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Denmark ditches Microsoft

This Friday morning it has been announced by the Danish government, that the Danish state administrative body will adopt the open format ODF as its sole document standard from April next year. This means that the Danish state will now ditch Microsoft’s proprietary document formats. Below is a translation of the article just published by […]

The Apple Paradox, Closed Culture & Free-Thinking Fans

Now this is something that I, as a complete Apple-o-phile, have also often pondered: How does Apple manage to retain it’s image as the favorite hard- and software provider for the world’s creative open culture community while being such a proprietary-centered business? It’s an immense paradox – which is highlighted in this interesting article from […]

We never really question the privacy issue when signing up for another Google-service, do we? #google #privacy

Over at Slashdot, a user named hubert.lepicki has posted the following query, that has sparked an interesting discussion that is well worth checking out. We never really question these issues when signing up for another google-service, do we? I use Google all the time. I keep two GMail tabs open when I’m online (one is […]

Web 2.0-services as old book covers

For everyone with a weak spot for the graphical aesthetics of book covers in the 70’s (which includes me), the mashup of those with current web 2.0-services by artist St├ęphane Massa-Bidal (aka Hulk4598, or R├ętrofuturs) is both hilarious and beautiful. Below is a couple of my favorites – and you can see the entire series […]

Man arrested for failing to tweet

Though Twitter is rapidly growing as a communication tool – as well as a social network service – it’s significance seemed to reach an unprecedented peak today, as it was announced that a man in the United States was actually arrested for failing to send a tweet as commanded by the police. Yes, it sounds […]

Bill Gates’ plan for fixing the world

Last night in New York, Bill Gates presented his philanthropic plan on how to use a vast amount of his earned fortune to improve the world in a range of areas. Whether it will actually do any good in the large picture is hard to predict, but he surely deserves credit for trying. Mashable writes: […]

Danish anti-piracy agency throw in the towel

/// UPDATE NOV 8, 2009: This piece was Boing Boing’ed today, both on the site and in the newsletter. /// /// See also ping-backs from,,,,, and /// Just now it has been announced in the press by the official Danish Anti-Piracy agency, Antipiratgruppen, that they are throwing in […]

Surveillance on a unimaginable scale

As if London wasn’t already the most surveyed (or should that read ‘paranoid’?) city in the world, new heavily EU-funded surveillance development measures are under way in Britain that will exceed our wildest imagination. So far, it has been reassuring for us laymen to know that even if CCTV-systems monitor and record our every move […]

How social media technologies are altering the media landscape

That social media and user-participation is booming is a well-known fact. The same goes for the detoriation of the printed press industry. Still, this short movie puts numbers and facts to this development – it’s fascinating.

Working with Ogg Theora

The open standard, non-proprietary media format Ogg Therora (.ogg) is really catching on. Read this new article from the Free Software Foundation website. Excerpt: “Ogg Theora is becoming a big deal, and that’s exactly what he hoped for when we launched the PlayOgg campaign in May 2007. The free, patent-unencumbered video codec now works in […]

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