Monthly Archives: October, 2006

How UNBELIEVABLY cool is this?

Saw this posted at http://unreasonable.wordpress.com/ :

Just……Too…..Funny! – Re-revisited

A previous post now is redundant.

A video of The Daily Show has been deleted from the YouTube site.

The post remains unadulterated to be historically correct.

Too true, unfortunately.

BBC abandons science.

A digital rights site for France

http://stopdrm.info/

Short, sweet and to the point

Nicholas Carr has a wonderfully pithy post on Google being snippy about the hoi polloi using it’s name in vain.

For all your search queries:
http://www.alltheweb.com/
http://www.live.com/
http://www.yahoo.com/
http://www.ask.com/
etc.

BT buys Counterpane

See:
http://www.schneier.com/blog/archives/2006/10/bt_acquires_cou.html#c121821
http://www.counterpane.com/pr-20061025.html
and
http://www.btplc.com/News/Articles/Showarticle.cfm?ArticleID=386c1b2f-0860-4afc-8f4a-26a066c12d10

I’m assuming this ties into the moves afoot by BT to go completely IP on the telecom infrastructure.

Good move.

Huh? What gives? – cont’d

More here – http://digital.kdblogs.com/

Guess I’m being blogbotted.

Huh? What gives?

http://doc.seblogs.net/ – Doc Blog

Not only does it have snippets of some of my posts (with links thankfully!) but it also has in the footer:

“‘A Business Model for the Digital Age – Part V Blog Digest’ is proudly powered by WordPress”

Now whilst I’m aware that imitaion is the sincerest form of flattery – this is stretching the limits somewhat!

BT copies the people who brought you….

….ngnuk.org.uk :

http://www.switchedonuk.org/

NOT

http://www.switchedon.org.uk/

This is not very inspiring. I hope their approach to domain names is the only thing that makes them look amateurish.

Interesting concept

Capitalism 3.0 as a free download.

Interesting Site

http://onthecommons.org/

Dove ad rubbishing advertising

Love the concept. Like the intent. Hate the hypocrisy.

BTW – I wanted to embed from the Dove site but they didn’t have the option there so I just went with the link from there and the embedded video from YouTube.

Don’t know if it’s real – but brilliant either way!

Email from a solider on duty in Iraq on the HQMC website.

Quotes:

“Most Profound Man in Iraq – an unidentified farmer in a fairly remote area who, after being asked by Reconnaissance Marines (searching for Syrians) if he had seen any foreign fighters in the area replied “Yes, you.””

and

“Best Piece of U.S. Gear – new, bullet-proof flak jackets. O.K., they weigh 40 lbs and aren’t exactly comfortable in 120 degree heat, but they’ve saved countless lives out here.

Best Piece of Bad Guy Gear – Armor Piercing ammunition that goes right through the new flak jackets and the Marines inside them.”

Now, that is black humour!

AllofMP3.com

AllofMP3.com cannot accept Visa or Mastercard anymore -but yet you can go to Xrost and get a prepaid icard (using your credit card) to use on AllofMP3.com.

Strange.

Fascinating radio interview with Margaret Atwood and Lewis Hyde

Margaret Atwood and Lewis Hyde are interviewed on BBC Radio 4’s Today programme about the book – The Gift (or hardback here).

It sounds a fascinating read and is definitely going on my “to-read” list.

There is supposed to be a longer version of this interview available on the website – but I can’t find it! I assume it will appear here in “The Extended Interview” section at some point.

Next Generation Networks UK website

http://www.ngnuk.org.uk/

NOT

http://www.ngn.org.uk/

🙂 

(Edit: Links got lost on initial post)

Gatekeepers

Jon Garfunkel’s article – The New Gatekeepers.

One for the bookmarks

http://www.doom9.org/index.html

Tim O’Reilly – Piracy is progressive taxation

Tim O’Reilly has an article  from 2002 on OpenP2P.com. There is a very great danger of me becoming a fan of his.

He has a bit about it in his blog. He lists the 7 points from the article:

1. Obscurity is a far greater threat to authors and creative artists than piracy.
2. Piracy is progressive taxation.
3. Customers want to do the right thing, if they can.
4. Shoplifting is a bigger threat than piracy.
5. File sharing networks don’t threaten book, music, or film publishing. They threaten existing publishers.
6. “Free” is eventually replaced by a higher-quality paid service.
7. “There’s more than one way to do it.”

Well worth a read.

One of the good guys

Stephen Lamb’s blog.

Microsoft security guy and evangelist. And still he’s one of the good guys.

Got a chance to listen to him at a CMA event and had a brief chat afterwards – definitely evangelist with a small e and very good on the security front.