Wednesday, January 28, 2004

FANNING IS BACK
Remember the bane of RIAA that was Napster? Oh, sure it is still around, but it is barely a shadow of its former self. Been wondering where its founder, Shawn Fanning, has been since the service was shut down rather than be forced to operate under court order? Turns out he's been quietly working on a new company called SnoCap, which is working on a technology that was created in Napster's last days. Read on by linking to a C|Net article about SnoCap and Mr. Fanning.

KAZAA STRIKES BACK
Reuters reports today that the Kazaa file-sharing network, Sharman Networks of the south Pacific island Vanuatu, won permission to sue the RIAA for misuse of its software. It should be entertaining to see if this approach works in giving RIAA a dose of its own medicine.

Monday, January 26, 2004

THE MAC TURNS 20
Introduced by Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak, the Apple Macintosh debuted 24 January 1984. It sported a GUI interface and something called a "mouse". Taking industrial design to new aesthetic heights, the Mac is as beautiful as it is easy to use, all the while making a case for having a superior operating system. Despite this, Mac has never really been able to grab market share, largely due to the high degree of propriety and it's premium pricing compared to PC. Today, Macs account for about 5% of all computers sold.

AS IF HANGING CHAD WEREN'T BAD ENOUGH...
The Federal Goverment would like to move everyone to electronic voting in time for the 2008 Presidential Election. Wired reports that despite concerns about the security of such a system, the government has dismissed critical reports of SERVE, a DoD computer system. It's just one of those things that just makes you wanna go "hmmmm...."

Sunday, January 25, 2004


FOOTAGE FROM EPISODE III LEAKS OUT
Counting Down has posted some footage from EPISODE 3 and it includes CHEWIE!


FOLLOWING THE MONEY TO THE MOON
MSNBC Space Analyst JIM OBERG understands the real skinny about the REAL costs of Bush's new Space Initiative. It won't cost NEARLY as much as the naysayers are saying. In fact, those against the Bush initiative are simply pulling numbers out of the air in their vain attempt to kill a return to manned space exploration of our solar system.

It's certainly worth the read.