2011 / 10 / 16 The computer has changed the distribution of music, leaving many to wonder how to sell packaged music. A vinyl record is unique and has value of it’s own, it’s possible to play it without electricity. Though record players are expensive, heavy, and not very accessible. Computers on the other-hand are all about accessibility. View “Reproductions”
2011 / 10 / 17 With the recent protests around the world, many have added that the Internet represents a part of the movement, and is a means of communication outside of the corporate channels of traditional media. All for an entirely different means of organization without the hard lines between outside or inside. The Internet as fundamental infrastructure gives us autonomy. View “Autonomous”
2011 / 10 / 18 I see a future where we don’t need ISPs but we are ISPs ourselves, many people have routers that interconnect wirelessly at long ranges, setting up a completely distributed and totally free Internet. Unlike television and radio that frequencies are tied to stations, Internet provides a way to use these frequencies that are shared, and anyone for any reason can broadcast and listen. View “Locked Up”
2011 / 10 / 19 At Xerox Parc back in the 70s is when the idea of the Desktop metaphor was first recorded. The Macintosh, started by Jef Raskin, was the first personal computer available using the same metaphor. While the history of who was first is debatable, and could have happened separately and independently. However this is merely an improvement to the typewriter and doesn’t represent the idea of a network. View “Copy”
2011 / 10 / 20 In Portland there is a t-shirt shop called Lonely Dinosaur that put out a graphic of a raptor in deep thought, they called it the Philosoraptor and submitted it to the Copyright Office for registration in 2008. At some point it found it’s way onto 4chan annotated with different headings. Now the graphic has turned into a well known Internet meme with perhaps millions of variations of clever and hilarious headings. Philosoputer is taking the meme offline. View “Philosoputer”
2011 / 10 / 21 It is common practice for developers to be handed very specific instructions on how a website is to be built, full with “red lines”, and documents explaining how something is to be built. These documents are much like programming, except for humans. Computers are great at running instructions. View “Computerization”
2011 / 10 / 22 The Internet needs filters, perspectives, and lenses. View “The Web”
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