links for 2009-10-02

  • "Many of the underlying standards that define modern e-mail technology were originally developed in the 1980s. Almost 30 years after the birth of SMTP, e-mail is still the dominant Internet communication medium despite its significant limitations and increasingly anachronistic design. Supplementary services like instant messaging and microblogging have emerged to fill in some of the gaps, but virtually no attempts have been made to build a holistic replacement for e-mail. Our most important day-to-day messaging infrastructure remains intractably mired in antiquity."
  • "In a series of landmark lectures for the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE), Arup director Peter Head explores how the world can begin to make the transition towards an ecological age of civilisation."
    Translations to Arabic, Chinese ,Korean, Spanish, and a summary in Polish.
    Arup | A global firm of consulting engineers, designers, planners and project managers
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