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Comments from John Dowdell on AMF-PHP

Robert had some concerns about how Macromedia will respond to the AMF-PHP project. So its nice to see John write about AMF PHP legalities. Or not write about, depending on how you look at it ;-)

Anyway, if you’ve read this far, yes, I don’t know anything about the legalities of all this. ;-) If you need something ironclad then I’d recommend contacting the lawyers directly. I haven’t seen any red flags in this area, for whatever that’s worth.

He has, however, some nice comments on AMF-PHP and to me it seems like the culture of Macromedia is pretty open to these kind of projects, so then all we have to wonder is if the legal department agrees ;-)

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The patent system is sick

And it seems to be especially ill in the US. Lately a lot of crazy patents has surfaced as the companies that succeeded acquiring them have tried to enforce them.

The latest evidence of the illness and cluelessness of the patent system as it is today, is the news story about SBC Communications (american telco and ISP), a company that claims they have a patent on “A structured document browser includes a constant user interface for displaying and viewing sections of a document that is organized according to a pre-defined structure”. (US patent no. 5,933,841 called the “Structured Document Browser”)

According to SBC, an example of this “structured document browser” would be the links you see on the right side of this site (the archive etc). The patent was granted in 1999 – and even I can show prior art to that kind of navigation from before the patent was granted.

In my opinion the whole patent system is faulted when such obvious misrepresentations of IP surfaces. There really has to become harder to take out patents, especially in the US.

More information on the SBC Communications patent case: Google News: SBC Communications

The best news story about SBC Communications patent claims so far seems to be the ZDNet story

In an email sent to the site www.museumtour.com, SBC said “… your site includes several selectors or tabs that… seem to reside in their own frame or part of the user interface. [These] appear to infringe several issued claims in our patent.” The company also included a schedule of fees, which show that the ‘base rate’ for licensing for a company with a $100,000 (£62,000) turnover is $5,270 (£3,300) a year, rising to $16m for a $10bn company.

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We interrupt this blog to bring you..

Something to think about?

Technical Difficulties

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zzzZZZZ ohh.. ehh.. hmm. hi!

Sorry about that. I haven’t been sleeping (really) but I have been very busy starting a new business in a completely new field.

I guess I should have informed you all about what has been going on, but it just hasn’t been the time or opportunity to do it.

Flashguru is writing about the slow-down in the Flash blogs (or rather, the total silence from some of the blogs, including mine). I have been keeping updated on the other blogs and seen some interesting things happening – and miss seeing a lot of other things. I will try to have time to share some of that with you all this weekend.

In the meantime, I would highly recommend using Flog to keep updated on the various Flash blogs, it shows a chronological view of the postings on a number of interesting Flash blogs.

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How radio got boring

I worked in radio for about 10 years here in Norway, and I could write a long rant about how the radio business has changed in Norway, how it used to be a lot more personal and interesting (I think the operative word is Fresh) than it is today. And I might just do that one day, but for now you will have to stick with reading about how radio got boring in the USA, in the San Diego Union-Tribune: Mourning DJs

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Norway, the greatest place on Earth?

Interesting article about Norway in the Independent today. Interesting because it paints , a for me, strange picture of how life is in Norway. Yes, it is expensive here. I just came back from dinner for two with my wife and it set us back about $120 (everything included at what is probably the best chinese restaurant in Europe – but I know.. still utterly expensive).

The english journalist has obviously spent some time in Norway – and he went directly to the most expensive place to go in Oslo (and probably Norway) – Aker Brygge (Like the Docklands in the UK, or any other fancy harbour area anywhere) and claims that the prices for beer and food is about the same anywhere else in Norway.

Still its always fun to read about the country you live in seen with foreign eyes. And its a long article. The journalist is obviously trying to make sense of why Norway is the best place in the world to live (according to UN’s Human Development Report)

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Video: Must see

Kylie in her own lingerie (ad for her own brand).

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Behind the typeface: Cooper Black

Behind the typeface: Cooper Black is a cool presentation based on VH1’s Behind The Music concept. Its made by Cheshire Dave and was a made as a “birthday present” for his site Mastication is normal. I think its a well made and funny presentation, and hope that Chesh will follow up with other presentations of other typefaces.

[Via Chris MacGregor]

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Be advised: Its Sysadmin Appreciation Day today

Remember that its System Administrator Appreciation Day today. Maybe you should give your SysAdmin some extra attention today?

Geek cartoon UserFriendly has a strip about this special day.

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This is not fair…

I am trying to have some kind of a weblog vacation here – starting up a new company, trying to get some way overdue stuff done, and at the same time trying to at least sense that its summer, and then there are so many cool projects going on that I can’t ignore them.

Not fair at all. But you have been warned, I will probably – most likely – hopefully, not post so much in the week(s) to come. But trust me to not keep quiet when I see something I think is cool.