Three little blog posts
Three little blog posts
Usually, when posting on this blog, I would take just one piece of news that amused or interested me that week and write about it. Unfortunately, there have been just too many this week to choose.
Which is just another way of saying I’m indecisive. Or am I?
So, without further ado, here’s three little blog posts. Incorporated into one post. I’m confused…
Concerned about Kindle
Will electronic book reading devices ever take off? Amazon seems to think so. The BBC reports that Amazon has revealed an own-brand digital book reader – Kindle.
Usually, when a new gadget is launched, I would climb mountains to get hold of it. When Sony launched its e-book reader, I fought tooth and nail to try one out. For some reason, though, the Kindle isn’t exciting me.
A number of critics are screaming about the device already. ‘What’s wrong with normal books?’ they say. Pointlessness isn’t something that bothers me, though. After all, pointlessness is often half the fun of gadgets.
What does bother me is cost and management.
Purchase of the Kindle – $399
Purchase of the latest bestseller – $9.99
Subscription to newspaper- $13.99 a month
Subscription to blog – $1.99
Transfer of personal file – 10 cents
Individually, Kindle content may appear reasonably affordable. I’m certain that the costs start adding up though. Also, because everything costs money on the Kindle, it is important to keep track of what you are doing to control spending.
Based on previous experience, that means a significant amount of time consuming and tedious management.
I’m hoping the Kindle will demonstrate that my fears are unfounded.
Why don’t you shut up?
A diplomatic spat between King Juan Carlos of Spain and Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez has become the basis of a ringtone phenomenon, reports the BBC.
During the recent Ibero-American Summit in Santiago, Chile, the king uttered unto Mr Chavez the words that would launch a myriad of merchandising opportunities:
‘Why don’t you shut up?”
In very little time the phrase had become a ringtone. In less than a week, an estimated 500,000 people have downloaded the phrase, generating around 1.5 million Euros ($2 million). The insult has inspired t-shirts, mugs and websites, which are also proving profitable.
The BBC also reports that a group of Venezuelan students who oppose Hugo Chavez’s government have started downloading the ringtone, and protesters have started using the slogan as a chant.
The rate at which the phrase has been picked up is staggering, demonstrating how quickly these viral tones and slogans can spread over the internet.
I haven’t heard the ringtone myself, but I do know one thing. It’s bound to be better than that [expletive deleted] Crazy Frog.
A few weeks ago, I posted a story about Jammie Thomas, the file sharer who took the fight to the record companies and… um… lost.
Ms. Thomas was fined $220,000 for allegedly distributing 24 songs illegally on a file sharing network. Obviously, there is no way that she could afford to pay this, so the internet has decided to help.
A website, Freejammie.com, has been set up, allowing supporters of Jammie to donate money to help her pay her fine and legal costs. The site reports that $17,378 has been raised so far, but considering her $220,000 fine, and her legal costs, this isn’t going to go far.
(It amuses me that pirates are willing to spend money defending pirates, but not on the products in the first place.)
There is also a surprising, and frankly disturbing, array of Jammie Thomas products available, including the ‘Free Jammie’ T-shirt, the ‘Free Jammie infant body suit’, the ‘Free Jammie’ Teddy Bear, and the ‘Free Jammie’ thong.
Yes, the ‘Free Jammie’ thong. I’ll resist making a crack.
The website claims Jammie is appealing against the fine. More on this story as I get it.