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What Will They Think of Next?

Dec 30, 2007 / 3 Replies The good ol' RIAA is at it again.

This time (especially), on ridiculous and unreasonable grounds.

PL: "If you start down this path now, when will it end?"
NV: "It ends when we've won."

The Bourne Ultimatum

What qualifies 'winning'?

It's highly unlikely that they'll win, but judging by their last suit, who knows?

If they DO win, what does this mean for you, myself and everyone else who has music on their computer for transfer to an MP3 player or similar device? What about iTunes Plus?

Too many consequences come to mind, and there are just TOO many people "breaking the law" for the RIAA to "win" against. It's just pointless and insane in my opinion. The RIAA definitely doesn't have anything better to do.

Also, what about those individuals back in the 70's and 80's who were copying those 12" LPs onto Maxell cassettes? Does this mean they are going to start digging through my cassette drawer?

Am I off my rocker, or are things getting a little shadier in our digital world?

Like The Movies

Sep 30, 2005 / 1 Reply This seems like it was taken from the movies these days, or is it the other way around: the movies taking things like this from reality? It's hard to determine which would've come first in this case. I can think of a few movies, but still...

I remember reading a similar story a while ago about teenagers and killing and how it was traced back to Grand Theft Auto. This goes to show you the influence of movies on society...if that was the case. On the other hand, it goes to show how well Hollywood can depict society.

I'm just impressed (in an odd way) that someone pulled something like this off.

Apple Buzz

Jun 2, 2005 / 8 Replies I was sorting photos with a friend of mine in our school's Audio/Visual Lab tonight. Music was playing and a DVD was burning on a nearby Apple G5. Five minutes into the burning process a weird buzzing/rattling sound issued from the G5. We looked at eachother, shrugged, and continued sorting. Not having burned many DVDs on those computers, I wasn't sure if it was the disc rattling, one of the fans, or if something was wrong with the computer. It continued intermittently throughout the burning process until finally the disc was done. My buddy went over to start a new DVD and it was then that we discovered what was causing the odd rattly/buzzy sound.

As he swapped DVDs, he noticed something moving and poking out of the holes of the front of the G5.

* If you've never seen the front of a G5 here ya go! *

"A bee!" he says and pushes away from the computer and then grapples back to get a closer look. Sure enough, there was a member of the Hymenoptera family scrambling along the inside front-grill of the G5 trying to get out. He wondered how it got in there and I realized that the fan ports at the back of the machine (also pictured) are large enough for an insect such as itself to squeeze in. The computer was also warm so I'm sure it wanted in. We were constantly swapping DVDs and always worried that at any minute it might find it's way to the DVD bay and fly out. I didn't think Dylan would appreciate the front of the computer being saturated with an insect killer so I let the insect be (no pun intended). It was still inside when I left for the evening and unless it finds it's way out, we'll have a watch-bee guarding our lab for the next few hours until it dies.

Moral of the story: Don't position a G5 in front of an open window on a nice summer day in Oregon. :D

Hey Dylan, could you check and see if my little friend is still around?

Not Mega.....but Giga!

Nov 22, 2004 / 1 Reply Have you ever seen a 2.5 Gigapixel photo? Didn't think so.

Halloween Commercial

Oct 31, 2004 / 1 Reply This is a halloween appropriate car commercial. Make sure your sound is on a little louder than normal because I found I could hear the ghost a bit before I saw it. Read the full text before allowing the video to play.

Car Commercial

Opinion Needed

Aug 13, 2004 / 2 Replies I've been killing myself for days and days on the layout of my links page. Mboffin helped me a bunch with getting everything working browser wise, but I still have this aching question which I need a users viewpoint on.

Which to you would make more sense, be more attractive, not grab your attention, etc.?:

If my link descriptions were staggered like this:

Backcountrysnow.com - My Site
1.com - Just 1
Mboffin.com - Description here.

OR, where the descriptions are all aligned to the same left-margin. I tried to mock it up but it was really really annoying in the posting window and I don't have time to make the real thing.

Any suggestions to how the two colums (one with links and the other descriptions) should look are gladly appreciated.



Jun 12, 2004 / 14 Replies That's all I have to say.

© Copyrights

May 22, 2004 / 2 Replies One aspect of web design I've never really had the balls to deal with before was the legal side of things. Sure we can all put a copyright symbol and the letters c-o-p-y-r-i-g-h-t on our sites, but is it true? I mean, can I take someone to court if they take some personal idea off my site and use it as their own? What's the extent of the copyright at the bottom and is it really valid? If not, what do I have to do to obtain a valid copyright notice?

Never-never Land

May 14, 2004 / 8 Replies I tell you, never ever ever ever...EVER go with cheap hosting, unless they specify how often they backup and you have verification from them personally that they backup that frequently.

The sadness that brings on my recent outrage is 7 months of ASP/HTML development files down the tubes all because of some lousy MS Server Error. I was just getting some users too. I know you're all going to say you get what you pay for, but you'd think they'd run a backup of people who are paying them 50 bucks a year more often than once ever 7+ months. Of course I do my own backups, but the database was just largely added to after I backed up and then WHOOMPF...gone! Moral of the story is: never buy hosting from anyone unless you have proof of their backup period. Seriously, how hard is it to copy 5 megs of data to a hard drive every once in a while? I'll get off my soap-box and hear what you have to say.

Image Size

Apr 17, 2004 / 2 Replies Who can tell me what the standard image resolution (size, whatever you want to call it) would be for a photograph posted on a website. It wouldn't be meant to download as wallpaper, just to view in the browser. It seems a lot of people are at 1024 x 768 these days so should I go smaller or should I make em 1024 x 768. I don't think there's any written rule on this, but what size do you think works best?

Speaking of standards, which is the best way to compress video clips for the web as well. Straight from Mini-DV to the compressor. Mpeg, .mov or what?