Gung Hei Fat Choy 2006!

Happy Lunar New Year for those who aren’t Chinese. Yesterday marked the first day of the Year of the Dog in the Chinese lunar calendar. Follow the blogosphere at Global Voices Online on this special day.



The Intel Mac (First Looks)

Ever since the announcement at MacWorld Expo on Jan 2006, people have been anxiously waiting to see if the new Intel Macs would deliver on some key features and not so advertised ability to run Windows XP on the same hardware.  Missing information on the new MacBook Pro and Intel iMac were the actual power consumption stats.  The MacBook Pro being the most to benefit, it seems odd that this factoid was left out.  The other key aspect that people were wondering was whether or not the 4x speed increase was really as advertised.  So far, based on real world tests, the overall improvements are only 25% better than their previous PowerPC counterparts.  That is quite a bit lower than the 4x improvements promised.  The other issue left to verify is whether or not it is possible to dual-boot Windows XP on the Intel Mac hardware.  Apparently, someone has offered up a bounty for the first person/group that can do it.  

* Windows XP on an Intel Mac Contest
* Intel Macs only one fourth, not four times faster – report  


The Evils and Necessities of DRM

Let’s talk about why digital content is DRMed, and why it is not good for consumers.  My personal take on this is that we are going down the wrong path. This is one of the few industries in which the consumer is not always right. It is sad that the provider treats the consumer like a thief and a child. Fair use is something that we should be going back to. DRM ties the content to a particular provider, and if the provider or the consumer goes away or vanishes, the content vanishes with it. There are much better ways to increase sales and deter piracy. The real pirates in China or some other country are not going to be detered from DRM. The only people it stops are the average consumer from enjoying the product that they legally purchased in the first place.  I pray that someday the music and movie biz finally gets it through their thick skull that DRM is flawed.

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