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Wednesday, November 30, 2005
  Is your RSS being hijacked?
Over at Cyberlaw Stanford, an interesting post about RSS feeds getting hijcked. Good to know if you are a podcaster or blogger.

Article is here.

Although this is nothing new, it is good to know. Especially with all the new found fame podcasting is getting, the community should be aware of this. If you see a new podcast directory pop up, then get over to it and claim or submit your feed. Protect yourself!
 
Monday, November 14, 2005
  A Wake Up Call for the Music Industry....
My apologies for the lack of posts recently. A lot has been happening lately. Work, the new Unsigned Daily Show podcast, family, and trying to start a new business. My Father in law went to the hospital over the weekend. Not going to go into specifics. My Mother has to have an operation this week, so that has also been weighing heavy on my mind. So again, apologies, but I think you can all appreciate the logistics of where my priorities lie right now.

I will comment on the goings on with Sony however. Idiots! They really screwed up big time. Corporate sanctioned spyware? What in the H-E double hockey sticks were you thinking!? Oh right. You didn't think. Did you actually think that illegally installing a piece of software that would allow you to spy on your paying customers would be a good business decision? Did you honestly think that it would put a dent in piracy? Do you actually think that anything you do, short of going out of business, is going to prevent your "product" from being stolen? You know it is impossible to stop piracy, right?

Just think about the logic in what you are doing. You install a program that is supposed to prevent people from copying and distributing music illegally. Who is it stopping? The person who bought it!! The person who was honest enough to cough up their hard earned $15.99 so they could buy your questionable content. You think the people who buy your CD are going to be the ones who distribute it on P2P sites? All it takes is one person to rip a CD, and it is available to millions of people online. One person! And all your efforts are ruined. And that person doesn't even have to be a customer. It could be an employee or affiliate with an advanced copy. It's happened so many times that way to the movie industry, what makes you so special? No, you understand it is a losing battle. You know that everything you do will not stop it. Heck, millions of people have been illegally trading files, and you have only sued 14,000? Are you kidding me? And you don't even know if those 14,000 are even the ones responsible for what you accuse them of because they never even have a chance to come before a judge and defend themselves. Instead, you go behind closed doors and have your henchmen at a "collection agency" threaten these people into paying up. Why don't you just send someone to break their legs?

The music industry is the new mafia. They are devoid of any intelligence or business sense. They are a failing organization with the business scruples of a 10 year old with a lemonade stand. No offense to the 10 year old. You guys belong in an institution. Not the one for mentally ill, that would scare the patients. The institution I'm talking about is a museum. Where relics go so that people can pass by and say "I remember that".

I am going to announce today that I will do everything possible with the resources that I have to bring down the music business as it is today. No, I am not going to single handedly do this myself. I am going to use my show, my blog, and my voice to tell everyone in the world who listens, about how evil, antiquated, and stupid you are. But my job is actually not as difficult as you think. With all the actions you guys are taking against your customers, you are doing half the work for me. Heck, I wasn't impatient, I could wait a few more years and you'll do it for me. But I can't wait. I want you gone. You need to exist no more. Wake up music industry, your days are numbered, and I am one nail of many ready to seal your coffin.

Any thoughts? unsignedpodcast@gmail.com
Or Skype me at unsignedpodcast. You can use the Call Me button on the side bar to do this if you already have Skype.

Thanks,

Paul
 
Friday, November 04, 2005
  Sony Resorts to Spyware!
Just read a very disturbing post over at Sysinternals.com. It seems that Sony Music has resorted to installing spyware on your computer via special software that comes on certain Sony cd's you buy online or in brick and mortar stores. The article is a bit technical for some, but in a nutshell the poster says that he found some entries in his windows registry that were hidden and very hard to find. This is a scheme that spyware makers would employ.

After finding it, he then tried to figure out where it came from, Seems a company by the name of First4Internet has made the software. The process takes about 2% of cpu usage whether you are using Sony's software or not. Just imagine if every cd manufacturer had used this type of software. Have enough DRM spyware on your system, and it could render your computer useless! After trying to remove the Sony installed spyware, it actually disabled his cd drive.

I encourage you to check out the article. Again, it is rather technical, but it does get the point across. Just another reason not to buy RIAA music. Do these people understand that the more they try to "protect" their property, the more they alienate the consumer?
 
Wednesday, November 02, 2005
  Musicians Friend has a podcast section!
Click on the title of this post, and it will take you to Musicians Friends podcasting products. They have packages ranging in different price ranges featuring different mics, software, mixers, and peripherals.

There aren't any specific pieces of gear made for podcasters, but the packages are very podcaster friendly. The only caveat I have is that they are all entry level, and not a compressor in the lot. And of course, there is no information on what podcasting is and what you can do to start one. But of course, they only sell gear, not dreams.
 
  Hollywood is up to their old tricks again.
At BoingBoing.net, Cory Doctorow has a very scary piece of info. His post talks about how the movie industry wants to make everything with an analog output illegal to use except without permission from them. I don't have to tell you what a joke this is and how dangerous this is to technology and it's users.

Read the complete article by clicking on the title of this post.




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