Sunday, July 21, 2002
what's hot what's not
Ogg Vorbis is a completely free open source project to replace MPEG 3 and MPEG 4.
Ogg Vorbis is a fully Open, non-proprietary, patent-and-royalty-free, general-purpose compressed audio format for mid to high quality (8kHz-48.0kHz, 16+ bit, polyphonic) audio and music at fixed and variable bitrates from 16 to 128 kbps/channel. This places Vorbis in the same competitive class as audio representations such as MPEG-4 (AAC), and similar to, but higher performance than MPEG-1/2 audio layer 3, MPEG-4 audio (TwinVQ), WMA and PAC.
While the entertainment industry tracks down mp3's, enterprising folks will be moving on.
The patent claim made by Forgent is beginning to smell like a 'submarine patent'. A submarine patent is a patent that a business has that lies in wait until technology achieves a certain critical mass at which point the lawyers come racing out and attempt to rob you by pointing out that they deserve to capitalize on your ignorance and make you empty your wallet or change your career.
The JPEG format is an international standard. Forgent assertion is based on U.S. Patent No. 4,698,672 owned by its subsidiary Compression Labs Inc. Timing is everything. Compression Labs Inc., was a member of the JPEG Group during the formation of the JPEG Standard. The patent was applied for, Compression Labs dropped out.
Smell like RAMDAC?
The JPEG Group has already posted a notice about 'prior art' which will go a long way to invalidate this claim. Another interesting tidbit surfaced at slashdot by a person who was on the JPeg committee.
However in the spirit of full disclosure, and to keep the economy in texas strong, (enron, you know) I will be forwarding all my HTML email to firstname.lastname@example.org. My theory is that we can kill three birds with one stone. First we can help eliminate HTML email, secondly we can give them something to do, tracking those scofflaws, and who knows, penis enlargement or email marketing may just be the missing link for these folks.
the linux adventure day 2
My Linux adventure begins with a AMD 1.2 GHZ processor, 512 MG of PC133 memory, on a MSI K7 6340 motherboard with a 32 MB Nvidia TNT video card, a cheap $10 dollar NIC card and an old 8.4 gb maxtor ATA 33 harddrive in a 400W case. I installed redhat 7.2 that comes with the Red Hat Linux 7.2 Bible.
After installing and rebooting I was on the web with a single mouse click. It found everything and it all works. (which you cannot say for windows, No driver disks, rebooting to upgrade the registry, or any of the other bullshit that comes with a typical windows install) I am still playing with all the stuff that you can play with, as my goal is to create a Network install to eliminate windows as a server or an OS.
I am looking for a linux replacement for Quicken and Homesite.
have already discovered that I like the KDE interface over the gnome one. but that's me. am still fiddling and lurching around, but the adventure is exciting.
It has a growing group of applications for Accessibility
Next Samba and Apache.
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