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The Radical Tactics of the Offline Library on Vimeo
[parts of the video (from the introduction): "1. Libraries existed to copy data. Libraries as warehouses was a recent idea and not a very good one 2. The online world used to be considered rhizomatic but recent events have proven that it is actually quite arboretic and precarious. 3. A method of sharing files using hard drives is slow, but it is extremely resilient. This reversalism is a radical tactic agains draconian proprietarianism. 4. There are forces and trends that are working against portable libraries."]

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"The Radical Tactics of the Offline Library is based on the book "Radical Tactics: Reversalism and Personal Portable Libraries"
By Henry Warwick

The Personal Portable Library in its most simple form is a hard drive or USB stick containing a large collection of e-books, curated and archived by an individual user. The flourishing of the offline digital library is a response to the fact that truly private sharing of knowledge in the online realm is increasingly made impossible. While P2P sharing sites and online libraries with downloadable e-books are precarious, people are naturally led to an atavistic and reversalist workaround. The radical tactics of the offline: abandoning the online for more secure offline transfer. Taking inspiration from ancient libraries as copying centers and Sneakernet, Henry Warwick describes the future of the library as digital and offline. Radical Tactics: Reversalism and Personal Portable Libraries traces the history of the library and the importance of the Personal Portable Library in sharing knowledge and resisting proprietarian forces.

The library in Alexandria contained about 500,000 scrolls; the Library of Congress, the largest library in the history of civilization, contains about 35 million books. A digital version of it would fit on a 24 TB drive, which can be purchased for about $2000. Obviously, most people don’t need 35 million books. A small local library of 10,000 books could fit on a 64 GB thumb drive the size of a pack of chewing gum and costing perhaps $40. An astounding fact with immense implications. It is trivially simple to start collecting e-books, marshalling them into libraries on hard drives, and then to share the results. And it is much less trivially important. Sharing is caring. Societies where people share, especially ideas, are societies that will naturally flourish."
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november 2018 by robertogreco
The Uni Project
"The Uni Project is a nonprofit that brings learning opportunities to public space in New York City. Using custom-designed installations, we pop up in parks, plazas, and other public spaces to offer reading, drawing, and hands-on activities that let New Yorkers embrace the act of learning. We partner with community organizations and city agencies, and we prioritize underserved locations."

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nyc  sfsh  openstudioproject  lcproject  making  creativity  pop-ups  learning  nonprofit  mobile  portable  classideas  schooldesign  workinpublic  nonprofits 
july 2017 by robertogreco
ongoing by Tim Bray · Galaxy Tab
"What Are Tablets For? The trade-off is obvious. You win because you can show a bigger picture, which is important, & you lose because it just won’t fit in many pockets, which is important. It’ll go in most purses, though.<br />
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I know what I’ll use the Galaxy Tab for: to show off Android. The big screen just makes everything easier to see & point at, & graphics look outstanding, & it passes from hand to hand easily. Showing off Android is part of my job & this will help me do my job better.<br />
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Which leads to a general theory, reinforced by informal observation of hipsters w/ iPads in coffee shops: a tablet is, crucially, a more shareable computer. A laptop, w/ its fragile hinge-ware & space-gobbling keyboard, is just not comfy to share. A tablet is easier to bring to the café, easier to hand across the table or along the sofa, easier to seize in the heat of the moment, easier to hold up in triumph, easier to set aside when you need to meet someone’s eyes."
samsung  android  portable  sharing  tablets  ipad  samsunggalaxytab  timbray 
september 2010 by robertogreco
Sugar on a Stick - Sugar Labs
"The goal of the Sugar on a Stick project is to give children access to *their* Sugar on any computer in their environment with just a USB key.
sugar  xo  olpc  linux  education  portable  openclassroom  ubuntu 
february 2009 by robertogreco
CITY presented SPACE INNOVATORS: The 2009 CITY Design Challenge
"Create an instantly deployable portable private space. It must be go-anywhere, transportable by its owner, and must grant him or her precisely what the designer feels to constitute privacy and seclusion from the intrusions of the City. It can shield only one person or several. It can be physical or metaphysical. It should not be fantastical, but it would be nice were it to be beautiful, and even more so should it be practical.

What we would like from you are renderings of your solution, in both closed and deployed state, and a detailed description of how it works to meet the challenge."
architecture  urbanism  competitions  urban  privacy  space  nomads  neo-nomads  portable  design  glvo 
february 2009 by robertogreco
BLDGBLOG: The Architecture of Ascent
"All these instant cities of tents and portaledges, moving up and down mountainsides around the world, like Walking Cities, the urban condition gone nomadic – the new, vertical suburb, till now so architecturally underexplored."
architecture  design  camping  tents  climbing  mobility  vertical  portable 
may 2008 by robertogreco
Liliputing: Comprehensive list of low-cost ultraportables
"Some will run Linux, while others will be preloaded with Windows XP or Vista. Some will have flash memory, while others will have hard drives. But every one will be smaller, lighter, and cheaper than most existing laptop computers. Here's a roundup of so
hardware  laptops  eeepc  UMPC  technology  computing  computers  portable 
april 2008 by robertogreco
Voltaic Systems | Voltaic Backpack, Solar Backpack, Solar Bag
"Silver Orange Green Charcoal The Voltaic solar bags are mobile solar power generators designed to charge virtually all handheld electronics."
apparel  bags  batteries  camping  electric  electricity  energy  environment  gadgets  gear  sustainability  technology  photography  mobile  travel  portable  wearable  wireless  shopping  solar  green  wearables 
february 2008 by robertogreco
Solar Powered Battery Charger, SOLIO Universal Portable Solar Charger
"Solio™, the Universal "Hybrid" Charger is powerful enough to charge all of your handheld electronic products at home or on the move, anywhere under the sun."
electronics  energy  environment  gadgets  innovation  green  power  technology  sustainability  solar  shopping  portable  ipod  mobile  phones  cameras  iphone 
february 2008 by robertogreco
Potenco » Products: Potenco’s Pull-Cord Generator (PCG)
"keeps portable electronic devices working all the time while providing freedom and independence from traditional power sources...The first application of the PCG will power the XO Laptop available from the One Laptop per Child Project (OLPC)."
energy  generator  green  olpc  sustainability  electric  portable 
january 2008 by robertogreco
Giant Global Graph | Decentralized Information Group (DIG) Breadcrumbs
"whichever device I use to look up bookmark, phone, office wall, it will access situation-appropriate view of integration of everything I know about that flight from different sources...websites involved will be secondary things, & devices terti
timberners-lee  socialsoftware  socialnetworking  socialmedia  socialgraph  net  mobile  semanticweb  software  technology  web  web2.0  online  openid  opensocial  google  graphs  global  complexity  internet  portability  information  semantic  portable  social 
november 2007 by robertogreco
Slap in the Facebook: It's Time for Social Networks to Open Up
"It's time to take our personal data out of Mr. McGregor's little gardens and put it back where it belongs -- free and open on the open web....anyone can create a page that includes all of the fun stuff found in a Facebook profile. (using Flickr, del.icio
attention  blogging  commons  community  criticism  culture  facebook  socialnetworking  socialsoftware  myspace  flickr  open  opensource  openid  networks  networking  mososo  mobile  internet  iphone  technology  portable  privacy  identity  free  opinion  standards  software  data  socialnetworks  usability  twitter  reading  aggregator  social 
august 2007 by robertogreco
"HP Labs are moving beyond personal navigation: we are expanding the world around us with a simple tool that builds compelling interactive experiences that you control as you move from place to place."

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arg  mobile  location-based  locative  location  aware  gps  phones  games  maps  glvo  socialsoftware  annotation  awareness  mapping  digitalstorytelling  interaction  qrcodes  googlemaps  ubicomp  ubiquitous  geography  geotagging  gaming  computing  storytelling  newmedia  performance  geolocation  tracking  multimedia  immersive  pervasive  education  guides  hp  portable  play  local  learning  experience  windows  wireless  technology  classideas  community  mscape  augmented  mediascape 
may 2007 by robertogreco
"Ambient Addition is a Walkman with binaural microphones. A tiny Digital Signal Processing (DSP) chip analyzes the microphone's sound and superimposes a layer of harmony and rhythm on top of the listener's world. In the new context, some surprising behavi
ambient  audio  cities  electronics  music  sound  space  interaction  place  play  architecture  psychogeography  soundscapes  sounds  mit  art  walking  wearable  installation  headphones  medialab  ipod  future  interface  noise  processing  portable  multimedia  monitoring  mobile  environment  dynamic  newmedia  wearables  mitmedialab 
december 2006 by robertogreco
PortableApps Suite | - Portable software for USB drives
"PortableApps Suite™ is a collection of appa all preconfigured to work portably. Just drop it on your portable device and you're ready to go: office, multimedia, web, etc"
applications  opensource  portable  travel  browser  email  hacks  freeware  software  productivity  programs  tools  utilities  openoffice  mobile  browsers 
november 2006 by robertogreco
"WiFi.Bedouin is a wearable, mobile 802.11b node disconnected from the global Internet. It forms a WiFi "island Internet" challenging conventional assumptions about WiFi and suggesting new architectures for digital networks that are based on physical prox
art  community  gadgets  internet  mobile  technology  urban  julianbleecker  lifeasgame  wireless  wifi  mobility  communication  electronics  networking  portable  wearable  nomads  neo-nomads  wearables 
october 2005 by robertogreco

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