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Too Much TV

An article at the New York Times got me thinking again about the tension between consumers and producers of content. The article talks about how people are starting to use computers to exert control over their consumption of television. I like this bit where someone finally gets it:

"These high-tech tricks address desires that have become standard in an age of instant media gratification: the desire to watch what you want, when and how you want it."

Replace "watch" with "listen" and think about the business model Apple has with Itunes. People don't want to steal things digitally. At least [I think], most people --they just want what they want, and they want it now.

Some people get that. Steve Jobs does. I think Bill Gates does. For sure Mark Cuban does:

"So Hollywood has a choice. They can change their business model of windowed distribution of movies and significantly impede any potential impact of camcordering and internet downloads. How?"

"They can release DVDs day and date with their theatrical release. Let the customer consume the movie exactly the way the customer wants to get it. What a concept. Shocking isn't it."

Lawrence Lessig: "Free Culture":

"The way people connect to the Internet (wires vs. wireless) is changing very quickly. No doubt the network should not become a tool for "stealing" from artists. But neither should the law become a tool to entrench one particular way in which artists (or more accurately, distributors) get paid.

For now I have stopped using my mythtv box. Too much time watching it. Seemed silly to maintain one just so I could watch Sealab 2021. Time to read. Study. Think more, watch less. That's where Sealab was perfect. It's only like 10 minutes long --not even long enough to squeeze in a commercial. I can do tv at 10 minutes a week. Or can I...

NYTimes: Steal This Show (Lorne Manly and John Markoff)

Blog Maverick: Is it illegal to collect movies? (Mark Cuban)


New Design For Kacked

I liked the old design I had for the site. I didn't like the way it looked on my roommate's computer. It had problems rendering properly on IE and Firefox. It might have something to do with the lower screen resolution he's running at.

I figured it didn't look right for most people that came to the site. Even though I had installed IE on my linux desktop machine and previewed it --it looked fine on IE on linux...

So, that's the deal with the new look. Hopefully it's more compatible with Internet Explorer in general (since that's what most people still use --why they still use it is another question.)

The color scheme kind of sucks but it's the best I could do yesterday. Put some more work into it soon.

But anyway, does it render ok on your machine?


Openbsd Upgrade: Server Problem

Tried upgrading my server OS from Openbsd 3.5 to 3.6. I didn't figure it was going to be easy and I was right. Ended up hosing out the whole thing. Had to restore from backup. Mail and web server have been down for a few days.

Starting to get things back in order, but if things look different --that's why.


Problems With Spam

Past several months been getting a lot of spam in the comments of my site. Kept searching on google for something to fix it but couldn't figure out the right search terms. Getting pretty bad past couple days --damn spambots hitting my site every couple hours. Got tired of erasing their comments (links to porn sites.)

I don't know if I finally came up with a search term that worked or if comments spam was such a problems for others that they wrote some software to deal with it. Guess it was both.

I had been looking for some kind of "drop in" software I could adapt which implements that thing you see when you sign up for accounts or access some feature that people don't want bots accessing (see the whois feature on godaddy.com to see what I mean. (try the whois feature on godaddy.com to see what I mean.) The thing where you have to enter some slightly obscured numbers and letters in order to continue. Anyway, so now I know, this is called "captcha" and there are a couple of plugins available now for blosxom.

I like the way the one Bill Ward wrote works, or I guess maybe I mean looks:

Bill Ward: Captcha Plugin

But I wasn't able to get that one working. Near as I can tell it requires me to upgrade my Openbsd from 3.5 to 3.6.

So, I setup this one instead:

Pasi Savolainen: Blosxom Captcha Plugin

The ascii art looks kind of goofy, but it was much easier to setup. Adios comment spammers (and thanks Pasi!)

I'll try setting up the other one later, after upgrading to Openbsd 3.6 (since this is a good idea anyway.) But for now it works. At least kind of. It doesn't seem to display correctly in all browsers and all screen resolutions. And this reminds me that my site looks like crap at lower screen resolutions. I'll just have to bite the bullet and fix this.



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