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How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Mysterious LED

How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Mysterious LED

Wandering around some Mac-aficionado forums in search of good repairing tips for my powerbook maybe-a-bit-old’n’dusty-thus-winding-way-too-slow-and-definitely-too-noisy internal fan, I found this amazing asynchronous, multi-user dispersed chat: user A: I keep my powerbook on my desk when I work. When it goes to...
Facebook cares about our heartbreak?

Facebook cares about our heartbreak?

Facebook has declared that they will stop showing your ex’s in the Photo Memories box (occasionally on the top right box, where the adds usually are). In practice this means that they’ve created an algorithm which won’t show tagged...
Event review: Music & Bits – day 1 of ADE Conference

Event review: Music & Bits – day 1 of ADE Conference

The funniest line in the opening speech for Music & Bits was “now for a practical matter – does anyone have an iPad charger?” I loved to hear that, in a room of music geeks, developers and techies, and...
The Shelfless Bookstore

The Shelfless Bookstore

What is the difference between a traditional bookstore and an online bookstore? You could say it’s in the opening hours, the delivery time and number of employees, but let’s focus on one of the main differences. A traditional bookstore...

Is it really all that bad?

A recent Vancouver Sun article about the documentary Catfish, brings up an arguable and in vogue topic. One that commonly seems to be brought up quiet often about the rising popularity of social media platforms: What are the (psychological) dynamics between the...
Games are not about playing anymore

Games are not about playing anymore

The days of Pong and Pac-man are over. Videogames are no longer identified with this strange yellow dot eating other dots or a two-dimensional  simulation of table tennis, they  seem to have lost all their innocence and have entered...

I heart Illustrator

My first experience with Inkscape Ever since I started Art Academy in 2000 I use Adobe’s vector graphics software program Illustrator to create logo’s, cards, brochures, posters and other kinds of hard-copy. But although I find it a great...
MMORP-FPS

MMORP-FPS

Introduction In Money for Nothing, Steven Shaviro claimed that the virtual life is getting more and more intertwined with the real life, focusing a lot on its economic aspect (Shaviro, 2007). He discusses the book “Play Money” by Julian...

Digital Publishing in Education

In this new era of digital publishing, we should not only be concerned with the things we can can do in our leisure time, moreover, we should try to find the boundaries of what digital publishing can mean to...

Why the iPad will change the e-reader

E-readers are on the market for a while but the digital version of the book never got really popular. Readers were slow, dull, and not sexy at all. The image of the e-reader changed a couple of months ago...

The Future of Magazine Publishing in the digital age

In fact, magazines were pioneers in niche content before cable TV and the Internet came along and usurped them with the flashy video of the former and the interactive communities of the latter. (Glaser, 2005) It is no longer...

The Holy Grail of Digital Publishing

Digital reading is becoming more and more popular. In 2010, more then 12 million E-readers have been sold and still, this is only the beginning (see for yourself, how many people do you know that own a Kindle or...

The human race towards immortality or stupidity.

The idea of immortality plays a significant role in the human life. Within every generation, and within every culture this is an issue. The Chinese incorporate this with Ba Xian, the eight immortals. Within he Indian Mythology there is...

And the nominees are…

The Nobel Peace Prize is handed out every year to a person or an organization that has acted according to the standards written by Alfred Nobel in his final will; “The whole of my remaining realisable estate shall be...

The Threefold Digital Divide

The Digital Divide The common gap in internet accessibility is mainly based on socioeconomic status, determined by skills and resources. The digital divide has often emerged along the familiar fault lines of social inequality: class, ethnicity, gender, age, and...
Alice in iPad, the New Wonderland.

Alice in iPad, the New Wonderland.

Will fairy tales live happily ever after in the digital publishing era? Once upon a time, electronic signatures didn’t designate us as individuals, passwords didn’t determine if we would be denied or not the access in data and emoticons...
Print our own furniture?

Print our own furniture?

After reading an article on the Dutch Cowgirl site, about 3D printing, I wonder what the potential of this device is in the future. Wouldn’t it be great to have a 3D printer that will be able to print...

Reducing the ministries’ excessive use of paper

In the early nineteen-eighties, computers became widely adopted by the Dutch ministries. Then, for a decade or so, the computer mainly acted as a replacement of the typewriter. The computer was primarily used for word processing and doing calculations....
E-readers, will they substitute educators and librarians?

E-readers, will they substitute educators and librarians?

The heavy task of lugging stacks of books might be seeing the end of its era, for with the expanding digitalisation of textual content, EBook readers and Edocuments ( PDF files, Word Doc, podcasts etc.) are introducing a more...
Online to Offline: review of TS2AS party in Amsterdam

Online to Offline: review of TS2AS party in Amsterdam

Three weeks ago I blogged about Justus Bruns and the concept behind Times Square to Art Square (TS2AS). Last night was the first offline event, held in MuzyQ, Amsterdam, where Justus explained the story behind his idea, “to turn...
Is Google Going To Ruin The E-reader’s Party?

Is Google Going To Ruin The E-reader’s Party?

“Books are among the most beautifully engineered, and human-engineered, components in existence, and they will continue to be functionally important within the context of man-computer symbiosis.” The above quote is from Joseph Licklider stated in his famous article ‘Man-Computer Symbiosis’...

Are E-books just a transitional technology?

“At breakfast Sal reads the news. She still prefers the paper form, as do most of the people. She spots an interesting quote from a columnist in the business section. She wipes her pen over the news paper´s name,...

A Clay Tablet Is Not a Book

Mcluhan believed the medium to be the message. When we are trying to understand the effects of the medium, we ought to analyze the medium. And when the medium changes, the message is bound to transform. Who’s utopian vision...
A Tale of Two Books: Digital Versus Print

A Tale of Two Books: Digital Versus Print

Imagine the scene, it's Christmas, little Billy rushes downstairs and throws himself on the presents under the tree. He reaches out and snatches up what he thinks is the new Larry Botter book and rips off the paper in...