Vacation Time!

Vacation time has come! Starting today I get to drive home (7 hours), then fly to NC on Saturday, then drive to TN on Sunday, thn fly back to TX on Wednesday. Almost too much work to consider it a vacation, but I think I will manage. =)

CNET Recommends My Blog?

CNET Newsburst | I’ve noticed some clicks from CNET Newsburst in the past, but the other day I visited the site to see what it was all about.  Newsburst is basically a web-based RSS Aggregator.  Nothing new or extremely exciting there, RSS is all over the place.


What got my attention was when I clicked on their Recommended Sources link to find non-other then my blog listed!  The most interesting part about that is where I’m listed and who else is associated with those categories.


I’m listed as a Recommended Source for news on Microsoft!  In the same group are none other then Mary Jo Foley (Microsoft Watch), Joe Wilcox (Microsoft Monitor), and Robert Scoble (Scobleizer).


I’m also listed as a Recommended Source under the Tech Blogs category.  In the same group as Doc Searls, Tim O’Reilly, Mark Cuban (Blog Maverick), and Dan Gillmor!


Just and interesting tidbit there!  And I’m sure if you use Newsburst to read my blog your thinking I’m crazy for just now realizing this, but that’s okay.  😉

Jason Dunn Not Exactly Happy With CD Copy Protection

My First Experience with a DRM Protected CD | “I put the CD into my computer and immediately a MediaMax installer pops up. I thought it was some lame “enhanced media player”, so I declined the EULA installer – and it ejected the CD. Shocked How curious! I put it back in, left the EULA installer open, and fired up WMP10 to rip the CD. After the first few tracks ripped, I listened to one – and it was a mash of skips and distortions. My first DRM’d CD! I looked at the CD case, and sure enough, there’s a paragraph on the back of the CD that explains that the CD is protected against “unauthorized copying” and the software needs to be installed in order to play the CD on a computer. It played fine in my wife’s car, but you have to install the MediaMax software to listen to it on a PC – and you can’t rip it. Interestingly enough there’s also no CD logo anywhere on the case – Philips must have revoked their logo because it’s not a compliant CD.“


I ran into the same type of thing a new weeks ago when I picked up the new Foo Fighters CD.  A press of the Shift Key later and it ripped fine.  If you have installed the software, System Restore in Windows XP will remove it and then you can rip it following the steps in Jason’s post.

Mark Cuban Q&A on Grokster Verdict From Gelf Magazine

Mark Cuban on Grokster Verdict (Gelf Magazine) | …


At first glance, it would seem that the Supreme Court has dealt Mark Cuban, who helped fund Grokster’s legal team, a pretty severe blow. But Cuban says the Supreme Court focused on how the technology was marketed, and not the technology itself, and thinks that the ruling will stem any moves by Congress toward passing laws that could potentially be even more restrictive of technology.  Cuban spoke to Gelf about the case, whether his money was well-spent, and why one reaction to the ruling is “lame, brain-dead and foolhardy.” Here’s a snip:


Gelf Magazine: Is this a major victory for the entertainment and recording industries?


Mark Cuban: No. It’s a major victory for lawyers everywhere. The entertainment industries didn’t stop anyone or anything. The amount of illegal file-sharing didn’t change a bit because of the ruling, nor will the industry be able to change anything as a result of the ruling. They just got the right to sue some people-Grokster et al-who don’t have any money. That’s not a victory. They may take license and try to sue technology companies that they feel present a threat to them. Honestly, that will be worse than suing students and grandmothers because it will be obvious what they are trying to do and it will rally all the technology companies, venture capitalists, businesspeople, and entrepreneurs against them because of the inherent threat to their businesses.

BT Goes With Microsoft IPTV Edition

BT Selects Microsoft TV as Software Platform for TV Over Broadband in the United Kingdom | Microsoft Corp. and BT today announced BT’s intention to use the Microsoft TV Internet Protocol Television (IPTV) Edition software platform to deliver TV over broadband in the United Kingdom. The announcement further strengthens Microsoft’s continued commitment to working with the world’s leading network operators to bring next-generation television services to consumers.



Grokster Loses File Sharing Fight

File-Sharing Networks Can Be Held Liable, Court Rules |  “We hold that one who distributes a device with the object of promoting its use to infringe copyright, as shown by the clear expression or other affirmative steps taken to foster infringement, is liable for the resulting acts of infringement by third parties,” Justice David H. Souter wrote for the court.


Watch for comments from Mark Cuban in the near furture on the issue.


Update: Kaboom! | Cuban just posted his comments about the ruling.  You can also read his previous post, Let the truth be told…MGM vs Grokster, where you can get the point-of-view of an intelligent content owner.

Dianne Feinstein Doesn’t Get It

Dianne Feinstein on the Broadcast Flag: Idiot or liar? | This is the response to her constituents in California in regards to the Broadcast Flag.


Thank you for writing to me about the digital broadcast flag. I appreciate hearing from you.


I feel strongly that we must prevent the theft of copyrighted works, and that includes digital television (DTV) programming. As we move forward in the digital age, it is increasingly easy for unauthorized copies of copyrighted works to be made and illegally distributed. Over-the-air digital content is the easiest to pirate.


As we contemplate the use of new technologies to protect copyrighted works, we must pay careful attention to ensure that a balance is struck between competitive protections and individual consumer interests. It is important to allow for the continued fair use of copyrighted material, even while we seek to stop unauthorized reproductions from being illegally distributed outside the home and over the Internet.


Again, thank you for writing. Please know that as the Senate considers legislation of the broadcast flag, I will be sure to keep your views in mind. If you should have any questions, please feel free to contact my Washington, DC staff at (202) 224-3841.


You can seek (and succeed) in stopping piracy without killing our fair use, and that’s the only thing the BS (I mean, BF) does.  If you live in California (Thomas), I would do my best to ensure that this is Dianne Feinstein last term as your senator.


Note: Titled Edited.  Still waiting for anyone to be able to explain how the BF can be enabled and still allow for “fair use”