Blogroll Dive: 5/29/06

Here are the highlights from today’s Blogroll dive:

  • Michael Heilemann announced that the “Final Cut” of Blade Runner may be released on DVD in 2007.
  • Khaled discussed the Nintendo Wii and Nintendo’s move towards simplified gameplay.
  • Rick discovered a tutorial that shows “how to easily hack a $9 refill from a $200 Monte Blanc pen into a $2 Pilot G-2.”
  • Michael Hampton reported on the use of the State Secrets Privilege to dismiss two NSA lawsuits.
  • Angsuman reported on the settlement of Sony’s Rootkit lawsuit.
  • Mark discussed immigration and the pressure caused by the combination of strict border enforcement and strict legal immigration procedures.
  • And, Tom announced the birth of Enrique Raftery Carnicero.

CMP Media LLC Attacks IT@Cork Over Web 2.0 Trademark

Not too long after the birth of Enrique Raftery Carnicero, Tom Raftery (and the rest of his fellow IT@Cork committee members) received a cease and desist order from CMP Media LLC suggesting that the title of the upcoming IT@Cork Conference, the Web 2.0 Half-Day Conference, was in “flagrant violation” of their “Web 2.0” trademark. The following is an excerpt from an article that I published on earlier today:

IT@Cork, a non-profit organization based in Cork, Ireland, will be presenting a Web 2.0 Half Day Conference on June 8th, 2006. According to CMP, IT@Cork’s usage of “Web 2.0” in their conference’s title “directly violates [CMP’s] exclusive rights” and “can only be viewed as a deliberate attempt to trade off the good will of CMP and cause confusion in the market.”

After a small exchange of communications, IT@Cork was allowed to keep “Web 2.0” in the title of the upcoming Web 2.0 Half-Day Conference, but has been forbidden to use “Web 2.0” in all future conference titles.

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Favored Freeware: Cashbox

Cashbox was designed from day one to be a quick and simple to use application for managing personal finances. As it has evolved, it has become more feature packed while keeping with the original goal of simplicity.

Pros: Cashbox is a free and easy-to-use alternative to most financial management applications.

Cons: None significant.

Categorized as Freeware

Blogroll Dive: 5/22/06

Here are the highlights from today’s Blogroll dive:

  • Bryan published a brief tutorial on how to add a custom header image to your blog.
  • Michael Heilemann discussed “The Shuttle That Wasn’t”.
  • Khaled reviewed Blog Design Solutions.
  • Michael Hampton ruminated on the U.S. government’s progressive shift towards “less privacy and more government intrusion into the personal lives of their citizen-subjects.”
  • Angsuman launched “an online cross-reference of WordPress’ source code” with support for user-contributed annotations and comments.
  • Mark ruminated on “Trading Freedom for Safety”.
  • And, Tom published a brief tutorial on “automating the backup of your [WordPress] blog”.

Favored Freeware: iStat nano

[iStat nano is a Dashboard widget which allows you to] view detailed information on CPU usage, memory usage, hard drive usage, bandwidth usage, CPU temperature, battery usage, system uptime, and the top four active processes.

Pros: iStat nano offers almost everything that iStat pro does, but presents it in a smaller and more convenient interface.

Cons: iStat nano does not offer any fan speed statistics. For fan speed statistics, try iStat pro.

Categorized as Freeware