Friday, May 25, 2001
If you're into simple Win9x video capture and editing, VirtualDub is about the only piece of software you need, and it's all free and open. Avery Lee is a programmer hero. He represents the original spirit of Free Software: Skilled hackers taking the matter in their own hands, solving problems and doing things better, because they can and because they want to, and because they're nice people.
Vidomi's response has been to hide behind legal inconsistencies in the GPL, which is a mistake, even if they get away with it, as this is a moral issue. If you take something from the huge pool of free code, you're obligated and expected to give something back, and that is exactly what Vidomi has failed to do. Nerds have little respect for legal technicalities, but violate their code of honour and you're in for a lot of trouble.
Free Software really is an odd movement, almost like a religion. It combines good ideals and good deeds with fanatical crusaders, obedient disciples, and theological schisms. It has given nerds a Cause to believe in, optimism in the future, and a worldview with Good and Evil in it - ideas society discourages.
It has also given theory-babbling idealists who has never given away a decent line of code in their lives, an excuse to feel morally superior, and these often seem to outnumber Real Programmers like Avery Lee a 100 to 1, but the achievements of the few outweigh the stupidity of the mobs by plenty.
And you know, there are many worse things to Believe in than Free Software.
(As usual, Gnuhead as GIF for satirical reasons.)
Thursday, May 24, 2001
This is seen as some kind of victory by radical activists. Perhaps they should start measure success in actual political change, and not in how many fat corporate bastards they can scare on the way from the limousine to the hotel door.
Wednesday, May 23, 2001
Unhealthy interest in the forgettable pre-Adam Sandler era of moviemaking necessary to enjoy the movie, I'm afraid.
At my current rate I'll be done in 2003 - where is a lucrative dot com IPO when you one, eh?
Tuesday, May 22, 2001
Monday, May 21, 2001
Posted 5/21/2001 by Beorn
It's worth installing Freenet just to ensure that these texts are propagated all over it. Keep them in a safe place, you never know how long they'll be available online - even on Freenet.
Finally, a sustainable Internet business model: Build a community, encourage public participation, develop a valuable resource, then lock it up and start charging. Cackling "Ha, ha! Suckers!" is optional but encouraged.
Suck on Gracenote's journey from a voluntary project with a nerdishly practical acronym, to a soulless lawyer-collective with a dot-com name so rusty that it may have been chosen deliberately to provoke an iron-nails-on-chalkboard reaction from the nerds that built their database.
As Gracenote's monopolistic lawsuit demonstrates, there is now absolutely no reason to use their product. (Try FreeDB instead.)