I only hope the messed-up regulators in the 'states don't end up mandating copy protection in some rider bill. That's all I hope out of this mess. Of course, US regulations mean jack-all here in Canada... we need something similar. Unfortunately, it appears our version of the RIAA is not quite that messed-up yet.
Owen Winkler writes about AOL's new 2 GB email accounts. These were first deployed back when I worked for them for a term, and Owen's post reminded me of a question I'd asked back then: Does it matter?. To me, not really. I don't keep my email on the web anyway. If I did, it might be a bit heavy on the storage side, but there's no way that my email dating back to 1998 would take up 2 and a half gigs.
Regardless of the reasons behind needing to contact a helldesk, there are ways to make the experience easier.
First: the utilitarian. If you've got to wait on hold, don't do it while holding the phone wedged into your neck between your skull and shoulder. Use a phone with a headset or a phone with a speaker. That way, it can sit beside you while you do other things, and it's immediately obvious when the line is picked up. Don't forget that if you have the option to control the speaker volume, you can reduce it to a level where the on-hold muzak is tolerable.
I was struck with the inspiration for this article while reading an article about Sony's launch of a new ebook reader device. I'm afraid the reason that ebooks haven't hit the big time is quite a sad commentary on society's value system.
A year and a month ago, I bought a laptop from the Moncton Staples:Business Depot. It was an Averatec 6210HX-60 as I've mentioned in several previous posts. It had several problems: it was prone to overheating, had shoddy nonstandard power hardware, and installing linux on it was weird. In retrospect, the keyboard was also substandard and hurt my wrists a lot.
I have a four-cup coffeemaker.
When I make coffee, the quantity of coffee produced by this coffemaker fills my 8oz ('1-cup') mug twice.
The EFF has a list of known affected disks, as well as an easy way to identify them. Also, Sony/BMG is actively being sued under California trade laws. :)
"Copy-protection blows goats".
With all the albums I've wanted to buy lately, but couldn't because of the bullshit copy protection, I've been doing a bit of research.
Where I live, I see two major types of compact disks. Both feature prominant warnings on the package that state in not so clear terms this is not a CD, but in fact a broken one that will mess up your computer and possibly your audio equipment. The two major music companies involved are Sony (AKA Sony/BMG, BMG, Columbia Records) and EMI.
With a bit of searching, you can now acquire 250 GB of hard disk space for less than a hundred dollars.
Last year I picked up a pair of 250 GB drives for $160+tax each. At the time, I thought the speed of hard disk size increase was slowing down.
Shows what I know: now they cost half of that.
Of course, anyone making the same pronouncement now would be shot down by the putting of Perpendicular recording in cheap, consumer-level drives.
Where will we be in 10 years? And how long before I see something affordable that puts a terabyte on something the size of my thumbnail?
Although I've been trying to cut down on fan noise in the computers I build, I never really realized how much fan noise bothered me until I sat down in the Killam Learning Commons to a new set of PCs.
It was hard not to notice at first, with the new black cases (instead of plain ol' beige), floppy drives not mounted vertically, and power buttons that probably couldn't be accidentally hit by pushing the keyboard against them.
Then I paused for a second, noticed the 10 people in the entire area, and listened to the roar of the hundred or so fans.