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Friday, September 01, 2006
Seamonkeyrodeo Doesn't Live Here Anymore
Greetings, casual visitor. seamonkeyrodeo lives a a new location (one that's actually updated regularly these days), but thanks for visiting.

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Thursday, June 01, 2006
The Digital Content Executive Shuffle
Phil Wiser leaves Sony.
Jason Hirschhorn leaves MTV.
Ted Cohen leaves EMI.

And the possibility of Big Content doing anything that's not stupid with digital content may well have left the building.

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Friday, May 26, 2006
InfoAdvisor Curiosity
Greetings, all -- for 99% of you this is just an irritating administrative post, so please feel free to ignore. I'll come up with an interesting and/or entertaining post this weekend to make up for it.

So anyway, if you're the Techdirt InfoAdvisor user who pops up periodically, I'd be interested in talking to you to learn a little more about how you use InfoAdvisor, what kind of difference it's made for your approach to managing information, and so on.

You can email me at seamonkey@absono.us if you have the time and inclination for an email or phone discussion, and many thanks in any case (either in advance for your insights, or for reading this at all).

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Tuesday, April 25, 2006
A Different Kind of RIAA Scare Tactic
RIAA suing people who don't own a computer. Blah, blah, blah. First off, it turns out that these folks did own a computer at point point. Second and more important, after the RIAA's "we sue dead people" incident a year or so ago, I just don't think that there's a suit they could file that would shock me, anyway.

The RIAA does appear to be going for a public humiliation approach on this one, though: maybe future RIAA suits will offer the accused the option of keeping the list of songs they're accused of downloading private if they settle immediately...
"However, the RIAA’s lawsuit maintains that Carma Walls, through the use of a file-sharing program, has infringed on the copyrights for the following songs: Who Will Save Your Soul, Jewel; Far Behind, Candlebox; Still the Same, Bob Seger; I Won’t Forget You, Poison; Open Arms, Journey; Unpretty, TLC; No Scrubs, TLC; and Saving All My Love for You, Whitney Houston."

Monday, April 24, 2006
More like Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla
And an update on Gmail/AOL fun, also via IP:

From: Carl Hutzler [XXX@aol.com]
Sent: Tue 4/25/2006 7:02 AM
To: ip@v2.listbox.com; David Farber
Subject: Update [Re: [IP] AOL blocking Gmail]

As promised, an update.

Late last night around 11pm, we added into our whitelist a number of
Gmail IP addresses for their outbound systems. Evidently gmail had sent
us an email asking for more servers to be added to our whitelist for
protection but had done so at 4:45pm yesterday. The request had not yet
been processed. I esclaated internally and they got it done. So all is
well now.

So now we will have to see if gmail's outbound spam problem is high on
their list to fix or whether they are more interested in adding capacity
to accommodate the increase in outbound spam, umm mail ;-)

Oh, and one other thing, all their spam is domainkeys signed. This
emergency whitelisting combined with the fact that all their spam is
signed is a little ironic if you have been following the dearaol.com
debate. ;-)


This just came through Dave Farber's IP list:

Date: April 24, 2006 5:05:08 PM EDT
To: dave@farber.net
Subject: AOL blocking Gmail

Dave, just had a lively and interesting conversation with an AOL
postmaster phone number. When they get reports from their users of
spam from a given host, they start rate-limiting mail from that
source. When a given source is huge, it's inevitable that there will
be spam-marked mail from within that space, and even if it's just
amateur users who mark as spam mail that comes to them that they don't
want to see, whether it's spam or not: with two larger user bases, it
can easily add up to a number of complaints that triggers aol's

So, net result, if you have a gmail account and try to write to
aol.com addresses now, you will probably not get through immediately.
You will probably get a message from google telling you that your
message has been delayed and giving an aol postmaster address,
http://postmaster.info.aol.com/errors/421rlynw.html, that tells you
that your site (i.e., Gmail) is being rate-limited and delayed inbound
to aol.

AOL's response to a complaint is to tell the Gmail user to tell Google
that there's a problem. Clash of the titans?

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Friday, April 21, 2006
Friday afternoon amusements: hi there, USPTO!
Happy Friday, all. Got back to my desk and there was a message waiting for me, indicating that I'd had a very special visitor to this post on the USPTO's little patent difficulties.

Date: 21 Apr 2006 14:45:03 -0400 (EDT)
From: Sea Monkey Watch
To: seamonkey@absono.us
Subject: Visitor - U.S. Patent and Trademark Office came by for a visit at 21/Apr/2006:14:33:02.

Thought you'd want to know, because...

OrgName: U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

...looks like...

patent and trademark

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Tuesday, April 18, 2006
Newsgator back, probably all drunk by now...
Greg Reinacker has the first cut post-mortem on today's Newsgator outage available, so you should head over there and read it if you want the real information.

From my perspective, the timeline ran something like this:

Monday 5:00pm MST
Some ugly stuff starts happening in a dark corner.

Monday 10:00pm MST
Newsgator folks experience that horrifying "hang on, things are supposed to be getting better, not worse...what the fuck?" moment.

Tuesday 2:00am MST
"Tired. So very tired."

Tuesday 2:30am MST
"Fuck. Yes, by definition none of our options are good, but doing nothing isn't all that appealing, either. Let's do it."

Tuesday 10:30am MST
Newsgator back up.

Tuesday 10:31am MST (estimated)
Newsgator tech support goes down the long, painful list of bloggers who have been bitching about the absence of NG (such as yours truly), giving updates to each and every one.

Tuesday 2:21pm MST (estimated)
Greg Reinacker finishes up his post-mortem blog post and once again starts going down the long, painful list of bloggers who have been bitching about the absence of NG, giving another update to each and every one.

So...did you notice how the timeline didn't end when NG came back online, but rather continued on with the communication (when drinking heavily and/or sleeping might have seemed like more attractive options)?

Sure, I'll agree that it would have been ideal for NG to push out more information out earlier on, but in return I'll ask that we all agree that they had a bunch of other kind of important stuff on their hands. As I've gotten two real-human pings from NG in the last eight hours, it's a little hard for me to accuse them of henious under-communication.

The situation sucked hard, Newsgator came though.

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RSS Withdrawal: Minute 49
my thoughts are with you, Newsgator guys

NetNewsWire wasn't syncing when I got up this morning. "Eh, it's a beta, I'll dig around a little this evening and see if I can figure out what's going on." Got to the office. FeedDemon wasn't syncing. "Hmmm...this isn't good. This isn't good at all." So okay, the Web is my something-or-other, I shall not want: head over to http://www.newsgator.com...and get a "maintenance" page. No feeds for me. "Ouch."

Technorati confirmed the outage, and I just now received an email from Newsgator Enterprise Server support, estimating that NG will be back online mid/late morning.

So I guess I can live without my input for a few hours...whatever withdrawal I'm going through, it's far less painful that what the Newsgator folks are enjoying right now. Sorry, guys, and good luck.

Update: here.

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