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May 5, 2003 / 4 Replies The past years have seen a lot of change in computer case design. As with any mass market items, people want to have choices and be different from the rest.

Sometimes you can see a reflection of the persons identity or heritage in a computer casing choice or design. A Japanese company now developed a case using a material which has been in use in Japan for centuries... [link http://www.lupo.co.jp/develop/ccpc/ccpcbox_index.html]paper[/link].

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Seashell offers digital memories, sort of...

May 1, 2003 / 1 Reply When I first read the title of [link http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/technology/2985063.stm]this BBC article[/link], I thought someone had found a way to store data on shells, but I guess I have to wait a bit more for that.

The concept in the article is interesting enough to make you wonder if this technology would be of any use. The ability to link objects to data sounds like a nice idea, but in the past years we have been moving to digital storage methods more and more to get rid of the bulky archives and enjoy the freedom of storage media free of natural decomposing processes. In that way, it seems like a reverse process, sort of...

Another thing I wondered about is the flexibility of the scanning device. Sure, it's a nice idea to link a toy firetruck to birthday memories, but what if the firetruck loses it's color or a wheel? Not every toy is a Tonka.

All in all, it made me wonder what the best way to store and associate data should be. I had some ideas, but not sure if technology or humanity is ready for them yet :)