Caspar David Friedrich: Der Wanderer über dem Nebelmeer

In his newly launched webzine Contemporary Home Computing, my good friend Dragan Espenschied discusses in a two part essay Where did the Computer go? It's a rather romantic look back on the age of classic home computing.

Perhaps the combination of romantic and home computing might sound a little odd at first, so I should clarify how I use the term "romantic" here. Romantic dinner by candle light? Not at all. I refer here to the epoch of Romanticism in the 18th century.

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Interview with Javier Solá from KhmerOS on Free Software for the Third World and why Mozilla will disappear

Phnom Penh, october 15th 2005

The remembrance of the Khmer Rouge's victims can still be felt everywhere around Cambodia's capital Phnom Penh. More than two decades after the fall of Pol Pot's terror regime the country slowly releases itself from the deadlock of civil war. But apart from collecting guns and fighting the further spread of HIV, there is also another issue Cambodia has to overcome – using computers. For people in the US and Europe, it is common to use computers in their own language. But imagine you would have to use a Chinese word processor to write an English text, and this word processor is not really able to handle English well. That is roughly the situation in Cambodia. Most people speak only very little English and are therefore handicapped in doing even simple tasks. Javier Sola, a spaniard living in Cambodia, and the NGO Open Forum of Cambodia want to change this by localizing open source software for Khmer, as the cambodian language is called officially, and provide the people a legal alternative to pirated copies of Windows and Microsoft Office.

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Wann hatte ich das letzte mal Platten- oder CD-Spieler benutzt? Seit die erste MP3-Datei auf meiner Festplatte gespeichert worden war, hatte ich tatsächlich immer weniger darauf zurückgegriffen, sondern mehr und mehr japanischen Alternativebands wie ATP oder Remixen von Computergameklassikern gelauscht und bin in die Welt der Soundtracker abgetaucht. Metallica-Schlagzeuger Lars Ullrich im Kampf gegen Napster erschien mir plötzlich unendlich fern (wer hört schon noch Metallica?).

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