How Java saved Africa

stumbled across this report from the JavaOne conf a couple of seconds ago:

But did Nokia’s decision a decade ago to adopt Java technology just force Pres. Bush change his mind about the amount of U.S. aid to Africa?

Here’s Gage’s tale, presented at Sun’s JavaOne developer conference Wednesday: Social cause fighter and rocker Bono, of the band U2, has so far coaxed thousands of concertgoers to cell phone text message the White House about increasing aid to Africa. Sun’s Java programming language gets right in the middle of the charitable work. And voila, the U.S. doubles the dollar amount. Without No. 1 cell phone maker Nokia’s commitment to putting Java in all its phones, there would likely be few participants.

kind of *too* far-fetched feel-good-about-Java for me.

source: at CNET


The Terminal – Kenya Edition

Remember the movie “The Terminal” with Tom Hanks

BBC Africa has this report on a man that lived for 13 months in the duty free area of Jomo Kenyatta Airport in Nairobi:

UK waves in Kenya airport dweller


per la merenda


Thinkmap Visual Thesaurus

found this tool to be helpful:

Visual Thesaurus

only drawback: it’s not free


On Corporate Blogging

Tipps für Corporate Blogging [in German]


BILDblog > Postkarten > ernsthafte

In celebration of its first anniversary, asked its readers to design an advertisement in postcard size:

Macht Reklame für BILDblog [in German]

Mlle. A. received a special mention for her entry.

Auguri from Basel!


via the Flickr Color Picker



FAZ article on Howard Rheingold

The FAZ* recently published a page-long article on Howard Rheingold and his predictions.

Es sei eine ganz andere Welt, in der jeder die Möglichkeit habe, auf seiner Website seine Meinung zu verbreiten: “Und es wird immer schwieriger diese Welt von einer zentralen Stellen zu kontrollieren.”

In a nutshell: It’s not so much about what new technologies are evolving, but rather the ways and means social communities are using these to interact and behave…

Other remaindered links pêle-mêle:

Flickr has 775,000 registered users and hosts 19.5 million photos, with growth of about 30 percent per month.

Skype is number one in the North American VOIP business – and spending 0 $ on advertising.

On Blogosophy: Don’t mention the skiing looks back to the blog age: Is there any proven evidence that blogging existed at the start of 21st century?

*not available online = this publication may lose significance and influence in certain social communities in the near future

[update] re: FAZ-article – it seems i was a little fast in my criticism that the article is not available online. Here it is.
Thanks Mlle. A.


A Half-Geek’s Life…

Just wanted to check my email… and ended up upgrading Opera to 8.0, WordPress to, and trying out another new theme.


Links on Corporate Blogging

I’m kind of collecting advice on corporate blogging (with no particular goal in mind). A couple of background links I’ve found useful:

  • The Corporate Weblog Manifesto by Scobleizer (update March 2018: removed link due to malware warning)
  • Ten Tips For A Better Weblog

Ãœber-blogger Scoble also provides advice how to react to negative comments. If you know of any other good links, please leave a comment.


The Writing Process

Found this article on writing at

Poynter Online – Writing Tool #50: The Writing Process

The article describes the steps required to produce great writing:

  • Sniff around
  • Explore ideas
  • Collect evidence
  • Find a focus
  • Select the best stuff
  • Recognize an order
  • Write a draft
  • Revise and clarify

Podcast with Meg Hourihan, Blogger Co-Founder

currently listening to Halley’s interview with Meg Hourihan:

download the podcast here

I’d forgotten about the Segway parody at

[update June 9] quote from her Tuft profile:

Companies like Google advertise for employees with computer science degree, but as Hourihan herself points out, “On paper I don’t qualify for what their requirements are, and yet they bought my company. Looking at different types of experience and different types of backgrounds is important.”

Having founded two pioneering high-tech companies in the past five years, Hourihan’s English degree may seem a bit incongruous. But she doesn’t think so.

“My career path in technology is not at all an aberration,” she explains. “Many women in technology come to technology later and don’t come through traditional academic, undergraduate degrees.”


Random Typography Blog

here’s a blog documenting the different fonts being used on signs and ads in the Zurich area:



The BBC Asks…

What’s it like to live in Africa?

here’s an interesting view from a Ghanaian living in the Netherlands:

My view is that political independence is meaningless until it is linked with economic independence. I think the best place to grow up in this world is in Africa and the worse place too because of the mixture of governance. There is no stage that is so interesting and indeed makes me happier in my life other than those days I vividly remember in my childhood. Independence from colonial rule is relatively good for Ghana for it has already happened and irreversible but I think my life could have been much better if we were still under colonial rule.



Learn Shona via the Shona Podcast

source: BBC