links for 2011-03-08

  • "HarperCollins' attempt to ensure ebooks in libraries can only be loaned out 26 times is indefensible"
  • "Years ago, as the personal transformation wave was cresting via large group seminars, several of us started using a made-up word to highlight the toxic nature of self-defense and explanation: dexify. The word even seems to connote something toxic all by itself.
    Certainly, someone who engages in dexification (there's another use that may suggest something kind of dark) seems to be sliding down a spiraling path of negativity. What's so negative about defending yourself, you might ask?"
  • "NotesLate tablet product family consists from 5 different color types of NoteSlate device. This real size display defines unique user experience and great world of interaction. Each type creates 1-bit pictures (black and white), which are displayed in different colors on different noteslates. This brings you different type of interface. The same 1-bit page could be transfered to other NoteSlate devices, or optionally Shared anywhere. On all NoteSlate tablet models is Wi-Fi module optional at the order, with free of charge. The active touch-screen is almost A4 size, the whole tablet of the basic NoteSate product family are bit taller. In conceptual development are also smaller sizes, which could be introduced after. NoteSlate products are always just one color devices (no 4 color version anymore)."
    (tags: art gadgets)
  • "For those who don’t remember their high school history, Marx’s most famous work, first published on February 21, 1848, outlined the divisions between labor and industry, divisions that define not only the economy, but society at large. That first edition overlooked the United States, which at that point was embarking on, yet had not fully embraced, the industrial revolution.
    While the States weren’t included in that manifesto, Marx clearly had high hopes for the nascent nation, and in 1865, wrote to President Abraham Lincoln celebrating the end of slavery, which he saw as a harbinger of things to come for the United States, which the German author believed had great potential as a bellwether of the working man’s uprising."
  • "These days, no popular movement goes without an Internet presence of some kind, whether it's organizing on Facebook or spreading the word through Twitter. And as we've seen in Egypt, that means that your Internet connection can be the first to go. Whether you're trying to check in with your family, contact your friends, or simply spread the word, here are a few ways to build some basic network connectivity when you can't rely on your cellular or landline Internet connections."
    (tags: internet diy)