FCC prepares restrictive Digital TV copying rule

As reported this morning in the Washington Post, the FCC is proceeding with a rulemaking that would require that "personal computers and other consumer electronics devices contain technology to help block Internet piracy of digital entertainment." This heralds back to the early days of VCRs and (and tape cassettes), where established industry players tried to block technological innovation with regulation, law and law suits. See this summary of the case filed by Universal and Disney against Sony when the BetaMax was unveiled (from the online TV encycopedia). For other views on this topic, see Dan Gillmore's Blog or MSNBC.continue reading →

Inaugural Post

I'm re-joining the blog world (I dipped a toe in two years ago with blogger) with this blog to support my classes in Digital Media at the University of Washington. As I see news stories that relate to student interests or class topics, I'll be noting them here -- with and without commentary. We'll see if this survives the 30-day trial at Typepad, or if I return to blog.com. :)continue reading →
My Hello World Post …

My Hello World Post …

... was made on November 25, 2001 ... on Blogger. At the time, I was teaching web design at Seattle Central Community College and thought Blogger was a little too rudimentary (like all v1 disruptive products). Oh. And the content lived on MY site, not Blogger's (see that reference to FTP?). Of course, this Google-developed theme was not one that Ev et al had way back then. There wasn't a Twitter embed then, either!continue reading →