Month: June 2007

Lawrence Lessig pursues Root Cause and Growth

Lawrence Lessig wrote yesterday that he is shifting his academic and activist focus from IP to legislative corruption. With his efforts over the past 10 years largely thwarted by the corruption of the legislative process. I believe that Mr. Lessig has been extremely effective in explaining the impacts and the value of a more open society. Describing a key reason for the change he writes,

I had learned everything I was going to learn about the issues I’ve been working on; there are many who would push them as well, or better, than I; perhaps therefore it was time to begin again.

Letting go of a leadership role and seeking opportunity for growth takes a maturity and self-awareness not often found. So I commend and thank Mr. Lessig for his efforts and look forward to his coming works.

Look out Washington one of the sharpest minds around is now focusing on you.

Sxore gone

If you haven’t noticed comments were disabled for the last 8 posts. This happened when I removed Sxore as my comments engine. I liked Sxore, but it never took off. So I plugged in Akismet and Spam Karma. In all the configuration changes I must have disabled commenting. Oops. I have fixed the issue, so Ron have at it.

Live from my MacBook Pro

I have finally joined the Mac user community. For Fathers day I received, from my wonderful girls, a 15″ MacBook Pro. My first impression is WOW what a wonderful piece of hardware. The key board is excellent with key breaks similar to my favorite Thinkpad. The finish is awesome in many ways this laptop is a work of art. I will have to get used to different commands but that is a small price to pay. I first started programming on a TRS-80 when I was 11 years old. I moved to an Apple II when I was 13. At that time I thought the Apple II was incredible, sadly I only had access to the Apple II when I was in computer lab in school. I would spend the next 22 years working on PCs, Oh what have missed.

At&t not surprised

I have made it my mission to remove at&t from my life. I started this effort after a customer service rep had informed me that my Local loop could not support DSL, but at my expense I could upgrade the local loop. Just for clarification at the time I was living in a suburban community definitely not in the middle of the sticks. So I pledged to spend nothing with At&t, I dropped idsl Internet services, I dropped voice service to my home all I have left is cell service. At the end of my contract I am going to drop it.

I wasn’t surprised to read aboutAt&t’s move to censor their network traffic. I suspect that they are practicing for contracts in China. Nothing like sanctioning customers without due process, so I would like to offer some suggestions for additional services At&t can offer:

At&t Morality network filtering.
At&t Patent infringement network filtering.
At&t Free speech network filtering.

Here is the new slogan:
At&t
Our World. Filtered.

Did I mention that they are Headquartered in Texas.