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Thursday, July 03, 2003

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Notable Quotes

Some great quotes are appearing that are beginning to articulate the direction the web is taking.

Jon Udell:

''we're not going to have a semantic web until regular people can effectively write it. ''

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Source: Jon Udell

Jon posted a great overview of what is happening under the hood of blogging tools, such as the communication protocols under discussion and development. He points out that these are early days and much work still needs to be done on the front end.

On the other hand Wall Street is moving digital at breakneck speed to effect speed and embrace change in their systems.

Dushyant Shahrawat, senior analyst at TowerGroup:

''I think the whole industry has gotten more sophisticated'' Shahrawat says.''A few years ago, we looked at everything as a data problem--How do you move data back and forth? Then we focused on an application problem--How do you get these applications to work together? Now we're looking at the next level higher up, which is process integration. We're not looking at hardware or software; we're looking at how the thing gets done.

The takeaway is looking how stuff gets done.

Wall Street goes digital to cut down on waste
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Source: C|Net News

The web is at another one of those tipping points. Weblog tools such as Movable Type, Greymatter, and Radio, is putting the power of communication across the world into the hands of folks who are not geeks in HTML, but have other thoughts to contribute. The discovery of new voices who will enrich us in ways we can only imagine. The Great Conversation is where the internet is going.

Consumers and Linux

Consumer Electronics spend a lot of time playing catchup as entertainment industries change their minds on delivery systems for their content. Record Albums, 8 Track, Cassette, CD. They are tired of being dictated to.

''Sony and Matsushita, together with NEC, Royal Philips Electronics, Samsung, Sharp and Toshiba said they envision CELF as a platform for discussing and formalizing the requirements for extensions to a Linux platform geared to consumer electronics (CE) devices. Those could include cell phones, PDAs, set-top boxes, Internet radios, residential gateways, automotive telematics, even Karaoke machines and other audio/visual devices.''

This is interesting as using Linux will kill the broadcast flag / carnivore lunacy and get devices back to serving bits.

This will also harness the large base of open source coders who will extend whatever these folks present. After all, DeCSS was developed by a teenager who just wanted to watch DVD movies on his Linux computer.

Consumer Electronics Giants Form Linux Forum
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Source: internetnews.com

Hoist by your own Petard Department

Click Wrap and Shrink Licensing is widely used by proprietary software makers to limit what you can do with software you purchase.. Software is the only category of consumer goods that require you to agree to terms and conditions before you can use what you bought. Nevermind how high on the bullshit meter this rates, an Australian company is daring Microsoft to come play in Australian courts.

Aussiechip released for free to the internet last week details of how to make "mod chips" - microprocessors that alter the internal workings of a console - under a licence that requires anyone downloading the plans to issue proceedings in its home jurisdiction of Queensland, should they wish to sue. Aussiechip founder Grant Sparks says there have been several downloads of the plans from Microsoft's corporate network in Redmond, Washington, agreeing to the click-wrap agreement. Microsoft Xbox spokesmen failed to return calls.
Intellectual property lawyer Simon Minahan says Microsoft is bound by the actions of its workers, who agreed to download the designs under the terms of the click-wrap agreement. ''In actual fact it would be a little disappointing if they couldn't sue me,'' says Sparks, known as "Donatus" in the mod chip underground. "You see, I'm quite happy for them to take us to court, I just want to see it happen under conditions where we win.
''In order for them to argue that they have not agreed to these conditions, they would have to acknowledge that click-through legal agreements are not valid - which is something that I think would be very funny to see Microsoft doing.''

Aussiechip dares Microsoft to sue
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Source: theage.com.au

This is gonna be good.


Hiding Content [Posted] 12/11/02

One of the re-occurring themes that appear on design lists is 'hiding content', or making one's code invisible. Most of the solutions just don't work. The internet is not about hiding stuff. But in the interest of fairness I can offer a proven method of hiding content.

p i x e l v i e w

Mitch Ratcliffe is definitely an other. The 21st century holds the promise of rich multimedia across the web. Mitch was blazing this trail in the 20th century. From code to finance.

p i x e l v i e w - behind the screen with Mitch Ratcliffe
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