Smashing Magazine has a comprehensive review of the state of typography on the web. It’s a long read, but worth it if you’re serious about how your stuff looks on the web.
When you see a tweet it’s tempting to think that the person who sent it is using their computer or phone RightNowTM. That’s not always the case. You see, computers can Tweet too. It doesn’t have to be a real person. The picture below shows a list of Tweets for @toacomputing queued up ready to be posted. The app posts one each day.
This doesn’t just apply to Tweets. Computers can do all sorts of clever things for us while we’re asleep / on holiday / in class but not paying attention. Here’s another example from Raymond’s blog. Rather extreme perhaps.
The term ‘The Dark Ages‘ has come to mean a period in history that we know very little about, in large part because today we lack any historical records that can shed light on that period of time. If it wasn’t written down in some form that survived until today then we don’t know about it and hence think of the period as dark.
The amazing thing (if you stop and think about it) about writing things down on something like vellum or paper is:
- you don’t need any special equipment to read it
- it can survive for 100s or 1,000s of years
How long do you think this post on the internet will last?
What special equipment are you using to read it right now?
Will that equipment be around 50, 150, 250 years from now?
The Internet Archive attempts to store some of the most important (in its opinion) parts of the internet as a series of snapshots. You’ll find it at the appropriately named URL: http://www.archive.org and can read more about it in this Guardian article.
It’s a modern day Library of Alexandria.
Thinking a little closer to home, how do you make sure that all the digital things in your life – music, pictures, contacts, email from friends, Facebook posts, tweets, videos – are archived? Have you got your own mini-Internet Archive of the things you treasure? If not, why not?
Watch anonymous changes to wikipedia in realtime on this map:
If you watch television or videos streamed on the web then the chances are that the content that you watch has been protected by some form of Digital Rights Management. Next time you’re watching something on iPlayer or LoveFilm try this:
Someone created a game that simulates being a game developer. Neat idea. You create and sell games and make $$$.
The twist? They also released a cracked version of the game which made its way to people that would normally pirate games. Only this version had a slight difference – if you created a decent game people pirated it instead of paying for it. The interesting thing is how people reacted to this…
What happens when pirates play a game development simulator and then go bankrupt because of piracy?
Here’s the blog post that reveals what happened.
Last week Ofcom (the agency that regulates the communications industry in the UK) announced that it had raised £2.3bn from mobile phone companies that want to run 4G networks. There’s more in Rory Cellan-Jones’ report from the BBC.
What to know more about 4G? EE is already running a 4G network in some parts of the UK. Check out their information page.