The Music Industry Combats Filesharing With Innovation

Sometimes it's shocking how bullheaded the music industry has been about progressing technologies. Filesharing started long before Shawn Fanning bought a hand full of programming books and hacked out Napster. By 1999 (the year Napster hit the internet), the average college student was broadband enabled through university tech infrastructure and busy downloading all sorts of files through newsgroups and private filesharing networks. Suffice to say, the industry had a good heads up that their most lucrative target market was busy pillaging songs through the internet.

Blackout Zones for Broadband Phone

Maybe you've heard of companies like Vonage, Lingo, and the like that offer home phone services over broadband internet connections. It's a very inexpensive way to add lines for your family or perhaps circumvent long distance fees. However, if you live in Cullman, Alabama it's simply not an option.  At least, you can't use it as a local phone service.

Enjoying The Industrial Jazz Group

I just downloaded The Industrial Jazz Group's album City of Angles from Emusic.

As I first listened to this album, I got the feeling there was something wrong with their playing, that they were missing time somewhere. I wondered if they were just missing their sync and missed it in production. But, then I thought, surely a group this skilled didn't get lazy in the studio even if it was very subtle. I listened intently and realized they weren't making mistakes. That's what messed with my head! It was like I was listening to academics playing jazz, and my brain was disturbed.

Winamp Crashes Without Administrator Privileges

Running Winamp 5 as a limited user (specifcally in a domain operating with active directory permission controls), the program crashes. Microsoft's resolution suggestion is to contact Nullsoft for an update. Specifically, the problem appears to be related to the limitations placed on a restricted user. This problem can be easily resolved by running Winamp as administrator, sharing your harddrive with simple networking, and turning off your firewall. While you're at it, it's a good idea to turn on Messenger Services in Windows XP and remove all passwords from your users.

Open Office Groupware, Good or Bad Idea?

Is groupware a rabbit hole? And, if not, is it a good idea for the Open Office developers to start working on an open platform, open source, server/client groupware project?

First, let's remediate what groupware means. Groupware is a centralized system of some kind that allows people to share files and other information. The modern incarnation of this concept has basically been spearheaded by Microsoft's Exchange Server (promise as much as delivery) integration of office document management and calendar sync services. It's nice to know that Bob in accounting is going to meet with Phil the IT manager, and that you can sit with them to discuss your specific needs on Monday at 1:30pm, then sync with your documents in a central repository... or skip the whole face to face and work through the groupware system.

SSH2 SFTP in Dreamweaver

The short fix for (Macromedia) Adobe's Dreamweaver and Contribute failure to connect to a default SSHd sFTP account configuration is thus: you must enable
PasswordAuthentication yes

It's an interestingly undocumented requirement, but is required to connect from these Windows/Mac tools. The default SSHd configs seem to cause troubles. So, if you are an admin, just adjust the sshd_config appropriately and then:
ps -aux | grep sshd
(find the pid that matches sshd, then:
kill -HUP [the pid number you just found]

All Your Privacy R Belong to Us

Information giant LexisNexis announced after an
extensive internal review that a security breach previously announced
could affect some 310,000 consumers, including 15,615 Floridians. - The Miami Herald

In less than seven weeks' time it has been revealed that, in addition
to privacy invasion outfits ChoicePoint and LexisNexis, payroll handler
PayMaxx, Bank of America, health care heavyweight San Jose Medical
Group, California State University at Chico, Boston College, the
University of California at Berkeley, and a large shoe retailer called
DSW, have all lost control of sensitive data concerning millions of
victims. - The Register

My Saxophones

My little brother delivered one of these (on the right) one Christmas. They are both good tenor saxophones. The one on the left, a Selmer, is the one I played in band when I was a kid; the other is a York, my little brother's from his marching band days. He made a comment about the leather going bad if I didn't play them last visit. Truth is, I've made no real effort to play them since he dropped the one off.

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