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E-mail to art gallery in an instant

Coming in from the BBC ::

Artists from around the world are being encouraged to e-mail their masterpieces to be displayed in an East London art gallery.

Graphic artists, designers and film-makers are all being asked to contribute to the Hype Gallery, in London's East End, with their digital pictures or short films.

The idea was developed with print giant Hewlett Packard, which has installed a range of equipment, from huge laser printers to projectors, in the gallery.

When a piece of art is received, via e-mail or on a CD, it is printed out on huge machines, mounted, then hung on the wall for all to enjoy.

Source: BBC Online

January 28, 2004 in Innovation | Permalink

CD Wow agrees to stop selling CD-Roms from outside the EEA --

I'd say it was a mighty blow against consumers - from the Register --

The British and Irish record industries have struck a mighty blow for [sic] consumers by forcing online retailer CD Wow to stop selling CDs imported from outside the EEA.

Upshot: customers will have to pay an extra £2 for each CD. Currently, CD Wow charges £8.99 for CDs. CD Wow's price increases could mean a big fall in sales for the company, considering that its prices will now be more expensive than many supermarkets.

And boy, is the music industry happy. "It is not the consumer that will suffer, just CD Wow's profit margins. They made a lot of money out of cheap CDs," one insider told the FT.

Source: The Register

January 21, 2004 in Civil Liberties | Permalink

0399149864.01.MZZZZZZZ.jpg"The future is there," Cayce hears herself say, "looking back at us. Trying to make sense of the fiction we willhave become. And from where they are, the past behind us will look nothing at all like the past we imagine behind us now."

// Reading Pattern Recognition - William Gibson

January 10, 2004 in Most Wanted | Permalink

Stop Motion Studies in Flash

Here's an unusual combination of a series of digital images, Flash and juxtaposition. Love the idea, I think that the creator has only scaped the surface as to where this might go.

Users are invited to reconstruct mini-narratives based upon the paths they take through the data.

Via Boing Boing

January 10, 2004 in Interaction | Permalink | Comments (2)



January 9, 2004 in Civil Liberties | Permalink

When only quads will do . . .

Well I thought I was on the Apple site - or at best a spoof site -- but it's absolutely genuine. Liebermann computers make what is the last word in high end computer systems [for WINTEL that is] -- take a look at the grand canyon display on the right. Apple's lawyers must be rubbing their hands in glee at http://www.go-l.com/home/index.htm

Get this - each logo on every computer is unique - fashioned from an individual [and different] piece of rock.

For producing our logos we use marble, granite, quartz, sandstone, conglomerate, breccia, volcanic breccia, pegmatite, porphyry, granodiorite, gabbro, ultramafic rock, syenite, diorite, quartzite, schist, gneiss, obsidian, chert, tuff, felsite, andesite, basalt, limestone, dolomite, shale, slate, serpentine, and talc among many others. They come from remote places like India, China, Thailand, Tibet, South Africa, Brazil, Portugal, Argentina, Chile, and Peru.

January 9, 2004 in Most Wanted | Permalink | Comments (1)

An Apple is for producers - and Windows for consumers ;/p

indexguitaramp01062004.jpgWhat’s so cool about GarageBand is that it exemplifies the market that Apple is going after. People who want to use their computers to make cool things. People who want to be producers, not just consumers. If it’s possible to distill into a single thought what it is that makes Apple Apple, and what has made the Macintosh so enduringly popular, that’s it.

That’s why Apple’s industry-wide PC market share numbers are nearly meaningless. The vast majority of Wintel PCs are used as little more than modern-day typewriters. They’re just office equipment.

PC pundits pound their heads against the wall, asking why, if Apple only sells a small percentage of computers, the company receives such a disproportionate amount of media attention. The answer is simply that they’re selling the best computers, to the most interesting people. Maybe it is only two percent of the total PC market, but it’s the most interesting two percent.

via daringfireball.net

January 9, 2004 in Apple | Permalink | Comments (1)

2004 Predictions - hot and not

The clock spins again and these are the predictions coming down the line for the year ahead -- the year where the digital hub becomes a reality

1. -- a slew of extreme wi-fi and bluetooth devices will allow users to stream music, video and photographs from a central server in the house to the television, a music center or individual computers.

2. Early adopters run Linux [or Mac] servers in their homes to facilitate this.

3. Grid computing starts to happen - three, four or five computers in a home are harnessed to number crunch.

4. Several portals will emerge streaming engaging content - be it imagery, video or text, which changes regularly - almost like a tv channel. Think meta refresh on steroids. These engaging portals will not require direct interaction from the user to navigate. Voice navigation will emerge [hello Macromedia Central].

5. NASDAQ ends the year above 2750 - 35% plus

6. A video i-Pod - the v-Pod? appears.

7. Ireland will be well on the way to a change of Government.

8. Personal spaces become so much more important

9. UK sees video via 3G - Ireland still waits

10. I get my Canon 10d digital camera!

January 8, 2004 in Innovation | Permalink