A sense of equality in the midst of genius design.

We may name many reasons as to why Apple’s products seem superior to anything out there, but “equality” certainly isn’t the first thing that jumps to mind.

Rather, we think of Apple fanboys as snobby, gullible people of the “wrong” orientation. Yet, if we are on the other side of the debate, we might regard them as brothers and sisters that have converted to the right religion, oh how much that reminds of a new series coming this season.

It struck me the other day though, how much the iPhone 3G and 3Gs look alike, or well we all know that they are in fact identical on the outside. We also know that beneath the covers, the 3Gs hides a machine twice as fast and with just a few more features, but on the outside, let’s face it – they’re equal, and hence – so are their owners.

As I walk around with my 3G beside @ensey with his brand new 3Gs I do not feel the least bit jealous. Except that now it is him that launches Safari or Maps whenever we are in need of either, but otherwise I feel more than satisfied with my current iPhone, and thus have ABSOLUTELY no intention as to switching, face it Apple.

Then I gave it a thought from outside the box and came to the conclusion that if perhaps in the old days I may have judged a person by their phone, as I knew the shape and functionality of each new toy from Nokia and Sony-Ericsson, I can no longer do that with the iPhone. Of course, “you don’t judge a book by its cover”, but unlike most people, I dare to admit to doing it every once in a while.

So, on the outside me and @ensey look pretty much alike, it takes getting to know us to find out who we really are, and thus the iPhone gives both of us a more or less equal status of fanboys to you, but on the inside both our iPhones(and the apps, music installed on them) are accustomed to each one of us. Never before have I felt the stronger need to say that – it’s in the software stupid.

Apple, with it’s very limited hardware product line, but ability for the least bit software customization is step-by-step hiding our personalities inside the devices that we carry – that make us look so much alike.

From Apple’s point of view – it is a genius move. As Martin Lindstrøm described it in Buy-ology – a smaller product line allows for higher concentration on branding the individual products, and of course less user confusion. As such – we all know the shape of the iPhone and holla at a fanboy when we see one, be that in a positively or negatively. It

Same technique can be found among Macs where they merely vary in a few distinct shapes and sizes, but it is the insides that matter and often are customized by the individual consumer accordingly.

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With great power comes great responsibility, Twitter!

Twitter is quite literally growing up, not merely at the user base but also on the content side. We no longer tweet about sitting on the toilet or flipping pandcakes, or at least the lot of us doesn’t. If we did, then #CNN wouldn’t rely on Twitter as much as they do ever since the #iranelection.

Today the #failwhale reminded us of it’s existence, and although we all know the real reason Twitter went down today, the more accepted theory is a DDoS attack.

We’ve put great power into the hands of Twitter, and with great power comes great responsibility. It’s not a responsibility Twitter asked for, but it is the responsibility it gets, and as such it must follow suit.

It is time for Twitter to monetize itself and become the Google that Facebook never became. Twitter today is the source of news as they break, and as such it is a vital vein in our fast-pumping society. We can no longer tolerate the #failwhale, and should demand a faster, better, and most importantly, a stronger Twitter.

A complete misguidance(or how Google+Wiki failed me)

So I was taking a stroll through Mashable’s new book(or rather a compilation of posts) – Twitter Guide Book, when I fell over the chapter – “What’s a tweetup?” The post it linked to, of course, offered no real explanation of what such an event encompasses, but rather told me how to organise one. So I decided in all my confidence to Google the term and here is the timeline of where that got me:

1. Googling:

1

2. Following the Web definitions link:

2 3. Following through to the wiki page:

3

Oh, and it’s worth mentioning that the Wiki-page contained not a SINGLE mention of the word ‘tweetup’.

Thanks for nothing Google Define, I guess I have to come down to good old looking through the search results. For those of you interested in what it really is, here is what I’ve found to be the most suiting explanation:

“A Tweetup is a meeting between people with the who, where and when arranged on Twitter.

Sounds simple. But a key ingredient, to differentiate it from a mere meeting, is that the people concerned should only be acquainted online.”

http://www.wordspy.com/words/tweetup.asp

http://johnwelsh.wordpress.com/2009/01/09/what-is-a-tweetup-and-what-does-one-feel-like/

Sounds like something I might’ve wanted to start if I had more Danish followers 🙂

Upgrade? Really?

Using my beloved most recent Google Chrome(Developer Build) I fell over an image of THIS in my browser:

nice

* If any of you don’t speak Danish it sais – “Upgrade to Internet Explorer 8”.

Now, not only is switching  to IE8 from Chrome in many aspects a down-grade, it is also, I believe a break of some sort of law(I really need to start reading law to have some sources on outbreaks like this)? I base this on the fact that someone once told me(I think it was Ulrik Christiansen) that saying “we are better than *these guys*”, where you replace *these guys* with a brand name, is illegal. Am I wrong to believe that?

To add on to that the U.S. Microsoft site has no such link, perhaps the so highly valued freedom of speech in Denmark allows MS to come with odd statements like this here, but not at home?

A tribute to IT-College Denmark (Part I)

As I read The New York Times article from a few days ago – Serendipity, Lost in the Digital Deluge, I come to think of the rather long last day at IT-College Denmark, how I’ll miss that place, and how it has raised me. Indeed the changes that this place had brought about to my life are far greater than this blog-post, and nonetheless they deserve at least an outline for the future generations.

Going Digital

The article mentioned above which has to do with the loss of serendipity in the in the digital age, which is very reminiscent of the day that I moved away from ITC, which when I decided to throw my old CD’s and DVD’s out, all of them. Those old things had been dusting in my room for nearly all the 3 years that I’ve spent at that place.

By the end I had grown so much accustomed to simply burning a new CD each time I had to format my computer(roughly once a month) that I didn’t even bother trying to find the old CD of that good old Client or Server OS, which was probably even outdated. Of course, if even the software, which my life so restlessly circles around, lays around dusting, you can only imagine what had happened to the music, movies and especially the games.

As I sat around there I thought of the fact that these, now seemingly analog things, described who I was, and nonetheless I couldn’t recall the last time ANYONE had ever even frowned upon them when they entered my room. The reason was that most of those things were in Russian, and meant little to the usual Dane anyway. That pushed me to the actual step of throwing all of them out. As I did that, I thought of what was to come next, how was I to display my personality in my living area? Certainly not through these analog, and now rather expensive media?

Sure enough social networks have replaced much of the need for such a thing, but still I’d feel rather empty if not I had anything personal to present in my room. Well, nonetheless, the future will show how those things turn out, for now I decided to dump all of that forgotten past into the trash.

The Games

Oh, games are the worst by the way. The year before ITC I was in a Counter-Strike team and couldn’t live without a lap-top that couldn’t run the newest GTA or NFS, however ITC changed all of that in an instant. The only game I had ever played at ITC was Portal(for its ingenuity) and solitaire. There were a few others, but I guess you catch my drift, my life moved way beyond gaming, and I have no real idea for what reason.

The Movies

The movies were most in Russian and of absolute no use to me past the first half of my first year. It was than that I learned how to keep a digital video archive, as well as get movies and series through digital means, legally of course 🙂 In my time being at ITC I hadn’t bought a single movie, or even watched any of the ones I had except for a very distinct few.

The Music

Well, the music was starting to go digital when I started at ITC, as my mobile phone became my MP3 player, but what had really changed that part of my life was lala.com. Paradoxically I learned of the service only in early October 2008, which I had spent in the states. lala.com is a service where you can upload your music(it doesn’t upload the titles it already has, merely creates a link to it), and then you can listen to it from anywhere with a decent internet connection. While that last criteria might’ve not always been there for me during my stay in the stay in the states, I fell in love with the service, or perhaps simply with the idea during the mere 3-4 weeks of using it.

Unfortunately as I got back to Europe I had figured out that the service was U.S. only, and of course that broke my heart. After that I went on to using Last.fm and Awdio.com for my music, but I never ever got back to the CD’s. As a result, I didn’t listen to music on the go either, only when seated behind a computer. This gave me a chance to pure my mind and get a few fresh thoughts instead of wasting my brainpower on music on the go. This lead to another change, a change within my way of thinking, which I will talk about later.

And so I sit here, in poor Denmark waiting for something decent to come around, ever since Last.fm has become something that we have to pay for. Spotify, Lala, Last.fm, anything free, please come to Denmark, I miss a decent Music service.

Unlike many people I can’t live with a big music collection either. When I get music it is usually rather unordered and poorly chosen. But amidst that minor chaos I always manage to find what I want to listen to, but am forced to shift my music collection every now and again, because I get bored of the 8-10 artists I regularly have on my iPhone. It’s odd how I can’t live with a 32-gig iPhone, I do not need all that space, since I never listen to it, I have my periods in tastes of music, and I merely need a few gigs that I can shift every month 🙂

The Data

Another real big change, like the music, or perhaps even grander, is the way I handle data nowadays. In the old days I’d write notes on pieces of paper and compile them into huge binders and put them into boxes and lock them far-away in the basement. However, times have changed and so has my way of keeping data. At some brief point it was on CD’s and HD’s, but nowadays it on a few servers somewhere in The States, India, Russia, or really, God knows where. All that thanks to another amazing service I had discovered while in the U.S. – Syncplicity.

The way I found it was rather interesting. Whilst in the U.S. I had decided to buy my first netbook – the sort of machine that would sooner become the only computing I’d even bother having in my room. So I was looking for a simple means to sync my old lap-top and the netbook. When I started at ITC I already had 3 machines, and so I was familiar with tools like SyncToy, and of course, their lack of functionality.

I quickly fell over the service Syncplicity, which had all that I wanted, and offered just a little bit more. It can sync data between several machines by using the mysterious cloud. Thus, I could sync data from several machines AND be able access it from any 3rd party I wanted, i.e. from any browser with flash installed. This was perfect – it was both a sync, backup and cloud service all rolled up into one simple service. The service became popular not only on my machine, but throughout ITC, and today I’m proud to have it run in the background on my netbook, securing me every minute from any sort of a hardware failure 🙂

The Machines

As I already mentioned, I started ITC with 3 machines. One Zepto notebook, one very old rusty server, and the IBM giant I had gotten from my school. Within the first 6 months I drove my Zepto to the grave, and barely ran Windows 2003 on that rusty old machine, which nonetheless hosted my company-website at some distant period in this recent history. As I gave up using that machine, and went on to more virtual services, all I had left was my Big FAT Ugly IBM notebook which had to hunch my back to carry those 700 meters to school every morning for the next 1,5 years.

Once it came around to the trip to the U.S. the so-called netbooks began apearing in the U.S., and God only new when they would arrive in DK, so I together with some friends decided to buy them whilst there. Never had I made such a clever choice, I fell in love with the machine right away – it was everything I ever wanted in my past lap-tops, it was small, light and it had battery, small, but you could survive on it. I even used Visual Studio, Photoshop and 3D Max on it, and you know what? I loved it, I didn’t need a bigger screen, it had all that I wanted – except that it wasn’t a tablet. For the next 4 months or so I would use that machine every day, and my IBM would, thank God, lay around and dust in some far corner of my room.

Unfortunately as I was around another round of formatting my machine, the netbook broke, having the lousy hardware that it does, which is when I had to pick up my IBM and live with it for the next 6 months, as I had no money for a new netbook(but did have money for parties, and an iPhone).

To be continued…

Unread News

I read a lot of news, but sometimes I just don’t find the time to read the long stuff. Most people that I know “star” articles like that in their Google Reader, but I find that abusing of the feature itself. Since I use it as it should be used, the unread articles would simply get lost among the things I actually REALLY like. Sometimes I make a folder in my bookmarks called “unread” and dump links into there, or perhaps even dump them into a text file, but then again links are lost as the news simply becomes too old to read or I move on to other news and accidently delete the text file.

Then, just occasionally, or rather in most cases, I leave news to be read as open tabs in my browser. Thanks to the Chrome Browser I can not make up what the tab button should say on my netbook when I have more than 5 tabs open, and thus, I am occasionally forced to stop-up and read the news. However sometimes I simply open a new window, and never look upon the mess until I have to restart my netbook, which is probably about once a week, max.

So, news that I found having an interesting title or the first few sentences just hang in there waiting to be read. This is when I thought that some of you following me on Google Reader or Twitter might make some use of these “sleaping” links, and so I’ve decided to post them on my blog as they stack up.

(Oh and by the way, I saw this image at the Heraklion Airport a few days, and found it rather amuzing, those from 14B should do so as well)

imp26_do_not_stack_labelSo, here is the first-ever list of unread news 🙂

The New York Times – Serendipity, Lost in the Digital Deluge

DAMON DARLIN

August 1st, 2009

Social Times – 15 Must Read Social Media eBooks

Kristen Nicole

July 28th, 2009 11:49 AM

Adaptive Path Blog – Smart.fm: Why Goals are the new Lists

by Alexa

July 17th, 2009

Information – Naturens natur

Ejvind Larsen

July 28th, 2009

Brandweek – Scientist: Influencer Theory Is Bogus

Todd Wasserman

June 20th, 2009

Smashing Magazine – HTML5 and The Future of the Web

Tim Wright

July 16th, 2009

BuzzMachine – Journalistic narcissism

Jeff Jarvis

July 4th, 2009

Rethinking the title

As I sat around yesterday all inspired by the naked sight over the whole Øresund from a hill-top on the shoreline in Humlebæk, writing the foreword and constructing a table of contents for my book, I came to realise one very important thing.

It is still “The Book About Everything”(and nothing at the same time), but it in effect has as much to do with “The World As I See It”, as with “The World As I‘d Like To See It”. Thus a title like the former or the later isn’t accurate enough. In effect, even in the foreword I devote myself to writing a timeless book, that has to do with the past, present and the future, and thus I need a timeless title for it.

Well, so I guess I’ll keep on working on it, but I’ll keep the title of my blog as is for now, as I guess it is an acurate enough description of my blog 🙂

Anyways, for those interested, here’s a rough overview of the chapters, overall flow and a few notes about the book that I made yesterday:

Chapter 1. Rule Number One

  • Examples of the stupid things you believed in as kid, ignored and so on.
  • Describe the way the brain works – making predictions about everything.
  • Historical examples of mistakes and everchanging social beliefs
  • Modern examples in branding, politics and the media effect
  • The only thing I’ve ever learned for sure throughout my short life:
  • There is no absolute absolute truth but the fact that there is no absolute truth

Chapter 2. Singles, Groups & Relationships

  • Examples of how groups limit understanding, both for information, politics and many other areas of life
  • Follow this chapter by -> there is no absolute way to organise information, information should never be put under a structural lock down – to be sure that doesn’t happen information CANNOT be put under a lock-down -> all information must thus be at our disposal at all times whenever we need it, but only if we need it.
  • Nationality, seperation and so on, humans like information must be related, not categorized.
  • Categorization is racism
  • Democracy on a local scale, but anarchy on a higher scale
  • Create and break relationships as they are discovered -> the court does this as criminals commit crimes against the grain

Chapter 3. True vs. False

  • wanting information for the wrong purposes should be illigal, not the act of actually taking it, becuase there might be a justifiable reason for that. -> therefore the domstol should aim to proove a man guilty or not guilty towards the law, but rather logically right or logically false, based on only rule number one.

Chapter 4. Punishment & Education

  • education instead of imprisonment

Chapter 5. Citizenship for Perfection

  • promote education, thought and creative ideas, demand those for a man to become a part of the society, if they fail to live within this society, they must be reeducated, forced to produce something usefull for the society again. perhaps a points system for failure/success.
  • promote thus a thinking a society, and ever developing, and ever-perfectioning society

Chapter 6. Religion & Perfection

  • I feel like I must include God in the discussion, even if I believe in his existance being statistically improbable
  • perfectionism the only thing God could have intended us to do as he delibarately made us imperfect, so we must strive throughout our lives to become perfect, and depending on that we get into heaven or hell. Good deeds that help the society -> perfectionise the society, bad deeds do the opposite.

Chapter 7. Summerization?

\section{Rule Number One}
Examples of the stupid things you believed in as kid, ignored and so on.
Describe the way the brain works – making predictions about everything.
Historical examples of mistakes and everchanging social beliefs
Modern examples in branding, politics and the media effect
The only thing I’ve ever learned for sure throughout my short life:
There is no absolute absolute truth but the fact that there is no absolute truth
\section{Singles, Groups \& Relationships}
Follow this chapter by -> there is no absolute way to organise information, information should never be put under a structural lock down – to be sure that doesn’t happen information CANNOT be put under a lock-down -> all information must thus be at our disposal at all times whenever we need it, but only if we need it.
Nationality, seperation and so on, humans like information must be related, not categorized.
Categorization is racism
Democracy on a local scale, but anarchy on a higher scale
Create and break relationships as they are discovered -> the court does this as criminals commit crimes against the grain
\section{True vs. False}
wanting information for the wrong purposes should be illigal, not the act of actually taking it, becuase there might be a justifiable reason for that. -> therefore the domstol should aim to proove a man guilty or not guilty towards the law, but rather logically right or logically false, based on only rule number one.
\section{Punishment \& Education}
educated instead of imprisonment
\section{Citizenship for Perfection}
promote education, thought and creative ideas, demand those for a man to become a part of the society, if they fail to live within this society, they must be reeducated, forced to produce something usefull for the society again. perhaps a points system for failure/success.
promote thus a thinking a society, and ever developing, and ever-perfectioning society
\section{Religion and Perfection}
perfectionism the only thing God could have intended us to do as he delibarately made us imperfect, so we must strive throughout our lives to become perfect, and depending on that we get into heaven or hell. Good deeds that help the society -> perfectionise the society, bad deeds do the opposite.