My daughter’s favorite possession is now her Nook Color tablet.
She had initially wanted a Nintendo 3DS, and had shown enviable discipline in saving enough money to purchase one outright. But, after checking out her mom’s Nook Color and weighing the additional costs of purchasing games in addition to the device itself, she started to waver.
First, it was the games.
We are fairly well invested in Android games. I had lived vicariously through Amazon’s Free Android App of the Day promotion and had amassed quite the flotilla of time-wasting apps: Cut the Rope, Angry Birds, Monopoly and Enchanted Forest — all free to her.
She could also browse the web, and since the NC serves as a wi-fi tablet, it allows us to control her internet usage. Toss in Netflix, free word processor software and calculator for homework and she had pretty much made up her mind. When she found out that a refurb could be had for significantly less than the 3DS, she was sold. She had one request of SuperGeek Dad: she wanted access to her Kindle eBooks, and her electronic Bible.
The Pirate Bay has moved to an .se domain for safety as many other pirate sites have sunk or run ashore.
However, Eric Limer from Geek O System has found that even if The Pirate Bay disappears on the horizon, the ghost ship will keep sailing:
A Seattle woman was visiting her local library with her children, when she noticed a man viewing pornography on the library computers. The Seattle mother didn’t ask the librarian to remove the man from the library or even have him kicked-off the computers. No, she simply asked if the man could be relocated to a more discreet location.
The librarian refused.
Seattle Public Library spokeswoman Andra Addison said,
Finally, there is something you can do with all those mp3s you have overplayed and now hate. Or, that singer you once liked that got hooked on drugs and a bad-boy husband, and is consequently not a role model anymore.
Now you can legally sell those mp3s.
Last week, I had a great post just pop in my head. I quickly wrote it out and sent it off to a few friends who serve as my personal editorial board. They came back with some suggestions, but overall, the feedback was positive.
Then, I read the post myself.
I had accurately, concisely, and—if I may be so immodest— humorously described the Church’s problem with “quality control,” doing church with excellence. Yet, there was one serious problem:
I hadn’t actually offered a solution.
Will the end of SOPA be the end of Hollywood?
Only if Hollywood continues to fight the forward momentum of technology. If they play their cards right, they could find a new and evolved revenue stream.
Meanwhile, one of the biggest forms of online piracy is the illegal download of movies. Can you really blame them for trying to stop this?
Here are the top ten pirated movies of all time:
In today’s tech battles, one of the prime weapons used between competing companies is patents.
Patents were originally created to promote technology, whereas now, it used for high priced lawsuits and “tech-industry shakedowns” that can kill an upstart before it can even gain any footing.
Here’s a sharp look at the problem with today’s patent system:
Have we let our mobile technology get out of control?
Whether it be in a church service or a movie theater, the sound of an imposing ring tone is hardly welcomed, but usually tolerated. What makes it worse, is ring tones are meant to get your attention, so they’re intrusive by nature.
Can you imagine a smartphone ringing during the climax of a song being performed at the New York philharmonic?
On the front row?
Well, you don’t have to imagine it, because it actually happened.
If you thought SOPA sounded bad, try living in China!
The likes of Facebook and Twitter are already blocked by the ‘Great Firewall’ and now the Chinese authorities are putting together measures requiring bloggers register their full name.
Micro blogging, known as ‘weibo’, is becoming hugely popular in China with over 350 million people already having accounts.
In December 2011, Chinese cities including Beijing and Shenzhen, authorities began requiring weibo users to register with their real names before they could start blogging.
Now, name verification will rolled out across the whole country and existing users will be to register at a later date.
Wang Chen, the minister in charge of the State Council Information Office, is quoted as saying:
In the last 24 hours, my indifference to SOPA and PIPA was essentially overridden by the torrent (pun intended) of anti-SOPA content streaming (also pun intended) through each and every communication medium.
Even the the sanctity of my email inbox was violated when one of my two email-subscribed blogs delivered a passionate plea for a free and open Internet. I’d done my best to ignore the issue.
What finally provided me with the necessary motivation to dig into the issue, however, was a tweet by Hollywood DP, Rodney Charters.