All posts tagged: apple

Reflecting on South by Southwest (SxSW) 2012

Innovation / Learning / Open

It has been a few months since I attended SxSW in Austin. Time to do a bit of reflection and see which things have stuck with me as major takeaways and trends to remember. Let me start by saying that going there has changed the way I think about learning and technology in many tacit ways that are hard to describe. That must have something to do with the techno-optimism, the incredible scale/breadth and the […]

Quick Lessons From Losing an iPad

Other

A couple of weeks ago I forgot my iPad on the train. After getting over the initial overwhelming feelings of idiocy on my part, I started thinking a bit deeper about the consequences and whether I had taken sensible precautions to mitigate those consequences. The Problems A couple of problems dawned on me: I had lost something that is quite valuable (one colleague told me with some measure of sincerity: “Nice gift for somebody else”. […]

Notes and Reflections on Day 2 and 3 of I-KNOW 2010

Innovation / Learning

These are my notes and reflections for the second and third days of the 10th International Conference on Knowledge Management and Knowledge Technologies (I-KNOW 2010). Another appstore! Rafael Sidi from Elsevier kicked of the second day with a talk titled “Bring in ‘da Developers, Bring in ‘da Apps – Developing Search and Discovery Solutions Using Scientific Content APIs” (the slightly ludicrous title was fashioned after this). He opened his talk with this Steve Ballmer video […]

Kaizen versus Good Enough

Parallax

Arjen Vrielink and I write a monthly series titled: Parallax. We both agree on a title for the post and on some other arbitrary restrictions to induce our creative process. For this post we agreed to write about how Kaizen (the philosophy of continuous improvement) relates to the rise of the Good Enough paradigm. The post also has to include a non-digital example of Kaizen versus Good Enough. You can read Arjen’s post with the […]

Mozilla and the Open Internet

Digital Rights / Open

For some reason I have recently equated the Mozilla foundation to Firefox. Sitting in the Mozilla room at Fosdem for a couple of hours has cured me of that. Mitchell Baker, chairperson of the Mozilla foundation, talked about the right for self-determination on the Internet. She explained that having a completely open (meaning free as in freedom)  stack to access the Internet does not necessarily mean that you have ownership over your digital self. There is […]

Why Chromium is Now My Primary Browser

Open / Parallax / Software

Arjen Vrielink and I write a monthly series titled: Parallax. We both agree on a title for the post and on some other arbitrary restrictions to induce our creative process. For this post we agreed to include our personal browser histories in the post. You can read Arjen’s post with the same title here. If you are not interested in Browsers and/or usability, I would suggest you don’t bother to read this post. I cannot […]

Online Educa’s Platinum Sponsor Fronter is a Closed Source Proprietary Product

Learning / Moodle / Open

Warning, this is a bit of a rant… I hate false advertising. That is why I was delighted to read that Apple had to pull an iPhone ad recently (see: What the banned iPhone ad should really look like). I am currently at the Online Educa in Berlin where Fronter is the Platinum sponsor. I found their brochure in the conference bag and was appalled by what I read. Fronter has decided to adopt the […]

The Chumby: sexy open hardware

Learning / Open

I have a problem with locked-down hardware. It is not that I don’t like Apple’s products (the iPod Touch is a wonderful piece of hardware), I just don’t like the way Apple’s products treat their customers. I had to help somebody who’s Windows laptop had died. She bought a new Apple laptop and wanted to move her music from her iPod to her new laptop: impossible! It took Linux as an intermediary to get it […]