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Interesting Modifications, More on Filesharing, and just a Splash of SCO
Posted Mar 31, 2004 - 17:53:04

I declare nerd season open!

I feel the need to start out today listing a variety of mods that I think are just neat. We'll start out with one that is, by far, the only useful one. That's right... I'm going to talk about something useful.

What I'm talking about, is an interesting TechTV article on how to transform a disposable digital camera into a regular one. That's right, you can spend $11 on a 1.3 megapixel camera. That's actually a pretty good deal. It's a neat idea, and if I had a Wolf Camera in Eau Claire, I'd probably be trying it myself (for the heck of it).

The next two mods are of the more tradional "completely useless, but cool" variety. Cardboard is the theme.

One guy thought it was a good idea to put a PC in a Windows XP box. Yeah, that's right he installed a computer in software packaging. As I said before, completely useless... but ever so cool. Also, the guy who runs the Portable Atari site decided to install a computer in a Miller Genuine Draft 24 pack box. Again, very cool.

But, on to slighty more serious grounds. I've been talking about the Recording industry and their ill-handling of filesharing on a regular basis lately, and I've got some good news and bad news today.

The good news is that a Canadian court has said that ISPs don't have to give out customer information to the Canadian recording industry. This is fantastic news.

The bad news though, is that the London based International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI) has filed 247 new lawsuits in various parts of Europe and Canada. Oh joy. I swear, pretty soon all of the recording industry's income is going to be from lawsuits... yeesh.

Finally, my last news item for the day is that IBM has filed a declaratory lawsuit against SCO. If they can win that, they can make all of their problems with SCO go a way. SCO has been engaged in a legal battle with IBM over allegedly stealing portions of their Unix source code and inserting it into Linux. (I will mention that there is debate as to whether or not SCO owns the copyrights to Unix, as they have another legal battle with Novell going on as well).

Sigh. Tomorrow we'll be returning to the life and times of Trae, but for today I think I've given you enough to read anyways.
- Traegorn

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