The Metropolitan Museum of Art makes 400,000 works available for download

Wheat Field with Cypresses

The Metropolitan Museum of Art this month released an astounding 394,000 high-resolution images to the public. Visitors to the Met’s website can sort images by artist, medium, location, and era, and freely download images that are generally at least 10 megapixels in size.

The Met’s collection is one of the most extensive in the world, with more than 500 Picassos available for download, along with dozens of paintings from Monet, Van Gogh, and Degas. Aside from European painters, the collection also includes photographs of Aztec stonework, Greek sculpture, and Chinese calligraphy.

Via the Verge

Paintings of my favourite French Neoclassical painter Jacques Louis David are among the available paintings as are many paintings of Dutch Masters Rembrandt van Rijn and Vincent van Gogh. Really amazing.

Really amazing initiative which also reminds me of the wonderful Google Art Project which features more than 345 collections from musea all over the world.

Windows 8.1 update 1

Windows 8.1 Update 1

I’ve been a really hardcore and power user of windows for most of my life. Until a year of three ago when I switched to Mac OS for primary use. As most in the corporate world for some applications I still need the use Windows through a virtual machine in Vmware Fusion.

I tried Windows 8 immediatly after it was released and was very disappointed. The learning curve of the new UI paradigm in the form of the Metro UI was even for a power user like me way too steep. They thought users would transition from the desktop UI paradigm to a tile based UI paradigm effortlessly. That wasn’t the case at all as we all know now.

Microsoft recently launched a significant update for Windows 8.1, called Windows 8.1 update 1 and it seemed they’ve taken the critique quite seriously and did what they could in the short period of four months.

So Update 1 is sort of a major update and sort of a minor update. It’s sort of a service pack and it’s sort of a feature pack. It’s something that many people will install silently through Windows Update and then never even notice that it happened. And that’s because there’s no “big bang” new feature we can point to in this release. There’s just a ton of mostly subtle, user-driven feedback-based changes that collectively make Windows better. And that is especially true if you are using Windows on a traditional, non-touch PC. Because, after all, the single biggest area of complaint about the original Windows 8 was that awkward shoehorning of Metro. Update 1 doesn’t “remove” Metro. But it makes it easier to live with.

Windows 8.1 update 1 review from Win Supersite

Intel loses $3.15 billion on mobile chips

 In 2013, Intel’s mobile chip division lost a hefty $3.15 billion, after posting an operating loss of $1.78 billion in 2012. In the first quarter of 2014 alone, the Mobile and Communications Group saw a $929 million operating loss on a meager $156 million in revenue, according to new financial results issued today by the company.

– The Verge

Too late in the game just as Microsoft was on Mobile?