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Old Fashioned?

I am normally frontrunner regarding ICT innovations. When I moved in 86 from Germany to Italy, I already came with my PC, well PC, it was more a typewrite with screen. When Internet came ppublic, can't remember the year, I had one of the first accounts. I still remember the emotion when after painstaking attempts finally the modem brought you into connection. I remember Mosaic. I programmed one of the first data driven ASP applications at FAO. I have cabled our flat and we have 4 internet connected PCs for three inhabitants :-).

Second visit on October 20 was to Yee Yan, (, a start up founded by 3 Tsinghua students some years ago. This is not about research and automatic translation. This is about motivated people who want to bring foreign content to China, by creating a network of translators. One of the founders was motivated to start, because his father died of a rare disease by the lack of important information in Chinese language, but which was available in the USA.

Online Again!

After quite some time is online again. (Grazie Antonella!!). I was telling in my offline message that the side had been hacked. Well, this was exaggerated. First I had discovered that links behing pictures had been changed, then I found strange words in my vocabularies. I opened the site as "anonymous user" and found that all public posts could not only be viewed, but also be edited. I was horror-stricken and thought about a severe hacking. I put the site offline. I did not find the reason for what happened. Antonella did.

Unloading Information Overload - or Not

Information Age -

the attached link will lead you to an article with a position what at the moment is fashionable: new information technologies distract us more than in the past from concentrated working and production of ideas and content. The main argument is that we are constantly looking to emails, messaging systems and similar. I would like to challenge this position with two arguments.

Freeman J. Dyson

I just finished reading the book "The Sun, the Genome and the Internet", a passionate plea of an astrophysicist in his 80s that only science can bring freedom and prosperity to humankind:

An interesting point is that he tells that the alliance between science and craft industry was that what made the former so developing in the 20th century. His hypothesis is that only a strong development in solar energy combined with genetic technology and the extension of the internet to all individuum will be able to resolve the problems of a world with 6 billion people.

Klassischer Konservativismus

Es war schon zu erwarten, dass aus dem konservativen Lager irgendwelche hochgestochenen "Rettet di Zivilisation" Angriffe gegen&nbsp; das Internet kommen wuerden.&nbsp; Aber von einem Mitherausgeber der FAZ! Too much is too much!&nbsp;&nbsp; Ich stimme natuerlich mit dem Spiegel Rezensenten ueberein.<br /><br /><a href=",1518,514107,00.html">Debatte: Das Internet ist an allem schuld - Netzwelt - SPIEGEL ONLINE - Nachrichten</a><br /><br /><p class="poweredbyperformancing">Powered by <a href="">ScribeFire</a>.</p>

Social Implication of Easy publishing tools

Frome the Economist: "Paul Saffo, a futurologist and one of the world's most enthusiastic technophiles, also looks at the downside. “Each of us can create our own personal-media walled garden that surrounds us with comforting, confirming information and utterly shuts out anything that conflicts with our world view,” he says. “This is social dynamite” and could lead to “the erosion of the intellectual commons holding society together...We risk huddling into tribes defined by shared prejudices.”"

Most of the tacit knowledge spitten out in Blogs and so On is OPINION!.


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