Margaret Thatcher forced Great Britain through the transformation from industrial- to information society, much to the liking of London’s bank district.
Bevor chancellor Merkel could give her go with a digital agenda for Germany, e-commerce has already taken over much of tv commercials air time.
Most Germans take Facebook and Amazon for the internet. Can’t blame them, German journalism is the culprit. German journalism has failed miserably to make the digital discourse and digest theirs. TV stepped in with stellar quality documentaries such as Raphaël Enthoven’s Philosophy on Arte.tv to name just one. Alas, many discarded their tv sets now that quality tv is here.
While convinced to be a critical people, all attention is owed to a commercial agenda rather. Sasha Lobo, Germany’s only widely popular, digital straight shooter now claims ownership of what he coins as platform capitalism.
And as e-commerce’s dominance reveals, platform-capitalism already enjoys broad acceptance, while other digital advances remain in the dark. We are witnessing the rise of a mono culture with precarious employer-employee relationships to be expected as future consequence.
Placing requests at politics at this early stage is wrong. That will occur if at all during the definition of new rules and regulations. It requires an in depth understanding of the subject through experience as much as mandatory open systems and an API in every case.
New entrepreneurs and established ones are discovering the web to enter the conversation with their product and to maintain a DIY business chronicle of their own. Technology to enable those who have no funds but ideas to get around advertising, has been around as long as the web.
Once in broad use, self-actualisation takes place naturally and continuously with the effect that knowledge transfer is no longer broken. Only then differences in quality will be noticed and people can decide if they want to keep littering their life’s quality with useless purchases.
In Lobos words this takes place un-simultaneously at different intervals yet it will certainly take place.
In command of the German language, read in full.
Ever since beta testing innovative new user interfaces the likes of Pages, Virtuoso and PasteUp back in the NexT computer days, I could never again appreciate the clumsiness of bloated software.
So no, there never was an elephant in the room called Photoshop, it was replaced the moment Pixelmator became available.
I don’t use mobile devices but my daughters do. I benefit from the Pixelmator team’s simplification learning curve, that comes from building apps on the iPad for my Mac version of Pixelmator and so do you.
Ello, the social network start up ensuring personal data integrity, responds to concern of people looking for an alternative to facebook, with a letter to early adopters:
A BETTER WAY
October 23, 2014
There has been some speculation in the press since our launch 11 weeks ago that Ello will someday be forced to allow paid ads on our social network.
With virtually everybody else relying on ads to make money, some members of the tech elite are finding it hard to imagine there is a better way.
But 2014 is not 2004, and the world has changed.
To assure that Ello always remains ad-free, today Ello converted to a Public Benefit Corporation (PBC).
A Benefit Corporation is a new kind of for-profit company in the USA that exists to produce a benefit for society as a whole — not just to make money for its investors.
The Ello PBC charter states in the strongest legal terms possible that:
Simple, beautiful, and ad-free.
There is a better way.
We, as founders and investors in Ello, vow to support Ello’s mission and to abide by the terms of the Ello Charter.
Read more about how Benefit Corps like Ello work, and how your business can become one too.
Your message should shape the medium. Now it does with #TheGrid. Join the evolution.
Yesterday at the IT summit in Hamburg, German chancellor Angela Merkel gave the right away for the digital future for Germamy and Europe, while Tyler Hayes is consumed with practicalities:
“Money does not need a bank…” What we need is an application not a bank… Websites don’t need design, they need content. And collecting content, photos, texts, videos, is the stuff everyone enjoys interacting with. This is where your responsibilities ends. Step aside, the Grid, takes on the rest for $96 per year.
That is less than what Squarespace asks with monthly costs varying from $8 – $24 /MO for a most elegant and easy to use interface with there one stop solution.
And is more than what Tumblr or WordPress cost you. Which is your time and endurance.
The quesiton is, if either, The Grid (AI-generated design), Ghost (Just a blogging platform), Squarespace (Better websites for all), can match the dynamic currently offered by WordPress. It remains to be seen if each can gather the required following and user base to continuously support updating and development of components that make up the platforms.
Dynamics are then a given when a large number of developers are dedicated to work on the components (themes, plugins, widgets…) driven by inner pressure and persistant with updating.
Get the insights from Tyler Hayes.
The underpinnings for The Grid come from Grid Style Sheets (GSS) which was created by Tocchini. It’s a reimagining of Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) which also replaces a browser’s layout engine with one that uses the Cassowary constraint solver.
The beauty of strictly functional is now unfolding world wide thoughout much of Yosemite, the current version of the Apple’s Mac OS, released only four days ago.
Amazing. Be it for study purposes, do visit the site.
“That’s the thing of the Scandinavian thing.” says Per Arnoldi in a video interview with Richard Quest. “We are practical people. It is not a fantasy thing. There is not a lot of mystery here. Not a lot of mystery…”
Per Arnoldi: In a hotel, art is a decorative element. You are not trying to tell anyone anything about existentialism. That we are all gonna die, that life is short and cruel. (laughs out loud) I mean that is not where we are. That is not where we are. It’s hospitality.
Richard Quest: Striking design that is also strictly functional.
Per Arnoldi: It’s organised, we are organised here.
Richard Quest: Scandinavian design is very much followed and en vogue at the moment. Why is that you think?
Per Arnoldi: The serious answer is that in a crisis, when a crisis is on, which it is, you propably want to buy something that is not too elaborate. Where you feel that the design has been minimised, kept at a minimum, so we don’t splurge.
Richard Quest: Now this is one of the corridors of the hotel.
Per Arnoldi: (gigglies) Yes. Definitely.
Richard Quest: But your art is here. You Did these pieces.
Per Arnoldi: Yes, I did these pieces.
Richard Quest: What where you thinking?
Per Arnoldi: This is a decorative piece. No one is crying or screaming or begging or preying – or anything difficult.
This is a hotel corridor, for christ sake. Find your room and pray that your key works. (giggles)
That’s hotel philosophy, don’t you think?
When it doesn’t add up start subtracting (derived from)
The farmers had the right idea… they put the comics in the outhouses, to wipe their asses. And that’s all comics were really worth. But in this country, because there’s so many wealthy people, they make junk worth money.
For film inquiries (including access to Joe, who is now interested in becoming an actor!) email E.J. at email@example.com. Sunnyside shop Comic Book Heaven to close after 26 years.
Finnland’s nazis have hijacked their national symbols like elsewhere in the world too. They decided to recreate a national identity and introduce it at Eurobest in Dezember.
Watch where the beautification of Finnland is going.
100% a Swede, Henrik Nygren, has been assigned with the redesign. His web presence is horribly pretentious though and boring.
While still in beta, Aral Balkan says goodbye to Ello in a recent blog post. Ello the simple, beautiful & ad-free social network that promises you, that you are not the product – as it turns out- has made itself the product and sold out. Something is missing for the about page, Balkan found out. It’s not just Paul’s face, there’s also no mention of FreshTracks Capital and the $435,000 in venture capital that Ello took from them.
* Taking venture capital
* Building a sustainable, long-term platform that is private by default.
https://t.co/SrcosSZBoR — Aral Balkan (@aral) September 26, 2014
While still in beta, Aral Balkan says goodbye to Ello in a recent blog post. Ello the simple, beautiful & ad-free social network that promises you, that you are not the product – as it turns out- has made itself the product and sold out.
Something is missing for the about page, Balkan found out. It’s not just Paul’s face, there’s also no mention of FreshTracks Capital and the $435,000 in venture capital that Ello took from them.
* Taking venture capital * Building a sustainable, long-term platform that is private by default. Pick one. https://t.co/SrcosSZBoR
— Aral Balkan (@aral) September 26, 2014