Big Entertainment's Century-long Technophobic Binge: 100 years of Big Content Fearing Technology--In Its Own Words.Submitted by ant on Mon, 10/12/2009 - 1:43am. Art/Design | Audio | Development/Quality Assurance (QA) Testing | Hacking/Modification/Cracking | History | Internet/Network | New Version/Update/Upgrade | Personal | Politics/Laws/Rules | Reading Materials | Religion/Culture | Sight Seeings | Software | T(elevision/V/elly) (S(serie/how)/Movie/Film)s | Technology
This two pages Arstechnica article talks about the last "100 years of Big Content fearing technology--in its own words... rightsholders have fretted about everything from the player piano to the video casette recorder (VCR) to digital television (TV) to Napster. Here are those objections, in Big Content's own words...
This Computerworld blog reports The Linux Foundation's report (portable document format/PDF) on who writes Linux -- "... Linux isn't written by lonely nerds hiding out in their parents' basements. It's written by people working for major companies -- many of them businesses that you probably don't associate with Linux.
This Jakob Nielsen's Useit.com Alertbox talks about how "usability suffers when users type in passwords and the only feedback they get is a row of bullets.
Like teenagers, computers are built to hook up. Abstinence doesn't work for Information Technology (IT) or for teens.Submitted by ant on Sat, 06/27/2009 - 10:26am. Communication | Education/School | General Computing | Hacking/Modification/Cracking | Hardware | History | Internet/Network | Personal | Reading Materials | Religion/Culture | Security/Privacy | Software | Technology | Windows
Guardian reports "Like teenagers, computers are built to hook up. Demanding that users abstain from net will never work when they need it for their jobs. Better to practise safe hex. While Information Technology (IT) departments may wish to restrict users' connections, they are less eager to obey such limits themselves..."
HongPong's Everything2 idea shares "how geeks are changing a totally illogical grammar rule, the slow reversal of periods and quotation marks. According to 'Elements of Style', periods and commas should be placed inside the quotation marks. But due to the technical need for more clarity driven by programmers (and general sensible folks in general), that may be changing..."
An eight minutes and 27 seconds YouTube video shows a huge "circa 1964 Livermore Data Systems 'Model A' Acoustic Coupler Modem, live demonstration.