Let it Beeb
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Let it Beeb

Did you know that this is the sound of Canon AE-1? So anytime you take a photo on your iPhone, you actually hear the sound of a Canon AE-1. Ever since I know this I think about Canon every time I hear somebody taking a picture with an iPhone. The AE-1 was manufactured by Canon in Japan from April 1976 to 1984. It was the first in what became a complete overhaul of Canon’s line of SLRs.

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3D Audio
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3D Audio

3D audio is the digital recreation of sound we hear everyday in the real world. It’s always around us and it can come from any direction. This is what we call spatial sound. It combines the interactions between acoustic sound waves, the space and interactions with our head and ears. Most immersive audio concepts have existed for decades. But the interest in immersive audio has increased enormously in recent years...

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More Creators, Do We Need Them?
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More Creators, Do We Need Them?

Software is a great combination between artistry and engineering. - Bill Gates. The term engineering is derived from the Latin ingenium, meaning "cleverness" and "to contrive, devise". To plan, or invent by careful thought. This inspired me. These days a lot of people call themselves a creator. To “create” means to put something into existence.

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Crappy Speakers and Design Thinking…
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Crappy Speakers and Design Thinking…

I have great speakers in my studio: Yamaha NS 10. Does it help? Depends on what they’re for. The NS10 whose sound has been described as "horrible" have become an industry standard. If they are designed to reveal shortcomings in sound without mercy…. They definitely help.

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Buy Me Breakfast
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Buy Me Breakfast

I know what I am going to do when I am allowed to go to cafes again. I am going to buy myself a delicious breakfast. And I’ll buy you one as well. I am going to look for 5 people. I’ll ask them to test my work. With simple questions I am going to learn about 85% of the usability problems. Not like this: Did this notification sound give you the information you needed in your experience?

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150 It Is. For now…
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150 It Is. For now…

"More isn't always better, Linus. Sometimes it's just more". - The Movie Sabrina (1995). Do large communities add more value than smaller ones According to British anthropologist Robin Dunbar, the "magic number" is 150. His theory concludes that we can only really maintain about 150 connections at a time.

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Sometimes More Is Just More
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Sometimes More Is Just More

We can hardly remember a time when all of this wasn’t possible. Online communication tools and social platforms enabled us to develop bigger communities more easily. But do we achieve so much more by making everything bigger? Sometimes people tend to focus so hard on making everything bigger that they lose sight of what’s really important.

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Easier Said Than Done.​

Some people say that offline networking is better for those trying to increase their local presence. Others believe that online networking works best at all times. It’s faster, simple, and more efficient. Taking advantage of both worlds is what most people advise. Easier said than done. Of course, it pays off, but only if you are willing to do the hard work.

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Most Initiatives Fail
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Most Initiatives Fail

Most community initiatives fail before they actually start. This probably sounds familiar: You are invited to an event that introduces a new community. It’s a successful event, and all plans sound promising. But after three months you still haven’t heard anything else about it. A lot of initiators launch their plans with a big bang.

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More Than Common Unifying Factors​
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More Than Common Unifying Factors​

Relationships develop most naturally in the company of like-minded people who share an interest or passion. It is a good starting point, but we must realize that meaningful relationships require more than common unifying factors.

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One way or another
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One way or another

Events and meetups provide a great way to maintain relationships and meet new contacts. But because of the corona-crisis, everything is canceled. We can’t meet in person. So let’s find each other online. Reach out to new people, join an online event, and make sure to check in with people you already know.

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Think before you speak
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Think before you speak

Recently I’ve been reading a lot of stuff by Jezra Kaye. In my opinion, she is a very interesting author. She is also a speaker coach, speechwriter, and president of Speak Up for Success. In one of her blog posts, I recently read she wrote about writing a great talk. To me, the following inspired the most: “Give people a reason to care.”

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