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New Zealand technology journalism
Summary of people working in IT journalism in NZ, circa Nov 2014
media  newzealand  technology 
november 2014 by rowansimpson
Pivoting – Chris Dixon
Ask yourself: if you started over today, would you build the same product?  If not, consider significant changes to what you are building.
technology  startups  business 
june 2010 by rowansimpson
Web Services as Governments
One thing is for sure - none of these platforms are democracies.
facebook  twitter  apple  culture  government  technology  platform  politics 
june 2010 by rowansimpson
Computer Science Unplugged
Computer Science Unplugged is a series of learning activities that reveals a little-known secret: Computer Science isn't really about computers at all!
computerscience  resources  education  teaching  technology  learning  kids  science 
may 2010 by rowansimpson
Siri - Your Virtual Personal Assistant
Voice activated personal assistant on your iPhone
iphone  voice  technology  search 
february 2010 by rowansimpson
My Friend Who Hates Tech « Five Years Too Late
Opinion: "Tech companies never pay out their earnings as dividends. ... there is no way to be a truly long-term investor in tech companies because management never allows companies to transition from growth companies to mature, income-oriented ones. The only way to win is to get in and trade out when you think the cycle is peaking."
investing  business  technology 
february 2010 by rowansimpson
Flash, iPad, Standards – Zeldman
"The bulk of humanity doesn’t want a computing experience it can tinker with; it wants a computing experience that works."
technology  standards  usability  zeldman 
february 2010 by rowansimpson
Why Johnny Can't Code - Education -
"BASIC used to be on every computer a child touched -- but today there's no easy way for kids to get hooked on programming."
education  kids  technology  learning  programming  basic 
november 2009 by rowansimpson
Op-Ed Columnist - The New Untouchables -
"We’re not going back to the good old days without fixing our schools as well as our banks."
education  nytimes  friedman  technology  economy  business 
october 2009 by rowansimpson
PhotoSketch: Internet Image Montage on Vimeo
"We present a system that composes a realistic picture from a simple
freehand sketch annotated with text labels. The composed picture
is generated by seamlessly stitching several photographs in agreement
with the sketch and text labels; these are found by searching
the Internet. Although online image search generates many inappropriate
results, our system is able to automatically select suitable
photographs to generate a high quality composition, using a filtering
scheme to exclude undesirable images. We also provide a novel
image blending algorithm to allow seamless image composition.
Each blending result is given a numeric score, allowing us to find
an optimal combination of discovered images. Experimental results
show the method is very successful; we also evaluate our system using
the results from two user studies."
technology  images  photography  sketch  video 
october 2009 by rowansimpson
Why Craigslist Is Such a Mess
"By eliminating marketing, sales, and business development, craigslist's programmers have cut out all the cushioning layers that separate them from the users they serve, and any right they have to teach lessons in public service comes from the odd situation of running a company that is directly subservient only to the public. Here's the lesson: The public is a motherfucker."
internet  web  management  design  community  technology  craigslist  wired  business 
october 2009 by rowansimpson
The bar for success in our industry is too low - (37signals)
"This pattern — “success” based on forecasted future success instead of current success — shows up all over the tech-business press. Instead of metrics like “they make more money than they spend” we see stuff like “user count growth” and “followers” and “impressions” and “friends” and “visits” qualify success. Whenever you see someone piling big numbers into made up metrics, it’s a diversion."
37signals  technology  startup  business  free 
september 2009 by rowansimpson
The powerful and mysterious brain circuitry that makes us love Google, Twitter, and texting. - By Emily Yoffe - Slate Magazine
"Ever find yourself sitting down at the computer just for a second to find out what other movie you saw that actress in, only to look up and realize the search has led to an hour of Googling? Thank dopamine."
internet  twitter  search  brain  neuroscience  psychology  technology  culture  dopamine  google 
august 2009 by rowansimpson
Scope at reboot11, Matt Webb, S&W
Scope opened reboot11 in Copenhagen (themed 'action'), June 2009, by introducing Thackara's concept of the macroscope, asking how society should spend 100 million hours, and inspiring participation.
creativity  design  mattwebb  presentation  technology  participation 
july 2009 by rowansimpson
Why the Smart Grid Won’t Have the Innovations of the Internet Any Time Soon
A killer app will likely emerge after the networks are already built and we can study their effects. If those networks aren’t built to provide granular information then there’s less of a chance it will foster the innovation we need to reduce energy use.
energy  technology  green  smartgrid 
june 2009 by rowansimpson
The Technium: Movage
"The only way to archive digital information is to keep it moving. I call this movage instead of storage. Proper movage means transferring the material to current platforms on a regular basis -- that is, before the old platform completely dies, and it becomes hard to do."
storage  archive  data  future  technology  kevinkelly 
may 2009 by rowansimpson
iPods, First Sale, President Obama, and the Queen of England | Electronic Frontier Foundation
President Obama reportedly gave an iPod, loaded with 40 show tunes, to England's Queen Elizabeth II as a gift. Did he violate the law when he did so?

You know your copyright laws are broken when there is no easy answer to this question.
copyright  music  obama  technology  itunes  legal 
april 2009 by rowansimpson
How the E-Book Will Change the Way We Read and Write -
"In our always-connected, everything-linked world, we sometimes forget that books are the dark matter of the information universe. While we now possess terabytes of data at our fingertips, we have nonetheless drifted further and further away from mankind's most valuable archive of knowledge: the tens of millions of books that have been published since Gutenberg's day."
books  reading  technology  ebooks  kindle  amazon  publishing 
april 2009 by rowansimpson
Unstructured Supplementary Service Data - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
"As an analogy, USSD is similar to telnet, while SMS is similar to mail."
gsm  mobile  sms  ussd  messaging  technology 
march 2009 by rowansimpson
Siftables are cookie-sized computers with motion sensing, neighbor detection, graphical display, and wireless communication. They act in concert to form a single interface: users physically manipulate them - piling, grouping, sorting - to interact with digital information and media. Siftables provides a new platform on which to implement tangible, visual and mobile applications.
technology  fun  hardware 
february 2009 by rowansimpson
Op-Ed Columnist - Time to Reboot America -
"All I could think to myself was: If we’re so smart, why are other people living so much better than us?"
Applies to NZ too.
How do you re-boot a country? Ctrl-Alt-Del?
technology  politics  future  opinion 
january 2009 by rowansimpson
The High-Res Society
"For the future, the trend to bet on seems to be networks of small, autonomous groups whose performance is measured individually. And the societies that win will be the ones with the least impedance."
technology  startup  paulgraham  business 
december 2008 by rowansimpson
Conceptual Trends and Current Topics
"A still image now is no proof of anything. Instead, in recent decades moving images -- video -- became the defacto evidence of truth. While a still image is suspect, a video of an event is usually granted credibility."
Watch the video! Reference: Michael Crighton 'Rising Sun'
video  photoshop  technology 
september 2008 by rowansimpson
The Web Computer: Closed, Secure, and Tightly Controlled - ReadWriteWeb
Surely, that Nullriver app that allowed for tethering our iPhones was a dangerous and malicious threat to our personal safety.
technology  iphone 
august 2008 by rowansimpson
It's at the Scene of the Crime, but it's not the Criminal - O'Reilly Radar
When a day begins and ends with a list of action items, it can lack a sense of purpose. Without a sense of purpose, we have no framework to guide our choices.
oreilly  technology  productivity 
july 2008 by rowansimpson
Paul Callaghan - Beyond the Farm and the Theme Park
Video of Paul Callaghan's lecture "Beyond the Farm and the Theme Park"
newzealand  business  productivity  science  technology 
july 2008 by rowansimpson
Lost in E-Mail, Tech Firms Face Self-Made Beast -
A typical information worker who sits at a computer all day turns to his e-mail program more than 50 times and uses instant messaging 77 times
productivity  technology  email 
june 2008 by rowansimpson
Web 2.0 Is From Mars, Enterprise Is Up Uranus - O'Reilly Radar
Brooks's Enterprise Law: Adding more people to a late software project is the only way to appear to be doing something about it.
business  management  enterprise  technology  funny 
june 2008 by rowansimpson
Teaching Kids Programming - O'Reilly Radar
"[Kids] like the idea of a robot, they're not so excited by the reality of it."
education  programming  technology 
may 2008 by rowansimpson
Here Comes Everybody
And what did we do with that free time? Well, mostly we spent it watching TV.
april 2008 by rowansimpson
I, Cringely . The Pulpit . Ozzy Knows Best | PBS
Education: "We use it for paying dues, for passing time until a certain level of maturity is reached. We use it for networking and finding mates. We use it for acting goofy at the expense of our parents. And we use it, to some extent, to learn what we nee
cringely  education  technology  games 
april 2008 by rowansimpson
Understanding Moore's Law: Ars Technica
Excellent high-level article. What you think you know might not be right.
technology  history 
march 2008 by rowansimpson

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