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 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 … Continue reading CNET Recommends My Blog?
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 … Continue reading Jason Dunn Not Exactly Happy With CD Copy Protection
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 … Continue reading Mark Cuban Q&A on Grokster Verdict From Gelf Magazine
MCE Database Query Tool (Daniel Pollard) | Haven’t had a chance to play around with it, but check it out!
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. Read
Microsoft and Toshiba Strengthen Relationship | No, that’s not exactly true. However, for HD-DVD Microsoft’s VC-1 is a mandatory codec which all players must support (video can be MPEG-2, VC-1, or H.264) and now Windows CE will be powering Toshiba’s HD-DVD Players.
The Empire Series Media Center PC — Serious Sound for the Serious Audiophile | Damn!
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 … Continue reading Grokster Loses File Sharing Fight
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 … Continue reading Dianne Feinstein Doesn’t Get It