Topic: Technology (99 articles)

Indie Publishing

The Digital Revolution Kills Jobs Faster Than It Creates New Ones

There are two kinds of people: those who complain about disruption and those who celebrate it. The former are the dying indie bookstores, music labels, film industry, little publishing houses unhappy with Amazon’s ToS — the latter are the start-up generation,…

May 14, 2013, by


Why You Can’t Escape From The Internet

When toddlers are getting addicted to iPads, parents spy on their kids on Facebook and teenagers can’t survive 24 hours offline without experiencing withdrawal symptoms it’s hard not to blame technology. After all, we wouldn’t be experiencing these problems without technology, so…

May 2, 2013, by


Code or Die: The Future Of Work?

In a new video designed to spread awareness about the importance of teaching people how to code, big promises are being made. Backed up by talking heads such as Zuckerberg, Gates and many more, the basic premise is that coding…

February 27, 2013, by


20,000 Mockingbirds: On The Changing Unchanging Nature of Books

While working myself through the back-list of the Nebula Awards for Best Novel, I came across Slow River by Nicola Griffith, a dark science fiction novel set in the not too distant future. At one point the protagonist tells an…

February 20, 2013, by


How The Cloud Killed The Library

It was not long ago that every home had a shrine of collected media: CDs, DVDs, books neatly organized for quick reference and dusted off daily for the prying eyes of neighbors and potential mating partners. In reverse these shelves…

February 13, 2013, by

Language Learning

Ebooks, Cooking and Travel: Why I’m Learning Another Language

When I graduated from college in December, a part of me thought that my time as a learner was over. I had this great consulting position in Seattle, with plans to make a move after the holidays, and was ready…

May 10, 2012, by

Online Teaching

Why The Flash Based Virtual Classroom Is A Relic Of The Past

While online learning is more and more becoming a part of our lives, the technology used to deliver online lessons is often lagging behind. Take the virtual classroom for example. I’ve tried many (free) virtual classroom applications over the years,…

May 6, 2012, by

Indie Publishing

How Ebooks & The Net Bring Us Back To The Middle Ages, In a Good Way

Recently, I’ve been reading the Gutenberg Galaxy: The Making of Typographic Man, that (in)famous work of Marshall McLuhan, and it struck me that many of his insights relating to print media and reading culture can be applied to what is…

April 23, 2012, by


Small Controlled Bursts Of Boredom: A Cure For Contemporary Click-Frenzies?

“The things people do out of sheer boredom! They study out of boredom; they pray out of boredom; they fall in love, get married and reproduce out of boredom; in the end they die out of boredom.” It was the German author Georg Büchner who put…

April 16, 2012, by


How To Break Out Of Your Filter Bubble And Reclaim Search Privacy

Do you remember the world before Google? I do, and then again, I don’t. Googling has become such an integral part of everyday existence that we aren’t really aware of it anymore. We take it for granted that when we…

April 8, 2012, by


All You Need Is A Good Idea: How We Create Our Own ‘Entertainment Industry’

In the wake of publishing two picture books for German language learners I became aware again of how how the Internet is the perfect roadbed for fresh ideas. Both of these publications have become instant best sellers.  Did I need…

February 20, 2012, by


5 Simple Facts You Can Learn From A Computer Crash

Last week every user’s worst nightmare paid me a visit: the full fledged system crash. While I documented the death, resurrection and salvaging on Twitter, here are some conclusions from the whole episode. (As usual, what happened is rather inconclusive:…

February 5, 2012, by