File Sharing is Legal

Finally! A Judge that has a clue!

Although sharing copyrighted material is illegal, the technology of sharing materials is not.

“Defendants distribute and support software, the users of which can and do choose to employ it for both lawful and unlawful ends,” Wilson wrote in his opinion, released Friday. “Grokster and StreamCast are not significantly different from companies that sell home video recorders or copy machines, both of which can be and are used to infringe copyrights.”

Yes! Now the music industry might be forced to play nice with the online world instead of just being hostile.

Apple Laptops Cheaper

Jim Banahan decides on a Mac Laptop based on price… something that was very surprising to him.

What surprised me most, is that in nearly every laptop price comparison I made (seven total), I found that Apple’s hardware was less expensive than Dell’s, this even after Dell out-priced its PC competition.

For the first time in my life, I found myself unable to justify the purchase of a Windows PC, instead discovering that Apple offered more for the money.

There’s one more reason to [[Switch]].

Oh Canada!

Mike Weir kept a cool head while others around him panicked.

On Sunday, Weir showed nerves of steel absent at the 1999 PGA Championship as he beat Len Mattiace with a bogey on the first hole of sudden death to win the 67th Masters Tournament. Just getting into the playoff required the 33-year-old Canadian to make some stomach-churning putts.

It was poise that eluded [[Tiger]] this time. Congrats to Weir!

We’re Gonna Miss This Guy!

The Iraqi Information Minister provided unintended humor during a not-so-fun time.

Look no further.

He became a celebrity of the Iraq war with his outlandish denials and boundless optimism.

Now Iraq’s Information Minister Mohammed Saeed al-Sahaf has become a star on the Internet.

Fans have set up a Web site ( dedicated to Sahaf, featuring his more outrageous quotes and a collage of photos.

The laugh-fest continues.

The End is Near

US Forces are gaining complete control of Bagdad.

And in the process, making a lot of Iraqis quite happy.

US tanks drove unhindered into public squares on the eastern bank of the Tigris for the first time, including the area surrounding the Palestine hotel, where the international media are based.

As word spread, people began congregating in the al-Fardus square in front of the hotel.

The cheering crowd began trying to pull down a huge statue of Saddam Hussein with a rope and a sledgehammer. An American armoured personnel carrier is now lending assistance.

All is becoming right in the world again.

Masterful Rite of Spring

It’s that time of year again. Time for the Masters, the last rite of spring.

Maybe the weather gods will finally get it together and start to give us some spring-like weather. Although, it doesn’t look that way right now in Augusta.

The weather at Augusta National grabbed the spotlight on Tuesday. Rain poured on the course, and the soggy fairways and soft greens will present added challenges when the 67th Masters begins.


Global Warming Fear Mongers are a Bit Cold

Claims that man-made pollution is causing “unprecedented” global warming have been seriously undermined by new research which shows that the Earth was warmer during the Middle Ages.

…[the] claims [of the environmentalists] have now been sharply contradicted by the most comprehensive study yet of global temperature over the past 1,000 years. A review of more than 240 scientific studies has shown that today’s temperatures are neither the warmest over the past millennium, nor are they producing the most extreme weather – in stark contrast to the claims of the environmentalists.

I knew that. I learned it watchine “Connections” with James Burke. Apparently, we owe the Renaissance in Europe to the lovely warm temperatures that gave them a bountiful food supply.

Berklee Goes Mac

The Berklee College of Music in Boston, Mass., has mandated that all incoming freshmen next year must have a Mac laptop.

For over a half a century, Berklee College of Music has been committed to preparing our students for the musical, technological, and business necessities of the world they will be entering. It has become increasingly clear that, to continue this commitment, Berklee students must be well versed in computer technology, and specifically, music technology. Accordingly, beginning in Fall 2003 semester, Berklee College of Music will require all entering students to have an Apple Macintosh laptop computer.

Yah gotta love it!

Leave Nobody Behind

An American prisoner was rescued in dramatic fashion yesterday.


In a nighttime raid, U.S. forces early Wednesday rescued an Army POW from a hospital that doubled as an Iraqi military post, U.S. military officials said.

Just like in the movies!