But will it get me into the high-occupancy lane?

Americans love their cars. We love them for the freedom they provide as well as a sense of independence. I’m sure this begins with the first time we utter the phrase ‘Can I borrow the car?’ to our parents. We are finally ‘in control’ of our destiny! We can go where we want, when we want and once we leave the eye/ear shot of our parents we could do whatever we wanted and they wouldn’t know. I remember this time when I was in high school and we were out in the woods with ‘my’ Toyota Land Cruiser… but I digress. Continue reading

Finally! I can sleep!

So we’ve had MANY days of 90+ weather here in Boston and I’m damn sick of it. Being of northern-Europeaon decent makes my biology pooprly suited to high temp/humidity environments. The result is one very unhappy Tim.

Yesterday we had a rather dramatic cool down (below).

3-Aug-2006 Temps

Bear in mind that this chart is based on 5 minute averages so the drop was even more dramatic than it appears. The unusual part is that this dramatic drop in temp. was not accomplanied by strong thunderstorms. I dig strong t’storms! 😉

There’s gold in dem dare logs!

I took a dive into my site logs files via Awstats and found some interesting tidbits.

I never liked IE; in fact I refer to it as “IEeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!”.  Historically, it has been riddled with bugs, security vunerabilities, non-standard rendering and a general ‘f-you, we know better’ attitude to web developers/designers everywhere.  I’ve gotten to be such a curmudgeon about it that I generally refuse to use a site that requires IE to function.  Sadly, it is used by a majority, but shrinking, percentage of web surfers.  I wanted to see if the folks reading my blog were ‘smarter than the average bear’.

Turns out, they are, in fact, smarter.  IE is used by 17.2% of my ‘readers’ while Mozilla(+Netscape) users represent 14.7%.  That is much closer than users as whole which is more like 75/25.  But the surprising fact was that 53.8% were ‘unknown’.  Hmm…  Deeping a bit deeper and I found a bevy of RSS readers and a few spiders.   So it seems that a majority of you are using RSS readers to follow along at home rather than visiting the site directly.

Interesting. Continue reading

You may be a great dancer but can you carry a Zune?

I’ve been avoiding all the speculation around the new Microsoft branded media player/ecosystem, partly because of NDA restrictions and party because there was way too much chaff in the wheat. But it seems like they have finally come clean with an o-fish-al statement.

What has me very concerned is the tidbit that this device is not PlaysForSure compliant, and, even more troubling, that the DRM employed by this device and the accompanying music store/service is not WindowsMedia DRM compatable.

The implication is two fold: This device will not play tracks you have purchased from any service that employs Windows DRM technology (MSN Music, Napster, CinemaNow, MusicMatch, Ruckus Network, et al). And second, it’s really going to piss of all those folks that made the investment in the Windows DRM technology with the promise that it would be ubiqutious in the Microsoft ecosystem. If true, Microsoft has now become a direct, non-compatable, competitor in the same market in which they charged others significant amounts of money (in the form of licenses) to join.

However, the most disappointing thing about this is it flies directly in the face of what is truely needed in the marketplace; fewer DRM platforms. I’ve said it many times before, and apparently I’ll say it again, if the market for digital media is to become mainstream it MUST be dead simple. As simple as inserting a shiny disk into a player. You’ll loose 20-25% of your customers for every additional step (button click on a web site, driver install, whatever) you require them to perform to use your product.

Let’s see how this new ‘ecosystem’ from Microsoft stacks up against that metric: Continue reading

Digital Media and whatever else flows through my head…