Articles by Branko Collin

Giving up print—a conversion story

May 16, 2009 // 1 Comment

Bruce Bartlett had an interesting piece in Forbes two weeks ago called Recycling Books in which he describes the process that allowed him to slowly wean himself from print, [...]

Bebook Mini confirmed at 200 euro

May 15, 2009 // 0 Comments

Engadget links to a video interview with Endless Ideas CEO Johan Hagenbeuk in which he confirms (in Dutch) that the price for the Bebook Mini will be 199 euro. The 5 inch [...]

DIY high-speed scanner

April 21, 2009 // 2 Comments

I have been walking around with this idea for quite some time, but simply lack the technical skills to make it happen—a high-speed book scanner made from stuff [...]

Ultra-portables have arrived when …

August 16, 2008 // 1 Comment

Ultra-portables have arrived when … you can purchase them at the DIY store. A little over a year ago I pointed out that light and cheap laptops with a small energy [...]

Amazing Russian OCR package open sourced?

May 26, 2008 // 6 Comments

Help wanted from some fellow sleuths-archeologists: Recent reports suggest that a Russian OCR tool called Cuneiform has been released as Free and Open Source Software (FOSS). [...]

Royal Library wants copyright law changed

April 18, 2008 // 0 Comments

Copyright is not fit for this digital age, and needs to be changed; so said two representatives of the Dutch national library in a letter to daily NRC yesterday. In their [...]

The robots are coming!

March 28, 2008 // 1 Comment

Almazán is a Spanish municipality covering an area of 166 km². You would have known this if you had looked up the Dutch Wikipedia article on the place. The entry was [...]

Wikipedia in New York Review of Books

March 25, 2008 // 2 Comments

The New York Review of Books has a jealousy inducing piece on Wikipedia, it’s that well written. OK, technically it is a review of John Broughton’s [...]

Electrowetting displays coming up in 2008

March 24, 2008 // 1 Comment

Philips spin-off Liquavista announced last week that it will start production of so-called electrowetting displays this year, having secured 8 million euro in investment [...]
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