Oh Games!

Twitter and Jaiku early in the morning do have their appeal as a set of disjointed headlines broadcast directly by people whom I am interested in. Joi Ito is at GDC and I went and looked at the site briefly while in the process of starting my day with distractions. I found one item worthy of note about Warren Spector’s presentation. If nothing else, it brings together for me the world of storytelling and games, and as far as I am concerned this has more potential than plain linear canned entertainment can bring you. We – that is, humans – do learn by play. Yes, yes, that is indeed how we learn best, while playing, forget this serious crap stuff… it is all about play.

Why am I interested in this? My interest in the internet was rekindled years ago when I found myself living with a geek-on-games. Given that this one geek was conceived and raised by me, and I can claim responsibility for teaching him how to change motherboards and dealing with PC hardware along with other traumata that a mother imprints on her child including having taught him how to play chess while he was in kindergarden, his interest and passion for games has challenged me ever since. If that was not enough, I am a storyteller, and I do have a deep passion for anything to do with storytelling and view it as a most valuable heritage and vehicle of culture transmission. I am very pleased to be in such grand company as Luc Besson, another addict of the storytelling meme

On the sidelines: web 2.0

“The Internet, once hailed as the fastest way for a company to market its brand, is the fastest way to kill one, too. CMP Media found this out when it coined, publicized and then lost control over the term “Web 2.0,” Internet icon Tim O’Reilly’s description of the Internet in the post-dot-com era. The swiftness with which the Web 2.0 mark has joined the trademark graveyard containing once-famous brands such as Aspirin is a case study of how the Internet’s reach can hurt as well as help trademark owners.”

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Mobile Internet access with a Mac in Switzerland and Europe

I decided to check out the offers here.  I am often in Italy for the weekend and in Portugal whenever I can. Usually I take the PowerBook with me, so that I can write, if the mood strikes to blog, and to check and answer email. I can not be bothered with email on a mobile, and that may only be because my life is not “that” dependent on me being available every minute. To me mobile phones are on the right development path, but they are still much too bothersome for somebody very used to typing with ten fingers. Call me an animal of habit. SMS’s from my mobile phone are rare and in emergencies. When I do send SMSs then via the Internet from a computer.

Either in Italy or in Portugal, I do have Internet access, but it is not as convenient as it could be, and the convenience of  mobile Internet is very appealing, but it must be affordable. Portugal was very early in deploying UMTS, but when they first did, the service was still being offered at rather unreasonable prices, and again, the Macs were not included. If I remember correctly it was Vodafone that first offered this.

Orange has a very attractive subscription offer, unfortunately their card is not mac compatible, so that eliminates that option for the time being although it would have been my first choice. With this one when online via WLAN on a Public Hotspot abroad you pay the same rates as in Switzerland; cool deal.

Sunrise was not sure if their card is mac compatible or not and the manufacturer makes no such claims either: it is a Sierra Wireless AirCard 850. The WLAN minutes here are only national.

Swisscom‘s offer is also just for PC, and a visit to their shop was enlightening, but did not offer any real alternatives at a comparable price.

I am not the early adopter type, and once again this exercise is confirming it. I will wait until the gadgets for the mac are available and the whole a bit more affordable.