Tuesday, January 18, 2011

How to archive & preserve your digital assets?

In the last decade number of digital materials in our daily life turned from snowball to avalanche. Physical archive items such as photographs, films and songs became digital files, which need systematic arrangement. Day by day our digital assets grow and most of us do nothing to arrange them, until the day comes to find an important document, which could not be easily found.

I saw this guide on U.S. Library of Congress' Digital Preservation web site and I thought it might be helpful to you too. U.S. Library of Congress holds the world’s largest and most comprehensive collection of films, television programs, radio broadcasts and sound recordings in their digital vaults. So they know their business.

Digital Preservation web site provides tips to help you archive your digital materials effectively. By digital materials I don't mean only photos, music and videos, but your e-mails, personal information and favourite web sites as well. Site gives detailed information on every subject and you can download a PDF of tips too.

Their tips already proved useful for me thus far. Even if you think you are a good archiver you might as well check out what they say.

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

The future of commuting promise auto-driving, self-parking cars

By 2030, urban areas will be home to more than 60 percent of the world’s 8 billion people. There will be more than 1.2 billion cars on the earth in 30 years.

While I was browsing through endless threads of Consumer Electronics Show 2011 reports, I stumbled across this rickshaw-like futuristic car. The report said; General Motors demonstrated EN-V (Electric Networked Vehicle), using a driving course set up outside of the Las Vegas Convention Center. 

Two wheeled, two passenger EN-V's first unveiled & showcased in World Expo 2010 Shanghai. Concept's most impressive feature is its autonomous driving capability. Either it can drive on a set route on its own, or navigate via GPS. Moreover, an EN-V can follow another autonomously, avoiding hitting the other, thanks to a sensing technology. With its advanced sensors EN-V can detect obstacles in its path, including pedestrians or other vehicles, and automatically come to a stop. 

GM's concept car includes an astonishing feature, that many Istanbulite drivers crave; EN-V can park itself and automatically return to the user when summoned from a smartphone application. Six EN-V's can fit into a standard American parking space. 

With its top speed of 40 km/h (25 mph) and a range of 40 km (25 miles), General Motors’ EN-V concept may be a hip way of commuting in the future. 

Image credit: General Motors


Tuesday, January 11, 2011

I think this is the beginning of a beautiful friendship

That's what Humphrey Bogart said at the end of the Casablanca, one of the most memorable exit lines in the movie history. However I used it as an entry line here...

Because, as of today (11/1/11) I started to write for, a world culture oriented web site. I will write as a regional contributor, that means my posts will be mostly on Turkey & Turkish culture. This is a new experience  for me, who normally wrote for technology publications, except this blog, Sinan says... I'm sure I'll find out more than I know about my culture that way.

My first post was a review about a blog on Turkey, called Turkey's For Life, published on the Blogs of The World section of My next post will be about ..... (surprise!), which will be published on the Topics of The World section later this month. Don't worry! I'll carry on blogging here as well...

This is how PocketCultures team is seen from the International Space Station.

I'm very happy and proud to be a part of the PocketCultures team. They are lovely people, who already made me feel at home with their warm greetings.

Be sure to check out and don't forget to join us on Facebook & Twitter. And you might even consider to join us as a regional contributor! Why not!

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