In the UK the British Library launched Turning the Pages™ 2.0 at the Windows Vista launch event. Bill Gates took the stage with Lynne Brindley, Chief Executive of the British Library, to compare his Leonardo Codex Leicester to the British Library’s Codex Arundel – the codices reunited for the first time in almost 500 years.
“Turning the Pages™ 2.0 is a toolkit that allows libraries and museums to put entire collections of books online in a compelling 3D environment, with a suite of useful tools to aid learning. Developed with the British Library, it is available as a service for institutions and private collectors around the world. It’s a true next-generation web application, taking advantage of the latest web technologies.”
I tried it and opened up ‘The Golf Book’ (Flemish masters in miniature) and was definitely impressed with the experience. There’s some magic to paging such an antique book, fully with audio comments if you want.
For the moment the ‘library’ holds 16 works of art including books like Mercator atlas of Europe, Mozart’s musical diary, Andreas Vesalius’ De Humani Corporis Fabrica, William Blake’s notebook, … I’m also very proud to see that next to the The Golf Book, we have 2 other Flemish present with Mercator and Vesalius.
Technorati tags: vesalius, mercator, da vinci, mozart, gates, vista, microsoft, british library, turn the page
In May last year I wrote about the DeLorean from Back to the Future being for sale. Today Gizmodo reports that 1 of the 4 original Batmobiles is for sale as well. It’s going on auction in London this February, expected to sell for $150.000. Anyone?
Technorati tags: batmobile, batman, auction, movies, delorean, back to the future, for sale
Yesterday I gave up on Newsvine, cleaned up my delicious account and started using it again. You might have noticed in the sidebar of this blog as well that the delicious feed replaces the earlier newsvine feed. I was quite fond of Newsvine right from the start, funny enough exactly one year ago. The reason why I liked Newsvine more than Digg or Delicious was because you could have good conversations about the links you posted. Delicious doesn’t do this (although they do some other cool stuff of course) and the conversations on Digg are of low quality most of the time. So what happened? Lately the interaction on my Newsvine column is dead, no more comments. I hung in there for a while but after talking about it with Tom earlier this week, I made the decision to move back to Delicious. I don’t think the conversation will come back (not sure why it disappeared in the first place) but that means that there’s not much of a reason anymore to keep on using that. It sure ain’t easier. My Delicious feed can be found in the right navigation, here it is if you’re interested: http://del.icio.us/crossthebreeze
Tags: delicious, digg, newsvine, links
I read a lot today of the issues Second Life is having due to Copybot. I think it’s a really interesting case on how the evolution of the internet has changed our view on copyright. The copybot issue of today just shows us once more how big this issue is. The big difference here that it’s not so much between big corporations and consumers, or corporations amongst each other… it’s between you and me. It’s about one guy copying another guy, or the shop of another guy. All of a sudden we all want a sort of DRM, because it concerns ourselves.
“You see, in something like Second Life, it’s not the megacorps who are having their stuff copied, it’s us. It’s not the big companies that are trying to profit, it’s the little guys. And all of a sudden, the same folks who likely argue cyberliberties and donate to the EFF and have gigs of video stored on RAIDs they keep in their garage suddenly feel the sting of perfect digital copying. CopyBot is a mirror, and what we see reflected in it is the unsavory fact that we all want DRM, if it favors us.”
Second Life shop owners (reports say between 100 to 600) threaten to suit Linden Labs. I can imagine that they are not all that happy with the current response from Linden Labs so far. They have stated that they will act against people who made unauthorized copies of people’s properties… when you find them and file an abuse report. From the official blog:
“Second Life needs features to provide more information about assets and the results of copying them. Unfortunately, these are not yet in place. Until they are, the use of CopyBot or any other external application to make unauthorized duplicates within Second Life will be treated as a violation of Section 4.2 of the Second Life Terms of Service and may result in your account(s) being banned from Second Life. If you feel that someone has used CopyBot to make an infringing copy of your content, please file an abuse report.”
Last but not least, I find it interesting to see how having a company blog, being part of the conversation apparently is a good enough reason not to respond to queries from press anymore. “Linden Lab declined a request for an interview, saying all the company had to say for now was in its official blog.” The downside of blogging?
Tags: second life, copybot, linden labs, copyright
I wanted to highlight this little fun project from Heaven where you can guess or report acquisitions of internet / technology companies.
The Internet Food Chain was set up as a small project under the Heaven.fr domain when I first saw it, but they’ve redesigned it and put it on it’s on domain a week or two ago. I still think navigation could be improved and maybe they should add an incentive to reporting/guessing but it’s certainly worth a look. Make your own guess at http://internetfoodchain.com
Tags: internet food chain, heaven, acquisition, internet
Well I’m not sure who’s watching you in Second Life, this on is about the tv show Big Brother. Endemol in The Netherlands has opened it’s first Big Brother house in Second Life (NL). The first project they have is a virtual International edition of Big Brother, set to start on December 1st. If you’re interested to take part in this you can subscribe from today in the Big Brother house in Second Life. Every player will have to be online in the house at least 8 hours per 24 hours. Endemol will pick 15 players out of 3 different timezones to play the game and other Second Life users can pick the 3 players that should leave the house each week. Everyone can of course follow the events in the house and watch the players with the challenges they will be given each week. The winner will get his own tropical island in Second Life.
I think it’s interesting to see how this concept is going to Second Life and how many people will be interested to take part if in. To be continued.
[Update] Big Brother in Second Life website (thanks to Coolz0r)
Tags: big brother, second life, endemol
Today Microsoft announced the launch of a local search component that will add a 3D element to the maps in http://local.live.com. You need to download the component, but after that you’ll be able to get 3D imagery in your browser (IE only) from 15 cities in the US which will expand soon. The imaging technology used is from Vexcel Corp. which Microsoft acquired earlier.
I also like the idea of advertising in there. VE 3D will come with a functionality developed by Massive (a company Microsoft acquired in May, known for in-game advertising) that will let advertisers buy virtual billboards in the 3D environment. C|Net reports that some advertisers are in a pilot already:
“But Virtual Earth 3D does include fixtures that might not necessarily be visible in the real world: “virtual billboards” float above buildings with advertisements on them as part of a pilot advertising program, said Stephen Lawler, general manager of the Virtual Earth group. For instance, Fox has a virtual billboard hovering above the AMC cinema in downtown San Francisco. Other advertisers are Nissan Motor, Zip Realty and John L. Scott realty.”
Well I’m excited, I hope I find some time the next days to have a look around but I think it looks good. (Disclaimer: I work for Microsoft).
Here’s some more about it, including images:
Tags: live local, windows live, microsoft, virtual earth 3D, maps
He didn’t win the race, he didn’t even make it to the podium and the championship was already lost after last race really. But man, what a great race it was. Having to come back from the last place (after a tyre puncture) to the front, Schumacher showed what he’s got in him, even on retirement day. And all this to end eventually come back as far as the 4th spot, passing Raikkonen, Barichello, Fisichella, … in the last rounds. Respect! A farewell in style from a great racer.
Oh, and for next year? Raikkonen is going to win the championship for Ferrari with Honda as the big challenger. You’ll see ;-)
Tags: schumacher, f1, formula 1
All newspapers offer tools to read a digital version of the newspaper. As a subscriber of De Standaard I have access to the digital version as well, but I never consult it. I still like reading the newspaper – the print version – but when I go ‘digital’ I prefer the RSS feeds instead of anything else.
Some newspapers have created their own newsreaders. I actually don’t really like the idea of proprietary newsreaders, especially when there’s no choice between that or adding the RSS to your own reader. That is the main reason why I didn’t like the reader from De Standaard. They basically forced you to install their reader instead of offering RSS feeds for everyone. This situation changed quickly though.
So yesterday, with mixed feelings, I installed the Times Reader BETA to give it a try. And although I probably won’t use it that much, I think it’s a quite interesting download.
As I said before, I got around 400 feeds in my GreatNews reader and it’s just easier for me to add a source in there compared to installing something new. But that said, if you want to read a truly digital newspaper, the Times Reader is definitely the best experience you can get. You need to be a New York Times member for it (free sign up). Read more about it on First Look, the Times Reader blog.
Tags: new york times, times reader, standaard, beta, newsreader, rss
What started out as a hobby project talking about MSN/Windows Live Messenger has grown to a huge community in the 5 years that this site exists. Reading on Mess.be that actually over 100 million people have visited the site in that period deserves a lot of respect. Kudos to ‘dwergs’ for creating all this. The next one is on me, Light Bar sounds ok to you? ;-)
Tags: mess.be, messenger, birthday, dwergs