Great design for this website accompanying Damiem Hirst’s “For the Love of God” exhibited at the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam. Visitors are given the opportunity to air their opinions at the museum and have them published on the website. Continue reading
Check these videos out. Funny – takes you by surprise – I’ve not seen this before, perhaps it’s been done already but it surprised me. It’s a Dutch team behind SelfControlFreak going by the name of Holland Interactive. There must be many ways this technique could be put to use for some daft on-line games, no?
Or other stuff even, marketing-advertising even aaargh!!Â When you look at the PowerCursor tools for sticky slippery cursors … Kidnapped cursors! “Come here you little cursor you..you will click here!” ” No, no, I just wanted to go back where I came from…”
I came upon this while looking back at PowerCursor recently, thinking about the possible uses & abuses – but it looks like this Dutch guy was way ahead.
Think I’ll shove his head in that bucket [#7] just one more time ‘for I go.
>> Chipwrapper – set of tools to search the sites of major UK newspapers [BBC, Daily Express, Daily Mail, Daily Mirror, Guardian, Independent, ITN, Sky News, The Sun, The Telegraph and The Times] includes a Google CSE, a Yahoo! Pipe for the Headlines and IE7 / Google Toolbar plugins.
>> Zemanta from Slovenia [one of the six start-ups that won funding at Seedcamp last week] – a â€˜content intelligenceâ€™ platform that can analyse text and propose relevant links, images, keywords and related content. Could be a handy tool for bloggers (when other languages have been added to the Slovenian version)…
>> EU trains to get broadband internet by 2008: a combination of satellite, GPRS, UMTS and Wi-fi will provide a continuous connection, even at top speeds of 300 km/h, between Paris, Brussels, Amsterdam and Cologne.
>> MyP2P: Dutch live streaming sports site [how legal / for how long?] – might be worth a shot if your struggling with TV coverage of the new season’s highlights… Rugby World Cup, Euro 2008 qualifiers, Champions league etc.
>> BBC IPlayer Will Support Mac and Linux – glad to see ‘Auntie’ came to her senses on that one.
A news release issued by Harvard University last week, was distilled by the New Scientist, and produced the title: Bandwidth could be a new global ‘currency’. Tasty little soundbite and prime candidate for a few front pages, you might think ? You’d be right.
Tribler, lest it be forgotten, was developed by a team of researchers from two Dutch Universities – Delft University of Technology (one of the top tech institutions in Europe) and De Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, who launched a beta version in March last year. It is good news that Harvard has teamed up with Tribler though, a leg-up for a system with high ideals, designed to encourage fair sharing, wont go amiss.
“Using bandwidth as a kind of currency helps to encourage better habits,” said Dr Johan Pouwelse, an assistant professor at Delft University of Technology, Amsterdam and co-creator of Tribler. Dr Pouwelse has been working with associate professor David Parkes from Harvard University to add an accounting system to Tribler to encourage users to upload as often as they download. “In our model your TV would use “TV watching minutes”, our form of P2P currency, to download content,” said Dr Pouwelse. “The TV would connect directly to the internet and provide video on demand in HDTV quality. “After you watch a program on TV, the system would automatically share this program during the night with other people, until your ‘TV watching minutes’ credit is healthy again,” he said.
The Tribler software (free) combines a modified version of the BitTorrent file-trading algorithm and adds on YouTube and LiveLeak, plus the VLC player and codecs. It also has a thing called intelligent taste recognition.
Social networking technology is also inlaid which helps to police the system and encourage fair sharing. â€œIn the case of sharing and playing video, our network-based system already allows a group of â€˜friendsâ€™ to pool their collective upload â€˜reserveâ€™ to slash download times”, says the Harvard statement – p2pnet
Will cutting down on download times be a big enough carrot to accept the policing, however friendly ? “the ability for users toâ€œgossipâ€ or report on the behaviour of other peers. Their eventual goal is to find a way to create accurate personal assessments or trust metrics as a form of internal regulation.” But then, I suppose that’s more or less what social networks have been doing for a while now…no?