SOPA Protest Today

Wednesday, January 18th, 2012 | Business | No Comments

It seems like quite a number of sites have joined in the SOPA protest.

Some interesting one’s that I’ve seen have been:

  • Google
    Given their high profile, I was happy to see the logo was blacked out today in protest of SOPA.
  • Ars Technica
    I like the way they blended a protest, with staying functional.  Personally I’d prefer to show the site “down” as in “black”, but they were creative with an inverse color scheme.
  • Wired.com
    This is one of my favorites.  It looks much more like “censorship” than any other just black site.  SOPA is about both censorship, and the shutting down of innocent sites.

If you want to join in the protest against SOPA and PROTECT-IP (remember, they are BOTH problems, not just SOPA) you can check out instructions (it’s very easy):

  • SOPA Blackout JS – My quick writeup on how to deploy the SOPA Blackout javascript utility
  • SOPA PHP snippet – pop this in the header of your includes, and you can participate too


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Wired: Inside the iPhone Network Meltdown (attfail)

Monday, July 19th, 2010 | Business | 1 Comment

This weekend in between the many activities I got a chance to sit down with my Wired magazine and read an article that has just been posted online, Bad Connection: Inside the iPhone Network Meltdown.

An excerpt from the article:

For iPhone fans, it really was too good to be true. A pair of Apple executives had just described the latest model of the iPhone — the 3GS — onstage at the company’s Worldwide Developers Conference in June 2009. The audience loved it. The 3GS was twice as fast as its predecessor, it included a camera that shot video, and the updated iPhone operating system enabled multimedia messaging and tethering — the ability to use the phone as a modem. Just one problem: While many customers in Europe and Asia could enjoy all those features, AT&T, the iPhone’s sole US carrier, wouldn’t allow video messaging or tethering at launch. In other words, the most advanced features wouldn’t be available to AT&T customers. What’s more, some current iPhone users who wanted to upgrade wouldn’t get the subsidies that new customers enjoyed. Incensed iPhone fanatics vented their fury on Twitter. “AT&T has been one disappointment after another.” “Is AT&T trying to squeeze more money from us poor suckers?” And they punctuated their complaints with a hashtag — the Twitter convention for grouping conversations — that became an eight-character protest slogan: #attfail.

Overall a recommended read, the article is well written and thorough in analyzing the relationship since inception.

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iOrchestra: iPhones used to perform

Friday, December 4th, 2009 | Business | No Comments

Saw this on Wired.com article, “Student Orchestra Performs Music with iPhones”:

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Wired: Why Apple Won’t Allow Adobe Flash on iPhone

Tuesday, November 18th, 2008 | Personal | No Comments

A topic I am highly interested, the intersection of two of my favorite technologies — Adobe Flash (earlier, Macromedia Flash) and the iPhone.

Wired.com has a story published today, November 17, 2008 — Why Apple Won’t Allow Adobe Flash on iPhone.

Although there are reports that Adobe is investing in porting Flash over to the iPhone, Flash for the iPhone (seangw.com), according to the iPhone SDK agreement, recently published by wikileaks.org, “No interpreted code may be downloaded and used in an Application except for code that is interpreted and run by Apple’s Published APIs and built-in interpreter(s).”

Personally I just cannot see Apple eliminating Flash from the iPhone.  It is a power struggle between Adobe and Apple, but why?  Adobe’s applications have supported the core Apple “worhshippers”, designers, who have used Apple devotedly for decades.  The only thing that Flash does for the iPhone is eliminate control by Apple over content on the iPhone.  We all know it’s going to happen sooner or later.

Some other arguments Apple is using, or that can be conceivable are:

  • Lack of control over applications 
  • Goes against the iPhone developer’s Terms of Service specifically prohibiting Flash from appearing on the iPhone.
  • Customer support complaints regarding flash (given the already large number of requests for the iPhone)
  • Battery life issues
  • Straining the iPhone’s limited resources

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