Archive for the 'Technology' Category

ACLU: Pizza Palace

Thursday, May 25th, 2006

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) features a funny (or not so funny) clip on their Surveillance Campaign website about a guy trying to order double-meat pizza, who is confronted with a practically omniscient call agent. Scary!

The government and corporations are aggressively collecting information about your personal life and your habits. They want to track your purchases, your medical records, and even your relationships. The Bush Administration’s policies, coupled with invasive new technologies, could eliminate your right to privacy completely. Please help us protect our privacy rights and prevent the Total Surveillance Society.

The high cost of cheap gas

Wednesday, April 26th, 2006

It’s that time of year again when people are complaining about high prices at the pump. Politicians on both sides of the aisle are even calling for the president to intervene and keep oil companies from price-gouging. The blame-game is on.

That’s all silly, of course. World demand has gone up over the past few decades and is expected to increase even further in the years to come. China and India, anyone? World supply simply hasn’t kept up. Yes, yes, there’s regulatory issues here in the US that make things worse, and taxes, and the refineries pose a bottleneck that’s a real drag, and if we were only allowed to drill in Alaska that would certainly add a few gallons to the bucket.

But the bottom line is: We need to change our ways. We need to conserve. We need to stop burn fossil fuels. We need to kick our oil habit. We must develop the alternatives now and make the switch to regenerative sources of energy.

And don’t anyone tell me it can’t be done. It has already been done, just not on a larger scale. The sooner we get started, the better. I still want that car.

Our use of and our dependency on oil clearly has had some very negative side effects (environmental and political). Making the switch will spur innovation. And maybe in the end we can tell our kids some day we did good. Or at least we tried.

(Apparently, I can’t claim to have come up with the title of this post: Google)

Tool box

Sunday, April 16th, 2006

I’ve started to put together my personal tool box, a compilation of the tools, software and services I frequently use.

In the city today

Tuesday, April 11th, 2006

Attending the AIIM ECM Solutions Seminar this morning, stopping by Net Tuesday later tonight.

Mobile Monday Germany

Monday, April 3rd, 2006

Filling the gaps, one at a time!

I just learned that Oliver is working on setting up a Mobile Monday meetup in Germany. Hopefully this will become part of the worldwide Mobile Monday network, which so far does not cover Germany.

I will try to drum up support at tonight’s Mobile Monday Silicon Valley meetup in Mountain View.

If you have any ideas, suggestions, tips, requests etc. concerning Mobile Monday Germany, please make yourself heard.

New Plazers out

Friday, March 24th, 2006

Felix of Plazes has just announced New Plazers. Available for download on the Plazes website. Whee!

Endangered Machinery

Saturday, March 18th, 2006

Great photos by Haiko Hebig: Endangered Machinery - Industrial and Industrial Heritage Photography.

GigaOM looking for German contributor

Thursday, March 2nd, 2006

GigaOM, the broadband weblog by Om Malik, senior writer at Business 2.0 magazine, is looking for a contributor in Germany:

PS: If you are a reader based in Germany, and would like to contribute to GigaOM on the latest developments in Germany, drop me a note with “contributor” in the subject line.

Your chance to be part of one of the top-ranked blogs currently out there (via Cem Basman).

Plazes and Fon announce collaboration agreement

Saturday, February 18th, 2006

Felix Petersen (Plazes) and Martin Varsavsky (Fon) have announced they will be working together in the future:

No details yet.

Audio tagging

Thursday, February 2nd, 2006

I want to tell my radio when I hear something I like, say, a song. I want to assign tags. I want these tagged items to find their way to an online library where I can then browse, compare, discover, add, share with others. I probably want to listen to some of these songs again. I might even buy them for all I care. Same goes for podcasts. I want to tell my computer…