Money Makeover Show

A friend of mine is working on a reality TV show where people in financial straights receive a money makeover. They are looking for people to be on the show and are taking story submissions.

Currently we are conducting a nationwide search for unusual, extreme, entertaining, and heartfelt stories about real money messes from young, funny, outgoing and interesting people.

Are you up to your eyeballs in debt? Do you think you dream car is out of reach? Are you a college student longing to buy your first real estate investment property? Are you a shop-a-holic? Did you declare personal bankruptcy at age 25 and are now trying to get back on your feet but feel like you can%u2019t even stand up. Engaged to be married to someone with totally opposite views about money? Wishing to start your own business but have no idea where to start? About to start a new job in New York City and your projected rent is more than your annual salary?

Tell us about it we can help! If you or someone you know is in dire need of a financial makeover, or if you feel your financial predicament is unusual or dramatic enough to capture America’s hearts, we want to hear your story and we want to help. Contestants will receive personal financial coaching and some contestants will receive financial assistance.

Peter also wrote the excellent personal finance book for young people, *Getting Loaded*.

Les Paul and Friends

Les Paul and Friends:
Some tracks from Paul’s 90th birthday tribute LP, plus a few of his original tunes and songs from his illegitimate offspring.
1. Good Morning, Little Schoolgirl – Les Paul feat. Bubby Guy, Keith Richards, and Rick Derringer
2. Mustang Sally – Buddy Guy
3. Somebody Ease My Troublin’ Mind – Les Paul feat. Sam Cooke and Eric Clapton
4. Back Home – Eric Clapton
5. Am I Blue – Les Paul
6. Caravan – Les Paul
7. Love Sneakin’ Up On You – Les Paul feat. Sting and Joss Stone
8. Fly Like An Eagle (2005) – Les Paul feat. Steve Miller
9. Jet Airliner – Steve Miller Band
10. Trouble In Mind – Les Paul
11. How High The Moon – Les Paul & Mary Ford
12. Begin The Beguine – Les Paul
13. Blue Skies – Les Paul
14. Steel Guitar Rag – Les Paul
15. Shape of Things – Jeff Beck

Album of the Week

The album of the week is Death Cab for Cutie’s *Plans*. Also check out the four (yes, four!) exciting new releases from Jazz greats Sonny Rollins, Wynton Marsalis, Herbie Hancock, and McCoy Tyner.

EFF guide to DRM

The EFF has put out an excellent guide to why DRM is bad for you.

Many digital music services employ digital rights management (DRM) — also known as “copy protection” — that prevents you from doing things like using the portable player of your choice or creating remixes. Forget about breaking the DRM to make traditional uses like CD burning and so forth. Breaking the DRM or distributing the tools to break DRM may expose you to liability under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) even if you’re not making any illegal uses.

In other words, in this brave new world of “authorized music services,” law-abiding music fans often get less for their money than they did in the old world of CDs (or at least, the world before record companies started crippling CDs with DRM, too).

They don’t mention Rhapsody specifically but Rahpsody uses Microsoft’s DRM, which is covered.

Tsync P2P data synchronization

Tsync is an awesome-sounding synchronization tool built as part of the Google Summer-of-Code.

Once all the devices are configured, whenever the user creates, modifies, or deletes files on one machine, those changes are automatically propagated to all the others. %u201CSo if the user were to add a bookmark on his or her machine at the university, it would be reflected on the laptop at home as well,%u201D explained Anderson. %u201CEven if that laptop were powered off, then the next time the disconnected machine regains connectivity, it will automatically learn about the change and update itself.

[Sourceforge page](http://tsyncd.sourceforge.net/)

Interview with PlayLouder co-founder

Here‘s a very interesting interview with one of the co-founders that UK ISP with the SonyBMG download license deal I [mentioned earlier](http://plasticboy.com/archives/2005/08/23/boing-boing-customers-of-new-uk-isp-get-to-share-all-sony-music-on-p2p/). This guy demonstrates a very high level of cluefullness, I hope it all works out.

MassGov Declares OpenDocument Standard File Format

[Lots](http://news.ft.com/cms/s/80033a76-1a71-11da-b7f5-00000e2511c8.html) [of](http://www.groklaw.net/article.php?story=20050831202118904) coverage today on the announcement that the Commonwealth of Massachussetts will migrate to the OASIS OpenDocument XML file format for office applications. I assume this means the Commonwealth will also be switching to OpenOffice.org or some other open source office suite, since Microsoft Office doesn’t currently support OpenDocument. Microsoft’s Brian Jones [naturally thinks](http://blogs.msdn.com/brian_jones/archive/2005/08/31/458879.aspx) the Commonwealth should use Microsoft’s forthcoming “[open](http://www.eweek.com/article2/0,1895,1829355,00.asp)” Office XML format and calls the standard “unnecessarily exclusive”. Isn’t any standard going to be exclusive? You exclude every format you don’t standardize on. While I think the switch is great news I consider it only a partial victory as the [original proposal](http://www.boston.com/business/technology/articles/2003/12/22/open_source_battle_is_heating_up/) was to move entirely to open source software.