Friday, January 29, 2010

Check this One Out If you Got Kindle And Get Swedish

I published a Kindle-version of my ebook with samples from my six non-fiction books.
I didn't want to charge you for it, but Amazon.com requires me to start at $0.99.
Here is a link where you can find the Kindle version of the book Smakprov.

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Haiti Needs the World

Here are places where you can give to Haiti.

* Doctors Without Borders

* Oxfam America

* Yéle Haiti

Google Search Result: China's Emperor Has No Clothes

China's men of power find it utterly hard to rid themselves of the bunker mentality that has shaped its political system for so long, but neither the old Great Wall nor the new Great Cyber Wall will in the long run be able to prevent it's citizens from sharing their thoughts and opinions, and isolate China from the world. The modern Chinese emperor is indeed naked, and Google pointed it out.

Hans Sandberg

Read Nicholas Kristof's column in New York Times: Google Takes a Stand!

Also visit my virtual bookstore at Lulu.com

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Google Takes A Stand for Freedom! Bravo! (And It's About Time)

David Drummond, SVP, Corporate Development and Chief Legal Officer writes a sharp rebuke of China's surveillance policies and lack of respect for freedom of communication and expression. He also declares that Google is ready to pull out of China.

Here is an excerpt:

A new approach to China


1/12/2010 03:00:00 PM


Like many other well-known organizations, we face cyber attacks of varying degrees on a regular basis. In mid-December, we detected a highly sophisticated and targeted attack on our corporate infrastructure originating from China that resulted in the theft of intellectual property from Google. However, it soon became clear that what at first appeared to be solely a security incident--albeit a significant one--was something quite different.

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These attacks and the surveillance they have uncovered--combined with the attempts over the past year to further limit free speech on the web--have led us to conclude that we should review the feasibility of our business operations in China. We have decided we are no longer willing to continue censoring our results on Google.cn, and so over the next few weeks we will be discussing with the Chinese government the basis on which we could operate an unfiltered search engine within the law, if at all. We recognize that this may well mean having to shut down Google.cn, and potentially our offices in China.

The decision to review our business operations in China has been incredibly hard, and we know that it will have potentially far-reaching consequences. We want to make clear that this move was driven by our executives in the United States, without the knowledge or involvement of our employees in China who have worked incredibly hard to make Google.cn the success it is today. We are committed to working responsibly to resolve the very difficult issues raised.

Posted by David Drummond, SVP, Corporate Development and Chief Legal Officer

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Here is a report from CNET's Tom Krazit.

Grilled Dogs and Cats For Sale at Guangzhou's Qingping Market (1985)

I just signed the "Stop LIVE animal skinning in China" (at Animalsaviors site) and remembered some photos I took in Guangzhou back in 1985.


Friday, January 8, 2010

From the Way Cool Dept.: Skiff

My niece (Danielle Palladino) has been teasing us about the secret project she's been working with for the past couple of years, but she wouldn't divulge even a bit of what it was. (it's actually her hands holding the reader on the photo to the right!) But now Skiff is out in the open and it looks really cool, way cool. If I had one of these and it worked, I would cancel my print subscription to the New York Times like that (snapping with my fingers.) Photo: Courtesy of Skiff.

Here is a link to Gizmodo's report from CES 2010.

Hans Sandberg

Hubble Telescope Images