Illegal Art

Illegal Art says, “Rooted in the U.S. Constitution, copyright was originally intended to facilitate the exchange of ideas but is now being used to stifle it.” I don’t think the Constitution actually allows congress to promote the exchange of ideas: “To promote the progress of science and useful arts, by securing for limited times to authors and inventors the exclusive right to their respective writings and discoveries”. It seems, rather to favor protection. Despite being “illegal” (in the civil sense, mainly, I don’t think anyone is going to prison over these), Illegal Art showcases some of the best intellectual property violations of our/all time.

New Computer

I’ve been on that FedEx website all day – hitting refresh every few minutes. My computer was still last reported in Ohio until… as I was waiting to cross the street at the intersection next to my house – FedEx GROUND with the left turn on green arrow. I ran back to the house, signed for the package, and had to be on my way down to the school.
The computer consumed most of the rest of my day, rendering me quite unprepared for all of tomorrow’s classes. This thing is going TOTALLY going to help my studies. I can’t WAIT to get my learn on!
Whilst messing around with the new machine, I listened to Bush’s public studder (speech). It sounds like he’s about ready to get his war on.

Waiting for a New Computer

Soon I will be the proud owner of a new Sony SRX87P computer. Though I really don’t have the money for it, I figured it will enable me to take better class notes… and it’s oh-so-cool looking.
I’ve been tracking this thing across the country, anxiously awaiting it’s glorious arrrival. It started in San Diego which is about as far as one can get from Boston and still be in the US (Alaska / Hawaii excluded). As of this writing, the last reported sighting was in Columbus, Ohio. The estimated delivery date is tomorrow, but I estimate later.

Westlaw Reward Points: The New International Currency

Thanks to Westlaw and their “reward points” system, I am the proud owner of a brand new Panasonic cordless phone. The phone is worth a whopping $129, the most expensive phone I’ve ever owned. What makes it so good? Hell if I know.
For those that don’t know, Westlaw and Lexis are competing legal database systems that allow you to look up cases and other law-related materials. They both cost a fortune to use, but are free for law students. To encourage our addiction, they offer “rewards” for logging in often. I’ve logged in every day for a year.

Webtrends Live Ceases Free Service

Apparently the free version of Web Trends Live (no link because, well, I’m mad at them) has been discontinued. I understand that these companies need to make money, but I, like many others, cannot afford to pay. I hope for their sake that at least a couple people upgrade to paid service. It looks like my site statistics (for this and lawschooldiscussion.org) have been lost. Boo!
Web Trends Live is a tracking service that works by loading an image (like the one at the bottom of this page) every time a page is loaded. They can then analyze their logs to create traffic reports for any website. You can analyze your own log files if you know how, but this takes software and the free stuff doesn’t have the nifty charts and graphs of traffic data.
This isn’t especially hard to do, and there are several companies that still offer free service. Web Trends Live had the product team to make a very aesthetically pleasing site though, and there’s no free substitute. The best I can find is sitemeter. Looks like I’ll have to switch.