3/31/2004 01:09:00 PM|W|P|Mike|W|P|Oh Happy Day!! Things are lookin' up! CYODFS|W|P|108076375434366688|W|P||W|P|3/26/2004 04:51:00 PM|W|P|Mike|W|P|Wow. Fridays around here get very boring, and for some reason they get cold, too. I'm cold. I was cold last Friday. I never get cold. What's going on here? I have a headache, I'm cold, I'm not getting my case until Tuesday, and I feel just a little sleepy. Fridays are great, arn't they? On the plus side, I have lots of time to ponder purchases. I will need some 120 mm fans for the case, and I'm not sure which ones to go with. The Vantec Stealth fans are good, at only 28 dBs, but there are some really good AcoustiFan that are variable and temperature controlled that can clock in a lot lower depending on the amount of air being moved through them, called CFM, or Cubic Feet per Minute. A high CFM means more air which gnerally means more noise. I dunno, I'll have to ponder it a while. Good to know the USA can't always get it's way, though. CYODFS.|W|P|108034508856545993|W|P||W|P|3/22/2004 04:49:00 PM|W|P|Mike|W|P|It's, as it usually is, been a long time, has it not? I was just avoiding work today and I stumbled across this article. The one I read was from Yahoo! News but the overall idea was the same: DVD burners have gotten bigger. Again. Here I was feeling very comfortalbe in the fact that in the next few weeks I was going to upgrade not only my case from this to this. Seeing how things go from there, along with 2 x 120 mm ultra quiet temperature controlled fans, I will install some of this and Prometheus will finally be silent. Speaking of which, anyone want that old case of mine? I want to find it a good home and I'll trust someone who reads my blog. And after all that I was going to invest in a DVD burner just for the fun side of it. What does this have to do with DVD burners? I'm not really sure but I know that it doesn't have anything to do with this guy. I wish I oculd say that this past week has been incredibly, wonderfully, amazingly exciting. Well, technically I could say that but I'd be lying. Things have generally calmed down a little bit. Droo, April, Rose and I went to dinner and a movie on Saturday night. We went to Elisabelle's, this newly opened Quebecois restaurant right downtown. I had smoked meat and poutine. It was wonderful and glorious. Then we went to see Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. It was, surprisingly, a great movie. It's definately one of those movies you have to see 2 or 3 times just to understand what was going on. Or was that the beer and the ceasar? On the way home I bought a crack addict. A hot dog. I bought him a hot dog. It's not like I went to Crack-Addicts-R-Us and asked for a not-so-smelly one. Although that would be good for a few laughs. Oh well, never mind. It's a good movie, everyone should go see it. Mom, Dad, we really miss you and can't wait too see you. Dress warmly. But not too warmly. Eva and Bill, we're also looking forward to seeing you in October! Again, dress warm. No negation this time, it's gonna be c-c-c-old when you're here! As I can tell from the time indicator on my telemaphone, it's time to leave. CYODFS.|W|P|107999937445918447|W|P||W|P|3/18/2004 04:14:00 PM|W|P|Mike|W|P|Can't post for very long, Sony's thugs are right behind me. Read this. CYODFS...maybe|W|P|107965169865056949|W|P||W|P|3/16/2004 06:46:00 AM|W|P|Mike|W|P|The Globe and Mail |W|P|107944477289037757|W|P||W|P|3/14/2004 07:57:00 PM|W|P|Mike|W|P|eBay item 2375751781 (Ends Apr-24-04 01:00:00 PDT) - HUGE UNDERGROUND FACILITY OMG, I wish I had an extra $3.95M lying around...sure oculd use a Titan Missle Conplex! How freakin' sweet would that be? CYODFS|W|P|10793194330330168|W|P||W|P|3/10/2004 04:44:00 PM|W|P|Mike|W|P|Sorry I didn't finish posting last night. I had to relax a little. This whole situation just gets me so mad! It's when I read articles like these and these that I get furious. These people are scared, and their fear is manifesting itself into hatred. Outright, indescriminate, unbridled hatred, of file traders. The CRIA, RIAA, and MPAA label us 'pirates' and 'theives'. Right, like charging 26$ for a movie that has already made 250,000,000$ isn't theft. The argument of the music industry? That downloading a song, or an album for that matter, is hurting the artists. It's always about the artists. Then why doesn't Aerosmith come out and say 'Stop it, you're hurting us?' Because we're not! What is the likelyhood that Steven Tyler et al. are going to end up broke and out on the street? Less than 1 : 1,000,000. The artists that should end up on the street corner, but never will, since we're on the subject, are the Britney "I'm the only virgin with chlamydia" Spears and all the other skanky "I'm a woman (even though I'm only 16) hear me roar (but not ludly enough to make anyone look, just loudly enough to be cool, which is just the same as being annoying)!" that are sending the wrong message to teens and kids today, namely that being overtly and overly sexual at age 7 is ok. It's not, and don't give me the 'freedom os expression' crap. How many pedophiles have been tracked in the last, say, 5 years? Who in North America doesn't know what an AMBER alert is? This problem hasn't been steadily growing for years, it has exploded. Anyone who tries to tell me that is going get a earful, and quite likely a filling of quite a few more orifices while they're within reach of me. Fortunately, there are articles like this one and this one that give me just a glimmer of hope. Announcements from companies like Rogers stating that they will, under any circumstances, divulge the identity of their internet users, is a good start. But instead of banning downloadable music and DVD-copying software, why not change tactics. Taking a page from Wired : 1. Legalize and tax downloadable music. Think 25ยข a song. How much volume would that generate? More than any CD sale at HMV. 2. Have Blockbusters and others around the world offer to copy a DVD for you for 1$ more than the cost of a rental. If you don't like it, you're out a few bucks and you've got another coaster. If you do, hey, rock on. I realize that this is a mega-rant, and if you've made it this far, then thank you. You now know just that much more about what makes me, well, me. My name is Mike, and I am a file-trader. You can stop me, but you cna't stop us. CYODFS.|W|P|107896225234088702|W|P||W|P|3/09/2004 04:57:00 PM|W|P|Mike|W|P|It's been a while, hasn't it? Sadly, there have been no new, wild adventures in Mike's life. I'm not so sure about Rose's, however. She maintains that there is nothing exciting going on, but I don't believe her. I bet she's off galavanting around town, helping out people who need a hand, generally being well-disposed to, and boldly splitting infinitives that no one has split before. If this is the case, she hasn't told me about it. Last weekend I helped my friend Sonia get her DVD+/- RW working. I'm quite proud of myself, especially how we got around the CSS. For those of you who don't know, CSS is an encrytion sysyem used on DVDs to prevent people from doing exactly what we were trying to do. It was pathetically easy to do, so I hope the film industry didn't spend too much cash on CSS. Apparently its almost as big a failure as the CD encryption that came out a while ago, which was easily bypassed by holding down the left key while the CD was spinning up. Oopsie. Stick to programming Mars probes, guys. I always laugh at these poeple, the CRIA here in Canada, and the RIAA and MPAA in the U.S. Claiming that their sales have gone down since Napster and the like, they have been on a crusade to stop us from downloading that which should be free anyway. Yet I haven't noticed movies taking a hit. How many millions did Lord of the Ring make this year? And just because I downloaded Return of the King and have it in DVD-quality format doesn't mean I'm not going to drop the outrageous 26$ to buy it when it comes out in May . And then there are CD sales. Don't even get me started on those! They have only increased since the file sharing revolution began! I'm getting twitchy...I need to go home. I'll finish this later. CYODFS.|W|P|107887665538366937|W|P||W|P|3/02/2004 03:32:00 PM|W|P|Mike|W|P|Well, I've been asked this a few times from friends, so I've decided to post it up. This last Sunday was awsome. Incredible. Fantastic. Rose and I went to see The Crystal Method. Holy crap, I have never felt bass like that in the whole of my life. The show was gratefully paid for by DJ Freq, my best friend, Aaron Foley. For this, I feel that I am forever in his debt. It was all supposed to begin at 8 P.M. so Rose and I decide to be fashionable late and arive a little after 8. That gave us some time to watch the Academy Awards and get ready, at our own pace. By the time we got there, it looked like 2,500 other people had similar thoughts, becuase the line up was almost 2 blocks long. So we're waiting, talking, when someone lights up and starts puffing away. Unable to resist the urge, I yell out, in my best Ralph Wiggum voice "It smells like the art teachers office!" which gets a big laugh from the crowd, and elevates me from unknown to, well, no longer unknown. But I digress. DJ Hyper was the opening act. He was good. Freak, he was incredible. By the time The Crystal Method came on, we were ready to rip the palce apart with our bare hands. Then "Legion of Boom!" starts, and all of a sudden I'm like "Oh me oh my, I seem to have transcended into another level of existence". It was fantastic. From about 12:30 'till 2:00 AM, which passed like a bat of the eye, Rose and I were one body moving in synch, broken only by the urge to feed our beer and gin-and-tonic cravings. I find that G&T's are quite nice for the right mind-set while at a Crystal Method event. We went home and were in stunned silence. I, for one, couldn't believe that I had been there. Thank you Aaron. Thank you Mev! We both miss and love you two! CYODFS.|W|P|107826677148714931|W|P||W|P|