Archive for May, 2007

Ranjit Makkuni

Wednesday, May 30th, 2007

A multi-media researcher, designer and musician associated with the prestigious Xerox Palo Alto Research Centre, a world renowned think-tank, responsible for a great many innovations relating to personal computing. Ranjit Makkuni’s work explored and explores non-button pushing based, gesture-based interfaces, and new forms of access to multimedia content.
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Interaction Ivrea: Culturally reflective computing

Businessweek: Sacred tech; February 26th, 2007

The Hindu: Crossing cultural walls; 2001

local cooling

Wednesday, May 23rd, 2007

Uniblue is a provider of innovative software solutions for PC operational problems such as security, performance and backup. LocalCooling is a non-profit project from the Uniblue Labs team. More than 30 billion kilowatts of energy is wasted because many simply forget to shut down computers they’re not in use. With a more efficient power save mode the PC user community can make a real difference to global warming. This fact conceived the idea for LocalCooling. Even though PC power consumption is a small fraction of total energy use, it is still big enough to be a contributory factor. Local Cooling is a way for the PC user community to come together and make a difference today. It is also a way to make people more aware of how much energy everyday appliances like computers actually consume and what it equals in environmental terms.
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Treehugger: tuning your computer to save energy; December 1st, 2006


Tuesday, May 22nd, 2007

The RoHS Reference Center, from Electronic Design, is designed to provide electronic design engineers with lead free information they need to specify or purchase lead free electronic components in compliance with the Restrictions on Hazardous Substances directive. The substances covered by the directive are scientifically well researched and evaluated and have been subject to different measures both at community and at national level.


Monday, May 14th, 2007

Open source doesn’t just mean access to the source code. According to OSD (Open Source Definition), the distribution terms of open source software must comply with specific criteria:
1. free redistribution
2. source code
3. derived works
4. integrity of the author’s source code
5. no discrimination against persons or groups
6. no discrimination against fields of endeavor
7. distribution of license
8. license must not be specific to a product
9. license must not restrict other software
10. license must be technology-neutral
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AGS (Alliance for Global Sustainability) is a unique, international partnership between four of the world’s leading science and technology universities: Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Zurich (ETHsustainability); Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT/AGS); University of Tokyo (UT); Chalmers University of Technology (Chalmers). Created in 1997, the AGS today brings together hundreds of university scientists, engineers, and social scientists to address the complex issues that lie at the intersection of environmental, economic, and social goals. Together, these people seek to meet these challenges through: improving scientific understanding of global environmental challenges;developing technology and policy tools to help societies reconcile ecological and economic concerns; educating of a new generation of leaders committed to meeting the challenges of sustainable development.

trashware shop

Sunday, May 13th, 2007

BinarioEtico: Officina Informatica
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The first trashware shop just opened in Rome: Binario Etico – Officina Informatica (Informatic Workshop). The opening event was held in via del Forte Tiburtino 98/100 (which is the shop seat) on May 11th. The Workshop will be a collection place for cast-off computers, to which a new life will given thanks GNU/Linux anf free software; it will be also a place for buying “free” computers.


Saturday, May 12th, 2007
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DEPP (E-Democracy Public Participation) is a non-profit organization which promotes the use of the net, in order to aid public clearness and collective participation in controlling political informations and choices. Its founders believe in collaboration, sharing, group creativity, gift, game, disinterested passion, control to communities with no centralized power. DEPP supports and uses free and open software, knowledge, creativity free from copyrights, Creative Commons, peer to peer nets. It is intended to develop projects, experimenting evolved forms of democracy which help new relationships between representatives and represented ones. It is also intended to collaborate with public institutions and to develop independent projects, supported by people and group communities.
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