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Deep linking

Doc Searls and John Dowdell is two of many that have picked up on the interesting linking policy over at What are organizations thinking when they start to tell people to ask for permission before linking? And what are they doing about various search engines, such as Google? Not to mention, what legal options do they have to enforce their prohibition to link to [Update] Wired have an article about and their deep linking policy as well as the response from the weblog community. [Update II] A

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Fight the CBDTPA

The Electronic Frontier Foundation Action Center has chosen to use Flash to make a fun animation about the CBDTPA, but the issue is serious enough. Big media corporations are trying to take away ownership from the consumers and make you and me pay for every single version of a digital work we consume. Imagine having to pay 4 times to have the same song on a CD, your MP3 player, your own CD-compilation for the car and on your computer. That is what Disney and others in reality is trying

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OpenOffice 1.0

At the beginning of this month OpenOffice released version 1.0 of their office suite. I haven’t had the time to check it out before now. I used to use Sun’s StarOffice (which is now out in version 6.0, selling for about 80 dollars). OpenOffice 1.0 is an impressive package, and is replacing StarOffice 5.2 on my system. Its available for all Linux, Solaris and Windows. For Mac OS X there is a beta available. OpenOffice 1.0 is noticably faster to start than StarOffice 5.2, and its not trying to pretend

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More Internet Explorer vulnerabilities

If you are a Windows/Internet Explorer user, please pay attention. Quote from the Technote: Impact of vulnerability: Six new vulnerabilities, the most serious of which could allow code of attacker’s choice to run. Solution? Get the 2 MB security fix from Microsoft or Get the fastest browser on earth (Opera). Its also a good browser to try if you are on Linux or Mac.

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Macromedia VS Adobe 1-1

The battle in the courts move on, and this time Macromedia scores. Yahoo – Macromedia Wins Patent Counterclaims Trial Against Adobe Macromedia, Inc. (Nasdaq: MACR – News) today announced that a jury ruled in its favor in a counterclaims suit against Adobe Systems. The verdict included a damage award of $4.9 million. Macromedia intends to ask the court to issue an injunction to stop Adobe’s infringement, and also intends to appeal the verdict in the initial Adobe case. … “The score is now Adobe one, Macromedia one, customers zero,” said

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Hoopla and Verisign

Seems it is wise to stay far away from Verisign. On a related note, we have been moving domains from Verisign for a while at Webhead since Verisign has failed to supply us with anything resembling an ISP tool. We did however consider using them for our own and clients payment systems, but reading horror stories like the one above has made me think twice about doing business with them.

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