Paul Oakenfold on TechCrunch

Interesting interview with Paul Oakenfold and TechCrunch, its a weird combination I know but bear with it:

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Links of the day | 在网上找到

‘Gangnam Style’ Viral Popularity in U.S. Has Koreans Puzzled, Gratified – Speakeasy – WSJ – interesting take

nvPY Is a Fast, Free, Syncing Note-Taking App for Windows, Mac, and Linux

Harvard creates cyborg flesh that’s half man, half machine | ExtremeTech

Starbucks Wants to Turn Its Coffee and Old Baked Goods Into Laundry Detergent

How I cracked my neighbor’s WiFi password without breaking a sweat | Ars Technica

TSMC refuses exclusive deals for Apple and Qualcomm – Rethink Wireless

Uh Oh! Amazon Researchers Say Pinterest Doesn’t Generate A Lot Of Sales – Business Insider

Is Google’s Synonym Matching Increasing? How Searchers & Brands Can Be Both Helped & Hurt By Evolving Understanding Of Intent

‘Triangular debt’ squeezes HK exporters’ supply chain | – tight credit in China and foreign buyers taking longer to pay their bills moving from 60 to 90 day terms(paywall)

I.B.M. Mainframe Evolves to Serve the Digital World –

Foxconn International hit with $226M loss on slumping smartphone orders | VentureBeat

Further Fed easing not predestined: Fisher | Reuters

How Apple is customising consumer behaviour – Open Box Communication

Analysis: Big cuts still ahead on Britain’s road to clear deficit | Reuters – things are about to get harder, expect a decade of pain

iOS and Android Adoption Explodes Internationally

InMobi advertising removed – Dabr blog – interesting publisher feedback

Inside Huawei, the Chinese tech giant that’s rattling nerves in DC | CNET News

Artifact on the dawn of the web

I was watching this MTV clip from 1995, which was roughly when I first started using the web. I’d had access to email earlier during my time working for Corning prior to attending university.

MTV programming at the time felt radical because of it’s editing style which was considered to move at break neck speed, but now it feels bitty (because the content was harvested and recycled from earlier interviews and film trailers to fit their needs), not particularly fast and I don’t get the sense of information overload MTV was considered to induce at the time.

A number of things fascinated me about the clip:

  • Musicians had an authority (look at the way Moby in particular is quite erudite about the social aspects of the web) about interface between consumers and technology that they don’t seem to have now. I guess electronic music was thought to be symbiotic in some way, I get the sense culture and technology aren’t as tightly wrapped as they were
  • The timelessness of legal and regulatory issues. The moral outrage is undimmed but libertarianism seems to have taken a back seat
  • The love-hate relationship that the media industry had with the Internet, in particular the struggle of celebrities to deal with largely frictionless news flow ‘creepy’, ‘kind of scary’, ‘hard to deal with’ does as much to help us be more widely known as ‘concert bootlegs’ – a seemingly prophetic argument for piracy
  • Michael Jackson’s live fan chat reminded me of Marketters4DC and AOL back when it was media destination
  • Privacy whilst not articulated as an issue in the segment seemed be one with past online conversations trawled and printed out and handed back to one person in the mention
  • The difference in language that was used to describe web content and consumer behaviour related to use of Internet technologies: cyber porn, cyber voyagers, ‘special interest truck-stops called websites’, ‘network browser programmes’ aka web browser and virtual reality
  • The difference in the level of excitement about people being able to connect meaningfully
  • The level of creativity that early web content showed at an amateur standard. The norms have blandified the web
  • The confluence between what early web users experienced and cyberpunk fiction: you can see artistic cues from The Lawnmower man all over the this video
  • Virtual reality: what every happened to that. I remember trying a virtual reality headset game at the then newly opened Odeon cinema complex in Bromborough and being impressed by it at the time. But it failed to use the web as a springboard. We’ve had a few starts with metaverses, augmented reality apps (Layar) and MMORGs but not the kind of breakthrough promised

One final thing, MTV was supposed to be cool back then, but Comic Sans was never cool, really surprised to see it being used on the clip instead of Chicago or something similar.

The video is on so may take a while.

Links of the day | 在网上找到

Apple’s Tim Cook Adds Engineering VPs to Executive Management Team; Mansfield to Stay – AllThingsD – interesting that Bob Mansfield has been hauled out of retirement after two months

Public Lab DIY Spectrometry Kit by Jeffrey Yoo Warren — Kickstarter

Silicon Valley’s Hardware Renaissance –

Groklaw – Jury in Apple v. Samsung Goofed, Damages Reduced — Uh Oh. What’s Wrong With this Picture? ~pj Updated 3Xs

Will Apple now sue Google? – Fortune Tech

Copying Works: How Samsung’s Decision to Mimic Apple Paid Off in Spades | PandoDaily

Convert any image to HTML5 canvas | Experiments on GNU/Linux

Can Someone Please Beg Google to Make Their Search Engine Useful Again? | Mother Jones

Sweet? Mayer Declares That It’s Peanut Butter Jelly Time at Yahoo – AllThingsD – cutting back on meetings and endless process for the sake of process. However it also needs to have direction that doesn’t change week by week

The Japanese Mon

I was reminded about the Japanese Mon when I came across this manhole cover design.
A Mon is a symbol usually based on a some sort of natural form with various degrees of abstraction to make it a simple easily replicable shape. It was used in fabric prints as a uniform to show a family affiliation and on battle standards. The closest western equivalent would be heraldry.

High ranking Mon’s like the three hollyhock leaves of the Tokugawa clan or the chrysanthemum blossom of the imperial household were protected from missuse by both social convention and by law – an early trademark.

If you have seen a Japanese car, TV or air-conditioning unit then you would recognise the stylised three water chestnuts design Mon of Mitsubishi Group.