10 January 2009

Letter to the FTC 539814-00408

This is a copy of my comments to the Federal Trade Commission, who are asking for comments on DRM technologies for a Town Hall Meeting in March. As you are doubtless aware, the Copyright Act of 1976 codifies the First-Sale Doctrine. This states that a purchaser of a copyright work has the legal right to sell or give away the copy, once it has been obtained–so long as no additional copies have been made. ... Read more

9 January 2009

It’s not all fun and tweeting

For Christmas, we got the budgies a new toy. It dispenses clean white paper in a long strip, so they can chew and shred it. Since they finished demolishing their Xmas tree last night, I put the new toy in the cage. As soon as he got a good look at it, Chester went into a full scale panic attack. He was flying frantically back and forth, shedding feathers. Lola followed Chester’s lead and panicked too, though she clearly wasn’t sure what exactly she was supposed to be panicking about. ... Read more

5 January 2009

Send free SMS messages

For mobile phone companies, charging for SMS messages is a tremendous scam . They get to charge you $5 a month, or 20¢ a message, for something that costs them less than a penny, even factoring in storage costs. Personally, I use IM on my phone, and avoid SMS entirely. However, occasionally there’s a need to SMS someone who either doesn’t have IM on their phone, or doesn’t know how to use it. ... Read more

25 December 2008

Adventures in avian nutrition

Lola will eat pretty much whatever I feed her so long as it looks like bird food. Chester, however, is a picky eater. I’d done the research when we got him, and knew I wanted to get him on a pellet-based diet, as it’s healthier in the long run. With this in mind, I started off with Kaytee Fusion . It’s a blend of seed and pellets, designed to help convert your bird to a pellet-based diet. ... Read more

24 December 2008

The song of one-foot budgie

One-foot budgie only needs one foot, To sit on his perch all day. One-foot budgie only needs one foot, To relax in an avian way. He’s got two feet, He can climb and tweet, Chew on his toys and play; But one-foot budgie only needs one foot To sit on his perch all day. He wakes up every morning, Stretches out his wings. Stuffs his face with bird seed, Sometimes even sings. ... Read more

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