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Thursday, June 20, 2002

Dirk's post about EMusic.com got me interested in their business. These guys are actually clearing rights with owners and making downloadable music in mp3 format available. Sure, you won't find madonna, but there's plenty of good stuff here. They even have an 80's section. Woe is me! And it's legal!

What's even slicker is their affiliate program.
Download, Play, Burn MP3s!!

it's like seeing a micro economy evolve before my very eyes. [Adam Curry: Adam Curry's Weblog]

comments   4:41:38 PM    

Class Warfare, Bush Style [Dan Gillmor's eJournal]

The shamelessness of the "death tax" opponents is always something to behold. Why? It's not a death tax at all.

The inheritance tax is about the windfall of wealth, unearned income that heirs get from those who leave large estates. It should be taxed as income.

Bullshit. You bust your ass your whole life, to leave a thriving business to your family, and when you die, the government gets a cut of the "income" your family inherits? If that isn't a tax on dying, I don't know what is. This tax was originally pushed through by Teddy roosevelt, as a means of getting income into the federal government at a time when there was no income tax, as means of "...wealth being shared with the less fortunate."

There are plenty of taxes out there now that can more than made up for any and all losses that the removal of this tax would incur. Even if they would not, I think it is long past time when the government should learn to live ona budget, much like the rest of the world.

comments   12:59:14 PM    

Bunch of MX studio tutorials

Tip of the Week: Getting Started with Dynamic Pages on Dreamweaver MX by George Jardine; re: ColdFusion, Dreamweaver. [Macromedia - Designer Developer Center]
Using ColdFusion MX in Distributed Mode by Michael Stillman; re: ColdFusion. [Macromedia - Designer Developer Center]
Configuring the ColdFusion MX Built-in Web Server by Stephen M. Gilson; re: ColdFusion. [Macromedia - Designer Developer Center]
ColdFusion MX Code Examples by Macromedia; re: ColdFusion. [Macromedia - Designer Developer Center]
Video Tutorials: Building Dynamic Sites with Dreamweaver MX by Mathew Pizzi; re: Dreamweaver. [Macromedia - Designer Developer Center]
Getting Started with Macromedia Dreamweaver MX by Garo Green of Lynda.com and Mark Fletcher; re: Dreamweaver. [Macromedia - Designer Developer Center]
Masking Effects in Fireworks MX by Japi Honoo; re: Fireworks. [Macromedia - Designer Developer Center]
Creating Macromedia Fireworks MX Documents from HTML by Tonya Estes; re: Fireworks. [Macromedia - Designer Developer Center]
The Fireworks MX Property Inspector by Macromedia; re: Fireworks. [Macromedia - Designer Developer Center]
Validating for Accessibility with Dreamweaver MX by Macromedia; re: Dreamweaver. [Macromedia - Designer Developer Center]
Consuming Web Services in Macromedia Flash using Macromedia ColdFusion MX by David Golden; re: ColdFusion, Macromedia Flash. [Macromedia - Designer Developer Center]
ColdFusion Extreme: ColdFusion MX Advanced Security Evolves by Rob Rusher; re: ColdFusion. [Macromedia - Designer Developer Center]
Pet Market: Designing Application Interfaces with Macromedia Flash MX by Brian Takle; re: Macromedia Flash, Macromedia Flash Player. [Macromedia - Designer Developer Center]
Pet Market: Best Practices for Building Rich Internet Applications with Macromedia Flash MX by Jason Hatcher; re: Macromedia Flash, Macromedia Flash Player. [Macromedia - Designer Developer Center]
Pet Market Process Map by Brian Takle; re: ColdFusion, Macromedia Flash. [Macromedia - Designer Developer Center]
Pet Market Architecture Tour by Jason Hatcher; re: ColdFusion, Macromedia Flash. [Macromedia - Designer Developer Center]
Logged In: Introduction to Pet Market by Steve Peterson; re: ColdFusion, Dreamweaver, JRun, Macromedia Flash, Macromedia Flash Player. [Macromedia - Designer Developer Center]
Pet Market Blueprint Application Center by Macromedia; re: ColdFusion, Dreamweaver, JRun, Macromedia Flash, Macromedia Flash Player. [Macromedia - Designer Developer Center]
Macromedia Flash Search Engine SDK
An important announcement, if only to silence the 'You can't search Flash content!' nay-sayers. [Flash Blog]

All courtesy of Vincent Flanders.

categories: Web stuff

comments   11:33:11 AM    

Take my cash, please

Wi-Fi in the Media Center. Toshiba's wireless network file server could be the hub of all data and entertainment communications in the home... the question is, who's going to buy it? [allNetDevices Wireless News]

Um, not me. The price point on this is far too high ($1440.00 US) for the basic unit, which, while it does have wireless access and 7 ethernet ports, also comes with only a 15 GB 4200 RPM hard drive. Personally, I'd rather convert one of my old boxes or build new rather than use this, just to learn how to do it.

comments   11:19:31 AM    

Rusty at K5 pioneers the non-profit model for collaborative Websites. Not a bad way to make a salary to do something you love to do. [John Robb's Radio Weblog]

Rusty has been doing some amazing stuff with K5, and I'm glad that he has come up with a business model that will support him in the short term, and hopefully in the long term as well.

categories: Business, Web stuff

comments   10:56:35 AM    

diffident: Dictionary.com Word of the Day. diffident [Dictionary.com Word of the Day]

categories: Words

comments   10:20:01 AM    

Harriet Lerner. "Anger is a signal, and one worth listening to." [Motivational Quotes of the Day]

comments   5:37:39 AM    

Are we starting to see a Moore's law at work in power?

Business Week>>>Good news is ahead, however: Unlike the relatively mature internal combustion technologies, fuel cells are improving in efficiency by about 30% a year, according to McNeil. "It's moving so fast," says Joseph Cargnelli, the vice-president for technology at Toronto fuel-cell concern Hydrogenics. "that a fuel-cell engine that we developed a year ago is outdated today due to new materials, more power density, and more robust construction."<<<  Note that fuels cells represent a jump in substrate for personal power generation.  As a result, the price performance improvements may accumulate quickly.  Right now, it is on a 2.5 year doubling rate.  Further, by decentralizing power production (fuel cells that run in the basement for $2 k a pop), transmission loss is eliminated. [John Robb's Radio Weblog]

I particularly like the rack mount generator from Hpower. 500W maximimum output, and it'll fit in a standard 19" server rack. Put a couple of these in your basement, coupled with your home servers, and you'll never have to stop surfing when the power goes out.

Alternately, if you have greater needs, and don't like the thought of hydrogen in your home, you can go with this unit. 3 to 10 kW and it runs of propane.

Having reliable power is a key part of helping business and industry thrive in rural and developing areas/nations. If you have the infrastructure where you can get propane delivered, this makes local power generation a possibility. Also, harsh winters where the power lines can break due to ice formation are no longer as issue, as again, you can locally generate your electricity (and heat) with these modules.  

comments   5:16:50 AM    

Trivia Post #2.

New on the Cable Dial: Interactive Games

"Susquehanna's 16,500 digital subscribers in York, Pa., are now able to tune to channel 998 on their cable boxes and play any one of six trivia games provided by Buzztime Entertainment, an interactive game provider that has until recently focused on restaurants and bars.

Viewers in York can compete against their neighbors in real time for prizes. Buzztime, a unit of NTN Communications, is seeking to add other cable operators to its trivia train, allowing viewers to race nationwide to their buzzers (which, in this case, are simply buttons on their remote controls). Playing the games is free with a digital cable subscription, but Buzztime hopes to offer other content for which it would charge." [New York Times, via Chris Van Buskirk's ITV Weblog]

This would give a whole new meaning to game night at our house! This is a smart move on the part of Susquehanna and Buzztime, because they obviously realize the built-in audience of librarians they're wrapping up.

[The Shifted Librarian]

I ahve a freind who lives in the York area and got to play with this breifly a few weeks ago, as he wasa a part of the testing gorup before this was rolled out, very cool, and similar to the trivia programs I've seen via satellite while vacationing in Europe. Cool tech! Let's hope it rolls out nationwide soon.

comments   12:22:16 AM    

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