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Mike Cohen's Radio Weblog

Life, Macs, geeky stuff & anything else I feel like writing about.

Last Build Date: Sun, 30 Mar 2003 05:36:14 GMT

Copyright: Copyright 2003 Mike Cohen

More problems with Bounceweb

Sun, 16 Mar 2003 19:34:54 GMT

The new BounceWeb server has been down all morning, so I'm back to writing here until the problems are resolved.

Fri, 01 Nov 2002 15:56:20 GMT

I will no longer update this site at I will now be publishing my weblog at

Fri, 01 Nov 2002 01:14:44 GMT

Mac O'Lanterns. Mac O'Lanterns Light Up Halloween. For a pair of Mac fans, there's no one scarier than Microsoft's CEO Steve Ballmer. That's why they carved his portrait into a pumpkin, along with an amazing likeness of 'Switch' star Ellen Feiss. By Leander Kahney. [Wired News] [Mac Net Journal] The Steve Ballmer Mac O'Lantern is truly scary!

Thu, 31 Oct 2002 20:11:36 GMT

Freenet available for Mac OS X. Freenet is free software designed to ensure true freedom of communication over the Internet. It allows anybody to publish and read information with complete anonymity. Nobody controls Freenet, not even its creators, meaning that the system is not vulnerable to manipulation or shutdown. [MacMegasite]

Thu, 31 Oct 2002 20:09:10 GMT

eBay Censors CD-Rs.

Security Alert: eBay Prevents Musician from Selling Own CD-Rs

"George Ziemann, an independent musician, made an album with his band and like many small operators, he then produced copies of the the album on CD-R and attempted to sell them on the Web. He listed copies on his own Web page, on MP3.COM, on, and on eBay. All was going well... until eBay abruptly began to de-list the auctions.

Ziemann and his band were the authors, engineers, producers, and publishers of the album, and could prove that they owned the copyright and all other rights to it. Yet, eBay's 'droids' unilaterally removed all of his auctions merely because the item descriptions stated that the recordings were on CD-R media. (This disclosure is important, because some players will not play CD-Rs.)... Despite his repeated attempts to contact eBay and inform them that his products were legal, Ziemann was unable to prevent them from removing his album each time he listed it for sale.

Ziemann speculates, in his detailed account of the incident, that the RIAA has put pressure upon eBay to block sales of all CD-Rs -- not only to exclude illegal copies but to prevent independent musicians from self-publishing." [ExtremeTech]

Guilty by association. This is exactly what I mean when I say that implementation of the RIAA's proposals will leave no room for libraries to circulate material. The RIAA (and MPAA) wants to plug every hole and destroy media that could even possibly allow for open distribution.

I'm still waiting to hear about any kind of acknowledgement or proposal from them that their solutions will provide a means for libraries to circulate digital content. Odd that they are so quiet on this issue when they are so loud on others. Or maybe not. They don't talk about this, so I wish someone would call them on it.

[The Shifted Librarian]

Thu, 31 Oct 2002 16:22:38 GMT

Toyota to sell only hybrid autos by 2012. Toyota, the world's third-largest automaker, plans to only manufacture gas-electric hybrid cars by 2012. The plan is to decrease the cost of manufacturing hybrid cars by increasing production. I'm sure Mother Nature is breathing a sigh of relief.... [Lockergnome's Bits and Bytes] I looked at the Toyota Prius before I bought my 2003 Corolla. The Prius looked nice, but the performance still isn't as good as the Corolla, plus it costs a lot more and is a bit smaller & less comfortable. I'm confident that by the time Im ready to replace the Corolla, hybrid technology will have advanced to the point where it's just as good.

Wed, 30 Oct 2002 21:57:31 GMT Making money on other people's dime. is a relatively new Mac news site that repackages content from this Web site and others, then displays it alongside a wealth of ads to make money on other people's content. Blood sucking sites like this are one of the major reasons MNJ is about the switch to be a headlines-only site, with all original content on individual pages and out of reach of the scripts run by predatory sites. [Mac Net Journal] That site is nothing more than a news aggregator.

Wed, 30 Oct 2002 03:39:55 GMT

82% believe they should be able to copy CDs
Music companies thinking of distributing copy-protected CDs to protect their content from piracy will likely raise the ire of consumers while lowering their revenue, a new study warns. According to a survey recently released by GartnerG2, the research service of Gartner, 77 per cent of respondents thought they should be able to copy CDs for personal use in another device, while 60 per cent said they should be able to give copies of CDs to members of their families. Meanwhile, 82 per cent of respondents said that they should be able to copy CDs for personal backup purposes. The results fly in the face of efforts by the music industry to gain tighter control over their content as they face the perilous, infinite possibilities for copying in the digital age. But while the ghosts of such free file-sharing services as Napster still haunt the halls of Hollywood, Gartner discovered that consumers do not think that copy-protected CDs are the answer.
When I buy a CD, the first thing I usually do is import it into my iTunes library. I then put the CD away and listen to the MP3 tracks on my computer. I'm also planning to buy an iPod with a car stereo adapter, so I can travel with my entire music collection. Right now, I usually burn music mix CDs to listen to before a trip, but if I'm driving for more than an hour or so, I have to change CDs a few times. With the iPod, I can have hours or even days of non-stop music without changing CDs. Here are the CDs I bought in the last 2 weeks, all of which are now in my iTunes library:
  • Blondie Live
  • Johnny Clegg - New World Survivor
  • Youssou N'dour - Nothing's In Vain
  • Orchestra Baobab - Specialist in all styles
  • Red, Hot + Riot - Tribute to Fela

Tue, 29 Oct 2002 21:37:05 GMT

Woo-Hoo!!!! I finally got my application running under classic. It actually completed a successful call to the server and was given a new call time. I still have a lot of cleaning up & more work to do.