July 28, 2000
First off ... Swish ... A VERY cool beginner's Flash creation tool. Create Flash animations quickly and easily. This tool is made for text effects, and has some very cool effects built into the program. With it, you can quickly make professional-quality animations for use on your website. Check it out at www.swishzone.com. I chalked up the $30 and made some neat stuff. Like, take a gander at this: members.tripod.com/rgautier/wma.html Pretty neat stuff, eh?
Let's see, what else was there?
Oh yeah, Napster is closed down by judge's order...and the point is? Don't flaunt your obvious felonies in public?
Found some really neat fonts at larabiefonts.com.
I had some other stuff to say, but my impression with Swish is just so overwhelming that I forgot what else to say!
July 17, 2000
I finished Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. It was a good book, and got more and more exciting the deeper you got into it. Now I just can't wait for books 5, 6 and 7! A friend of mine has introduced their daughter to the series, and she's nuts about it. I think it's great to get kids interested in reading. My son gets interested, but he's not a voracious reader. I wonder if that's good or bad because I see a lot more socialite in him than I saw in myself as a child. Still, he reads well, and understands when he wants to put forth the effort; I've just got to get him to slow down long enough to do so.
I've found something I like now...beef jerky. Not that I'm turning into a survivalist or some kind of macho hunter. It's a great snack. You have to put so much energy into actually eating it that the calories are practically gone before you've swallowed it, and it's certainly much better than a box of Pringles(tm) to be chewing on. Teriyaki beef jerky is the flavor I've hooked myself on. The only problem with this new habit is the price....$5.99 for 4 oz. of snack, while it lasts a while, seems excessive. I think I've found me some better deals on eBay, but we'll see if they live up to the promise.
Out for now...Rich
July 13, 2000
There are important issues, though, such as whether or not Internet radio stations are paying for the music they are broadcasting. I don't know if the judge or anyone else in the case will bring this point out, though. Another point: Napster may be found guilty of aiding and abbetting a felon, but I don't see how they can be held responsible for piracy. They didn't take the position of editor on their servers, and were merely a conduit for pirates. The aiding and abbetting though is more of a proof of intent. I think that should be fairly easy for the prosecution if he decides to go for that clause.
The really interesting thing to come of this of course IS Gnutella's network, since this tools allows so much to be done on the Internet that wasn't done very well before. Gnutella is a complete sharing tool that uses a distributed network over the Internet. Practically invulnerable to shutdown, this little network tool is what the Internet was originally meant to be, IMHO.
I went to the SPOCK meeting on Tuesday. That's Security Proof of Concept Keystone, a consortium designed to help the government analyze security products off the shelf for their own needs. At it, there was virtual sandbox application that sandboxes anything you download through web, email, ICQ, etc and watching what those documents do to ensure they behave. It was catching viruses right and left without any virus scanner software, and successfully blocked a buffer overflow I sent to their sales team via email. Used in conjunction with a virus scanner, I'd have to say this is the next step in detecting 'bad' code for the end-user to protect himself.
July 11, 2000
July 10, 2000
Can an artist create without motivation? a writer? I ask too many questions, answering none. Perhaps that is why I am frozen? at a standstill of ideas. Is the new media creating another zombie computer? Am I just a disk drive? Having storage, yet no realization? Am I moved to act?