HTML5 is a game changer: tech investor and Tedx Santa Cruz speaker

Roger McNamee starts his video off asking “What if you knew major new technology cycle was beginning in the next couple of years?” A tech investor, he then poses six hypotheses with which he’s been working for the past 10 months: Windows is dying – their market share is plummeting. Smart phones have taken Windows from 96% of internet connected devices to under 50%. He reckons they’ll be under 30% in 18 months.  Index search…

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Handling your selves

In writing a blog post this morning to synthesise my thoughts and feelings on an incredible week that saw Australia placed on a watch list of potentially repressive regimes by Reporters without borders, I debated which blog to publish it on — my work blog or this, my personal professional blog. I started my work blog because I wanted to write about the projects in which I am involved in at work. That others I…

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Content filtering with NO Opt Out and government deciding what’s in

“I’m not exaggerating when I say that this model involves more technical interference in the internet infrastructure than what is attempted in Iran, one of the most repressive and regressive censorship regimes in the world.” Colin Jacobs, chair of the online users’ lobby group Electronic Frontiers Australia, as quoted in the Sydney Morning Herald, 24 October 2008. Nope, this isn’t a post about China or a dictatorship (at least, not an official one) that’s the…

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Walmart tech understanding FAIL could wipe out your music collection

I can only guess that this is a money-saving move from the bean counters at Walmart — if it is, they’ll soon have fewer beans to jiggle around… Walmart has decided to pull the plug on their music DRM server — so anyone who bought music prior to February 2008 has a couple of days left until they can NO LONGER PLAY THEIR BOUGHT AND PAID FOR MP3s. In a letter (that I did not…

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