More of the best, the worst, the strangest and the funniest stuff from the
wacky world of the WWW.
the contents of Aardvark's "million-dollar ideas" notebook
are revealed for all to see!
The Spudgun Technology Center
Even I'm not crazy enough to make one of these devices. Put away your PVC
pipes and cans of engine-starter spray -- this is a "real man's" spudgun!
The Original Nasal Passage Cleaner
Just the gift for the person who has everything! As they say "when blowing
your nose is not enough!"
Yes, you to can do nuclear physics at home. I wonder if this is true?
Nothingsup @ IHUG
I've had an anonymous tip-off that there are things happening at IHUG
The anonymous informant said all staff have been asked to attend a meeting.
However, Tim Wood says it's not so!
He says: "The only meeting taking place @IHUG today will be the usual
free staff drinks on a Friday night :). Anonymous tips
should sometimes be taken with a grain of salt, or is that
Hang On To That CDR Software!
The recording industry is moving (being pushed by public demand) towards
delivering music over the Net.
Deals with RealNetworks and Napster announced recently, show that the
music companies realise that if they don't get their fingers out, they'll
miss the boat -- that's if it hasn't sailed already in the form of the
growing number of peer-to-peer file-swapping networks.
Of course the big worry from the recording industry's perspective is that of
protecting their valuable intellectual property. The Napster deal is wholly
contingent on a suitable fingerprinting and blocking strategy being put in
place to stop unauthorised trading and Napster's trying like hell to comply.
However, one of the biggest problems that the Recording industry faces is that
of stopping the duplication or burning of CDs containing their copyrighted
Just in case you hadn't noticed though -- they're already making moves on this
front as well. Look for a growing number of CDR software companies (the ones
who write the drivers and popular applications for burning CDR and CDRW disks)
to announce that they're about to include copy-protection in their products.
I believe the recording industry will take a stick and carrot approach to
getting the CDR software vendors onside. On the one hand, they'll threaten
them with legal action (aiding and abetting copyright infringement) and on the
other they'll offer them some kind of small payment.
So... hold on to that software you're using now -- the next version might not
let you burn your own audio CDs unless you own the original disk.
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