Archive for September, 2013

Kurt Ernst has a story to tell about his BMW R1100S and its successor – he traded his R1100S in for a K1200RS. I like the picture of him touring in New York state.

Kurt Ernst, "Touring on my old R1100S, somewhere in New York state"

Kurt Ernst, “Touring on my old R1100S, somewhere in New York state”


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Dan has a nice collection of photographs on his website, and a nice collection of motorcycles as well. I don’t know if this BMW R1100S was part of his stable once, but it’s a great picture of an R1100S in (tourist) action.

Picture of a BMW R1100S from danzgarage.net - Boxer Power

danzgarage.net – Boxer Power

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Ghost, the blogging platform mentioned yesterday, is well worth a look – literally. The page design as proposed out of the box is very much to my liking, and if the system proves to be as easy to use as promised, then it might well be a excellent choice for a beginning blogger (I have too much invested in this blog to contemplate moving again!).
And not only does Ghost look great, it also does away with the pseudo-rich-text-editor approach I don’t like at all. For those of you still not convinced: no, you don’t need dozens of fonts, font sizes and colors for textual content on the Web! What you need is a few ways to indicate structure in your text, and that does not require a bad MS Word clone. Ghost smartly chooses Markdown. That editor reminds me of the way text is edited in many Wikis – an excellent approach, focussing on content, not on presentation – presentation is the responsibility of the tool and its designer.

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Recent facts in a row:

  1. Raspberry Pi wins the “Design to Improve Life” award (you know I’m a fan!).
  2. Google developers create “Coder: a simple way to make web stuff on Raspberry Pi“.
  3. Dave Winer publishes “Concord“, an outline engine running in the browser.
  4. … and while I was contemplating this post, Dave mentioned “Connecting Concord and Ghost?

Well of course: combine the Pi with Coder and Concord, then add a server tool to store your outlines on the Pi (or use Ghost, once it will be available), and presto: a “Personal Outliner Box” that is a “Blog Box” at the same time. A box that can stay at home yet be available anywhere and at all times; a box that is cheap to buy and cheap to run day in and day out.

Dave Winer probably knows how easy (or hard) it would be to create the server tool. It should implement something along the lines of (part of) the Dropbox interface, allowing for storing and opening named outlines on the server “disks”. Those disks, in the case of the Pi, will be USB devices like a memory stick or a portable hard disk – cheap and to be found in almost every home.

So there it is: a personal web server slash content management system that includes hardware and software for less than 100€ or perhaps even 100 US $. Is it doable?

PS. I know it’s possible to make the Pi run WordPress – heck, it’s a Linux machine so you can make it run anything – if and when you’re sufficiently versed in Linux. But a simpler solution will be better in this context.

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Dror Garti fell in love with an old analog camera, and shows the results of his first experiments in “Watch out Instagram! – An Analog Tale“.

I was happy to discover that all the photos came through and that they definitely had that romantic vintage look we are familiar with in very old photos. I finally understood why people are constantly applying those filters to their Instagram pictures – only this was the real thing.

DeMaria-Lapierre Dehel

DeMaria-Lapierre Dehel

I still own a series of analog cameras, and I have spent enough time in the darkroom to know the strength of photographic film. I think I’m making better pictures these days, because going digital allowed to me to take more pictures for less money and in less time! Still, analog black and white pictures do have visual qualities that cannot be matched by digital images – that’s part of why I bought the Walker Evans reissue a few weeks ago…

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Lee Hutchinson on the ArsTechnica website: Manifesto: Let my upload bandwidth flow!

I want to share something with friends, it’s ridiculous that in 2013 we still have to resort to sneakernet and USB sticks. The situation is no better than it was back in junior high when we traded data on floppies because our 2400bps modems were too slow

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Of course we still don’t know everything. This is just an example:


If you want to know more, read Wired’s “WTF Is This Weird Web-Tower Thing? We Asked Around. No One Knows“. Or go to the Peruvian Amazon and try to unravel the mystery…

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