Technology

CAG, Computer Aided Governance: Will future governments be replaced by a computer?

CAG, Computer Aided Governance: Will future governments be replaced by a computer?

I have been mentioning this last week in a comment on Lani’s ever-inspiring blog.As far as I know the idea was first put forward by Martin Amstrong in 2011. Amstrong explicitely refers to expert systems, but fails to address how such a system will be implemented.One of the oldest examples of an expert system is [...]

Hotel survival part I+II: Boiled eggs and Pasta in cream spinach sauce + Muffins

Hotel survival part I+II: Boiled eggs and Pasta in cream spinach sauce + Muffins

To become more independent from hotel amenities, I recently bought one of those immersion heaters for travelers.Mind you I had some space left in my suitcase, since I got rid of some books and a bulky external harddrive (I now use Google docs as cloud storage instead). Anyway I was pleased to see the weight of [...]

Fix slow or no wifi in your appartment or hotel room with a range extender

Fix slow or no wifi in your appartment or hotel room with a range extender

For me having wifi in my room is a kind of must. In a public room it’s hard to concentrate on my job.When I move around, especially to a new accomodation, it’s always a pleasant surprise to find out everything is in order, and I have a high speed connection. It can be a big [...]

The unsolved mystery of paper cocktail and ice cream parasols

The unsolved mystery of paper cocktail and ice cream parasols

During the course of my life a lot of questions have been answered, like if the earth is round why don’t the people on the other side fall off? Or why do we have lightning and thunder? Where is the end of the universe and other mind bogglers people have been wondering about since their very [...]

Electricity

Electricity

Image thanks to sustainablog I once heard a story from an old man about a Dutch village in the begin of the 20th century. In those days they did have electricity which was mainly used for light since there were not many other electrical things around the house like radio’s or TV’s. The electrician in the [...]

Eat this: ฿itcoin

Eat this: ฿itcoin

No, not the Thai Baht Would you like to have a bank which transfers your money without delay all over the world and practically for free? Your access to this bank is online, however the actual money is kept on your PC, phone, somewhere online or on a USB-stick used as a hard drive, where [...]

US orders to hand over private info Dutch ‘hacker’ Rop Gonggrijp

US orders to hand over private info Dutch ‘hacker’ Rop Gonggrijp

Image thanks to Rop Gonggrijp’s blog In the witch-hunt for collaborators of Wikileaks, US has summoned the Dutch government to hand over all private information of a man being referred to as Rop Gronggrijp, The request looks clumsy since among other things his ID card on his blog clearly shows that his real name is Robbert. The information [...]

The history of digitized fonts and digitizing

The history of digitized fonts and digitizing

Seen in Leeuwarden, the Netherlands.In case you thought graphical digitizing of characters en symbols started after the introduction of computers, you’re wrong. Cross stitch embroidery showing the digitized characters or fonts of the Latin alphabet and often the digits 0 till 9, along with other decorations and was once a popular pastime for teenage girls.This custom [...]