becoming a bit more transparant regarding its database usage. BoingBoing has more too.
The Swift issue has been settled.
For everyone who is using Windows Explorer on their pda (use Opera) i’ve installed the wp-pda plugin so this website is more easy to read.
Opera uses can still see the site as it is, anyway Opera Rocks on the PDA so it doesn’t need adjustments. This adjustment of Barnhard Blog is the first in a long line of mayor changes on this blog ahead.
We believe that the current Internet has significant deficiencies that need to be solved before it can become a unified global communication infrastructure. Further, we believe the Internet.s shortcomings will not be resolved by the conventional incremental and .backward-compatible. style of academic and industrial networking research. The proposed program will focus on unconventional, bold, and long-term research that tries to break the network.s ossification. To this end, the research program can be characterized by two research questions: “With what we know today, if we were to start again with a clean slate, how would we design a global communications infrastructure”, and “How should the Internet look in 15 years.” We will measure our success in the long-term: We intend to look back in 15 years time and see significant impact from our program.
This Whitepaper describes how the program is structured, and identifies five key areas for research:
1. Network architecture
2. Heterogeneous applications
3. Heterogeneous physical layer technologies
5. Economics & policy
More: Stanford University
Why do I fear patend issues ahead with this “new internet” ?
Downloading the 220 mb yourself is possible too.
Programming and Engineering $12
Retail $ 12
Console owner fee $7
Market Development Fund $3
Manufacturing Costs, Packaging $3
Publisher Profit $1
Corporate Costs: $.20
Hardware Development < $.03
Total: About $61 dollar
Dutch Bloggies & uitslag | foto’s | meer | meer
Lees mijn verslag hier: Ochblog.com – Dutch Bloggies 2007
It’s hard to believe that the richest man in the world doesn’t have a college degree, but that’s soon going to change. Bill Gates, co-founder and chairman of Microsoft, will receive his honorary degree from Harvard University after speaking at their commencement ceremony in June.
The winners were, Beste groupblog Gentblogt, Best lifeblog Michel Vuijlsteke, Best photoblog Wannabes, Most compulsory blogCuckoo Appelogen, Highest pagerank Netlash Price for the higest in the bwards top10 without award Asfaltkonijn. There are videoclips, photos and more at the awardsite and technorati.
Unfortunally we couldn’t go ourselves this year, but hopefully next year.
High frequency blogging/messaging has recently become more popular with new services as Twitter and Jaiku. Its like mixing IM with SMS, Some call it an EM application (everywhere messaging). Your social contacts can receive your sms-alike messages (with or without links in them) and with many tools available, its simpeler and faster too.