Fighting to Preserve Old Programs

Brewster Kahle wants the world to know that old software is an important part of our cultural history and — like books, films and other media — should be preserved. –Daniel Terdiman –Fighting to Preserve Old Programs Problem? The DMCA prohibits the archiving of software, on the grounds that doing so violates intellectual property rights.

In the early days of computer gaming…

..the most evocative and atmospheric experiences were conveyed entirely through text. Text adventures, with their terse locations, thrived on the role of objects, which were there to be discovered, smashed, used, examined and combined: you find the lamp, but now you need the oil to fill it and the match to light it. Only then will the dark room become illuminated. –In the early days of computer gaming… (Things Magazine) I…

Students Find $100 Textbooks Cost $50, Purchased Overseas

At one prestigious university, a sophomore imported 30 biology books from England this fall and sold them outside his classroom for less than the campus-bookstore price, netting a $1,200 profit. Next semester, if all goes well, he plans to expand the operation. | “The only difference is that they say `international edition’ in little print on the cover,” said the student, who added that he was not certain whether his…

Ethics 101: A Course About the Pitfalls

A professor agrees to review a manuscript that is under consideration for publication at a journal. He has promised to keep the paper and its contents absolutely confidential. When he reads it, however, he realizes that his student’s experiments will never work; the paper shows that they are futile. Does he keep mum, or does he break the confidentiality rule and tell his student what he just learned? –Ethics 101:…

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Blogging E-Mailed Comments

The author of one of the books I blogged wrote me an interesting reply, but sent it via e-mail. Can I place her comment in my blog comments without violating some written or unwritten code? –John SpurlockBlogging E-Mailed CommentsE-Mail) If I were to send a letter to the editor to a newspaper, I shouldn’t be surprised if it were published — that’s what a “letter to the editor” is for.…