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Joost Readies Launch

Joost is a p2p streaming video system. Basically you watch TV on your computer; I’ve been using the beta and it works really well. The limitations are 1. you can’t save the videos, only stream them, and 2. your favorite…

Supreme Court Reins in Obvious Patents

Ars Technica reports on today’s Supreme Court ruling rejecting the standard for obviousness the Circuit Court has been using to determine patentability. [T]he Federal Circuit had adopted a higher standard, ruling that those challenging a patent had to show that…

Deep Notes

Free software plug: I really like Deep Notes, a simple outlining app. When working on longer writing, I need to see the structure in outline form while being able to quickly dig down into that structure and look at the…

"Ghost Works"

QuestionCopyright.org has an insightful essay on the concept of “ghost works” — those that are never produced because of fear of copyright problems. Recommended reading.

Koha Library System

The SLC library currently uses proprietary catalog software. It’s expensive, we can’t add features we want, and it won’t interoperate with our other systems like web servers, image databases, and our learning management system (which is a whole other problem…

Blog Archiving Survey

Jessamyn West posts about a survey put out by UNC-Chapel Hill’s School of Info & Library Science. They’re gathering data about bloggers’ habits and perceptions, with an eye to preserving blog content permanently. It’s an interesting question — many blogs…

Webcasters Lose Appeal of Rate Hike

As I posted earlier, the U.S. Copyright Royalty Board negotiated a sweetheart deal for the RIAA and music publishers, mandating webcasters pay extremely expensive royalties. Webcasters, led by NPR, appealed the decision, but that appeal was rejected. The new royalty…

Amazon to Sell DRM-free Music

Ars Technica reports that Amazon will sell DRM-free music from its new online store in May. This follows Apple’s and EMI’s announcement of a similar arrangement on the iTunes music store, also to be launched in May. Amazingly enough, Steve…

Linux Proliferation

Linux is free. It does pretty much everything Windows does. So why hasn’t Linux taken over as the most popular desktop OS? Open Source Learning’s Jan Stedehouder answers that it’s a combination of factors but mostly inertia and politics. This…

New Handhelds: Open vs. Proprietary

At this year’s MacWorld, Apple didn’t announce any new computer products — unless you count the iPhone. In fact, Apple has delayed the release of its latest OS update, “Leopard”, until October in order to devote resources to the iPhone….