Flat-fee P2P

Jim Griffin in The Register: “So where does this leave us, digital delivery ahead, carbon and friction behind, brackish combinations surrounding our Tarzan-like transition from one vine to the next? It leaves us in a better place, one where access to art and knowledge are not conditioned on the size of your wallet, or worse still, the size of your parents’ wallet. A world where the collective flat fees outweigh per capita average spending, where ideas can flourish with reward and without friction, a world Eleanor Roosevelt and Cicero would adore.”

Dell and Linux

Newsfactor: The Flourishing Dell-Linux Coalition. “The overall server market seems to be getting back on track. According to IDC, spending on servers in the United States is expected to hit US$18.2 billion in 2003, about 3 percent growth over 2002. X86-based systems will lead the charge. IDC forecasts that the Linux server market will grow 34 percent to $3.1 billion, and the Windows server market will increase 8 percent to $15.0 billion. By 2006, Linux hardware sales are projected to hit $6.5 billion.”

Don’t encourage them

InfoWorld: Stop buying from spammers, Net industry says. “With an arsenal of new laws, campaigns, and technologies failing to stop spammers from sending a seemingly endless flow of unsolicited commercial e-mail, the Internet industry is finally turning to a little-acknowledged culprit to stem the tide — consumers.”

Snapple Beware

NY Observer on nutritionist Marion Nestle, who wants to be the “Dr. Ruth” of nutrition.

Her goal is to get people to share her fervent belief that food—and the so-called diseases of affluence like cancer and heart disease—are not just personal issues, but bona fide social and political problems. And the big, fat problem that no one but she seems to notice at the heart of the nation’s obesity crisis is, as she sees it, a gross oversupply of calories—not consumer demand. The reason is simple: Companies like Kraft and Burger King produce 3,900 calories of processed food daily for every person in the United States. That’s at least a third more calories than most people need. If we were to go on a national diet and not meet our allotted 3,900 calories, food sales—and stock prices—would dip, shareholders would get gloomy and the economy would flag. “In order to stay competitive, the food industry needs people to eat more,” Ms. Nestle said. And so, of course, they do.

Vim rules

InfoWorld: Programmers abandoning their IDEs for code editors.

Many developers feel that mouse-centric IDEs slow them down, while keyboard-driven code editing tools’ feature-rich and flexible nature gives them an edge. “I’ve yet to use an IDE where I can enter or edit code as quickly as I can using Vim,” adds Wade Bowmer, a senior developer at Excido. “I don’t need to use a mouse, and many IDEs heavily use the function keys, which seems to really slow me down.”

Scott Anderson, a senior software architect, agrees. “I use Emacs for everything. It’s programmable, open source, has a huge user community, and its range of features is simply stupefying,” he explains.

Fedora Linux

Red Hat is merging Red Hat Linux with the Fedora Linux Project. The result is the Fedora Project, a community-driven Linux distribution. Red Hat will no longer sell a consumer-targetted Linux distro. This seems like a pretty smart move to me. Keeping Red Hat Linux corporate-controlled would never have satisfied the geeks, and the consumeroriented distro market is pretty crowded. Now Red Hat can stop getting into fights with the community and focus on what’s making them money, Enterprise Linux.


BMG manages to miss the point entirely by offering DRM-ridden CDs that allow you to burn 3 copies and email time-limited songs to friends. I assume it’s all Windows-only.