Man, that e-waste/restore disk story has me *shook*.
This is why I only use & support Free & Open Source Software in my personal life. This man is going to prison. Prison.
"A California man who built a sizable business out of recycling electronic waste is headed to federal prison for 15 months after a federal appeals court in Miami rejected his claim that the “restore disks” he made to extend the lives of computers had no financial value, instead ruling that he had infringed Microsoft’s products to the tune of $700,000."
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Cybre: progressive enhancement and support for text only browsers
Glitched: cybre, except the server is running on the same machine as your browser
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Anyway, it was a fond memory.
It's not a great movie. It's pretty silly, but it holds a special place for me.
My grandmother didn't have cable. She did, however, have plenty of antennas.
So I got off the phone, knowing I had to work the next day, and turned on the TV.
I watched some variation on Poker After Dark, and then a midnight movie style show came on. If I'm not mistaken, it actually came on at 3AM.
I don't remember the frame story. It wasn't MST3K-y, or particularly memorable.
But I remember the film. I remember watching it in awe. The Socks outside the Shoes!
I saw this movie for the first time back in 2006 or so, far to late in the night/early in the morning.
I was a teenager, staying with my grandmother for the summer and learning to drive.
I don't sleep well, in general. I had just met the woman who would later become my fiance (and soon wife), and we had stayed up far too late on the phone.
The quotes are from the wikipedia article: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Teenagers_from_Outer_Space
"In the film, alien teenager Derek abandons his crew to search for a new life on Earth, while one of his crewmates is sent to kill him while they attempt to eradicate human life in order to farm Earth with giant lobster-like livestock they call Gargons."
It's full of lots of almost good cinematography, and almost good acting and genuinely bad special effects.
"In 1987 Teenagers from Outer Space entered the public domain (in the USA) due to a failure to renew the film's copyright registration in the 28th year after its creation."
It has a bad rap because it's a bad movie, but it's also a good movie, or almost a good movie.
Teenagers from Outer Space.
"Teenagers from Outer Space (released in the UK as The Gargon Terror, The Boy from Outer Space, and originally titled The Ray Gun Terror) is a 1959 independently made American black-and-white science fiction film released by Warner Bros. The film was produced, written, and directed by Tom Graeff and stars David Love, Dawn Bender, Bryan Grant, Harvey B. Dunn, Tom Graeff, and King Moody. "
Okay, time to stop talking about computers for a while, and talk about public domain movies instead.
@djsundog A few days ago you posted about webTV, I meant to share this when you did, and forgot.
this is an article on Tedium by @ernie about Oracle, Java, Sun and WebTV.
I turned my big "Computers should be more user centric" thread in to a blog post: http://ajroach42.com/observations-on-modern-computing-the-last-10-years-were-a-misstep/
I don't have time to do this on my own, but I'd love to contribute to it if someone else wants to build it.
Alternately, I'll build it myself at some point in the future. (3-5 years?)
But yeah, fiction + branching and version control and merging and versioning!
Front load it with public domain content, encourage people to write Female!Holmes, or Queer!Connan, or NotHorriblyRacist!Lovecraft.
Treat fanfiction as an extension of, addition to, and supplement for cannon. Keep track of who wrote which bits, and share revenue from POD books.
(this was a bad idea.)