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The Radical Tactics of the Offline Library on Vimeo
[parts of the video (from the introduction): "1. Libraries existed to copy data. Libraries as warehouses was a recent idea and not a very good one 2. The online world used to be considered rhizomatic but recent events have proven that it is actually quite arboretic and precarious. 3. A method of sharing files using hard drives is slow, but it is extremely resilient. This reversalism is a radical tactic agains draconian proprietarianism. 4. There are forces and trends that are working against portable libraries."]

"The Radical Tactics of the Offline Library is based on the book "Radical Tactics: Reversalism and Personal Portable Libraries"
By Henry Warwick

The Personal Portable Library in its most simple form is a hard drive or USB stick containing a large collection of e-books, curated and archived by an individual user. The flourishing of the offline digital library is a response to the fact that truly private sharing of knowledge in the online realm is increasingly made impossible. While P2P sharing sites and online libraries with downloadable e-books are precarious, people are naturally led to an atavistic and reversalist workaround. The radical tactics of the offline: abandoning the online for more secure offline transfer. Taking inspiration from ancient libraries as copying centers and Sneakernet, Henry Warwick describes the future of the library as digital and offline. Radical Tactics: Reversalism and Personal Portable Libraries traces the history of the library and the importance of the Personal Portable Library in sharing knowledge and resisting proprietarian forces.

The library in Alexandria contained about 500,000 scrolls; the Library of Congress, the largest library in the history of civilization, contains about 35 million books. A digital version of it would fit on a 24 TB drive, which can be purchased for about $2000. Obviously, most people don’t need 35 million books. A small local library of 10,000 books could fit on a 64 GB thumb drive the size of a pack of chewing gum and costing perhaps $40. An astounding fact with immense implications. It is trivially simple to start collecting e-books, marshalling them into libraries on hard drives, and then to share the results. And it is much less trivially important. Sharing is caring. Societies where people share, especially ideas, are societies that will naturally flourish."
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5 weeks ago by force
The Radical Tactics of the Offline Library on Vimeo
[parts of the video (from the introduction): "1. Libraries existed to copy data. Libraries as warehouses was a recent idea and not a very good one 2. The online world used to be considered rhizomatic but recent events have proven that it is actually quite arboretic and precarious. 3. A method of sharing files using hard drives is slow, but it is extremely resilient. This reversalism is a radical tactic agains draconian proprietarianism. 4. There are forces and trends that are working against portable libraries."]

[Book is here:
http://networkcultures.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/NN07_complete.pdf
http://networkcultures.org/blog/publication/no-07-radical-tactics-of-the-offline-library-henry-warwick/ ]

"The Radical Tactics of the Offline Library is based on the book "Radical Tactics: Reversalism and Personal Portable Libraries"
By Henry Warwick

The Personal Portable Library in its most simple form is a hard drive or USB stick containing a large collection of e-books, curated and archived by an individual user. The flourishing of the offline digital library is a response to the fact that truly private sharing of knowledge in the online realm is increasingly made impossible. While P2P sharing sites and online libraries with downloadable e-books are precarious, people are naturally led to an atavistic and reversalist workaround. The radical tactics of the offline: abandoning the online for more secure offline transfer. Taking inspiration from ancient libraries as copying centers and Sneakernet, Henry Warwick describes the future of the library as digital and offline. Radical Tactics: Reversalism and Personal Portable Libraries traces the history of the library and the importance of the Personal Portable Library in sharing knowledge and resisting proprietarian forces.

The library in Alexandria contained about 500,000 scrolls; the Library of Congress, the largest library in the history of civilization, contains about 35 million books. A digital version of it would fit on a 24 TB drive, which can be purchased for about $2000. Obviously, most people don’t need 35 million books. A small local library of 10,000 books could fit on a 64 GB thumb drive the size of a pack of chewing gum and costing perhaps $40. An astounding fact with immense implications. It is trivially simple to start collecting e-books, marshalling them into libraries on hard drives, and then to share the results. And it is much less trivially important. Sharing is caring. Societies where people share, especially ideas, are societies that will naturally flourish."
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5 weeks ago by robertogreco
(429) https://twitter.com/i/web/status/1059155391597154312
continues to climb, capturing 42% of search ad spend in Q3. Time to get your ready for 2019.…
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5 weeks ago by jhill5
RSS Readers Are Due for a Comeback: Feedly, The Old Reader, Inoreader | WIRED
THE MODERN WEB contains no shortage of horrors, from ubiquitous ad trackers to all-consuming platforms to YouTube comments, generally. Unfortunately, there's no panacea for what ails this internet we've built. But anyone weary of black-box algorithms controlling what you see online at least has a respite, one that's been there all along but has often gone ignored. Tired of Twitter? Facebook fatigued? It's time to head back to RSS.
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8 weeks ago by dk33per
Tutorial: Selecting an Optimal Recording Format, Total Recorder - captures any audio from the Internet, records audio from CD, microphone, line-in, converts any sound formats to WAVE file. Phone recording system.
This tutorial provides recommendations on how to select the optimal recording format and attributes in Total Recorder. The quality of digital sound is determined by discrete parameters and by compression parameters. Discrete parameters are the sample rate, bit capacity, and the number of channels. Compression parameters are the compression format being used and the bit rate.
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september 2018 by dk33per
Can anyone tell the difference between music files at 128 kbps and 256 kbps?
Record label EMI and Apple announced Monday that iTunes will soon offer premium music files, which come without copy protection and have a bitrate of 256 kbps instead of the usual 128 kbps. The luxury tracks will cost 30 cents more than the standard downloads. Will people be able to hear the difference? Probably not. Studies (PDF) have found that as long as you're using high-quality encoding software, music compressed to a bitrate of 128 kbps or more is "transparent"—in other words, most listeners can't distinguish it from CD quality.
MP3  Feeling  HumanHearing  Bitrates  Music  MusicIndustry  MusicBusiness  Standards  Guidelines  TechnicalSpecs  Media  Audio  Codecs  Streaming  Digital  DigitalMedia  EMI  Science  Slate 
september 2018 by dk33per
BBC iPlayer Radio Help - Streaming iPlayer Radio - The Codecs, Bitrates and Protocols used
All of the BBC's national, local and regional stations (including the BBC World Service stations) are available on the internet (rights permitting), with appropriate media player software. The majority of our programmes are available on demand for thirty days after broadcast. Only the last seven days are made available to Internet Radio and IP Streamer devices due to resource limitations in some devices.
Audiovisual  Standards  Guidelines  TechnicalSpecs  Media  Audio  Codecs  Streaming  Digital  DigitalMedia  BBCiPlayer  BBCiPlayerRadio 
september 2018 by dk33per
What Bitrate Should I Use For a Podcast?
This is one of those boring questions. Boring or not, though, it’s asked of me almost every day by readers of The Podcast Host, so let’s get a definitive answer down on digital paper. Don’t worry, it wont take long. Oh, and if you want it even quicker, an answer that’s right for 9 out of 10 people, here you go: Q. What Bitrate should I use for a podcast?  A. 96kbps mono. Easy! But… there are a couple of caveats, so let’s cover them.
Standards  Guidelines  TechnicalSpecs  Media  Audio  Codecs  Streaming  Digital  DigitalMedia  Podcasts  Podcasting  Creativity  Recording  AudioRecording 
september 2018 by dk33per
Skim reading is the new normal. The effect on society is profound | Maryanne Wolf | Opinion | The Guardian
When the reading brain skims texts, we don’t have time to grasp complexity, to understand another’s feelings or to perceive beauty. We need a new literacy for the digital age writes Maryanne Wolf, author of Reader, Come Home
internet  psychology  culture  digitalmedia  brain 
august 2018 by incredimike

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