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· · · · 06 (3 entries)

Electricity · Two Carr-provoked posts in a row to­day; check out Avatars con­sume as much elec­tric­i­ty as Brazil­ians, and then the quan­ti­ta­tive com­ment from our own en­vi­rogu­ru Dave Dou­glas. Sup­pose you want­ed to know for sure how many watts your databox­es are suck­ing? Wel­l, our serv­er peo­ple have come up with a clever lit­tle mar­ket­ing gim­mick, the Try and Buy Pow­er Meter Pro­gram; pick up a T1000 or T2000 through T&B and they’ll send along an ac­tu­al pow­er me­ter. Kind of sym­bol­ic since they on­ly cost about $30, but stil­l, I bet this mo­ti­vates a few peo­ple to have a look who wouldn’t have, oth­er­wise; which has to be a good thing.
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Music Libre · Nick Carr’s ex­cel­lent Cur­tains for mu­sic DRM? is an ex­pla­na­tion, sim­ple enough to be un­der­stood even by a music-biz ex­ec (at least the brighter ones like those at EMI) as to why this whole no­tion of sell­ing DRM’ed bit­s, then try­ing to reach in­to your customers’ com­put­ers to mi­cro­man­age their use, is just too stupid to live. Co­ry Doc­torow and I and oth­er peo­ple have been bang­ing this drum for years, but Carr has cap­tured the essence, in business-friendly lan­guage, in eight short para­graph­s.
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Traffic Generators · Time was, Slash­dot was the big, big, dog. The first time I got hit, 3½ years ago, there were 27,000 hits in the first day and around 40K in ag­gre­gate over the next few. This last Mon­day, two days ago, Slash­dot hit my XML schema-language piece at 7PM Paci­fic. As of now, mid-day Wed­nes­day, I’ve had 8,361 hit­s. Now, there are mit­i­gat­ing fac­tors: the Slash­dot link to on­go­ing was kind of hard to see, and quite like­ly in the years since 2003, the set of Slash­dot read­ers who care about the things I write about have most­ly sub­scribed, so they’d seen that piece al­ready. But stil­l. By way of com­par­ison, I got 17,849 links in the first 48 hours to Ja­va Is Free; Red­dit was the lead­ing re­fer­rer with 5,623. Times change.
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