Favorite charities

We’re going to start posting charities that are exceptionally worthwhile in our opinion, particularly relatively new charities that are going to have a hard time making it in the continuing crisis. First up is the Ann Richards School for Young Women Leaders in Austin. Not that I’m biased or anything. Oh, no.

"Absolutely Positively Free…If You Think You Can Afford It"

Outstanding review by Janet Maslin of the Chris Anderson debacle Free in the New York Times today, title “Absolutely Positively Free…If You Think You Can Afford It“. “Even when the particulars of his argument are easily assailable, the gist is clear: Now that a cornucopia of Internet material has been made available without fee, and […]

RIP Allen Klein

I have a few words to say about Allen Klein who passed. You have to be a person of a certain age to know the name, and also to understand just how much Allen accomplished in his life. It just takes a few words to say that Allen managed the Beatles and the Rolling Stones […]

New Yorker Review of the Chris Anderson/Wikipedia Book "Free"

An excellent review of Free by Chris Anderson/Wikipedia by Malcolm Gladwell in the New Yorker. I have always thought of the New Yorker as someone who can separate the tech from the dirt quite handily. I particularly enjoyed this passage about my favorite catastrophe–YouTube: “For Anderson, YouTube illustrates the principle that Free removes the necessity […]

Say goodnight Usenet.com

The creative community won its case against Usenet.com, which is somewhat ironic to me. In 1994 I asked some copyright litigators if they had focused on the binary files that were being bartered in newsgroups. I was told not to worry about it because “we have the Net covered.” Well, 15 years later…. I’m so […]