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rants and raves

On the way

I am on the way. Errhh, that is; I am at Gardermoen (OSL). Norways main airport. Its a little over an hour before the plane leaves for London, then its on to San Francisco.

I was hoping to be able to access the net from Gardermoen, they do have a Wi-Fi hotspot, but the system is “closed”. No roaming with my ISP, and I would have had to first go to the SAS Hotel at the Airport to get a 24-hour-access pass. Sounds expensive, and not exactly what I need. I would have been much more impressed if they had implemented a credit card system for gaining access, or actually roamed with Norways biggest ISP.

Oh well, I guess its still early days when it comes to Wi-Fi here in Norway. Going to be interesting to see if I will be able to use the Wlan/Wi-Fi card at all on this trip… :-)

Its nice to have bluetooth and GPRS right now :-)

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rants and raves

San Francisco here I come.. :-)

Today I finally got the tickets. And its time to start counting down. 10 days left till I get on the airplane on the way to San Francisco. (A new first this time: Flying the HUGE 747).

As usual, it is the FlashForward conference that gets me over the big ocean. (I have not once been in the US without it having to do with FlashForward and Flash).

On the agenda for FlashForward this time: Several interviews with the top people in Flash for Flashmagazine, and helping Ultrashock.com become even better.

Expect a lot of photography to be posted to my gallery, this time – I will also be trying to make some short video clips. They will be posted with the help of Flash MX + Sorenson :-)

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rants and raves

Record companies above the law?

Copy-protected CD makers lose battle

Record companies have long been complaining about their “property” being misused, and has for a long time fought problems like bootlegging, unlicensed mp3 distribution etc.

The latest technology to fight unlawful use of their “property” is to make CDs with copy-protection software / mechanisms. The problem is of course that even regular CD players have problems with some of these copyright-protections.

All of this is fair enough, I don’t mind keeping away from CDs with copyright-protection technology, or having to return a CD now and again. (After all, once I have bought the CD, I should be able to play it on my computer, make MP3s for my own personal use, and use it in any CD or DVD player I might have. I can even legally distribute the music that I have bought to my close family and friends, according to norwegian law), but the latest news is that the record companies now apparently have started breaking the law to protect their “property”.

The record company MusicCity Records apparently thought they should have some extra protection in their copy-protection system, on one of their CDs the copy-protection system didn’t just protected the CD in the ways mentioned above, but also installed software that tracked personally identifiable information of the listener, and files and transfer on the listeners computer.

Personally I would think this is a bigger break of the law than any unlawful copying of the CD. And I can promise MusicCity that I won’t be buying any CDs from their record company in the future, and I hope everybody else will join me in that boycott.

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rants and raves

deja vu?

Ok, so it just hit me. I am going in circles, at least when it comes to my own homepage. I don’t know if I would be bold enough to call it a weblog, but back in 1996 I was actually writing frequently on my own homepage, and just as now, it was about everyone elses webpages *g*

Take a look (in norwegian)

I wonder if it means that I don’t really have anything to say?

(Although groups.google.com showing that I have posted more than 8000 postings on the Usenet might point in the opposite direction, fortunatly most of it is in norwegian *g*)

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anti-spam rants and raves

To be global or to be spammed?

Not All Asian E-Mail Is Spam

..is the title of an Wired article, addressing something that Sysadmins around the world has know for a long time – asian ISPs don’t care about spam, and don’t do anything about it. Which in turn has made spammers start using asian ISPs to peddle their garbage.

Not suprisingly, that has led many ISPs to start blocking ALL e-mails coming from asian ip-addresses.

I have to admit that I have been tempted to do the same. Especially with one of my e-mail addresses that I have been using for many years on Usenet, which now regulary recieves huge amount of (to me) unreadable spam. I am sure I have deleted some valid e-mails from that account too – and none of the anti-spam solutions I am using to filter the e-mail account of spam has worked so far, so even though it would mean blocking out ordinary asian users, I am starting to contemplate blocking all e-mails comming from asian ISPs, untill they start to take spam seriously.

The most interesting comment regarding spam has to come from a Hong Kong computer store owner: “It’s a sign of respect that someone sends you an electric business card. It means he wants you as a customer”

I only wish I had his fax number, I would have loved to send him my electronic business card – for hours on end.

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Remember my gallery

Beautiful

Just wanted to show you all this picture, to keep you reminded about my gallery. Expect some new pictures in there VERY soon!