maandag 10 juli 2017

Selfiday (there's no holiday without a selfie)

It's early summer and time to start complaining. The holidays are coming and with it the surge of tourists. Those tourists that do not travel to a location because of seeing the cultural heritage, walking the natural landscape or tasting the local food and drink.

A famous Dutch national tv show, called "Holiday man, cosy hey", showed to those that prefer to stay at home the daily lives of holiday tourists. The holiday man, the anchor man, visits tourists that do fit the picture and put their sorry story on national broadcast. Just a few examples.

Why are you here? "Well, we meet our neighbours here, some family and people we met here in the past years". And how often do you come here? "Every year now, for fifteen years". So you know your way around? "Well, yeah, the booze comes comes from X, the burger and fries from Y". Oh, here I have a blank map of Europe (without country and city names), my dear. Would you be so kind to show us where we are right now? "Welllll, I'm not quite sure but I think here, because of the blue. That the sea, right?" She selects a point across the English Channel while residing in fact in Spain.

Local food? "Wanna have me poisoned? Tried it once and never again"! Local drinks? "Oh yeah, they serve Heineken and the like". Complaints about too much sun, too few entertainment, about the foreign language, about the (local) food.
Things are changing faster than we can imagine. Let's go back 25 to 50 years ago. 

Mother came back from holiday with presents from holiday life, puppets in country clothes, posters and tickets from train and ship, foreign coins. Father on the other hand produced a lot of photographs, about 36 up to 72 at max. These were printed (enlarged) no matter the quality by Kodak Labs. Or it were transparencies, to be viewed in a darkened room projected on a white screen (or a white bed sheet) with careful explanation by dad. Until everybody fell asleep.

Little changed until 2000 when electronic cameras were growing to a real alternative. It took five more years for the camera sensor in the big SLR (single lens reflex) to become as good in resolution as a 400ASA (now ISO) transparency. And the camera resolution grew and grew. Prices fell, image quality surged, capacity became limitless.

I remember the first time I followed a discussion on a Usenet News forum on capacity. It must be 2000-2005 when the first person asks 'What is the best solution to store my 2-weeks worth of holiday pictures?' and someone replies 'How many pictures?' The man replies 'Just over 2.000' and I fell stunned from my office chair. How are you ever going to view and review 2.000 pictures?

I switched to digital in 2005 when the quality of the APS-C sensor in a SLR became just equivalent to the 400ASA transparency.
And then, then came the smartphone. At first taking pictures of little more than shaky stamps but getting better and bigger by the year. We were back to the 70s when people did not care about the quality, as long as granddad was somewhere in the image. And mobile internet made sharing of your pictures even more attractive.

The latest of holiday hits is of course the holiday selfie and ussie. With the selfie stick as the ultimate ego-weapon.

In those early '70s I read the popular MAD Magazine, where a strip went as: "How was the European trip?" "Dunno, the pictures haven't been developed yet". Now, just a fraction away from 2020 it goes like this: "How was the European trip?" "Dunno, the selfies haven't downloaded yet". That finishes the selfiday.

Yes, more is not better.

[The tv programme is called "Vakantieman, gezellig he?" Gezellig is a non-translatable Dutch concept close to cosy.]

vrijdag 21 februari 2014

Microsoft WindowsXP expires? Nonsense and FUD!

Suppose you are a car manufacturer. Every day minor design or manufacturing errors are found and sometimes even dangerous faults. How long will you keep up repairing and replacing parts, so as to keep your drivers safe and happy?

maandag 27 januari 2014

Copy Right or Copy Wrong?

I started out writing about writers and, while writing, almost wrote a book instead of a blog entry. The subject tends to become more complicated while you're at it.

Are the Anglo-Saxon descriptions Copyright Act, intellectual property rights or IP law misguiding? On the European continent similar Acts are in French called Droit d'Auteur, in Spanish Derechos de Autor and in German Urheberrecht, in Danish Loven om Ophavsret, in Dutch Auteurswet. Most of these terms translate to English as 'Authors Law' or 'Authors Rights'. So what?

vrijdag 7 september 2012

Selling software second hand, but also music and movies?

A software license often limits its use to the first "owner" or user. Court procedures in 2012 led to a remarkable modern view by judges. These views may hold for other data, such as music and e-books from download stores, as well. Publishers, do sleep on.

donderdag 1 maart 2012

The Centre of the Universe (link)

The early Greeks wrote gnothi seauton (γνῶθι σεαυτόν), “Know Thyself” on the walls of the Temple of Delphi, thousands of years ago. Cogito ergo sum. I think therefore I am. A thought by René Descartes as he wrote in his Principia Philosophiae (1644). In short it captures the concept that the only thing I really know, the only thing I can be sure of is me, myself and I. Not in a physical sense, not as body, but I do have thoughts and that at least is Me. ... Click here for more: On Bio and Science: The Centre of the Universe.

donderdag 19 januari 2012

Internet TV - an already outdated technology


Colour TV, stereo, flatscreens, HD, ambilight, 3D, Dolby 5.1, interactive and internet TV. Why is TV technology outdated even when still in concept stage?

maandag 9 januari 2012

SME in the Deep-freeze: Small and Medium sized Enterprises left out in the Cold


Every government has the obligation to take care spending public funds. For that reason regional, national and even international rules have been set in place. You're not allowed to exclude providers or suppliers nor to promote them without good cause. You are supposed not to gain from an assignment or order (read bribery). Unfair competitive advantages (specific product or brand requests) nor between company agreements (cartel) are allowed. The procurement must be transparent and all information must be publicly available. And anyone selected for providing the goods or services must be a respectful and trusted supplier. And, we're economic: spending should be minimal.