Month: October 2002

  • Intertainer: Entertainment oligopoly killing us

    Intertainer — a broadband on-demand movie service — is calling it quits for now, and has filed suit again AOL Time Warner, Sony and Vivendi Universal. Jonathan Taplin, Intertainer’s Chairman and CEO, writes: We promise to return when there is an environment in which the independent company such as ours is allowed to compete for…

  • iClone, therefore iPod

    I love portable gadgets, and I love the iPod. One thing that’s surprised me is how long it’s taken for vendors to introduce iPod clones. Creative recently introduced the first significant challenger to the iPod throne with their Creative Nomad Jukebox Zen. (It’s cruel when parents give their children silly names, isn’t it?) The Zen…

  • Discreet releases Cleaner 6 for Macintosh

    Has it really been two years since Cleaner 5 was introduced? Cleaner 6 merges in MPEG Charger, is a little faster at MPEG encoding and preprocessing in general, and adds support for Kinoma (Peter Hoddie’s Palm OS media format). There are caveats, though — it’s for Macintosh only, doesn’t support RealSystem or Windows Media 9…

  • DRM in the enterprise

    So far, DRM has focused on selling restricted content to consumers. However, an InfoWorld article by Jon Udell reminds us that DRM has always existed — most companies don’t give their marketing folks read/write permissions to shares containing their companies’ source code, for example — and that DRM has other uses, such as helping a…

  • QuickTime 6: 25 million served

    Today Apple announced that more than 25 million copies of QuickTime 6 have been downloaded in 100 days — very impressive. I hate to be a Negative Nelly, but the press releases avoids discussing QuickTime 6’s wonderful Sorenson Video 3 codec, which offers far better quality than QuickTime 6’s MPEG-4 Video codec. This suggests that…

  • DRM keynote session available online

    At O’Reilly’s recent Mac OS X conference, there was an interesting keynote session on DRM which included Dan Gillmor of the San Jose Mercury News, Cory Doctorow of the EFF, Victor Nemechek of El Gato Software (developer of EyeTV) and others. This session is now available for your viewing and listening pleasure.

  • Wired News moves to XHTML and CSS

    When I introduced a beta of this site on 10/1, one of the technology decisions I had to make was whether I could make the leap to XHTML and CSS. XHTML is just HTML cleaned up and recast as an XML “application”. (Don’t let the word “application” put you off. If you look at the…

  • Apple switching to IBM as Motorola fumbles PowerPC franchise

    Even respected news sources are reporting that Apple will be switching to the PowerPC 970 — a 1.8 GHz, 32/64-bit PowerPC processor that IBM is announcing today. This is welcome news if you’re a Macintosh-using digital media creator. Today, the fastest Motorola PowerPC processor runs at a pathetic 1.25 GHz while Intel’s fastest Pentium 4…

  • New MPEG-4 video codec to be ratified by year's end

    Great news for MPEG-4 — Rob Koenen, President of the M4IF (MPEG-4 Industry Forum) and Chairman of the MPEG Requirements Group, is reporting that AVC will be ratified by year’s end. MPEG-4’s current video codec (MPEG-4 Video) is roughly a generation behind proprietary, non-interoperable solutions. AVC (MPEG-4 Advanced Video Coding) codecs will make MPEG-4’s video…

  • Tell Congress what you think about DRM legislation

    To the MPAA and the RIAA, you — their customer — are a criminal. You were presumed a criminal when VCRs and cassette recorders were introduced, no matter that these new recordable medias opened up huge markets to them them. You are presumed a criminal now with your general-purpose computer, no matter that this new…