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Tim Brendel
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sales guy, cook, optimistic believer, traveler, challenger, critic, photographer, bonvivant, founder, discoverer, wanderer, reader, thinker, Sinnsucher
sales guy, cook, optimistic believer, traveler, challenger, critic, photographer, bonvivant, founder, discoverer, wanderer, reader, thinker, Sinnsucher

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Super: Anderen helfen und damit Geld verdienen - über #Hangout   Helpouts. Das Video zeigt, wie es funktioniert. Bin extrem gespannt, wie sich das entwickeln wird....  Habt Ihr Ideen für einen Helpout?
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sehr gut gemachte Beschreibung insbesondere dessen, was noch nicht geht - mal nicht die übliche Lobeshymne aber fair!
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the life of a child
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SMS is 20 years old today: an unheralded technology success for government standardization

This Guardian piece traces the history and importance of SMS, the technology that doesn't get the love that the web gets as a world-changing technology, but has such a huge impact. But the thing that really caught my eye in the story was the following:

"The story of GSM and SMS has interesting lessons for technology policy. GSM came about largely because of Europe-wide governmental action: the establishment of a continent-wide technical standard effectively created an enormous industry and gave Europe a significant lead in mobile telephony. So the right-wing mantra that governments should keep their noses out of technology policy and leave it to the market is sometimes wrong.

"Second, the story of SMS shows that the people who effectively invent a technology – in the sense of determining its use and making it viable – are not so much the engineers who design it as the consumers who discover what it's really for. The telephone was originally conceived as a broadcast medium, whereas radio was conceived as a point-to-point medium. Exactly the opposite turned out to be true in both cases. And it was teenagers who 'invented' SMS."

In other words, SMS turns out to be another great example of what I've called "government as a platform." Government provided, in this case, the impetus for telephony that crossed national borders. And the fact that the US for so long lagged behind in mobile is an example of what it meant to be left out of that platform.
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