Australian copywrite law is broken and under review

At the moment Australian Copywrite Law is under review and you need to speak up if you wish to have fair and comprehensive laws that both allows us to freely create digital content but to also share it and at the same time be protected from others using your created content in an unfair way. Creationistas has created this nice little vid to explain further.

 

 

Bing Maps and augmented-reality – the amazing and scary future of mapping

Blaise Aguera y Arcas demos augmented-reality maps courtesy of TED. The ability to view the earth from sattellite to indoor video.
Some trully amazing concepts here and hopefully a sign of what’s to come from the Bing Maps team.

Have a go here:
http://www.bing.com/maps/? Be sure to click 3D maps and Photosynth! very cool

Blaise Aguera y Arcas demos augmented-reality maps | Video on TED.com.

Why do I post so much about products?

Having been in the IT industry for 16 years now and a gadget geek for just as long, I find myself pondering where we are, where we have been, what I have seen and where we are and should be heading.

In my travels I have tried nearly every brand of mobile phone, PDA, laptop, PC, server, Networking component, CPU and the providers of services to those devices. I have had good and bad experiences and try my hardest to let my mistakes and learning’s benefit others.

Frustratingly, many products get left behind due to lack of marketing or an abundance of marketing from competitors that in my opinion are not as good. I have seen standards thrown out the windows, good technology disappear into oblivion and blind fanaticism to products.

So, in an effort to help those who have not had the benefit of my experience, I tend to be quite vocal on those things that I do or do not agree with. I do not get paid for any of it (although I would accept goods to test Winking smile), I just believe passionately in good products and technologies and the practises invoked by the companies delivering them.

In my considerations are things like:

Build Quality
Distribution
Social Responsibility
Price
Usability
Cutting Edge development
Forward Thinking
Innovation
Design
Features

…………..among others.

In this day and age you have to be an educated consumer and if you do not know or don’t have the time to find out, speak to an impartial expert, not a store sales person. Everyone has an agenda and a personal preference but if someone takes the time to explain why they prefer something and provide good reason then they are worth listening too.

Take the time to understand what the company you are supporting (by buying products form them) does and does not do. Do they actively give back to communities, do they help charitable projects, do they focus on innovation and design or are they just pumping out the same old stuff day in day out.
Do they use current and upcoming industry standards and do they actively participate in development projects to advance technology with other companies or consortiums.

If all else fails I would be more than glad to offer my advice in your purchasing decision and will do my best to give a balanced and unbiased opinion.

Static images

 

Japanese artist Hiroshi Sugimoto has been producing some amazing photo’s using static electricity. He was originally disrupted in his usual photography by this neusense but decided to try using it rather than being disabled by it.

The results of which one is shown below are currently on display at the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art.

 

 

 

CultureLab: Striking photographs toy with electricity.

Photography is monkey’s business

Award winning photographer David Slater was monkeying around in the rainforest when the Macaques he was playing with decided to check out his camera gear. Before long they were snapping some amazing shots.

 

Btw David says on his website that he uses Canon bodies, namely a 5D MkII and a 40D.

 

 

 

 

Black macaque takes self-portrait: Monkey borrows photographer’s camera | Mail Online.