Amy Wohl: "I recommend lighting a sparkler or raising a festive cup tomorrow, July 4th, to toast both our country and us, citizen-journalists all."
Talking with Jon Udell today he told me about the Kuro5hin fund-raiser. "Altogether you contributed over $37,000 in memberships, donations, and text ads, along with perhaps another $2500 in donation pledges, and an unknown amount in pay-by-mail memberships."
Reuters: "The music industry is adding more firepower to its arsenal in the fight against online piracy, planting 'decoys' on free peer-to-peer services and considering lawsuits against individual song-swappers." Fuckers.
A roundabout story re the Reuters story above. I got a call from Microsoft PR earlier this week about my blanket dismissal of their "DRM" operating system, aka Palladium. They may have a monopoly on OSes, but nothing says I have to use computers. I still have choice, even if they figure out how to impregnate my W2K machine with their viruses, theoretically I can still turn it off and go make pottery. Now, I can do the same with the music industry's product. As long as they keep treating their users with the same kind of disrespect that Microsoft does, they're going to end up just as reviled. The MS person asked what they can do to regain my trust. I said it's possible. Start by restoring competition to the browser market. Then we can talk about next steps. It comes down to this, how can they be a leader if they destroy everything they would hope to lead?
Thanks to Adam for the pointer to the iRock. Now there's a product that real people want. It's only $30.
A fantastic music industry rant on Kuro5hin.
NY Times: "A chance encounter that grew out of some Weblog postings in May has gone a long way toward putting New York's growing community of bloggers on the map."
Business Week: "Just as Napster changed the monopolistic music industry by making it easier and essentially free to obtain music, Wi-Fi could rip apart the burgeoning broadband industry, a duopoly of established cable and telecom companies, by replacing last-mile connectivity with last-acre connectivity."
NY Times: "Mr. Eckhaus was one of the first few to use the wireless Internet connection at Bryant Park in Midtown Manhattan."
nycwireless: "Bryant Park is located in midtown Manhattan, adjacent to the New York Public Library Main Branch, on Sixth Avenue between 40th and 42nd Streets."
Bret Fausett: "Are Internet directory services still relevant?"
Sheila Lennon starts a personal blog outside the firewall. And today's her birthday. Happy! Hey, today is also Marek's birthday. Twins!
Peggy Noonan: "Blogs may one hard day become clearinghouses for civil support and information when other lines, under new pressure, break down."
I'm slowly working my way through my MP3 collection on my iPod. As I write this it's playing the first song I got through Napster -- Father and Son by Cat Stevens. "Take your time, think a lot, think of everything you got, for you will still be here tomorrow, but your dreams may not."
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