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Month: September 2007

Thoughts on the ipod touch

Thoughts on the ipod touch

Today I dropped by the apple store and bought an ipod touch at the same time as a friend. both of us were speaking about how we were going to wait the five hours before the device was charged. I didn’t. I plugged it into the laptop and let it charge for five hours that way So far there are a number of features I love about this device. The first of these is the screen. it’s nice and wide…

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Andrew Keen at the Frontline Club

Andrew Keen at the Frontline Club

Content creation and distribution has become far cheaper than it was in the past. Whereas in the past you’d have tons of equipment to create television programs today the barriers to entry are lower as a result of which the cult of the amateur is allowed to flourish. As the technology is adopted by more people those who have never studied the theorie point and shoot. What this means is that there is a huge amount of mediocrity on the…

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A trip to the apple store

A trip to the apple store

Playing with technology is fun especially when you could fit it into your shirt pocket. The ipod s one such device. it fits easily into the pocket and can play video, allow for the viewing of photos and more. I also like the user interface, whether the fact the screen is split into text on the left and images on the right or the ability to search through songs and such. Two of it’s disadvantages are the small click wheel….

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Travian, an online game

Travian, an online game

Travian is one of those games you would have loved to play after reading a few Asterix comics. There are three civilisations you can be, Gaul, Roman or Teuton. Each player starts off with one village and expands from there. There are four types of resources. These are wood, clay, iron and wheat. As your village begins you need to decide on what resources you want to grow. Click on the land type and you will see a display with…

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Why a 20% drop is not necessarily a bad thing for myspace

Why a 20% drop is not necessarily a bad thing for myspace

According to recent articles myspace is losing user share in relation Facebook but this is not necessarily a bad thing. When you think of facebook you know that it’s a glorified phonebook therefore everyone “needs” to use it to remain in the loop. In contrast Myspace is a specialised music sharing site for artists and creators of music to come together and collaborate as members of the same art form. As a result of many users leaving myspace for other…

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After two months as a camera operator in the UN General Assembly hall in Geneva…

After two months as a camera operator in the UN General Assembly hall in Geneva…

A tall slender woman was sitting on a chair by the podium where her husband was delivering a presentation to a hall filled with people. Each group of four people had a white board in front and on this board was the name of the deleguation. Canada, USA, France, Lithuania and more. In the balconies NGO names could be spotted. The location is the general assembly hall in Geneva and the occasion is Abdullah Il bin an Hussein the second…

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The mobile phone app

The mobile phone app

Everyday at least one friend has one of their friends lose their mobile phone and all numbers on that device. As a result you find that there are hundreds of groups with the title “named individual has lost their phone” where everyone is expected to post their mobile number for quick synchronisation. It would be quite simple to implement. As everyone adds their contact details into the database and as you acknowledge that those in your contact list are your…

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Andrew Keen, Cynthia Mckinney and Jeff Blankfort

Andrew Keen, Cynthia Mckinney and Jeff Blankfort

I recently dropped by the Frontline club to listen to what Andrew Keen had to say and his talk was really interesting. There are a few ideas that I found were interesting and I’m still planning on getting something written up about the event. Last night I met up with Documentally to record an interview before going to Cynthia Mckinney’s talk about confronting the empire. She talked for twenty minutes or so before giving the floor for a Q&A session…

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MTV and international oversight

MTV and international oversight

When the VMA are advertised everywhere and where there is easy access to information about everything that is going on around the world MTV appears short sighted. If you’ve got an award ceremony that you’re telling the world about then you’d better give the world access to all the footage for the simple reason that you’re missing a good advertising opportunity. By restricting access to the footage two things are happening. You’re frustrating the users that have heard bad things…

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The “Jobs” sense

The “Jobs” sense

If you’re the head of a company that’s doing as well as Apple there’s something you’ve got to be admired for. It’s the ability to sell a phone with no keyboard and get people to love it. It’s also about selling it for $599 and taking it back down to $399. What appears to be an act of generosity is a great PR stunt. Everyone that got an iphone and saw the price drop was angry so they wrote complaining….

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