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Trademarks and what they Mean
Corry Doctorow (of Boing Boing, :EFF:, and others) wrote a great article back in August discussing trademarks.  Specifically, it talks about how too many companies (and consumers) misunderstand exactly what having a trademark means and what kind of rights it does—and doesn’t—grant the company. …
Monday Nov 10, 2003 | 0 Comments
Online Music… in 1909
So… it seems that way back in 1909 “residents of Wilmington, DE, were able to subscribe to an online music service that piped phonograph recordings over their telephone lines and through loudspeakers.”  We all know what happened after that, of course: the music industry collapsed …
Monday Nov 10, 2003 | 1 Comment
CAPTCHAs ain’t Good
I posted an entry sometime back about CAPTCHAs.  In it I mentioned that it may work against spambots and such, but that it’s a major impediment to legitimate users such as those with visual impairments. Well, it seems that the :W3C: agrees and has issued …
Friday Nov 7, 2003 | 0 Comments
Honda’s ‘Purpose’ Commercial
Whoever Honda has hired for their advertising campaign, they made a very good choice.  First there was their Cog commercial, which still simply blowns me away. Now Honda has a new “Purpose” commercial for their Element SUV (certainly not my favorite SUV).  I don’t want …
Thursday Nov 6, 2003 | 0 Comments
Surfing at Work Good?
Ha!  I knew it!  Well, okay, I’m just one of the many who always hoped it would be the case.  “It” being using the internet for personal use while at work. According to research, doing personal Web surfing while on the job can lead to …
Thursday Nov 6, 2003 | 0 Comments
Screw you, Consumers!
Cory Doctorow over on Boing Boing said if far better than I ever could regarding the recent ruling about the “Broadcast Flag” proposal. The FCC today decided that it didn’t need to listen to the tens of thousands of Americans that wrote to it, asking …
Wednesday Nov 5, 2003 | 0 Comments
And Now… Subdomains!
You probably haven’t noticed anything yet, but the site now uses subdomains.  Since I’ve never messed with subdomains before and my account supports it, I figured I might as well try them out.  The Movie Database, Co-Movie Database, and Galleries are now all off on …
Wednesday Nov 5, 2003 | 2 Comments
Don’t Eat the Tomacco
If you’re a good Simpsons fan like I know you are (right?) then you certainly remember the episode where Homer and Bart cross-bred tobacco and tomato plants to produce Tomacco, the super-addictive yet disgusting fruit.  Well, someone went and actually did it for real! Rob …
Tuesday Nov 4, 2003 | 0 Comments
Dive Into… Madness?
I’ve got to say, though, that Dive Into Mark‘s new front page (link above) is simply horrible.  It doesn’t exactly qualify as “mystery meat navigation” since things are labeled, but it’s needlessly confusing and there’s no longer a way to quickly and easily see “recent” …
Monday Nov 3, 2003 | 0 Comments
Web Design ‘Client Quotes’
From Fark today we get a link to a massive list of quotes from clients of web design contracts.  Things like these are why I’ve been hesitant to pursue a real career in web development.  Some favorite quotes: client: why is our contact page not …
Monday Nov 3, 2003 | 2 Comments
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