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  Wednesday, October 2, 2002

More Frame 7 and XML

Berkeley STC has a presentation scheduled for next Wednesday, October 9, on the new Adobe FrameMaker 7 and its XML features. If you missed the Silicon Valley STC July meeting, here's another chance to hear about it.

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Humble update--

Yesterday I accused Guy of not linking to me, thus adversely affecting my Google standing. He corrected my error in what is, I believe, the very first comment received by this blog. Thanks, Guy! Algorithms be damned, let the Google wars begin!

Later: Dang, wrong again! Guy actually commented back on 9/20, and I missed it. Guess I owe him one.

Even later: OK, now we x-link.

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Headlines I actually expect to see:

The Onion | Bush Seeks U.N. Support For 'U.S. Does Whatever It Wants' Plan [Daypop Top 40]

The Onion | RIAA Sues Radio Stations For Giving Away Free Music [Daypop Top 40]

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"I love deadlines. I like the whooshing sound they make as they fly by."

Douglas Adams. [Quotes of the Day]

Ah, if it was only that easy. Got the word today that my next deadline moved up three days (yes, up, as in sooner). And that it's hard and fast--absolutely no slippage allowed. I've made it clear that moving the deadline is the same as a change in scope: less information, less complete, less useful.

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Finally, a bill for the rest of us

Zoe Lofgren, the congressperson for much of Silicon Valley (California District 16), has introduced a bill for the rest of us: the "Digital Choice and Freedom Act of 2002." It aims to reaffirm fair-use rights for both digital and analog copyright material. About time.

Of course I wrote my congressperson right away:

Dear Representative Farr:

I am writing in support of Representative Zoe Lofgrenís recently introduced legislation, the Digital Choice and Freedom Act of 2002.

Consumer rights have been forgotten in the battle between Hollywood and Silicon Valley for control of copyright materials. Itís time that my rights be reiterated and strengthened. Hollywood wants too much control, which threatens creativity and innovation, and tramples on consumer rights to fair use of copyright material in a manner convenient to the user. The Digital Choice and Freedom Act of 2002 will help to confirm those rights.

I urge you to show your support for my rights by co-sponsoring Ms. Lofgrenís bill. Show me that you care.

I use digital media; Iím not a pirate; I vote.


Fred Sampson


Here's an article from the San Jose Mercury about the bill: Mercury News | 10/01/2002 | New bills aim to protect consumers' use of digital media [Daypop Top 40]

And Slashdot joins in with links to the bill's full text.

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