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Friday, September 18, 2009

Buy Gene Roddenberry's Mac Computer

By way of Slashdot: you may participate in an auction for Gene Roddenberry's Mac computer. The auctioneer say it was the first Mac Plus off the assembly line, but Technologer disputes that, saying it is an original Mac upgraded to a Mac Plus. (They don't dispute Roddenberry's ownership of it.)

The auctioneer says the value is in the $800-$1200 range, but one would guess it will go for much more. The auction site is interesting, graphically and otherwise. It specializes in items with historical provenance (including entertainment industry items like M. Jackson gloves). It has a clever but annoyingly slow film projector motif to show featured items. A search will go more quickly.

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Thursday, September 17, 2009

Harry Potter Going to Florida

According to the Orland Sentinel (and every other newspaper on the planet) , Harry Potter is going to the Universal Studios theme park in 2010. The Orlando Sentinel reporter claimed some special consideration in the dispersal of information, no doubt due to his proximity to the park.

The venues include: some reworked roller coasters, some themed stores (that's a shocker) from the books, the Forbidden Forest (probably), a ride within Hogwart's castle, and no doubt much more. Here is the full article on Harry Potter Goes to Universal Studios.

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Friday, May 29, 2009

Report on Copyright Reform Plagiarized

The digital economy is a general term for Internet/Intranet-based commerce, but the forefront of the battle seems to be the entertainment business grappling with file sharing. Canada is struggling with digital rights (copyright) reform like many other nations are. They had a bit of embarrassment, though, when a paid report on copyright reform was alleged to have been plagiarized from another report by the International Intellectual Property Alliance (a U.S.-based lobby group for the entertainment industry). According to Slashdot.org, there was some denial and then admissions about the claims. It was not U.S. lobby group that noticed the similarities of the reports, but a Canadian law professor at the University of Ottawa, Michael Geist.

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