Adam Fields (weblog)

This blog is largely deprecated, but is being preserved here for historical interest. Check out my index page at adamfields.com for more up to date info. My main trade is technology strategy, process/project management, and performance optimization consulting, with a focus on enterprise and open source CMS and related technologies. More information. I write periodic long pieces here, shorter stuff goes on twitter or app.net.

6/3/2005

Pagerank… It’s made out of… PEOPLE

Filed under: — adam @ 7:37 pm

Search Bistro claims that Google pays a small army of people to vet search results. So much for the pigeons.

http://www.searchbistro.com/index.php?/archives/19-Google-Secret-Lab,-Prelude.html


Rep. Conyers calls for signatures to demand answers on the Downing St. Memo

Filed under: — adam @ 5:40 pm

“We the undersigned write because of our concern regarding recent disclosures of a Downing Street Memo in the London Times, comprising the minutes of a meeting of Prime Minister Tony Blair and his top advisers. These minutes indicate that the United States and Great Britain agreed, by the summer of 2002, to attack Iraq, well before the invasion and before you even sought Congressional authority to engage in military action, and that U.S. officials were deliberately manipulating intelligence to justify the war.”

Here’s the full letter:

http://www.johnconyers.campaignoffice.com/index.asp?Type=SUPERFORMS&SEC={4A195451-3934-4C00-B11D-BEE8AFA3D119}

Here’s the actual text of the memo:

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/printFriendly/0,,1-523-1593607-523,00.html

Many many signatures have already been collected. Here’s an update:

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2005/6/2/15274/55931


PCI Ram disk

Filed under: — adam @ 5:04 pm

I need this.

“The iRam holds up to 4G bytes of DRAM in four memory slots. The card fits into a standard PCI slot, which provides power, and it uses a SATA (Serial ATA) connection for data transfer.

Unlike DRAM-based main memory, the iRam card doesn’t lose data when the PC is switched off, said Thomas Chang, a product manager at Giga-byte. As long as the PC is plugged into a socket, a very small amount of current continues to run through some parts of the system, including the PCI slots. This provides enough power to make sure that no data is lost, he said.

If the PC is unplugged, the iRam has an on-board battery for emergency power that can last up to 12 hours, he said.”

http://www.infoworld.com/article/05/06/01/HNxpwindows_1.html


Why the BBS documentary was released with a creative commons license and what that means

Filed under: — adam @ 12:08 pm

This is a great piece from the creator of the BBS documentary on why he released it under a fairly unrestricted creative commons license:

http://ascii.textfiles.com/archives/000123.html

Now, under copyright law in the United States, I have, as a content creator, an amazing arsenal of statutes and legal decisions at my disposal to make your life, assuming you are playing the part of someone copying my films without my permission, into a bitter fucking hell. I mean, a seriously bad, stinky, horrifying pit of suck. I can threaten you with years of jail. I can sue you in civil court while pursuing a criminal case against you on a state and federal level. If I am feeling somewhat kinky I can try and drag Interpol into the whole mess. And the laws out there, approved, let me attempt to have you put away for YEARS. Absolutely YEARS of your life for videotaping a copy of my film.

In other words, I have an enormous amount of incentive to be a jerk.

And yes, it’s so easy, having now created something that has the potential to cost me a lot of money, to reach out and want to use these tools for my own end. Even though, in my own high school and college years, I made songs that used samples from professional productions, even if I took screengrabs from films and put them on a website to make a funny parody in 1995, I see my own work and the temptation is there to go “No, this is different. This is my stuff and you can’t have my stuff without paying for it.”

But that’s not what I did. Instead, I stayed true to my belief system and licensed it under Creative Commons, giving away a lot of the tools that US copyright law grants me, because they’re are By the Jerks, for the Jerks, and should perish from this Earth.

It was in some ways a tough decision, because you want to “protect” yourself, but then you realize you’re not really “protecting” anything; all you’re doing is being a paranoid twitch-bag. And once you realize this, then it becomes a little easier.

It keeps coming back to these four points:


1. People like to spend money.
2. People donít like to be treated like criminals.
3. People like to spend money on those they consider friendly or part of their community, even if itís not true (you know who you are).
4. People share with their friends.

Creative commons is not just sharing, it’s good business sense. It massively produces goodwill and exposure for your products.


Flash metering and focal point lock

Filed under: — adam @ 9:16 am

Interesting thread on photo.net about flash metering systems and focal point bias.

http://www.photo.net/bboard/q-and-a-fetch-msg?msg_id=00COdi


BBC to broadcast entire works of Beethoven

Filed under: — adam @ 6:54 am

Starting Sunday morning (GMT, I assume), the BBC will be broadcasting (and, I assume, streaming) “Every single note of Ludwig van Beethoven in one week, 5th to 10th June. Every symphony, every quartet, every sonata, and plenty of Beethoven surprises too…”

http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio3/beethoven/

The symphonies will be available for download, as well, after broadcast:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio3/beethoven/downloads.shtml


Rent Anime DVDs

Filed under: — adam @ 6:49 am

RentAnime is a new netflix competitor that specializes in anime DVDs.

http://www.rentanime.com/

They have a Hentai section, but no Overfiend.

http://www.rentanime.com/advanced_search_result.php?keywords=overfiend&x=0&y=0

Netflix has it though.


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