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Learning zapping again

Thu, 17 Dec 2009 08:29:23 +0000

Zapping, channel surfing, channel hopping or whatever you would like to call it; I am learning it again. There are about 90 video and audio podcasts in my subscription list in iTunes. They range from "This week in Startups" to "Dance department" and " Boagworld" to the excellent "TED Talks". It is different from Regular Old TV (ROT) because I have conciously chosen each subscription as opposed to channels whose content I don't control. The amount of annoying advertisements is very low. There are Ads but they are better targeted to me and they can easily be skipped. But with 90 subscriptions there is still too much to see or listen to. I can't consume it all. That's why I have been developing new habbits: * Audio podcasts (talk, not music) are played back at double speed. * If a podcast contains content that I've already heard: skip. * If a podcast contains content that I may be interested in some time in the future: skip. (Except the TED talks.) * If I have skipped several episodes of a podcast in a row: unsubscribe. * For current affairs and news podcasts, if they're older than a few days: skip

Article Inspired by "The Real Time Web" LeWeb

Thu, 17 Dec 2009 08:04:32 +0000

After my visit to the LeWeb conference I wrote an article for my company's magazine/ blog that captures some of the things that were said during the conference. The Web is Approaching “Real Time” and You’d Better Keep Up! My intention was to address a typical (potential) customer of ours who may be thinking about how to deal with social media.

Mammut video edited with iMovie '09

Fri, 20 Mar 2009 14:30:19 +0000

Here is a video I shot and edited for the Mammut testevent 2009: In iMovie '09 you can sync edit points with beats of the music. You have to add the beats yourself. I did this by 'tapping' ( the 'm' key) along with the beat while playing back the music. Unfortunately, if you don't 'tap' slightly before a beat, it actually gets placed slightly after the beat. There is a bit of a delay. In this video it is not too noticeable. (Of course now you've read this you do notice it ;-)

Why I am a TEDster: Content, Community, Cause

Tue, 10 Feb 2009 06:54:09 +0000

Three main reasons why I am a TEDster (a member of the TED community) are: * Content * Community * Cause Content Even though the content of the conference eventually makes its way online the live experience is much better. Experiencing them together with others really enhances the experience. There is a big feeling of excitement and community during the conference and you can immediately have discussions about what is presented including with the speakers themselves. Community TEDsters are a great bunch of people to connect with. During the conference you can dive into a deep conversation with any other attendee or speaker without hesitation. "In real life" I find that I first have to gauge if the other person is interested, willing and able to dive into a deep discussion. Great connections can be made. Socially, but sometimes for business as well of course. I've connected several TEDsters to other people in my network for various mutual benefits. Cause I've been looking for bigger causes to contribute to than local volunteering and ad-hoc contributions to organizations like the Red Cross. It can be difficult to find a charitable organization that you can identify with and that you can trust. TED, owned by the Sapling foundation, is such an organization for me. The TED Prize, the TED Fellows program and the TED Talks online are examples of how TED supports good causes. A portion of the membership fees get directed to these causes and TEDsters are encouraged to help out in other ways if they can. This year (2009) I've started to translate TED talks, pledged to mentor (a) TED Fellow(s), pledged to spread the message about SETI and helped a bit with the Charter for Compassion by doing a translation. Especially for the Charter for Compassion I hope to find more opportunities to contribute (as an atheist) and I'm always on the lookout for more. (You don't have to be a conference attendee to help if you would like.) Tags: TEDconference, content, community, cause, charity, tedprize, tedtalks, education

Another great speech about Music and the Future of New Media on IT Conversations

Tue, 09 Dec 2008 22:15:55 +0000

Here is a nuanced analysis on the current state of Music and New Media by Jeremy Silver, CEO of Sibelius software. First paragraph of the introduction from the IT Conversations site:"The general perception is that the music industry is in flames. But music is such an extraordinary experience that it has power to carry on regardless of what happens in the industry. Jeremy Silver discusses the fertile and dynamic world of digital music on the internet which is a scary place for an industry trying to make money. Silver advocates for the success of the music industry as an important contributor to the economy and to the preservation of musicians in society. But no one knows the direction to take the industry for growth."

Insightful look at developments in (new) media: Peter Hirshberg: The Web and TV, a sibling rivalry

Sat, 06 Sep 2008 18:55:40 +0000

Here is a great video from the eg 2007 conference of Peter Hirshberg  giving a historical perspective on developments in new media and new mediums.   Great quote: "The old media is the content of the new media" - Marshall McLuhan Books were the content for movies,Movies were the content for television,Television is the content for internet with enough broadband saturation.

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WebTuesday 2008-07-08: Lightning Talk by Vasile Cotovanu about Google Maps

Thu, 10 Jul 2008 19:50:59 +0000

Lightning Talk by Vasile Cotovanu about Google Maps WebTuesday

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WebTuesday 2008-07-08: Lightning Talk by Toni Birrer about Splunk

Thu, 10 Jul 2008 19:45:59 +0000

Lightning Talk by Toni Birrer about Splunk WebTuesday

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WebTuesday 2008-07-08: Lightning Talk by Axel Beckert about IkiWiki

Thu, 10 Jul 2008 19:42:51 +0000

Lightning Talk by Axel Beckert about IkiWiki WebTuesday

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WebTuesday 2008-07-08: Lightning Talk by Cédric Hüsler about perceived performance

Thu, 10 Jul 2008 19:39:13 +0000

Lightning Talk by Cédric Hüsler about perceived performance WebTuesday

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WebTuesday 2008-07-08: Lightning Talk by Tristan Woerth about types of databases

Thu, 10 Jul 2008 19:34:18 +0000

Lightning Talk by Tristan Woerth: a discussion about types of databases WebTuesday

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WebTuesday 2008-07-08: Lightning Talk by Harry Fuecks about RESTful Thumbnailing

Thu, 10 Jul 2008 19:26:12 +0000

Lightning Talk by Harry Fuecks about RESTful Thumbnailing WebTuesday

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WebTuesday 2008-07-08: Lightning Talk by Patrice Neff about SOA

Thu, 10 Jul 2008 11:12:45 +0000

Lightning Talk by Patrice Neff about the benefits of Service Oriented Architectures (SOA) WebTuesday

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Dipity profile created

Sun, 29 Jun 2008 18:09:46 +0000

Overview of some of my online activities:

WebTuesday 2008-05-13: Apache sling by David Nuescheler

Fri, 27 Jun 2008 18:37:59 +0000

Google video has been giving me problems and I cannot get it to make videos downloadable. The video quality is also pretty low. Enter Viddler. Much nicer interface, taggable, downloadable... What's not to love? So here is last month's WebTuesday presentation that I produced. The topic is Apache Sling (formerly known as micro-jax) and the presenter is David Nüscheler from Day software. What is JCR (elevator pitch)REST meets JCR meets AjaxBuilding TSS as a content application JCR = Content repository API for JavaREST = Representational State Transfer TSS = See also:

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Currently in my 'Vidcasts' playlist...

Fri, 27 Jun 2008 12:23:47 +0000

I don't watch TV anymore. That is, I have put away my TV tuner. I still watch a lot of video content, including shows that are available on TV. One of the legal ways to get TV shows is through the iTunes store. However there is a lot of great content available for free as well.Here is my current video playlist in iTunes: TEDTalks Mahalo Daily Loaded from CNET TV MobLogic GeekBrief.TV Mobuzz TV WineLibrary TV The Larry King Podcast CNN Now in the news MacBreak Snowfix PopSirenand of course Diggnation

Benjamin Zander's TED Talk now online

Thu, 26 Jun 2008 13:22:03 +0000

Last month I wrote about Benjamin Zander and I mentioned his performance at TED 2008. It is now available online from the TED website:

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Tips for startups from Maya Elhalal

Mon, 23 Jun 2008 21:14:40 +0000

While researching startup funding practices I came across a post from Maya Elhalal who has gone through the process of finding funding for startups herself and now teaches and consults on the topic. Her recommended reading list contains one excellent book that I already have, The art of the start by Guy Kawasaki. The other books seem to complete the picture and answer the detailed questions that remain after reading "The art of the start".See:  How to Successfully Finance Your Startup in Every Stage of Development

Graphic design museum opened in The Netherlands

Wed, 11 Jun 2008 22:06:11 +0000

Perhaps of interest for my Graphic Designer friends:

Typepad layout problem solved

Mon, 09 Jun 2008 09:16:08 +0000

It was caused by an extra
tag that creeped in through autoformatting in the web-based editor of Typepad.