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June 2004

Cory Doctorow’s DRM talk
Last week, Cory Doctorow (sci-fi author, constant Boing Boing author, and :EFF: coordinator) gave a talk to Microsoft’s Research Group about :DRM:.  Basically, it was about how DRM doesn’t work.  His main points: That DRM systems don’t work That DRM systems are bad for society …
Wednesday Jun 23, 2004 | 2 Comments
Microsoft, APIs, and the Web
Bunches of other people are linking to this article, so I figured I would, too.  Not because it’s the trendy thing to do, mind you, but simply because it’s actually a really interesting read.  Specifically, Joel Spolsky has a great article talking about the Microsoft …
Friday Jun 18, 2004 | 1 Comment

May 2004

Mac OS X Trojan Horse
...or is it a large wooden badger? Surprise, surprise, a new trojan horse has been announced by the company, Intego Software, that a couple of months ago talked about a potential virus that I blogged here that had to do with malicious code piggybacking on …
Thursday May 13, 2004 | 3 Comments

April 2004

Smart Playlists dot com
Finally, I don’t have to think of all the different ways to enjoy my music, as other people have done it for me.  This site is chock full of ideas and specifics for Smart Playlists, including quite a few that are very helpful to use …
Monday Apr 12, 2004 | 0 Comments
OS X Virus News Hoax to Sell Software
Intego, the company that began spreading information about a Mac OS X trojan horse virus piggy-backing on MP3s is nothing more than a marketing scam.  You’ll notice on their homepage a large banner link at the top about an OS X security alert. The problem …
Saturday Apr 10, 2004 | 1 Comment
Gimme my Gmail!
The recent “Gmail” announcement was touched on in one of Derek’s recent posts (and comments).  Contrary to initial speculation, Google’s forthcoming entry into the “free email” arena is for real.  No, seriously.  If you don’t believe me, take it from Google employee Kevin Fox.  Fox …
Wednesday Apr 7, 2004 | 5 Comments
The O’Franken Factor
Al Franken and cohorts radio station, Air America Radio went live yesterday, and I forgot all about it because it’s not being broadcast in this area.  It is on XM radio channel 167 if you have that, otherwise, they broadcast live (via icky Real Player, …
Friday Apr 2, 2004 | 10 Comments

March 2004

OS Interfaces
An interesting site here that has screenshots and information about a variety of operating system Interfaces">graphical user interfaces.  Macintosh versions from System 1 through OS X 10.3.  Windows from Windows 1.0 even through Longhorn.  BeOS, OS/2, and others are also there. It’s neat to see …
Wednesday Mar 31, 2004 | 2 Comments
What Font is that?
Here’s a very cool service put out by that will allow you to upload a sample of a font and find the closest match to it in their database! Ever wanted to have a font just like the one used by certain publications, corporations, …
Wednesday Mar 17, 2004 | 0 Comments

February 2004

Pinging Services Summary
Neil Turner wrote up what looks to be a nice summary of the major weblog pinging services.  It covers,, technorati, etc. This isn’t really something useful to most people, but it could be quite useful for :ExpressionEngine: users since they can custom-define their …
Friday Feb 27, 2004 | 1 Comment
I Likes to Beat Me Some Penguins
Courtesy of someone at MIT, I guess:  Penguin Batting Practice, starring a Yeti. Enjoy.  323.3 is my current longest distance.  Oh, and notice how they misspelled “penguin” in their URL!  No one said MIT students are good at spelling.
Monday Feb 23, 2004 | 0 Comments
‘No, I won’t help you.’
The New York Times (free registration required) has an interesting little article up about the growing divide between the Geeks and everyone else.  Basically, in the past geeks were more than happy to help those less technically-inclined out with things.  Now, though, the geeks are …
Friday Feb 6, 2004 | 1 Comment
Realplayer… real evil?
I’ve never been a fan of content published in the RealMedia format, partly because the quality usually isn’t very good but mostly because the Realplayer is just plain evil.  It tries to take over everything on your computer, refuses to relinquish control without a big …
Tuesday Feb 3, 2004 | 10 Comments

January 2004

The Scoop on Selling Cars
The car site hired a new journalist and decided to send him undercover as a car salesman for his first assignment.  You can now read the entire story of the journalist: from his first job in a high-pressure import dealership, to his stint on …
Wednesday Jan 28, 2004 | 1 Comment
find new music that you like
This is a very nifty tool.  Slow as molasses, but it’s incredibly accurate.  Well at least I think it’s incredibly accurate. Music Plasma is a visual music search engine.  You tell it one of your favorite artists, and then it draws on a (very slow) …
Friday Jan 23, 2004 | 2 Comments
Mix Up Those Websites
Wow, this is really, really neat.  TopFX has a very cool utility that will let you mix style and content from two different websites.  You select the style/layout from one site and another site for the content. I tried a quick one using my site …
Monday Jan 19, 2004 | 7 Comments
my give up!
This is scary.  You can’t beat it.  You can try, but if you know the answers to the questions it asks, and answer them truthfully, it can’t be done.  Go ahead.  Try to think obscure.  Use Google to help you with some that you think …
Thursday Jan 15, 2004 | 1 Comment
NET SEND Your Way to a Suspension
Thirteen year old Carl Grimmer (a fellow Texan, I might add) enjoys learning about computers and how they work from his techie parents.  Among other things, they showed him DOS and it’s old NET SEND command.  It can be used to send short messages to …
Tuesday Jan 13, 2004 | 9 Comments

December 2003

Cultural Differences: Unix & Windows
Joel on Software delivers another great article to the masses; this time about cultural differences between programming approaches to Unix and Windows.  It really explains a lot more than just differences dealing with “programming” and actually hits on a lot of the general differences.  In …
Wednesday Dec 17, 2003 | 3 Comments
Steve Jobs on iTunes and Music
Rolling Stone has up a great interview with Steve Jobs.  Jobs discusses iTunes, the move onto Windows, iPods, music piracy, and the current music industry.  I think his last comments about the way the music industy should be ring pretty true.
Tuesday Dec 9, 2003 | 0 Comments
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