30 Dec

A guide to MP3 tools

Here’s a step-by-step tutorial to managing and growing an MP3 collection, based on software suggestions and tips. Your mileage may vary, and I’m still learning, but this should help newbies get started, and teach a thing or two to more advanced users. More related information can be found at sites such as CD-RW.org and CD Freaks.
Most of these programs are often updated, so I removed version numbers to prevent rapid obsolescence of this post. Generally speaking, just use the latest (non beta) releases.

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29 Dec

Fad vs. Intrinsic Property

Dan Bricklin:

"Why are [short-term fads such as start pages or ring tones] viewed as permanent properties of a technology so companies spend real money chasing them thinking they’ll last and grow forever? I think they are great examples of not understanding the evolution of people using technology, mixing fashion (which has very fleeting elements — as you can find in a secondhand store) with inherent properties and confusing them."

29 Dec

Google is going to syndicate

Google is going to syndicate ads:

"Google’s new syndication program will put your ad on several popular sites, which means more new users see your ad — increasing your reach to a wider audience of potential customers across the Web. The Google syndication program launches in the next 1-2 months."

01/02/02 update: what was I thinking? I should have mentioned this is possibly serious competition for Overture.

28 Dec

Diller’s move online may signal new era for sector

CNet:

"It felt like the dot-com era all over again last week, when USA Networks Inc Chief Executive Barry Diller said he would spend up to $4 billion on Internet investments and rename his company USA Interactive."

Is Barry Diller going to help Vivendi Universal have an online strategy that makes sense (instead of spectacular non-events such as Vizzavi)? I don’t know how substantial this suit (seeking to block the deal between USA Networks and VU) is.

28 Dec

BGP Geopolitical Analysis

Caida.org:

"The worldwide distribution of Internet resources and address space is highly non- uniform. We present an analysis comparing five demographic measures against three measures of Internet resources, stratified by continent with substratification by country. We found that two continents and one country consume a much larger share of Internet resource allocation than predicted by their demographic measures of size."

23 Dec

Parallax paradox

Infoworld, reporting from a parallel universe where the DMCA would have been passed about 50 years ago:

"Perhaps not surprisingly, since all consortium members manufacture both televisions and PCs, Gates scoffed at these "freebooter" notions. "We firmly endorse, and hold as sacrosanct, the concept that all programming — what we in the trade call the ‘soft wares’ — must be authorized by and purchased from the manufacturer of the device it will run on," he told the committee in no uncertain terms."

22 Dec

Coming Soon: Hollywood Versus the Internet

Mike Godwin:

"The consequences of the outcome of the struggle between the Content Faction and the Tech Faction fight are huge. At the heart of the fight are two questions: whether computer users can continue to be allowed to have the abilities that computers have had since their invention, and whether the content companies can survive in a world in which users have that power. What’s been missing from the debate so far has been the users themselves."