Metallica: Maybe the Web isn’t so bad

This is one for the irony file, right up there with the news that Napster is trying to remake itself (a third time) as a no-DRM download service, about half a decade too late. It seems that Metallica — the band that, more than any other, became known for its…

Hey Scoble — you’re killing Twitter

So Twitter has been up and down more than a (insert not-safe-for-work metaphor here) over the past few months, senior technology managers have suddenly departed, and fingers of blame have been pointed at the service’s architecture, including the use of Ruby on Rails. But the real problem, it seems, is…

Do comments qualify as “content”?

There seems to be a theme developing around the topic of comments, whether they appear on a blog or on FriendFeed. It sort of started with a conversation about the ongoing issue of fragmentation — in which comments appear on blog posts but then also appear at FriendFeed (and in…

MediaDefender becomes MediaAttacker

We’ve all heard of some boneheaded moves on the part of the record industry when it comes to dealing with the rampant downloading of music. Take the Sony rootkit, for example, not to mention suing 12-year-olds and then wondering why the PR outcome is less than desirable. But I have…

Help a Little Geek get a PC

Nicholas Negroponte has the One Laptop Per Child effort, which is trying to give children in developing countries a stripped-down laptop to help improve literacy and access to technology (and according to some isn’t doing all that well). Toronto has its own version: a non-profit effort called Little Geeks. It…