Chasing A Light

Post Syndicated from Lennart Poettering original http://0pointer.net/blog/chasing-light.html

Last friday I posted a little Lazyweb experiment,
a hunt for information about a certain kind of lamp sold by a street dealer in
Mexico City. A quick followup on the results:

Surprinsingly many people responded, mostly by email, and partly by blog comment.
As it appears I am not the only one who’s looking for this specific type of
lamp. Furthermore, a non-trivial set of Planet Gnome readers actually already
owns one of these devices. Apparently counterfeit versions of this lamp are
sold all around the world by street dealers and on markets.

The lamp seems to be a modified version of the “IQ Light”, a self
assembly lighting system made up of interlocking quadrilaterals
. It is
a scandinavian design, by Holger Strøm, 1973. It is nowadays
exclusively distributed by Bald & Bang,
Denmark. The lighting system has a very interesting web site of its own, which even includes an
HOWTO for
assembling these lamps. The Bald & Bang web site has a
very stylish video which also shows how to assemble an IQ lamp.

Fake IQ Light from Mexico

While my mexican specimen and the official design are very similar, they
differ: the mexican design looks – in a way – “tighter” and … better (at
least in my humble opinion). For comparison, please have a look on the photo I took from the mexican version which is shown
above, and on the many photos returned by Google
Images
, or the one from the IQ Light homepage. It
appears as if the basic geometrical form used by the mexican design is somehow
more narrow than the official danish one.

So, where can one buy one of those lamps? Fake and real ones are sold on
eBay
, every
now an then
. The Museum
Store of the New York MoMA
sells the original version for super-cheap $160.
If you search with Google you’ll find many more offers like this one, but all
of them are not exactly cheap – for a bunch of thin plastic sheets. All these
shops sell the danish version of the design, noone was able to point me to a shop
where the modified, “mexican” version is sold.

Given the hefty price tag and the fact that the fake, mexican version looks
better then the original one, I will now build my own lamps, based on the
mexican design. For that I will disassamble my specimen (at least partially)
and create a paper stencil of the basic plastic pattern. I hope to put this up
for download as a .ps file some time next week, since many people
asked for instructions for building these lamps. Presumably the original
design is protected by copyright, hence I will not publish a step-by-step guide
how to build your own fake version. But thankfully this is not even necessary, since the vendor already published a HOWTO and a video for this, online.

Thank you very much for your numerous responses!

Chasing A Light

Post Syndicated from Lennart Poettering original http://0pointer.net/blog/chasing-light.html

Last friday I posted a little Lazyweb experiment,
a hunt for information about a certain kind of lamp sold by a street dealer in
Mexico City. A quick followup on the results:

Surprinsingly many people responded, mostly by email, and partly by blog comment.
As it appears I am not the only one who’s looking for this specific type of
lamp. Furthermore, a non-trivial set of Planet Gnome readers actually already
owns one of these devices. Apparently counterfeit versions of this lamp are
sold all around the world by street dealers and on markets.

The lamp seems to be a modified version of the “IQ Light”, a self
assembly lighting system made up of interlocking quadrilaterals
. It is
a scandinavian design, by Holger Strøm, 1973. It is nowadays
exclusively distributed by Bald & Bang,
Denmark. The lighting system has a very interesting web site of its own, which even includes an
HOWTO for
assembling these lamps. The Bald & Bang web site has a
very stylish video which also shows how to assemble an IQ lamp.

Fake IQ Light from Mexico

While my mexican specimen and the official design are very similar, they
differ: the mexican design looks – in a way – “tighter” and … better (at
least in my humble opinion). For comparison, please have a look on the photo I took from the mexican version which is shown
above, and on the many photos returned by Google
Images
, or the one from the IQ Light homepage. It
appears as if the basic geometrical form used by the mexican design is somehow
more narrow than the official danish one.

So, where can one buy one of those lamps? Fake and real ones are sold on
eBay
, every
now an then
. The Museum
Store of the New York MoMA
sells the original version for super-cheap $160.
If you search with Google you’ll find many more offers like this one, but all
of them are not exactly cheap – for a bunch of thin plastic sheets. All these
shops sell the danish version of the design, noone was able to point me to a shop
where the modified, “mexican” version is sold.

Given the hefty price tag and the fact that the fake, mexican version looks
better then the original one, I will now build my own lamps, based on the
mexican design. For that I will disassamble my specimen (at least partially)
and create a paper stencil of the basic plastic pattern. I hope to put this up
for download as a .ps file some time next week, since many people
asked for instructions for building these lamps. Presumably the original
design is protected by copyright, hence I will not publish a step-by-step guide
how to build your own fake version. But thankfully this is not even necessary, since the vendor already published a HOWTO and a video for this, online.

Thank you very much for your numerous responses!

Ubuntu vs. Free Software

Post Syndicated from Lennart Poettering original http://0pointer.net/blog/projects/ubuntu-vs-free-software.html

Everybody should read Roman Kennke’s
take on Mark Shuttleworth’s OpenSUSE spam mail
. It’s constructive and sensible.

I hope the Ubuntu people find the strength to resist the short-term bliss of
desktop bling for long-term software freedom!

Please learn the lession Java teaches us: resist the temptation of
closed source software and develop alternatives as free software!

Ubuntu vs. Free Software

Post Syndicated from Lennart Poettering original http://0pointer.net/blog/projects/ubuntu-vs-free-software.html

Everybody should read Roman Kennke’s
take on Mark Shuttleworth’s OpenSUSE spam mail
. It’s constructive and sensible.

I hope the Ubuntu people find the strength to resist the short-term bliss of
desktop bling for long-term software freedom!

Please learn the lession Java teaches us: resist the temptation of
closed source software and develop alternatives as free software!

Ubuntu vs. Free Software

Post Syndicated from Lennart Poettering original http://0pointer.net/blog/projects/ubuntu-vs-free-software.html

Everybody should read Roman Kennke’s
take on Mark Shuttleworth’s OpenSUSE spam mail
. It’s constructive and sensible.

I hope the Ubuntu people find the strength to resist the short-term bliss of
desktop bling for long-term software freedom!

Please learn the lession Java teaches us: resist the temptation of
closed source software and develop alternatives as free software!

Dear Lazyweb!

Post Syndicated from Lennart Poettering original http://0pointer.net/blog/mexico-lamp.html

Let’s see how well Lazyweb works for me!

One of the nicest types of lamps I know is depicted on this photo:

mexico lamp

This lamp is built from a number (16 or so, it’s so difficult to count) of
identical shapes which are put together (a mano) in a very simple, mathematical
fashion. No glue or anything else is need to make it a very robust object. The
lamp looks a little bit like certain Julia fractals, its geometrical structure
is just beautiful. Every mathematical mind will enjoy it.

This particular specimen has been bought from a street dealer in Mexico
City, and has been made of thin plastic sheets. I saw the same model made from
paper on a market near Barcelona this summer (during GUADEC). Unfortunately I
didn’t seize the chance to buy any back then, and now I am regretting it!

I’ve been trying to find this model in German and US shops for the last
months (Christmas is approaching fast!) but couldn’t find a single specimen. I
wonder who designed this ingenious lamp and who produces it. It looks like a
scandinavian design to me, but that’s just an uneducated guess.

If you have any information about this specific lamp model, or could even
provide me with a pointer where to buy or how to order these lamps in/from
Germany, please leave a comment to this blog story, or write me an email to
mzynzcr (at) 0pointer (dot) de! Thank you very much!

Dear Lazyweb!

Post Syndicated from Lennart Poettering original http://0pointer.net/blog/mexico-lamp.html

Let’s see how well Lazyweb works for me!

One of the nicest types of lamps I know is depicted on this photo:

mexico lamp

This lamp is built from a number (16 or so, it’s so difficult to count) of
identical shapes which are put together (a mano) in a very simple, mathematical
fashion. No glue or anything else is need to make it a very robust object. The
lamp looks a little bit like certain Julia fractals, its geometrical structure
is just beautiful. Every mathematical mind will enjoy it.

This particular specimen has been bought from a street dealer in Mexico
City, and has been made of thin plastic sheets. I saw the same model made from
paper on a market near Barcelona this summer (during GUADEC). Unfortunately I
didn’t seize the chance to buy any back then, and now I am regretting it!

I’ve been trying to find this model in German and US shops for the last
months (Christmas is approaching fast!) but couldn’t find a single specimen. I
wonder who designed this ingenious lamp and who produces it. It looks like a
scandinavian design to me, but that’s just an uneducated guess.

If you have any information about this specific lamp model, or could even
provide me with a pointer where to buy or how to order these lamps in/from
Germany, please leave a comment to this blog story, or write me an email to
mzynzcr (at) 0pointer (dot) de! Thank you very much!

Dear Lazyweb!

Post Syndicated from Lennart Poettering original http://0pointer.net/blog/mexico-lamp.html

Let’s see how well Lazyweb works for me!

One of the nicest types of lamps I know is depicted on this photo:

mexico lamp

This lamp is built from a number (16 or so, it’s so difficult to count) of
identical shapes which are put together (a mano) in a very simple, mathematical
fashion. No glue or anything else is need to make it a very robust object. The
lamp looks a little bit like certain Julia fractals, its geometrical structure
is just beautiful. Every mathematical mind will enjoy it.

This particular specimen has been bought from a street dealer in Mexico
City, and has been made of thin plastic sheets. I saw the same model made from
paper on a market near Barcelona this summer (during GUADEC). Unfortunately I
didn’t seize the chance to buy any back then, and now I am regretting it!

I’ve been trying to find this model in German and US shops for the last
months (Christmas is approaching fast!) but couldn’t find a single specimen. I
wonder who designed this ingenious lamp and who produces it. It looks like a
scandinavian design to me, but that’s just an uneducated guess.

If you have any information about this specific lamp model, or could even
provide me with a pointer where to buy or how to order these lamps in/from
Germany, please leave a comment to this blog story, or write me an email to
mzynzcr (at) 0pointer (dot) de! Thank you very much!

uds-mtv -> San Francisco

Post Syndicated from Lennart Poettering original http://0pointer.net/blog/projects/uds-mtv.html

Is anyone who’s attending the Ubuntu Developers Summit in Mountain View right now heading for San Francisco tomorrow? I plan to stay a few days in the city to do sight seeing and stuff. Please catch me at the conference today if you are interested to join me visiting San Francisco!

Cui Bono?

Post Syndicated from Lennart Poettering original http://0pointer.net/blog/projects/cui-bono.html

So, you thought that only Linux users (and other alternative OS zealots)
would benefit from reverse
engineered Windows drivers
? Ha! Far from the truth, it’s the Windows
users themselves
who are benefitting. (Sorry, that link is in German)

Too bad that this specific Windows port actually infringes my copyrights
since it links my GPL’ed code against the non-free inpout32.dll. And the guy who did
that port doesn’t even think it’s necessary to put his email address anywhere.

Cui Bono?

Post Syndicated from Lennart Poettering original http://0pointer.net/blog/projects/cui-bono.html

So, you thought that only Linux users (and other alternative OS zealots)
would benefit from reverse
engineered Windows drivers
? Ha! Far from the truth, it’s the Windows
users themselves
who are benefitting. (Sorry, that link is in German)

Too bad that this specific Windows port actually infringes my copyrights
since it links my GPL’ed code against the non-free inpout32.dll. And the guy who did
that port doesn’t even think it’s necessary to put his email address anywhere.

Cui Bono?

Post Syndicated from Lennart Poettering original http://0pointer.net/blog/projects/cui-bono.html

So, you thought that only Linux users (and other alternative OS zealots)
would benefit from reverse
engineered Windows drivers
? Ha! Far from the truth, it’s the Windows
users themselves
who are benefitting. (Sorry, that link is in German)

Too bad that this specific Windows port actually infringes my copyrights
since it links my GPL’ed code against the non-free inpout32.dll. And the guy who did
that port doesn’t even think it’s necessary to put his email address anywhere.

MSI Laptop Owners!

Post Syndicated from Lennart Poettering original http://0pointer.net/blog/projects/megawiki.html

MSI Laptop Owners! Join us and extend the MegaWiki, the new Wiki for all kinds of information on Linux on MSI MegaBooks! (and all MSI built laptops sold under other brands)

The MegaWiki is still rather empty but we hope that it will soon grow as
large as our inspiration, the ThinkWiki
which collects information about IBM ThinkPads. For that we need your help!

This site will be the new home of the MSI laptop drivers (backlight control,
rfkill) and provide modified ACPI DSDTs to fix a few BIOS errors. And more!

MSI Laptop Owners!

Post Syndicated from Lennart Poettering original http://0pointer.net/blog/projects/megawiki.html

MSI Laptop Owners! Join us and extend the MegaWiki, the new Wiki for all kinds of information on Linux on MSI MegaBooks! (and all MSI built laptops sold under other brands)

The MegaWiki is still rather empty but we hope that it will soon grow as
large as our inspiration, the ThinkWiki
which collects information about IBM ThinkPads. For that we need your help!

This site will be the new home of the MSI laptop drivers (backlight control,
rfkill) and provide modified ACPI DSDTs to fix a few BIOS errors. And more!

MSI Laptop Owners!

Post Syndicated from Lennart Poettering original http://0pointer.net/blog/projects/megawiki.html

MSI Laptop Owners! Join us and extend the MegaWiki, the new Wiki for all kinds of information on Linux on MSI MegaBooks! (and all MSI built laptops sold under other brands)

The MegaWiki is still rather empty but we hope that it will soon grow as
large as our inspiration, the ThinkWiki
which collects information about IBM ThinkPads. For that we need your help!

This site will be the new home of the MSI laptop drivers (backlight control,
rfkill) and provide modified ACPI DSDTs to fix a few BIOS errors. And more!

Conferences: UDS, FOMS and LCA

Post Syndicated from Lennart Poettering original http://0pointer.net/blog/projects/conferences.html

To my surprise I have been invited to the Ubuntu Developers Summit in
Mountain View early next month (as a “ROCKSTAR”, to quote Mark), to promote PulseAudio. And that although I am not an
Ubuntu developer, nor even much of an Ubuntu user. I’ll be available for
discussing everything Multimedia/PulseAudio related. While I’ve not been
invited because of my involvement in Avahi/Zeroconf I will, of course, also be
available for discussion of these topics. As it appears, Canonical is not
resentful
, or maybe it’s just their way to bribe me into registering with
Launchpad? 😉

After UDS I plan to stay a few more days in San Francisco to visit the city.
Can anyone point me to cheap accomodation in SF, or perhaps even lives in SF and
has room where I could sleep?

In addition my PulseAudio presentation has been accepted at linux.conf.au 2007. At GNOME.conf.au I hope to give
another presentation, together with Trent Lloyd about Avahi, everyone’s favourite Zeroconf
implementation. And finally I plan to give yet another presentation, again about
PulseAudio, at FOMS 2007, the Foundations of Open Media Software
conference, which happens shortly before linux.conf.au, also in Sydney. FOMS
is still looking for more people to speak at the conference, so, please go to
their CFP page
and send in your proposal if you have something to talk about!

Conferences: UDS, FOMS and LCA

Post Syndicated from Lennart Poettering original http://0pointer.net/blog/projects/conferences.html

To my surprise I have been invited to the Ubuntu Developers Summit in
Mountain View early next month (as a “ROCKSTAR”, to quote Mark), to promote PulseAudio. And that although I am not an
Ubuntu developer, nor even much of an Ubuntu user. I’ll be available for
discussing everything Multimedia/PulseAudio related. While I’ve not been
invited because of my involvement in Avahi/Zeroconf I will, of course, also be
available for discussion of these topics. As it appears, Canonical is not
resentful
, or maybe it’s just their way to bribe me into registering with
Launchpad? 😉

After UDS I plan to stay a few more days in San Francisco to visit the city.
Can anyone point me to cheap accomodation in SF, or perhaps even lives in SF and
has room where I could sleep?

In addition my PulseAudio presentation has been accepted at linux.conf.au 2007. At GNOME.conf.au I hope to give
another presentation, together with Trent Lloyd about Avahi, everyone’s favourite Zeroconf
implementation. And finally I plan to give yet another presentation, again about
PulseAudio, at FOMS 2007, the Foundations of Open Media Software
conference, which happens shortly before linux.conf.au, also in Sydney. FOMS
is still looking for more people to speak at the conference, so, please go to
their CFP page
and send in your proposal if you have something to talk about!

Conferences: UDS, FOMS and LCA

Post Syndicated from Lennart Poettering original http://0pointer.net/blog/projects/conferences.html

To my surprise I have been invited to the Ubuntu Developers Summit in
Mountain View early next month (as a “ROCKSTAR”, to quote Mark), to promote PulseAudio. And that although I am not an
Ubuntu developer, nor even much of an Ubuntu user. I’ll be available for
discussing everything Multimedia/PulseAudio related. While I’ve not been
invited because of my involvement in Avahi/Zeroconf I will, of course, also be
available for discussion of these topics. As it appears, Canonical is not
resentful
, or maybe it’s just their way to bribe me into registering with
Launchpad? 😉

After UDS I plan to stay a few more days in San Francisco to visit the city.
Can anyone point me to cheap accomodation in SF, or perhaps even lives in SF and
has room where I could sleep?

In addition my PulseAudio presentation has been accepted at linux.conf.au 2007. At GNOME.conf.au I hope to give
another presentation, together with Trent Lloyd about Avahi, everyone’s favourite Zeroconf
implementation. And finally I plan to give yet another presentation, again about
PulseAudio, at FOMS 2007, the Foundations of Open Media Software
conference, which happens shortly before linux.conf.au, also in Sydney. FOMS
is still looking for more people to speak at the conference, so, please go to
their CFP page
and send in your proposal if you have something to talk about!

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