archive for February, 2004

Telltale Weekly

On Boing Boing today there was an announcement that Telltale Weekly has released its first set of audio recordings. Telltale’s plan is to release at least one new audiobook every week in a non-DRM format. For now, that means mp3 or ogg. The books/short stories/poems/etc… will be sold for under a dollar (some will be free) via Bitpass for the first 5 years or 100,000 purchases (whichever comes first), and then released under the Creative Commons Attribution license.

It’s a great idea. I just wish I had an mp3 player so I could take advantage of it. I also hope that they’ll be able to come up with a nice selection of modern work.

Especial

What is this word especial? How is it different from the regular old special? Are there times when one should say especial instead of special?

Grey Tuesday

Lessig has an interesting blog post about Grey Tuesday. It’s worth checking out if you’re curious about such things.

Gigantic

I watched Gigantic: A Tale of Two Johns again, this time with my mother-in-law. I think we all had a fun time. If you haven’t seen it, it’s available on Netflix, and at your local or internet DVD stores. You could even borrow it from a friend who owns a copy, but I bet you knew that. Anyway, I like it and I think you might too.

Dream Log: Sharing

I just woke up from dream. I’ll try to log it here. I was chatting with some head guy from an anti-virus company. He was telling me how they have something like 300,000 real customers today, most of them were gained over the last 5 years because of the growth of the Internet, and the growth of virus threats. He then told me that in the coming years, they’ll be expanding their business by helping people connect with each other, and protecting that connection.

For example, he said that they would “musicate” people. I asked him to repeat the word, not being sure what he said or meant, and he just handed me a couple of books. The first book I looked at hand a cartoon strip across the front. The first cell showed a picture of a couple of women in a cafe drinking coffee. The second was a little more modern and said something about drinking Coke with a friend. I think the next one showed a diet soda, then it was Aquafina bragging about how healthy it was to drink water, etc… I think there were five cells the last one probably showed Starbucks. The general idea was how people are always sucked into fads, and that they cycle. The only other things I remember about the books is that they were paper back, had blue and white covers, and one of them said something about GNU on the cover. That’s about when I woke up.

For some reason, the first thoughts I had when I woke up were about sharing music online. How radio isn’t a substitute for buying CDs, and CDs aren’t a replacement for attending a live performance. Sorry for waisting your time, but I have no idea what any of this means.

Noriega Hotel

I created a little mini-site for the Noriega Hotel. It’s not much to look at (the site, or the restaurant), but it has pretty much all of the information you’ll need to find a great meal. Our family has been going there for as long as I can remember, so I’m pretty excited about getting to go this weekend with friends and family. See you there!

Indian Food

I love Indian food, along with a lot of other kinds of food, but Indian food is way up there on this list. It’s got to be the spices. I swear that they put something addictive in there. The good news is that tonight, we’re going to a local Indian restaurant. The great news is that we’re going there with a bunch of friends! This is going to rock.

Linux Gaming Console

I’m sure there’s some good reason why this hasn’t happened yet, but wouldn’t it be cool if someone sold a gaming console that was basically a stripped down PC? No, I don’t mean Xbox. I mean something that isn’t crippled with DRM hardware and software. All you’d really need is: a CPU, motherboard, half a gigabyte of ram or so, video card, sound card, network card, DVD player, small hard drive, and USB connectors. You wouldn’t even need to put an operating system on hardware. Each DVD could come with an OS of its own (something like the knoppix CDs, and the hard drive could store the drivers for whatever hardware was on the system. Because all of the hardware would be standard PC hardware, anybody (Dell, Gateway, BestBuy, whoever…) could make and sell systems, and because the OS comes on the DVD, game companies are in full control of what’s available.

Of course, the system could be used for much more than gaming. Knoppix comes with web browsing and office type software. With a big enough hard drive, the system could be used as a DVR, and media library. I think the enormous flexibility provided with this kind of system could make it a serious competitor with the current gaming systems. On the other hand, the openness of the system means that no one vendor can own it — that’s good for the consumer, but it makes it a bit more risky for the hardware vendor (but no more risky than the PC market).

Mini-sites

I’m thinking that I’m going to make part of ApeJet a collection of mini-sites. You’ll be able to find it at http://www.apejet.org/sites/ once it’s ready. Each mini-site will probably be no more than a few pages about a given topic. I’ve already started the mini-site for ApeJet Blog, and I’m sure I’ll have plenty of new ideas for more mini-sites as time goes on. Maybe some of them will even spin off to be entire domains or subdomains of their own, that could be fun. 🙂

ApeJet Blog 1.0 Released

Today I’m releasing what I’m calling ApeJet Blog 1.0 (current location) under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 1.0 license. I wrote ApeJet Blog over the last half a year or so so that I would have a easy to use blogging application that I’d be able to use just about anywhere, and so that I’d be able to easily add features to it. Originally, I named it Sapling, but I decided to rename it after finding out that Sapling is a registered trademark, even thought it’s not for a similar product. (See? I haven’t forgotten about FireBird yet.)

I’ve started the process of creating a SourceForge project for it. If it is approved, it should go live by the middle of next week. SourceForge requires you to release your code under a license that is compatible with the Open Source Initiative‘s open source definition. Unfortunately, none of the Creative Commons’ licenses are yet recognized by SourceForge. This is a little disappointing because the great thing about the Creative Commons’ licenses is that they are so easy for the layman to understand and they apply to anything that can be copyrighted. The license I chose allows anyone to do anything they want ApeJet Blog as long as they give me credit for what I did, and that they release any changes that they make to it available under the same terms.

I don’t really expect anybody else to use ApeJet Blog because there are plenty of other very mature blogging tools available. Then again, who knows… ApeJet Blog does fit a slightly different niche than the rest, maybe someone else can use it too. Actually, I expect that in the next year or so, I’ll switch to something better. There’s a new standard forming that should be much better than RSS for blogging, and I doubt I’ll have time to upgrade ApeJet Blog. For today however, what I have works well and I’m happy to share it with everyone else.

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