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Hello world!

Here is an update on what you can expect on this homepage, Youtube, Twitter and Facebook in the future and what I’m working on at the moment.

Since I’m often very busy irl and during periods don’t post so much info here, I’m looking into how I can post short news from the world of archaeology and technology to release new content on a regular basis. When I have more time I will as usual post my own thoughts and ideas with the news as well.

I’m currently working on a Youtube video review of the König tripod, there is still some work to be done but it will launch this weekend! I’ll also try to get some other reviews done with some tech equipment.

I’m also working on doing a storyboard for the real trailer for Archaeology and Tech Network. I have quite some big plans for that trailer so it will take quite a lot of time to get it done probably several months as it seems like now.

In my idea of combining archaeology and technology I have started looking into archaeological software on the Internet to start with. There is quite a lot of dead links and old out-dated programs but there is also some really really good ones but that can be very hard to find. So I’ll have posts and videos about good and bad archaeological software as well.

I’m also still looking for Co.partnes so if you have a blog about archaeology, technology or both or related subjects maybe a company related to the subjects, leave a comment below so we can get in touch and maybe exchange information as well as have co-operation in different ways!

If you have any suggestions on what you would like to see here leave a comment with your feedback!

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Are you intersted in participating in any form or are you in a company, institution, university, have done projects with archaeology and/or technology. Or are you a programmer, computer scientist, developer for Apple apps or other things that could be relevant or interesting and would like to contribute or develop the network as well as the relationship between archaeology and technology leave me a comment with your info and I’ll get back to you!

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Hello!

Just wanted to let you know that I will be posting some updates to this blog tomorrow. I’ve been a lot more busy than I expected and got one busy week coming more but I really need to get my blog going.

I’m also working on some more stuff a bit related to a blog as well as other sites but I’ll post about it when it’s ready. Until tomorrow take care and cya soon!

Posted: January 27, 2010 in General, Tech, Updates
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Here are some specs for the new ipad! It was announced by Apples Steve Jobs tonight (Swedish time) and the hype has been quite large.

Height:
9.56 inches (242.8 mm)
Width:
7.47 inches (189.7 mm)
Depth:
0.5 inch (13.4 mm)
Weight:
1.5 pounds (.68 kg) Wi-Fi model;
1.6 pounds (.73 kg) Wi-Fi + 3G model
The display specs are
9.7-inch (diagonal) LED-backlit glossy widescreen Multi-Touch display with IPS technology
1024-by-768-pixel resolution at 132 pixels per inch (ppi)
Fingerprint-resistant oleophobic coating
Support for display of multiple languages and characters simultaneously
The hard drive will be in 16GB, 32GB, or 64GB flash drives.
The processor will be a 1GHz Apple A4 custom-designed, high-performance, low-power system-on-a-chip. This really doesn’t say much. 1 ghzisn’t much but will hopefully work quite well with the apps and games that are coming and I wouldn’t be surprised if Apple later on releases better models as they have done with the iPhone.
The battery life is quite good up to 10 hours being on the web with Wi-Fi, watching video or listening to music. You can charge it via a power adapter or with USB to computer system. The standby time is estimated to a month!
It also got a couple of sensors:
Accelerometer
Ambient light sensor
The input and outputs are
Dock connector
3.5-mm stereo headphone jack
Built-in speakers
Microphone
SIM card tray (which only the Wi-Fi + 3G model has)

The audio it handles is
Frequency response: 20Hz to 20,000Hz
Audio formats supported: AAC (16 to 320 Kbps), Protected AAC (from iTunes Store), MP3 (16 to 320 Kbps), MP3 VBR, Audible (formats 2, 3, and 4), Apple Lossless, AIFF, and WAV
User-configurable maximum volume limit
The TV and Video connectivity is
Supporting 1024 x 768 with Dock Connector to VGA adapter; 576p and 480pwith Apple Composite A/V Cable, 576i and 480i with Apple Composite A/V Cable
H.264 video up to 720p, 30 frames per second, Main Profile level 3.1 with AAC-LC audio up to 160 Kbps, 48kHz, stereo audio in .m4v, .mp4, and .mov file formats; MPEG-4 video, up to 2.5 Mbps, 640 by 480 pixels, 30 frames per second, Simple Profile with AAC-LC audio up to 160 Kbps, 48kHz, stereo audio in .m4v, .mp4, and .mov file formats

E-mail attachments the iPad will support is

Viewable document types: .jpg, .tiff, .gif (images); .doc and .docx (Microsoft Word); .htm and .html (web pages); .key (Keynote); .numbers (Numbers); .pages (Pages); .pdf (Preview and Adobe Acrobat); .ppt and .pptx (Microsoft PowerPoint); .txt (text); .rtf (rich text format); .vcf (contact information); .xls and .xlsx (Microsoft Excel)

Languages it will support in different ways:

Language support for English, French, German, Japanese, Dutch, Italian, Spanish, Simplified Chinese, Russian
Keyboard support for English (US) English (UK), French (France, Canada), German, Japanese (QWERTY), Dutch, Flemish, Spanish, Italian, Simplified Chinese (Handwriting and Pinyin), Russian
Dictionary support for English (US), English (UK), French, French (Canadian), French (Swiss), German, Japanese, Dutch, Flemish, Spanish, Italian, Simplified Chinese (Handwriting, Pinyin), Russian

So alot of countries languages are missing but I wouldn’t be surprised if they at least on App Store release language packs or include more languages in future updates.

If you want the iPad to work with your Mac you need

  • ac computer with USB 2.0 port
  • Mac OS X v10.5.8 or later
  • iTunes 9.0 or later
  • iTunes Store account
  • Internet access

and if you have a PC you need:

Windows system requirements

  • PC with USB 2.0 port
  • Windows 7, Windows Vista; Windows XP Home or Professional with Service Pack 3 or later
  • iTunes 9.0 or later
  • iTunes Store account
  • Internet access

As an archaeologist it is quite good to know which temperatures and conditions it can handle. But probably won’t be good having it in your pocket maybe if you got a headquarter in the field there might be some use for it…

Environmental requirements

  • Operating temperature: 32° to 95° F (0° to 35° C)
  • Nonoperating temperature: -4° to 113° F (-20° to 45° C)
  • Relative humidity: 5% to 95% noncondensing
  • Maximum operating altitude: 10,000 feet (3000 m)

And according to Apples hard work doing it friendly to the environment it has these features

Arsenic-free display glass
BFR-free
Mercury-free LCD display
PVC-free
Recyclable aluminum and glass enclosure

which is good in my opinion. Greenpeace has also given Apple latest hardware good grades in their tests.

Here some stats about the wifi connections:

Wireless and Cellular

Wi-Fi model
  • Wi-Fi (802.11 a/b/g/n)
  • Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR technology
Wi-Fi + 3G model
  • UMTS/HSDPA (850, 1900, 2100 MHz)
  • GSM/EDGE (850, 900,1800, 1900 MHz)
  • Data only2
  • Wi-Fi (802.11 a/b/g/n)
  • Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR technology

Location

  • Wi-Fi
  • Digital compass
  • Assisted GPS (Wi-Fi + 3G model)
  • Cellular (Wi-Fi + 3G model)

Quite nice with a compass and GPS might come useful for some people.

And if you decide to buy a iPad in the box you get:

iPad
Dock connector to USB cable
10W Power Adapter
Documentation

The OS (operating system) is very similar to the iPhone and iPod touch and seems to work very well and the iPad screen also have recieved good reviews.

The iPad is lacking a camera but I’ll think Apple will implement one in later versions.

There is also some accessories coming as for example the iPad keyboard dock which is a charging device as well as a keyboard for your iPadwhich will I think alot of people will get since always writing on a software keyboard takes some time probably.

There is also a case to store it in, Ipad camera connection camera to let you connect your camera directly to the iPad.

And now to the price

First the Wi-Fi only models: 16 gb for $499, 32gb $599 and the 64 gb for $699.

The models with both Wi-Fi and 3G:

16 gb is $629 32 gb $ and finally the 64 gb model for $ 829.

The Wi-Fi only models will be released in 60 days and the Wi-Fi + 3G in 90 days. I guess that means the USA and maybe Europe as well but I think info will come about when we get closer to the release date.

So what do you think is the iPad for you? Will you got one or not?

Picture and info from http://www.apple.com

Apple have tonight announced the new iPad!

Some features from Apple regarding the new iPad is that you can surf the Internet and watch each homepage on the screen, and you use your finger to navigate. Surfing the web will be more like reading a book than looking at a computer screen.

You can also check your e-mail and have split screen view showing both your open e-mail and the messages you got in the inbox. As with the iPhone you can turn the iPad and the page adapts and fills the screen. Photos show up directly in the mail and you could save it right away.

iPad will work with e-mail providers as AOL, Yahoo! mail, Gmail, Hotmail and MobileMe.

iPad can handle your photos quite nicely watch slide show, zoom in and out and similar stuff like that, doesn’t really seem to be out of the ordinary really wih that feature.

You can also watch movies with the iPad both HD, TV shows, music videos and podcasts. Since the buttons are built on the screen the movie completly fills the screen.

Talking about movies iPad also supports YouTube and seem to get a quite nice feature to shift through the movies. And of course it supports YouTube HD movies.

With the iPad there comes an iPod app so you can listen to your music and browse by albums, song, artist and just use your finger and flick through the different music. When you play a song the album art show up in full-screen and you can listen to your music through the built-in speakers or with wired or Bluetooth wireless headphones.

You can also go to iTunes Store and browse and buy music, podcasts, rent movies and alot more and you can also sync the iPad with your Mac or PC.

And talking about apps and Stores the iPad will run about 140 000 apps from the App store and there is also new apps already and more on the way that is designed for the iPad.

There is also the iBooks app where you can read and buy books. There will be books from more or less all genres and when you buy a book it will show on your bookshelf. The high-resolution and LED-backlit screen makes it easy to read even in low light.

There is also more features as a calendar, you will be able to look at maps satellite as well as in street view seems a bit like google maps, you can write notes and of course search for apps and files on your iPad.

This was some info and I’ll post more when I find more interesting and cool stuff!

Picture from Apple.com/ipad/features

16 gb version is $499

32 gb version is $599

Apple announces iPad a new kind of mix between an iPhone and a Mac laptop.

Reactions from the people watching on the Internet seems to be quite chilly and no official price is announced.

Watch more about it at Engadget here

and

discussions and some livestreaming at Soldiers Knows best here

A unique “Virtual Museum of the European Roots” have been launched at an international conference in Rome.

Accessible through their web site  here , the virtual museum allows visitors to see prehistoric art in full 3D.

Visitors can rotate, scale and move images of the ancient artifacts. They can also take up to 16 thematic routes to explore some key aspects of prehistoric cultures, such as the invention of wine and the first writing systems.

Five tourist cultural itineraries are also online. Extending from Bulgaria to Italy and Romania, they follow fascinating paths filled with art, archaeology and nature.

“The museum provides the possibility to explore in a digital environment the common ancient matrix on which Europe is founded since prehistoric times for the discovery of our shared European cultural heritage,” project coordinator Marco Merlini said.

Read more at Discovery news and see an example of the 3d objects here

This blog is alive! I have been super busy with things irl but I’m working on a schedule and there will be time for the blog. Maybe not every single day but at least a few times a week. I’m really sorry for the long time not updating but at least now I’m back and the blog will get attention it deserves. And I would like to say a big thank you to all of you who have continued to visit the blog . But now over to something different.

Is the end of the World coming 2012?

The short answer is NO! By now some of you might have seen the movie 2012. The Maya calendar is said to show that the World/Earth would be destroyed in either 21 or 23 of December 2012. Is this true?

No it isn’t. As an archaeologist and scientist I want to see real information and facts from people who have researched the subject. And no, I don’t look at some superstitious peoples research, it should be made in a scientific way. So let’s look at it from a scientific point of view. First let us look at the dates. Both the 21st and 23d of December is occurring. Ok, but if the Maya indians would have predicted the end of the world shouldn’t they have come up with only one date not two? If they would have said two dates how sure could they really be that it will happen in the first place?

So let us look at the Maya calendar itself. I will skip all the technical and mathematic stuff of which consists of to make it readable today. You can check my links to read more.

To my help I look at research from the FAMSI which is Foundation for the advancement of Mesoamerican studies. It shows there is nothing in Maya, Aztec or in any Mesoamerican ancient prophecy that talk about the world coming to an end in 2012. The notion of a “Great Cycle” which some people refer to today is a completely modern invention.

The only thing that will happen in 2012 is that the known Maya calendar stops, it ends nothing more. Just for a calendar ends the world doesn’t end. I mean most of you probably have a calendar. Think if it would be mass hysteria every year just because your calendar stops and you have to get a new one, quite ridiculous  They didn’t think the world will end in any way. The Maya actually takes about our distant FUTURE instead. In the famous town Palenque there are inscriptions that say in 4772 AD people will be celebrating the coronation of the great king Pakal!

Of course the Earth will end sometime when the Sun will grow to a red giant and then collapse and burn out but that won’t happen for several billion years. But what would happen if we found some Maya inscription that would say that the world would end in 2012 would it happen.

Would it happen then? No not likely. Humans have during all time periods predicted the end of the world. Closest example for us was the year 2000 AD. A new millienium, people thought Jesus would come back, the was the end of the world, all the computers would crash and the internet would go down.

But not much happened and the world went on. It would be the same even if we would find an inscription.

Ok so the Maya calendar doesn’t say the end will world. What about things from outer space, meteorites and other things that could destroy the world.

For an answer I took some help from NASA. People often talk about a planet named Nibiru which would collide with the earth or that a solar flare will toast the planet and other things some seen in 2012. But it won’t happen, there are no planets or anything on collision course with the Earth that could destroy it in 2012.

“I don’t have anything against the movie. It’s the way it’s been marketed and the way it exploits people’s fears,” NASA scientist David Morrison at the Ames Research Center in Moffett Field, Calif., told Discovery News.Scientific misinformation about 2012 has been ramping up for a few years, with more than 200 books and 1,000 Web sites purporting to explain various doomsday scenarios. Sony Pictures is behind a particularly viral campaign to build publicity for its apocalyptic movie “2012,” The company has set up an interlinked family of Web sites and Facebook pages to infuse a sense of reality to its fictional work. The lead character in the film, played by actor John Cusack, for example, is the faux author of a faux book about a murder, conspiracy and disaster aboard the space shuttle Atlantis, which, coincidentally, is poised for launch on a space station construction mission the weekend the movie debuted. The fictional fiction, named “Farewell, Atlantis,” has a Web site, a Facebook page to follow “author appearances,” fans and friends, a faux publisher with a faux Web site, a faux press release and endorsements from the very real son of the late Carl Sagan. There’s also a fake institute that presumably dispenses “real” science supporting the movie’s claims, as well as a fake news website that distributes fake press releases about a fake aerospace company winning government contracts.

 

Warren Betts, owner of a California-based publicity firm that peddles real science stories tied to movies, says the type of marketing campaign Sony is executing for “2012” is nothing new.

“It’s been done before,” said Betts, citing the 1999 horror movie “The Blair Witch Project,” a story about a group of amateur documentary film-makers who have a really bad couple of days in the woods.

“Some people went to that movie and they thought it was reality, that it was an actual documentary,” Betts said.

Morrison says Sony has crossed a line with promoting “2012.”

“I think people are really, really worried about the world coming to an end Kids are contemplating suicide. Adults tell me they can’t sleep and can’t stop crying. There are people who are really, really scared,” he said.

“People are very gullible,” he added. “It a sad testimonial that you need NASA to tell you the world’s not going to end.”

So to summarise, no the world will not end in 2012 because of a Maya calendar says so (which it doesn’t) or anything of significant size form space would hit the earth which it won’t according to NASA.

Have you seen the movie 2012 if so what did you think? Did you belivie that a Maya calender was dooming the earth or did you know the real information behind it? Let me know, post in the comments section :D.

To read more look here about the Maya Calender and here for what NASA says.

 

On Monday it will be more updates on the blog and some news!

It all took place in South Africa where a pigeon was sent out with 4 gb of data as the same time as it was sent via the Internet. It was a South African call center that tried to send the information in different ways to their office 50 miles away. For the pigeon it took about 3 hours to do the flight. And in the same time the really slow Internet have sent around 100 mb. According to ABC News most of the Internet connections in Africa is via satellite.

You could read the full article here

Satellites are good for those hard to reach places but I really hope they get better connections. Internet is growing larger and larger by each second, the amount of data is now so enormous it is starting to get really abstract even if you are working within the business. At the same time as people get access to Internet the more computer power is required as well as the new technology is pressing the requirements for hardware up and up.

But I wouldn’t be surprised if bigger companies will establish in Africa and starting building a better infrastructure for broadband and Internet communication since the countries in Africa is a growing market.

Internet is really good but obviously cause problems and today when almost everyone is so stressed no one have the patience to sit and wait for the connection. A world without Internet would seem strange to many but would work as we hadn’t Internet before, I hope. The Internet is changing because the user you and I are having more and more power about the content. The media of today need to be available on the Internet and need to listen more to the public than ever before. Because if the media give a false picture of what happened there is often someone with a cellphone and digital cameras writing and posting on the Internet what really happened. So it has become a lot more power to the people but also to the largest companies that at least try to control the Internet and development in computer technology.