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Archive for February, 2005

18 Feb

The Next Step In Online Music

I’ve been thinking about a post that I made a few days ago that linked to an article discussing the economics of Napster-To-Go versus iTunes. The conclusions from this article focused on the losses of the music industry as a result of P2P sharing. This morning I read this USAToday article which describes how many […]

16 Feb

SHA-1 Broken

Bruce Schneier reports on his blog that SHA-1 has been broken as described in a paper by Chinese researchers Xiaoyun Wang, Yiqun Lisa Yin, and Hongbo Yu. Federal Information Processing Standard 180 (FIPS-180) describes SHA-1 in the following way: Explanation: This Standard specifies a Secure Hash Algorithm, SHA-1, for computing a condensed representation of a […]

15 Feb

The False Mathematics of the RIAA (An Analysis of P2P Losses)

If you are interested in the P2P music sharing debate, I encourage you to read Barry Ritholtz’s post on the subject. In a nutshell, Ritholtz suggests that by authorizing Napster To Go and Rhapsody subscription services, the maximum loss that the industry can claim per person is a mere $1000 per decade. He makes many […]

13 Feb

Some Pictures from Ft. Lauderdale

The family recently took a small vacation to the Ft. Lauderdale area. I shot the following pictures in the Everglades at Sawgrass Recreational Park. These images were all shot at ISO 100 in Program mode on my Canon Digital Rebel. I used my usual Sigma 24-135 lens to do the work. This first image was […]

09 Feb

About Blogging

A very funny commentary about blogging posted on Kuro5hin. If you blog, you know.

08 Feb

Google Maps

I think we now know why Google hired the lead Firefox developer. Take a look at Google Maps to get an appreciation for what Google is accomplishing in the web browser. This is not your average MapQuest or Yahoo! Maps. This is a real step ahead. Google Maps supports dragging and is incredibly fast. The […]

02 Feb

Verizon E-Mail Problems

I’ve noted several stories lately about Verizon’s e-mail not functioning properly, but I’ve run into it myself for the first time today. I got a bounced message from my e-mail server indicating that Verizon’s mail relay has been down. Hi. This is the qmail-send program at I’m afraid I wasn’t able to deliver your […]

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