Archive for January, 2008

Quote of the day: Know your enemy

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One of Sun Tzu’s maxims from his book The Art of War:

“If you are ignorant of both your enemy and yourself, then you are a fool and certain to be defeated in every battle.

If you know yourself, but not your enemy, for every battle won, you will suffer a loss (half and half).

If you know your enemy and yourself, then you will win every battle.




“Sun Tzu”, Chinese general and strategist ca. 500BC

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Internet: Lights go out on two fiber backbones

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A reminder on how dependent we already are on global communication networks and how quickly these can fall apart has again been provided yesterday afternoon.

Close to the Egyptian harbor of Alexandria, ships that could not enter the harbor due to weather conditions have stripped apart underwater fiber network cables for Internet and telephone communications with their anchors. The damaged cables are part of the “SEA-ME-WE 4″ fiber backbones reaching from Europe to Asia and into Africa. As a result from these damages Internet connectivity in Egypt has dropped to about 30% of the normal bandwidth and also Arabian countries as well as India have reported substantial impairments within data traffic to and from these countries…

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Lunchtimers: Multi player time waster games

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If you’re looking for a new set of “time waster games” here’s another suggestion:

Try out the “Lunchtimers” multi-player online games. Great fun – we played a bit of jigsaw with 7 others. To kill some time its just perfect…

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Data visualization: IA’s web trend map 2008

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Like in previous years Japanese design agency Information Architects have released a web trend map in the form of the the greater Tokyo-area train map.

The “2008 version” of the map shows almost 300 of the most influential and successful websites. It’s available as a interactive map online or you can download an A0 version as a pdf file to hang it as a poster in your office or at home…

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A380: High Resolution Cockpit panoramas

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In an earlier post last year we pointed you to the great “high resolution interior panoramas” of the A380 by French photographer Gilles Vidal.

Now he has added equally great panoramas allowing you to virtually visit the cockpit of the new A380.

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Quote of the day: Banks

A bank is a place where they lend you an umbrella in fair weather and ask for it back when it begins to rain… Robert Frost, American Poet