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Funny I-Phone
Written by John   
Wednesday, 27 August 2008

This has got to be the funniest YouTube video I've ever seen...


Click here to view it.

No ViiV for me!
Written by John   
Saturday, 01 April 2006

So, Intel wants us all to believe ViiV is the answer to happy convergence of MultiMedia and the PC.  Well, there will be no ViiV for me.

Why?  Take this quote from PC Magazine:

"ViiV will have DRM protection to make sure you're watching or listening to legal programming. This means that ViiV-certified content may not be sharable unless you view it on other ViiV-certified equipment, which may make existing components such as Windows Media extenders obsolete unless they have updatable firmware."

DRM is the bane of freedom.  It limits the way and the how of what you do with content that you obtain - free off the air TV can now be infested with DRM.  CD's that you buy can install "root kits" into your operating sytem - basically viruses! - to control what you do with the music.

Sorry, if I want to buy a CD and make 2 copies of it so I can leave one in each of my cars to use when I'm riding around, so be it.  DRM does not prevent the "PIRATE" from stealing and making illegal copies - this is already been proven.  What it does is complicate how honest people can use what they've bought.

Just my 2 cents. 

Oh Brother!
Written by John   
Friday, 17 February 2006

Oh Brother - What a value!

Over the last 18 years I've had occasion to use a LOT of technology.  I've evaluated technology for a world wide hotel chain, and developed strategies and recommendations for implementations - right down to the product level.

So, this little article is going to tell you about a company I've had occasion to deal with both Professionally, and Personally.  I'm talking about Brother.

You may have heard of them.  You'll see their printer / multifunction devices in some national office supply stores, and their sewing machines at major retailers.  What makes them different is value and service. 

MFC-5440CN - a Review:

I recently obtained an MFC-5440CN.  Retail $199.00, street price slightly lower depending on where you buy.  Now, this model has been in their line for a while (a year?), and it just amazed me.