UW Strikes Deal with Dell and Napster

Apparently according to The Daily of the University of Washington of Seattle, the University has struck a deal with Dell and Napster to “makes it [UW] the first university to offer a free, legal music downloading service in coordination with a hardware provider.”

Now, don’t get me wrong, I think it’s a novel idea and all, but where’s competition fit into this? The fact that they’re branding it and saying, “All must use this service, we provide it to you so that you can be legal and so that we can’t get our butts sued off because you’re using our networks illegally” seems pretty lame to me.

Am I advocating stealing music? By no means. I use iTunes just like anyone else and buy my music in a legal manner. Sure, being a college student is hard and money typically has to be stretched further (a good test for post-graduate life where you actually are having to pay for your own things), but by having something like this with Napster, you are basically a) trying to get them addicted to the service so that when they graduate they want to buy the service (or feel the urge to) and b) influence them in their selection of computers (buy Dell I tell you, buy Dell) 😉 and c) their selection of MP3 players (sorry kids, Napster and iPods don’t mix).

Bottom line — what’s up UW? Why are you doing this? How many kick backs are you getting besides the free hardware? What happens when you show up with a Powerbook to your graphics art design course or an iPaq is tucked away in your briefcase that has your scheduler in it?

[Listening to: Boulevard of Broken Dreams – Green Day – Boulevard of Broken Dreams – Single (4:22)]

Weekly Reboot

Well, I have to say that I’m impressed with Microsoft Windows XP Professional. Why would I dare say such a heretical thing after professing my love for the Tux Movement? Mostly because it’s been a week that I’ve had my XP box up running perfectly fine without having to do any maintenance of any sort.

Granted, it’s been a week and things are starting to get quirky right now as I’m using Macromedia Dreamweaver MX to continue my quest in learning Cold Fusion. Alas, reboot I must.

[Listening to: 50 Cent – In Da Club – 50 cent – (4:01)]

Divorce… A Growing Problem in America amongst corporations

From the title I’m sure that most people will wonder why this is filed under “Geek Stuff”. Additionally they wonder why I mention corporations. Am I referring to those couples that meet on a project, fall deeply in love with one another because their envious of one another’s skills only to find that their namespaces and classes can’t co-exist in the same domain? Nope, actually I’m referring to Apple and HP going their own separate ways.
Their marriage was consumated sometime in late 2003 / early 2004 and from the point of view of the media, this meant that the iPod would be around forever (Business Week Jan 14, 2004).
But like every relationship there were trials and tribulations. As it all ends up, a year and a half later they’re going their separate ways (BetaNews July 29, 2005). According to Slashdot it would seem that Apple will take custody of the iPod, HP is given no visitation rights.

1985 – Bowling for Soup – 1985 [3:45]

Something to try…

So on Wednesday evening during the phenominal heat wave that was affecting the mid-Atlantic states, before the incredible and torrential downpours I decided I would hit up the gym (somewhere near 5:45 PM). Well, here’s a little tip for you, don’t try to use your VIC card instead of your Gold’s Gym card when you enter. What made me laugh was that if I hadn’t said anything I don’t think that they would have either. I scanned with my VIC card and it blipped green as though someone was scanned in. Course, I then realized it and used the other swipe card and it blipped green and all was good. Also, just a tip, after biking 15 miles, it’s typically a good idea to remember to take your keys with you from the bike O:-)
So the next time you go to the gym, try using your VIC or Giant keyring card (or maybe a Mobil smart pass) 😉

[Listening to: Yeah! – Usher featuring Lil’ Jon & Ludacris – Confessions (Special Edition) (4:10)]

Programming in C#

Four years ago when I was graduating from the University of Virginia, I would have never imagined that I would be learning C#. The reason for this mostly being that while in college I was learning open source web development in PHP and Physics, as well as some UNIX and network systems administration. I think it’s funny that the name is C-Sharp (not C-pound as many have called it) mostly because those that don’t know music call it C-pound (as just mentioned) which leads me to think that they therefore think it’s super powerful. I’m glad that Microsoft was somewhat optimistic when naming C# for the reason that if it was going to be a dismal language they could have named it C-flat (Cb).
Needless to say it’s been interesting and I can definitely say that after learning C, C++, and Java a few years back, learning C# has been relatively easy. So what’s my suggestion you ask? Well, I like Jesse Liberty’s Learning C# as well as Programming C# and last but not least a book that he co-authored with Dan Hurwitz, Programming ASP.NET. I have yet to get my fingers on a copy of Alex Ferrara and Matthew MacDonald’s Programming .NET Web Services.
Now, you might be wondering why my sudden aversion to C#, call it technical training of sorts 🙂 Additionally it’s very interesting to see how one can build custom components and what not that can be integrated into other Microsoft Software.
Trust me, I still love working in PHP (mmm, C like programming) and developing database schemas for MySQL.
Last but not least, back to my open source roots I should mention Mono, which is the open source framework that is capable of running .NET code on open source platforms — Java finally has some competition on Linux. Very cool project, for more check this out for more about the project over at Go-Mono.com or to read a Developer’s guide on Mono, click here.

[Listening to: Steady As We Go – Dave Matthews Band – Stand Up (3:22)]

NetApps acquisition of DeCru, good, bad, or just plain wrong?

This post might seem highly irrevelant to most that frequent The Geek, however to me it is a topic of interest merely because it shows how words are twisted in big business to make things seem otherwise.

So NetApp has acquired data security experts and implementors, DeCru. This is old news, (The Register reported on 16 June, however the implications to me at least seem like they’re going to be somewhat large. For instance, reading through the article it states that other storage companies had partnerships with DeCru as well. And sure, NetApp will run DeCru as a separate operation, but that’s like having Microsoft buying Intel and then having Apple come use Intel chips as well. How can you objectively do cost pricing and what not in a fair manner for other companies? Am I the only one vexxed by this?

[Listening to: The Ocean – Mae – The Everglow (4:41)]