Wednesday, October 20, 2004
Make the world safer. Get rid of Bush.
"You are either with us or against us." If a man uses these kind of statements in politics and at the same time has the most powerful war machine then it to me is an ultimatum and that is not the peaceful approach. We in Europe do not get to vote in this world election and yet our lives are affected. This is my personal pledge to my friends in the US. If you are a Republican do not be selfish, but cast the vote for a better world and I have to believe we will have one with Kerry at the helm. He will have a better chance to unite the world as the Europeans are all for him. PS. I trust George Soros when he says this is not an attempt to get into US politics. He just works for better market economies. Few years ago I went to Riga, the capital of Latvia. Soros had been a major sponsor of the first business school in Riga. Hearing the school management and the student speak of him made me a lasting positive impression.
Sunday, October 03, 2004
The Cerritos library transforms access to knowledge.
The Cerritos library.
I had a great opportunity to spend two days at the Cerritos library talking with its creator Waynn Pearson and his wife Holly Henman. His views on on access to knowledge and his quest for the learning experience were very interesting.
Saturday, October 02, 2004
My new iPod is infinetly more valauble then the old ones
Few days ago I bought my fourth iPod, the 40GB. This time I was not looking for a music player, but a good reliable small hard disk. I wanted to make back ups of my most valuable data, my Lifeblog while traveling. My Lifeblog lives on my IBM X40, and I do not want to loose it. Doing the back up on a DVD felt unpractical in regular use. I investigated the different solutions and decided between a LaCie Data Bank HDand the 40GB iPod. The iPod became my choice, as I got the music feature as an added value. This has caused a very interesting multidevice storing problem. My master music collection is on my Mac, I want to be play my music via my PC and the iPod should be the link between them. This is not possible, the iPod is either a PC iPod or a Mac iPod, the reason for this is that the HD is initialised for either platform. Also the connectivity does not support it.
This whole dilemma provoked some thoughts about media usage, I asked myself, my Lifeblog is on the iPod, would I want to use it from there? The answer is no, I do not think so. This leads me to believe that the emerging mobile devices with landscape screens, the Nokia Mediaphone, the SONY mobile playstation and the Microsoft Mobile Media Centers and original Archos Personal Video recorder will not survive. The reason is very simple they are too big ergonomic compromises from moving use too and secondly they will not be able to store enough. The more I think about it the more convinced I am getting that mass market lies in a very versatile one hand operated Life recorder with fair media consumption capabilities and a very good mobile wireless Laptop with great media consumption and creation capability. This solution offers unique best of both world experience: moving use when you need it, mobile power when you can sit down. There is only problem that these two will not handle: The ultimate storage problem, so a third device or entitiy is needed and that is the Home server or the multimedia bank on-line where everything that cannot be mobile fits and then the stuff that is not local on these two mobile devices can be fetched via wireless anywhere anytime.