If I had A Million Dollars

I’d burn it up within a week…

I’m having a total geek moment right now. Yes, this is nothing new, but I really love the idea of real digital paper. Tablet PCs seem to be the avenue to this for me, but I wish they weren’t so big. We need something half-way between a large PDA (like an iPaq) and a full-blown laptop; portable yet big enought to write on. Geek moment over.

Link to Gateway’s entries in the Tablet PC market

RFID madness

This furor over RFID tags got me thinking; what if we could come up with a way that RFID tags could be inserted in a common place. If the tags were always in the same spot, the tin-foil hatters could remove them from the product and toss it, fry it, burn it, whatever.

We could even make it something that people are used to seeing on packaging already, something like the proof of purchase. Putting the RFID tag on the Proof of Purchase also lets the manufacturer get an end-to-end picture of where that product went. They would literally receive the RFID tag back in the mail when someone cashed in a refund (think Best Buy or Fry’s).

Just a quick thought here at lunch; obviously there are huge holes in this idea (how would such a process work for clothing, for instance). But this might be worth exploring.

The Clarke "Scandal"

Michael J. Totten is one of those great people who blogs about politics and takes on everyone. His take on the Clarke “thing” summarizes my feelings pretty well.

I’m behind the curve on this one, but I suppose I should weigh in on the Richard Clarke “scandal.” Clarke’s ability to undermine his own self with his own words is astonishing. I’m sure he’s telling the truth in there somewhere.


SoundShelf.com offers CC for music

From the Creative Commons website:

SoundShelf.com hosts free music of various genres and makes it all available under the EFF Open Audio License, or a Creative Commons license. This was taken directly from their FAQ:

2. When is free music legal?
Free music is legal when the artists want it to be. Until recently it was near impossible to know the artist’s feelings and intentions as all works were automatically copyrighted. Today with the emergence of the Creative Commons License and the EFF Open Audio License the artist’s desired intentions are expressed by the license that they choose to publish their works under.

I particulary liked this track No More by Neoismo, a group based out of Italy. It’s under an Attribution-ShareAlike license so you can even remix it!