"I'm not sure whether it mattered. One young man very kindly said to me, 'You don’t understand, women are holier than men.'
I said, 'That’s rubbish and it doesn't excuse the insult,' and then I added that I spent 13 years in yeshiva and there's nothing he could tell me that I haven't already heard. Then the original man, the one who refused to sit next to me, muttered to another man as he was walking away, 'She doesn't understand.' I said, 'I understand everything, and don't talk to me as if I'm not here.' He ignored me, and all the other men turned their backs and did not respond or even look at me." [Similar version
What Good Is Information?
- "The internet promised to feed our minds with knowledge. What have we learned? That our minds need more than that" [more inside]
"For experts and those who want to join this illustrious group, the Samjiyon can easily develop into one of their major research tools. The DPRK-specific dictionaries and the encyclopedia are tremendously useful as reference works.It does not take much imagination to see all the future Ph.D. theses written about the North Korean educational system based just on the textbooks available on a single Samjiyon (don’t forget to give credit to the one who provided you with this idea). The selection of eBooks in the literature section is equally remarkable.
" -- Ruediger Frank reviews the ideologically correct North Korean Samjiyon tablet
(PDF), an alternative to degenerate capitalist tablets like the Ipad which can't even receive analog tv broadcasts
. All part of the relentless forward march of North Korean IT technology
A look behind the scenes of Fox News' new news room
, featuring new giant touch screen interfaces for the news investigators and an interesting image display wall.
is a "Hypertext Authoring Tablet" featuring hardware design by Yoshitoshi ABe
. For CES the company behind the tablet, Ubiquitous Entertainment
, created a series of shorts
directed by Evangelion
veteran Shinji Higuchi
. Some more details about the tablet can be found here
and on the official Facebook page
. Current details about the UI suggest it takes inspiration from Hypercard and Alan Kay's Dynabook
. [more inside]
Today saw Apple has enter the competitive 7" tablet market
with the iPad Mini
. But what if your tablety desires run to something larger, not smaller? Sony has you covered with a 20-inch, 11-pound "tabletop PC"
Minimal Android minimal homescreen, minimal icons, themes, wallpapers or other minimalistic android things - as long as it is minimal and meant for android.
Last month, the Securities and Exchange Commission
changed their rules
to require companies to disclose
if they use 'tantalum, tin, gold, or tungsten if those minerals are “necessary to the functionality or production of a product”' These
are also known as 'conflict minerals
The Deadly Tin Inside Your Smartphone
, Businessweek [more inside]
A year ago, programmer Mark O'Connor decided to swap his MacBook for an iPad and a Linode VPS
(Virtual Private Server) development environment. Today, he discusses the success of his experiment
Borrowing a name from another product
, Microsoft today announced
it's first ever hardware products running a mainstream version of Windows, and the first designed for Windows 8: The Microsoft Surface
, in ARM and Intel flaovours. Hands on
. Video highlighting the stand and covers
Barnes and Noble is spinning off Nook into a subsidiary business
after a $300M deal with Microsoft which gives the Redmond company a 17% stake, bringing an end to a patent dispute
between the two companies and sending shares skyrocketing
. Commentary from John Scalzi
and Tobias Buckell
. Meanwhile the Kindle Fire, Amazon's competitor to the Nook tablet, has grabbed over 50% of the Android tablet market
An elephant uses a Galaxy Note
, proving that not everybody
looks ridiculous while using a phablet.
"The Secret Gestural Prehistory of Mobile Devices
is cultural anthropology. It seeks to recover those moments of intuitive prehensile dexterity, when the famous and the ordinary alike felt the unconscious desire to occupy their hands for an as yet unknown purpose. Like Roy Neary's obsession with the image of Devil's Tower in Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977), this gesture was vague, uncanny and compelling. It is the intimation in images of a gestural second nature to come." [more inside]
Amazon unveils a new full color 7" multi-touch tablet it is calling Kindle Fire
. Also announced are a new Kindle Touch and Kindle Touch 3G
. [more inside]
Apple’s Tablet Computer History
- A collection of beautiful prototype designs for some of Apple's early tablet computers from the 1980s and 90s, including the famed Newton [ related
Perhaps I don’t have the allegiance to paper that I ought to because anybody who invests in The Absolute Sandman, all four volumes, is now carrying 40 pounds of paper and cardboard around with them. And they hurt and they complain, “Oh, I feel guilty.” And I look at it and go, you’re not getting anything that is quantitatively or qualitatively better than the experience you’d be getting on an iPad, where you can enlarge the pages, you can move it around, it’s following the eye, and you can flip the pages.
- Neil Gaiman
on digital comics. Will this be the year of comics readng devices, as comiXology CEO David Steinberger
says? Comixology is certianly leading the way
, announcing tools for independant comics creators
that will allow them to publish their comics via the comixology store, complete with the "guided views" which are a core part of their viewing experience. One creator who is full embracing digital is Alex De Campi
, whose Napoleonic comic Valentine
is not only published across a range of devices (iOs, Epub, Android, Kindle) but also in 14 languages
, something that would have been difficult-to-impossible otherwise. Previous digital comics
, Comixology suggestions
With the unveiling
of the BlackBerry Playbook
, a 7" iPad competitor solidly aimed at business
, are the tablet wars
In the wake of the release of Lucid Lynx
, the latest version of Ubuntu ("Perfect"
), Canonical have unveiled Unity and Ubuntu Light
, a new desktop environment and implementgation of Ubuntu aimed at the netbook and tablet market as well as offering an "instant web" experience that can either be stand-alone or on a dual booting device. Canonical founder Mark Shuttleworth
discusses the design process behind Unity
. Ars Technica Hands on
. (last two links via)
Apple announces something
: The iPad
, which all signs say is a tablet computer. Various people, from the Ceo of textbook and magazine publisher McGraw-Hill
and Weblogs. Inc founder Jason Calacanis
have talked about their experiences using and testing the device.
But the most interesting aspect of the computer may not be the technology, but rather its potential for use in creating
in content creation
which could revolutionize digital magazines
The Mag+ Project
A compelling digital magazine concept that resulted from a research collaboration between Swedish publisher Bonnier
and London design firm BERG
. Touchscreen specialists Kicker Studio
in San Francisco are working to expand this into an interactive prototype over the next several months.
The Table PC: promising 'new' form factor or marketing tripe?
It's not a new idea. Both the Grid
and Vadem's Clio
did this a long time ago. I wonder will Microsoft's rallying of major hardware manufacturers (Sony, Toshiba, Fujitsu, etc.) be able to turn this form factor into an affordable and practical product.