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music moves

A couple of things of note have happened during the last week regarding digital music. First, late last week a Judge delivered an impressive victory for Grokster and Streamcast (developers of Morpheus). Whether it is upheld on appeal or not is another matter. And then Jobs made Apple-music store rumors history by actually coming out with the announcement as expected (without his usual "and-here's-something-you-didn't-really-expect routine, although apparently the product is very good--too bad it's available only for Mac). Regarding the Apple announcement, Arcterex posted a rant that, although a bit harshly worded :-) is quite appropriate. Whether it was Ogg Vorbis or MP3, Apple choosing yet another digital format wasn't so cool--although it might be understandable from the business side of things, because it's not as if you're going to control where or how MP3s are copied, right? Karling gave it a try and posted her impressions, with an update later.

I'd say that, if anyone can pull this off, it's Apple. It would be ironic if, in a few years, Apple ends up being a more successful music distributor than the record companies themselves. Already Universal Music is shopping itself around. Others could follow if the current slump extends. If the device makers end up owning or controlling the music distribution channels, the world of "music for free" will be pushed underground. Sony already distributes products that exert some level of control over what you can do with the digital media, which is understandable from their POV since they also own Sony Music. Maybe this is what it had to come down to: the record industry couldn't do it by itself. The technology companies were just the next in line.

Categories: technology
Posted by diego on April 29, 2003 at 9:27 PM

udell on weblogs

Jon Udell has a cool entry today on his latest take on weblogs. Right on the mark, as usual.

There are many, many things that I learned reading Udell's Byte columns in the early and mid-90s. Then byte went dead when CMP acquired it, and it is back now, sort of, as the site demonstrates, but the glory days are past. Still a good read though.

Categories: technology
Posted by diego on April 29, 2003 at 9:11 PM

cringely on open source

Some Machiavellian ideas from Robert X. Cringely on what he would do if he had to defend against open source (near the end of the article). Nasty.

Categories: technology
Posted by diego on April 29, 2003 at 9:05 PM

configuring courier imap: bring on the valium

You think I'm exaggerating eh?

Yeah, well, maybe. :-)

Then again, what to expect from software that, in the source distribution, comes with a file called "00.README.NOW.OR.SUFFER"???


I ended up getting an RPM package of it, for Red Hat Linux 7.2 (Mandrake). I created a new VM copy (for VMWare) and uninstalled UW IMAP from it, then installed courier.

It took me about an hour to discover that I had to create a ~user/Maildir directory using "maildirmake". Anyway, now it's configured and it appears that I can reproduce the IMAP problem that's been showing up with clevercactus in John Rubier's, and possibly also James Murphy's installation (James' problem could be different though, he uses an e-smith box, and as far as I can see that comes built it with UW IMAP--which I've tested against successfully. We'll see).

Anyway, now I can actually begin testing and finally fix this problem.

And I'll say again: VMWare rocks. :)

Categories: clevercactus
Posted by diego on April 29, 2003 at 12:02 PM

gerard's weblog

New in the blogsphere: Gerard Collin. Gerard's been really helpful in sending reports for spaces and now clevercactus.

Here's his first entry. Welcome! :-)

Categories: technology
Posted by diego on April 29, 2003 at 11:51 AM

Chewbacca will be back!

According to this CNN article, Chewbacca will be back in Star Wars Episode III. I wonder if, without Han Solo, Chewie would indeed be reduced, as Leia put it in Episode IV, to a "walking carpet."

It would be good nevertheless: the more characters there are, the less Jar Jar Binks there can be. :-)

Posted by diego on April 29, 2003 at 9:44 AM

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