Photo Gallery – Now you can get your own ID & Password.

I have enhanced the Photo Gallery with a user registration procedure. You can now apply for your own account on the server, rather than using the generic ‘family’ user ID. This will be good for friends and family of ours that might not know the ‘Rose’s maiden name’ password. We will approve all family and friends, however distant.

If you want to try it, go to the gallery and click ‘Register’ in the left margin of the page.

Tremblant Ski Photos Posted

We are on our yearly ski trip to Canada, and this year we are skiing Mont-Tremblant instead of Gray Rocks. I managed to ..erm.. borrow a Wifi connection at our condo unit and have posted pictures of the trip.


After our first day on the slopes, Ben slipped on ice and knocked himself out cold for a half-minute or so. He was fine after he came to, but after a call to the doctor (the local clinic was closed) Ben was done skiing for the week due to his minor concussion. Poor kid. We debated going home early but decided against it. At the end of the week, he seems to be having fun anyway. Ben still loves dining out and looking at the ski shops. Plus I had my laptop with me so he could keep up with his favorite online videogame while we skied.

Leslie tried cross-country skiing and absolutely loved it. I fear I shall never see her on downhill skis again. Merde. ūüôā

My take on DRM

I found this article penned by Steve Jobs  discussing Digital Rights Management (DRM) and electronic media. 

Jobs makes a rather compelling argument that DRM is not necessary, and may even be detrimental to the content owners. 

In 2006, under 2 billion DRM-protected songs were sold worldwide by online stores, while over 20 billion songs were sold completely DRM-free  and unprotected on CDs by the music companies themselves. The music companies sell the vast majority of their music DRM-free, and show no signs of changing this behavior, since the overwhelming majority of their revenues depend on selling CDs which must play in CD players that support no DRM system.

Meanwhile¬†Microsoft’s next generation OS, Vista,¬†is being absolutely pummelled in the press¬†and blogosphere for it’s overly aggressive piracy controls and DRM.¬† Microsoft will soon realize that the public won’t stand for it.¬† Hackers will continue the cat and mouse game, costing millions in development and patching costs.¬† Home-Theater hobbyists will eschew Vista for open source options.¬† Enterprises will spurn Vista for fear MS might inadvertantly disable¬†functionality with it’s tilt-bit ‘feature.’

It doesn’t have to be that way!¬† What if Microsoft decided to grow a spine?¬†Even more radical, what if Microsoft, Apple, and the OEMs¬†jointly pushed back¬†on the RIAA an MPAA and said “We won’t support DRM from this day on.¬† If you want your content to see the light of day in the new digital era,¬†this is simply the way it’s going to be.”¬†

Today’s bold statements by¬†Jobs, combined with the inevitable trainwreck Microsoft faces with Vista’s handling of DRM, lead me to belive this¬†rebellion against the RIAA¬†and MPAA¬†may be in our future.¬† If it happened this way,¬†we might actually have a shot at seeing a DRM free world.

We can only hope.

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Even More Photos added to the Gallery.

I’ve been on a roll.¬† I scanned and posted selected photos from 1986-1988 (mom’s photos) ¬†and 1989-1992 (ours).¬† It’s very time consuming, I spent most¬†of this cold weekend¬†working on it.¬†

Leslie was also at her computer a large part of today scanning slides from her youth… she wants to post those all at once so it may be a while before you see them.¬† (We have a slide and negative scanner.¬† This thing’s pretty neat, and it’s not too expensive on eBay.¬† Look for a ‘PrimeFilm 1800u.’)