• an Internet of Things that we definitely don’t need there is a project, over at Seeed, that is a good example of a really (too) large category of projects that I really do not get. At least, I don’t get why they should have anything like “smart” or “smarter” in their name. I’m talking of “Gmail Buddy - Smarter Email Notifications”:”Gmail Buddy is companion device which checks your Gmail inbox every 15 secs and notify you using sweet elegant light [and] can also be used as a sweet night light!
  • (this is my own synthesis of an article published on Feb 5th, 2012 by Italian Newspaper “Il Fatto Quotidiano”, just so you know this story even if you don’t read Italian) The Sistri waste tracking system, designed by Selex Se.ma, a Finmeccanica company, just won the Cisco Innovation Award as ‘Most society impacting network of 2012’. This is something of which Italy should be proud of… if it weren’t for the fact that Sistri:
  • The week from Nov. 22 to Nov. 29 is the European Waste Reduction Week. The reason for such an initiative is obvious from the 2008 images from Naples: many other cities worldwide risk similar crisis and it’s pointless to discuss whether one should recycle or burn waste if you don’t minimize the amount of waste in the first place.Today, instead, every individual in industrialized countries produces some hundred kilograms of waste every years (imagine a phone booth per person, full of garbage!
  • If you are one of the several billions people around the world who want or must use a cell phone, here are some good news: last week, instead of inventing yet another model of cell phone, industry representatives agreed to on something that will both reduce pollution and save you money!
  • (this page is part of the Family Guide to Digital Freedom, 2007 edition. Please do read that introduction to know more about the Guide, especially if you mean to comment this page. Thanks) (continues from here) Do teachers force students to think and look for substance even when using a computer? Children who are told to use a computer for study “just because”, often only learn how to waste time and be superficial.