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that’s one way to pay for a new computer…

Posted by eric on November 25, 2006

sell ad space.
It seems Leah Culver made a decent pitch for it, and managed to raise the cash. And it definitely makes the laptop stand out. And it doesn’t really look ugly or anything. Helps that it’s a Mac 🙂
(via a tangentially-related Slashdot article.)

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rumbles in the blogosphere

Posted by eric on November 17, 2006

Jason Calacanis is leaving AOL. He’s done a whole slew of high tech things — apparently he was recently in charge of Netscape. I wouldn’t have even noticed the story on Slashdot, if i didn’t recognize the name from when I briefly met the guy at a broadcasting conference about 8 years ago (it was a session on the web):

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well, that’s one way to do it.

Posted by eric on November 14, 2006

I’ve seen this photo linked in several places as the result of an error with the new Microsoft Zune player. Some people believe it’s a little, umm, racy. Check it out, draw your own conclusions. If it really is an error splash screen, well, that’s an interesting easter egg…

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I’m a PC. I’m a Mac. (No, I’m not.)

Posted by eric on November 11, 2006

Apparently Justin Long (of Dodgeball fame) is no longer a part of Apple’s Mac/PC commercials. Slashdot is reporting it, as is Wired’s Cult of Mac blog.

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what’s “yours” isn’t necessarily really “yours”

Posted by eric on October 28, 2005

Declaration of InDRMpendence (ZDNet)
Every day, I get the ZDNet Tech Update Today email. Usually I just glance over it. But today’s had an interesting article about Motorola’s ROKR and how it’s actually not doing all that well. At the bottom, was a link to this “declaration,” a previous article by the same author. I was already familiar with the situation he mentioned at the top, about the difficulty of playing digitally-purchased music on a home stereo, having read that article a few months ago. As much as everyone sings the praises of iTunes et al, it’s not necessarily all it’s cracked up to be.

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the digital switch

Posted by eric on October 23, 2005

Senate Looks to Spend $3B on Digital TV
The digital conversion date keeps getting pushed back. I think everyone was supposed to start broadcasting DTV next year. Now, analog signals will be switched off at the end of 2008/early 2009. Of course, everyone will need a digital TV (or conversion box) to get the signals. And Congress doesn’t want anyone to be unable to watch TV. So they want to help people afford the converters. To the tune of $3B. Your tax dollars at work.

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Posted by eric on October 12, 2005

The Washington Post has an editorial about a proposed exception to campaign financing laws for Internet ad spending. Basically, it would consider the Internet to *not* be a method of “public communication.” Right now, it’s the subject of a House hearing. Interesting.
(via Slashdot)

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P2P gets pumped with $$$

Posted by eric on September 29, 2005

BitTorrent gets US$8.75 million in VC money
They’re trying to make BT a more common way of distributing legal content. Like paid content. It could work, I guess. You pay for access to a torrent on a closed tracker, get your stuff. There are plenty of closed trackers that work. The article questions whether people would want to let their upstream bandwidth when you’re already paying for something. A valid point, but many people have more upstream than they know what to do with. But with BT, once a torrent was cooking, you’d probably be maximizing your bandwidth pretty well.
Of course, there’s still the issue of what happens to the content after you grab it, but that’s no different than any other distribution method.

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Snapfish is gobbled up.

Posted by eric on March 23, 2005

Just got an email from Snapfish saying they’ve been acquired by HP. I’ve never really used any of the online photo services, I was only registered so I could view other people’s photos. I’m registered with Ofoto for the same reason. But anyway. Here’s their press release.
(and half of the fun of this post was the subject line. Ha.)

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does this count as meta-blogging?

Posted by eric on February 20, 2005

I was reading the wires at work when I found this article about the founders of Six Apart, who are the makers of Movable Type, which I’m using to post this right now. It’s a good read.

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