I saw on BoingBoing that Macrovision is threatening VersionTracker for listing MacTheRipper. I had forgotten what a wonderfully useful program MacTheRipper has always been mostly because Iâ€™ve taken it for granted.
Basically what it does is strip the CSS, Macrovision, region encoding and menu blocks from a DVD to allow you to create a usable VIDEO_TS file onto your hard drive suitable for burning or down sampling down to a single layer drive.
A shirt I got from SportMart had one of these left on it:
Everyone knows this as an EAS or clothing security tag, inktag, or whatever. Luckily, mine didn’t have any ink. Continue reading
In 1999, I used to eat lunches in Novell’s offices (now eBay’s headquarters). In 2000, Dave visited me and I showed him all the crappiest food in the valley. In 2001, Dave came to the Valley and we decided we needed to visit corporate cafeteries, because the only thing you got free in the valley, post bubble, was caffeinated beverages.
That was Lunch 1.0 and it sucked.
Then Mark got fired from Google and started inviting everyone to have lunch on Plaxo.
Lunch 2.0 was born…
Preview 2 of Opera 9 is out. The big thing is the integrated BitTorrent client.
Iâ€™m not planning on using Opera but because Microsoft Internet Explorer for the Mac is dead, it might be fun to have it lying around to learn some AJAX quirks it might have. Besides, Operaâ€™s rendering engine might be used in a number of handheld devices.
I read this article today about Toshiba buying out Westinghouse Electric.
I shouldn’t be surprised that Slashdot gets it wrong again. Really wrong.
First of all, Westinghouse hasn’t made blenders since around the time I was born. They sold off the appliances division to a separate company, White, which renamed itself White-Westinghouse. The confusion arises because White-Westinghouse used the same W logo, but any Pittsburgher can tell you they aren’t the same. The same holds true for other “Westinghouse” brands like Westinghouse Digital Electronics, the makers of the LCD panels referred to in the article. They have nothing to do with Westinghouse or Westinghouse Electric. The brand name was licensed to them recently when the CBS/Viacom media empire realized they had a merchandisable brand name they weren’t using.
[ore theorizing after the jump] Continue reading
My obligatory Superbowl blog entry:
â€œYou can’t believe how seriously these people take their football.â€
â€”overheard, â€œGridiron Cityâ€
The quote above comes from an op-ed in todayâ€™s New York Times. The answer is, â€œYes, I can believe,â€ because, like Holly, I grew up in Pittsburgh, and they do take their football seriously there.
The article does a great job explaining why: the rise of the perennially bad Steelers came during the middle of the decline of the Pittsburgh steel industry. Continue reading
When I was in Costco the other day, I noticed that Pentaxâ€™s dSLR was undercutting the Nikon D50 kit by a couple bucks. Then, I read today that the Pentax *st DL with 18-55mm kit lens dropped another $200 to $599. If you figure the lens is about $100, we’re at $500.
Wow! Continue reading
The new watchword is to replace â€œdomestic spyingâ€ with â€œTerrorist Surveillanceâ€. It consisted of a three-pronged assault of the news: Bush speaking at Kansas, A.G. Alberto Gonzales speaking at Georgetown University Law Center, and Karl Rove speaking at the Republican National Committee.
I wonâ€™t get into a defense or attack about this issue because it wonâ€™t convince anyoneâ€”weâ€™ll rationalize our own view even in the face of facts.
Instead I donâ€™t think this new frame will work. To me, at least, â€œdomestic spyingâ€ sounds a lot more catchy than â€œterrorist surveillanceâ€ Continue reading
Editor and Publisher reports that TimesSelect gets 156,000 web subscribers in the first 4 months which is among the 390,000 total web subscription base.
At $49.95 a pop, thatâ€™s a $7.3 million and $19.5 million respectively. Doesnâ€™t sound bad, certainly not the way the article puts it. Continue reading
If the Telegraph is to be believed then the Disney is about to get Pixar for $7 billion dollars in stock making Jobs’s 50% share in Pixar the single largest shareholder in Disney.
Wow! Continue reading