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Plug computing-Marvell

"Marvell Introduces Plug Computing ─ High-Performance, Low-Power, Exceptionally Small Computer for Managing and Storing Digital Media Assets".More could be read on the following pages.


How to run Safari in Linux using Wine

I followed this instructions and waited with a small amount of excitement,like small children waiting to open their candy bag on saturday. It was not a success story, believe me, it's was really not functioning well on the 64-bit version of Linux. Maybe the story has a better ending with the 32-bit version of Linux?

Copy & Paste for iPod Touch and iPhone

I have actually tried a copy and paste webapp working without the need to jailbreak your device.
It's working with a little help from a couple of javascript bookmarklets. The webapp is calles pastebud. Just follow the instruction and you will soon enjoy a fairly simple copy and paste function.Unfortunately, pastebud can only be installed from a browser that syncs with iTunes (Safari or Internet Explorer), or from an iPhone or iPod Touch.


Library avatars at Mount Saint Vincent University

I came across a interesting article in the Canadian Journal of Library and Information Practice and Research, vol. 3, no. 2 (2008) telling a success story from the MSVU library when adding avatars to their library site. The reason why they decided to introduce the avatars is this: "Two talking avatars -- Sarah and Suzie SitePal -- were recently added to the MSVU Library website. By adding the avatars to the site, the Library hopes to make the site more interactive and fun for new and returning students. The avatars are used to welcome students to the Library, to highlight Library resources and services, and to relay information about Library events". Here you could see the avatars in action.


Google sync your address book and calendar

Google Sync Beta for iPhone, WinMo and SyncML Phones is now released.You could now in a easy way backup and add contacts through iTunes by logging into your Google account.

* Get Google Calendar events on your device
* View multiple Calendars in different colors
* Synchronize your Contacts with Google
* Have changes pushed directly to your phone


Synchronize your contacts. Get your Google contacts quickly and easily to your iPhone. With Sync, you can have access to your address book at anytime and place that you need it.

Get calendar alerts. Using your iPhone's native calendar, you can now access multiple Google calendars, and be alerted for upcoming appointments with sound or vibration.

Always in sync. Your calendar and contacts stay synchronized whether you access them from your iPhone or from your computer. Add or edit contacts or calendar entries right on your device or on your Google account on the web.

Gapminder World

Mind the Gap!
The Gapminder website helps you analyse indicators of development: http://tools.google.com/gapminder.Gapminder World: "Gapminder is a non-profit venture promoting sustainable global development and achievement of the United Nations Millennium Development Goals by increased use and understanding of statistics and other information about social, economic and environmental development at local, national and global levels.
We are a modern “museum” that helps making the world understandable, using Internet".


"Bio-Network.org is a network for scientists and the community to discover and share scholary and popular content in biology, in the applied life sciences agriculture, horticulture and forestry, in the earth sciences, and in the environmental sciences".

The users are invited to vote on the bookmarks of research papers and science feeds. You could easily see how many digs each research paper or feed has gotten. To be able to dig you have to register and make a username and password.


Google book search mobilized

Yet another Google product, Google Books, has been mobilized and perfectly shaped to our users small handheld devices. It ran smooth but a bit slow on my iPhone but it is a huge amount of data being processed relatively quick.

Free online travel guides-arrivalguides.com

If you search the web you will find a huge number of free online travel resources. Arrivalguides.com is just one of many examples. The small travel guides from arrivalguides.com could be downloaded in PDF format.
Use this bookmarklet and search for a city and you might find an available guide. The guides are available in different languages but default language is english.

A wish you all a good journey!

Or simply try and find travelguides in PDF by searching Google and limit to filetype:PDF. Type your city of destination.

DCPL iPhone application for a library

"To my knowledge, this is the first iPhone application put out by a library. A big congrats to DCPL CIO Chris Tonjes who assembled a great team, and a big thanks to Brian Farmer for his coding skills, Bill McClendon for his knowledge of the SirsiDynix backend and Gilbert Luwaile for testing. You can read more about all of them at the DCPL Labs Staff page"[http://www.walkingpaper.org/1100]

Could be downloaded from App Store here:

WikiTap for iPhone

A really great free app for the iPhone is WikiTap making it possible to search wikipedia articles nearby your current position, today in history and also lists recently added media. You could save photos and videos to your iPhone and keep and add and hold it all organized through the MyMedia Tab. A truely remarkable and easy to use application.

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Gizmodo's Essential iPhone Apps

Here comes Gizmodo's Essential iPhone App list.


Ouagadougou - vennlighetens by

Posted with LifeCast

A norwegian book about the capital of Burkina Faso. 100 norwegian kroner of each book being sold is going to be used on the children of Ouagadougou. In one of the poorest countries in the world this could be a chance for the children to get a proper education, medical treatment and give them some cultural experiences. You could read more about the project here. (all written in norwegian).

Coming of Age in Second Life

Coming of Age in Second Life:
An Anthropologist Explores the Virtually Human
Tom Boellstorff

Tom Boellstorff spent more than two years of field research in Second Life. He conducted his field research as the avatar 'Tom Bukowski'.

"Coming of Age in Second Life shows how virtual worlds can change ideas about identity and society. Bringing anthropology into territory never before studied, this book demonstrates that in some ways humans have always been virtual, and that virtual worlds in all their rich complexity build upon a human capacity for culture that is as old as humanity itself".

NNDB tracking the entire world

"NNDB is an intelligence aggregator that tracks the activities of people we have determined to be noteworthy, both living and dead. Superficially, it seems much like a "Who's Who" where a noted person's curriculum vitae is available (the usual information such as date of birth, a biography, and other essential facts.)" [http://www.nndb.com/]

Journey of Mankind

Journey of Mankind:A virtual global journey of modern man over the last 160.000 years. The map shows the interaction of migration and climate over this period. A fascinating journey.

Sozialistische Cowboys:

Friedrich von Borries, Jens-Uwe Fischer: Sozialistische Cowboys:

I came across a article talking about this book in one of Norways leading newspapers, Dagbladet.
This book is discussing a totally unknown phenomenon in my knowledge of the DDR (East Germany) history, several east germans living like indians in reservation camps. Being an indian ment making it possible to be part of a subculture contrary to the communist regime. It was a sort of free haven for other expressions. Living like indians ment adapting indian behavior and customs and also trying to learn native language. It was estimated that between 2000-3000 east germans was totally commited to living the indian lifestyle, meaning a full time "job".
Quite a fascinating part of history. I haven't had the chance to read the book yet so this is all based on the earlier mentioned article. I will definetly read the book and make sure that my library orders a copy.



Pipl: The most comprehensive people search on the web?
Quite a different result list and layout compared to other search engines. I am pleased with the results.