October 2005

One of my Pet Peeves, as expressed by WWW creator, Sir Tim Berners-Lee

Wednesday, October 12th, 2005

“Anyone who slaps a ‘this page is best viewed with Browser X’ label on a Web page appears to be yearning for the bad old days, before the Web, when you had very little chance of reading a document written on another computer, another word processor, or another network.” — in Technology Review, July 1996

John Ralston Saul on Lou Dobbs: Globalism is Dead?

Thursday, October 6th, 2005

I posted this DivX clip of John Ralston Saul being interviewed on Lou Dobbs. The segment is called, “Globalism is Dead.” You really must watch this, even though it’s a 33MB download (if you’re at NYU, it’ll be a LAN download):

Click here to download the clip.

Also, I realized that this post raises an issue: what is “fair use” in video clips off news programs? Am I violating copyright law posting this clip? I always think about how I wouldn’t hesitate to post a link to an interview written in the NYTimes, or even to post a few paragraphs of such an article on my blog reprinted with a citation. But since this is video, and news networks try to place arbitrary value on their video content, it seems like I’d be violating copyright law.

Anyway, if anyone from CNN & co. is reading this and really wants me to take it down, I will. But I expect a nice explanation of why, legally, I’m obliged to do so, and I will reprint any demand to take down the video on this website.

I can’t wait till Ubuntu breezy

Wednesday, October 5th, 2005

If for nothing else, for Mac OS 9-style file browsing in Nautilus, a la this screenshot:

clicky clicky

Lobbying Against America

Monday, October 3rd, 2005

Lou Dobbs has a great article about lobbying and campaign finance reform. I guess someone’s still talking about what I consider to be the number one political issue of the day.

Check it out.