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Archiving the digital

Not so very long ago most computer users printed everything. They held onto their paper texts, probably also because the average pre-millennium (Windows) computer was quite unreliable and crashes happened frequently. Files were much easier damaged than nowadays. Making backups was easily forgotten, so a printed hardcopy was something to rely on. The ‘paperless office’ existed in theory, but not in practice.…

Bellingcat

The transparency movement has finally come of age. Power has shifted to the users. Their trust has to be earned in different ways now says Jay Rosen, associate professor at the Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute at New York University, in a blog about the current change in journalism from a closed professional stronghold to open ‘citizen journalism’ with an increasing contribution of…

GEDCOM

Genealogy or family history is a popular pastime in Europe and still even more in the USA. Something we Westerners tend to forget is that many Asian countries have much longer traditions of genealogy, partly due to ancestral veneration or worship. The availability of DNA tests for ethnicity and ancestry surely contributes to the growing army of family enthusiasts. Modern researchers often use computer…

Riddle Me This:

Learning through games is a concept that has been around for quite some time now. ‘Tricking’ children into learning seems to be what this concept is about. I remember getting my own first GameBoy and being inseparable with the device for the first few months since it came out of the box. I genuinely think that my first second language acquisition came…

Mind the Ga p: Sans Forgetica

Do we need more typefaces or individual fonts? As my last blog mentioned – we do a lot of reading on and off screen. Therefore, the background scaffolding to all that content – the type face, type font, and general formatting – is essential design to aid legibility. Typefaces are most often designed to be easy to read. But a recently released…

Who is Robert Galbraith?

It is presumable that some of you already know the answer to the above question. But first let me explain, at least for the ignorant among you, why this Robert Galbraith is a problematic person. On April 18th, 2013 a crime novel called ‘The Cuckoo’s Calling’ was published by Sphere, an imprint of Little, Brown Book Group in London. As stated on…