Max Romantschuk's weblog – September 2004 archive

Braintickle

Thursday 23rd of September, 2004 - 11:17 – Permalink

Fellow Finnish blogger Janne Jalkanen of the Butt Ugly Weblog has written an open letter from the computer industry to the entertainment industry. Check it out, there are some interesting thoughts in there...

Copyright and Privacy Redefined

Monday 20th of September, 2004 - 12:25 – Permalink

Peer-to-peer based file sharing technologies are creating a rather large amount of buzz these days, especially with the music industry shouting about how all the piracy is destroying them...

If you ask me, the core issue is simply the fact that today's consumers demand something the industry won't supply, and file sharing has esentially filled the gap. Jonathan A. Zdziarski's report on the File Sharing Experiment plays a very similar tone. Tim O'Reilly wrote a piece on peer-to-peer issues in the end of 2002, but it is more current today than ever. I wonder how history will look back on all these issues? Food for thought. Partially via Slashdot.

Your life On Display

File sharing is not without issues, though. Many people sharing stuff may or may not realize that they are sharing their personal images for everyone else to see. Found Photos, on the other hand, does realize this. And don't forget a camera memory card in a cab either: I Found Some Of Your Life. Like copyright, privacy will have all sorts of new issues to deal with in the future. I, for one, hope to raise my kids to be able to deal with stuff like this, and I believe all current parents should. Once something interesting hits the Internet it tends to stick... Also partially via Slashdot.

Is your data secure?

Friday 17th of September, 2004 - 11:02 – Permalink

I ran across an article on Sun's upcoming ZFS file system. File system's aren't the thing I'd normally get very excited about, but given the ever increasing amount of digicam pics on my machine at home I'd sure as hell be interested in the kind of robustness ZFS has to offer... Given that it holds up to the marketing hype, that is. Via Slashdot.

Equilibrium

Tuesday 14th of September, 2004 - 12:44 – Permalink

My life is slowly returning to something that could be passed off as normal. There is still much to do and less time to do it in, but there seems to be light at the end of the tunnel, none the less.

Taking a stand

About a month ago I got a mail from Asa Dotzler of the Mozilla Foundation, asking me to help Spread Firefox. I thought it was a good idea, and my site now features a Firefox promotional button, together with a button for the Browse Happy campaign. Given that the Firefox 1.0 preview release was announced today it's a better time than ever to make the switch!

BlabberCode

An article on Slashdot yesterday informed me that IBM is donating a bunch of voice recognition code to the Apache Software Foundation as well as the Eclipse Foundation. This got me speculating on the possibilities to code by voice, interesting especially for people with RSI problems. I posted a comment which spurred quite a few replies, check out the entire thread.