Demo is getting a vast amount of attention because there are a vast number of bloggers there, all pouring what must amount to thousands of words onto the Internet about it. I don’t know what the organisers have done to encourage this, but there’s a lesson for a lot of companies – if you’re having a conference, encourage live blogging (yes Apple, this means you).
Chris Lanier blogs about United Media’s objection to a Windows Media Center program which displays UM’s comics. As Chris puts it:
If you don’t know Comics for Media Center is this nifty plug-in that displays comic strips inside of
. The concept is rather simple and here’s how the plug-in works…. Media Center
A feed is obtain through a third party website (i.e. not mcesoft.nl or the site hosting the comics which is United Media) –> That feed has the URL’s to the images on the site that hosts the comics (United Media in this case) –> Comics for Media Center takes that feed with the URL and displays them inside of MCE.
That sounds simple and it is! But wait, United Media is claming that this is “Unauthorized use of Intellectual Property”. The important thing to remember about them being displayed in
is that it’s really just Internet Explorer. By downloading comics using Media Center (which is using IE) you might just be violating someone IP, even through you can download them in Internet Explorer and it’s not violating anything. Stupid, you bet! Media Center
Of course, if UM was smart it would buy the program and update it to include adverts, thus hitting a new market. But instead it uses what it probably a spurious claim over IP to try and force people to visit its web site to read – something that’s unlikely to happen if it continues to be this consumer-unfriendly.
F-Secure is reporting that Cabir has been found in-the-wild in USA. Given the low-level of appreciation of virus risk among mobile phone users, this is bad news.
Incidentally, I had my first “offer” of the Cabir virus last week. While down the pub a Bluetooth connection request popped up, which I accepted. Fortunately, I spotted the name of the file it was attempting to install and prevented it from doing so. Had I been less knowledgable, I would now be spewing out a virus over Bluetooth to all and sundry.
Symbian needs to step up right now and do something about this, before it becomes a major public relations disaster for them.
Kai’s one of the computer industry’s true individuals, and it’s great to see him back.