Freedom

While doing Kindle research I came across this post where a guy explains a way to remove the DRM from Kindle books. The interesting thing to take from this is that this guy wants to buy the content but he can’t use it in a way that he’d like. This is analogous to buying a hard book and being able to read it where ever he wants. He had to go through all these hoops to do it and I find that sad.

See, I’m getting more and more interested in doing things as a pirate. I have enough money that I can buy content, and I also feel that authors of content deserve to get paid. I’m even a fan of paying distributors as well. What I want, however, is freedom. Freedom to use my content as I see fit. I want to ‘own’ what I pay for. It’s a pretty simple concept and I’m so dissapointed at huge companies like Apple and Amazon who refuse to stop being greedy and don’t see that eventually the customer will win this battle.

I mention Apple since I’m thinking of jailbreaking my phone. I’m willing to go through the hassle of this just so I can have some more control over my user experience. It’s not for free content. It’s just that I want to modify my preferences.

It’s sad that we are forced as customers to hack the things we buy to get them the way we want. It’s sad because that’s the promise of software : to be able to change to be different things for different people.

Kindle?

Man, I really love reading on my Sony Reader. I’ve had it since it came out and the convenience and screen quality is just amazing. But I don’t use it. Why? Well, I have to go to the Sony Reader bookstore (which last I checked sucked) and pay full price for books (as in : same as a hardback). Then I have to download them to my computer and then to my Reader via USB. I also need to have Sony software on my computer. All in all, a total pain.

Lastly, the main reason is that I don’t know who owns the books I download. I can’t really figure it out. Can I share them with other owners of Sony Readers? Is my content mine forever? Can it be taken away?

With the Kindle, all of the complaints from the first paragraph are solved. Easy d/l, cheap contnet, no software on my pc. But again, I’m faced with the DRM issue. With Kindle I’ve heard that it’s even worse. I’ve heard of books being removed w/o notice. There is no sharing of content, etc.

I so want to move to the digital world with my books. I so want to get a Kindle and d/l stuff when I think of it but I refuse to deal with DRM issues. Does anyone have one of these? Can you tell me if you ‘own’ your content? What have your experiences been?

Dan Carlin

I’m totally into podcasts now and one of my favorites is one called “Hardcore History“. It’s hosted by a guy named Dan Carlin and it’s pretty amazing. And this is coming from someone who uniformly HATED history in grade and high school. But Dan is a master story teller and the recient series on the Ostfront is one of the best stories I’ve ever heard.

Interestingly enough I just found out that Dan has another podcast called “Common Sense“. It’s a political podcast and so far (admittedly after hearing only one show) I really like his viewpoint. It’s not D or R, Right or Left, it’s simply, well, common sense. I strongly suggest you give one or both a listen. They are awesome!

iPhone motion sensing. Go away!!!

I am going to go on record to tell you that motion sensing on the iPhone is the most useless ‘feature’ ever. I would pay money to have it removed from my phone. Shaking the phone make it do stuff is simply stupid at best and at worst it’s annoying in that it does stuff I don’t want it to whenever I move the phone in a funny way. I will admit that it’s useful for some games but this is my phone, not a gaming box. I’d rather turn it off entirely.

The worst thing it does is switch from portrait to landscape based on the phones relative position to the ground. This never works for me and I’ve never wanted it to change in the first place. When it happens, I end up shaking the thing like a crazy person trying to get it back to portrait mode and then of course the shake triggers some other feature. If it was going to be useful, it should at least try to adjust based on it’s relative position to my eye, but that’s obviously not possible. So remove it.

This is most useless in iTunes. Why does it need to change alignment in iTunes? The worst part is that the landscape mode has less functionality than the portrait mode. So i hold the thing the wrong way and presto, it’s now useless and I can’t get it back without pressing home and iTunes again.

Who needs this crappy flash? Obviously it’s there to look cool, but I want functionality above all else. Apple seems to disagree and that’s why I’m going to seriously consider another phone in a few months.

import/export

So, I just imported my old, old blog into this one and now I’ve got continuous posts all the way back to March 2005. I have to say that WordPress made it really, really easy..