Weekly Roundup – hololens, worst albums by actors, 100s free games, Bluemix

HoloLens augmented reality headset … this really is incredible!! … demonstration of how you could pin videos and calendars wherever you want in your house or play with a 3D-animated puppy

The <em>Millionaire</em> machine of Steiger/Egli
The Millionaire machine of Steiger/Egli (Courtesy of Mr. John Wolf)

The Millionaire Calculating Machine by Otto Steiger … in 1892 the swiss engineer Otto Steiger (1858-1923) received his patent for the ‘Millionaire’ calculating machine (German patent DE 72870). This was really the first commercially-successful direct multiplication calculating machine, and was so successful it remained in production until 1935. Continue reading

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Digital Preservation for the Heritage Sector – some golden rules

“If we try we may fail, if we don’t try we will certainly fail”
British Library, Preservation Advisory Service, 2010

The ‘golden rules’ of digital preservation? 

Firstly digital preservation is going to be different from organisation to organisation but that doesn’t mean everyone is marching to the beat of their own drum. Thankfully there are some basic principles which should inform all projects:

Always create a project plan before starting your project. Not only will this clarify and cost what you are going to do it will leave a record of how the processes used for your digital preservation and this could be invaluable for those that may need to migrate your data at a later date. Continue reading

The 1879 Sydney International Exhibition

The Sydney International Exhibition opened the doors of its main building the ‘Garden Palace’ on 17 September 1879 and closed them seven months later. Many figures in colonial Sydney talked of the success of the huge project and the Commissioners of the Sydney International Exhibition certainly felt it had “undoubtedly emphasized a new era in the history of the Colony, and projected the value of Australia on the minds of the inhabitants of those older countries”. But the 1,045,898 visitors that passed through its gates were perhaps the most eloquent testimony to its triumph.

The main feature of the Sydney exhibition, like the international ones that preceded it, was an ornate building, the ‘Garden Palace’, which was over 244 metres long and had a floor space of over 112,000 metres. Designed by the Colonial Architect James Barnet the building included 4.5 million feet of timber, 2.5 million bricks and 243 tone of galvanised corrugated iron.  Continue reading