The Bike

I have a new set of tires on my bike, some new bar ends, and cleaned off all the dirt and crap that has been collecting on the chain and wheels over the past year. Gave it a general tune up and still have some work to do on the top chainwheel alignment, but it’s riding pretty sweet now. Plan for this weekend is to find some good trails…

Nice Rack!

Now this is what I’ve been wating for – a rackmountable Mac OS X server:

http://www.apple.com/xserve/

While the spec is truly awesome, the key feature for me is to be able to build and deploy my web work as usual on the PowerBook and have it developed and deployed on the same OS, rather than porting it up to Linux or FreeBSD as I currently do. While Apple is clearly targeting this hardware at their core markets, video, graphics, education, and scientific, it does really appeal to me: the Mac-wielding webmaster with a budget. I’m seriously evaluating this as a viable option to my current Linux hosting situation.

More info in this C|Net article.

Long overdue…

Here is perhaps the longest-overdue headline I’ve ever seen: Taiwanese say it’s time to scrap island’s official name ‘Republic of China’ and replace it with ‘Taiwan’. This link is to Yahoo, but I’ve seen versions of it in the New York Times and the Washington Post.

All I can say is, “it’s about fuckin’ time!” Check the article out. Thousands of people marched in Taipei to demand international recognition and an end to the charade that has been perpetuated for the past 50+ years. For those of you that don’t know what this is all about, check out New Taiwan, Ihla Formosa right now.

Save Internet Radio

Yet more fallout from the Digital Millenium Copyright Act (“DMCA”): The Copyright Arbitration Royalty Panel (appropriately acronymed “CARP”) is recommending some ridiculous formula for calculating royalties, which effectively comes out to something in the neighborhood of 200 percent of average revenuse out there. Obviously this would kill the whole thing.

It would be an incredible shame to lose such a valuable resource of music and information. I for one love listening to the wide varieties things that you just can’t find in traditional media sources, and the wealth and variety of broadcasts out there is just amazing to me. At this moment I see ten classical broadcasters out there, 25 jazz streams, and 20 under the “international” heading in iTunes. Where I live, the traditional radio broadcast quality sucks, there is only one station that claims to be classical, and it sucks too.

Why not just charge an appropriate royalty that is porportional to station revenues, so that some of these little guys can still keep alive and we can all enjoy a good thing? It seems to me that it would be in the best interests of the record labels to keep these guys in business in a way that they could thrive and grow, and generate revenue as the medium expands to the mainstream. If this medium dies, we all lose.

Check out these links for more information:
Save Internet Radio Website: How you can help!
SHOUTcast – extensive listings of broadcasters you can tune in to right now
Apple iTunes Internet Radio Demonstration

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