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Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Friday Night Hardware Hacking

Last night I fixed a Vista laptop (It wouldn’t finish booting into Windows normally because I’d installed another hard drive, and ran ClamAV which possibly changed a file it was depending on after I removed the other hard drive. I ran startup repair, and then the system restore option, and that fixed it, easily.) This . . . → Read More: Saskboy’s Abandoned Stuff: Friday Night Hardware Hacking

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Digital Restrictions Management: Do You Own That DVD You “Bought”

Originally posted on Back of the Book

Imagine buying a house, and being locked out of the basement. That’s what digital locks do too. If you’ve been following Canadian politics, particularly the new Copyright Act (Canada’s DMCA) Bill C-11, you’ve heard of “digital locks”. A digital lock, or Digital Rights/Restrictions Management (DRM), is a . . . → Read More: Saskboy’s Abandoned Stuff: Digital Restrictions Management: Do You Own That DVD You “Bought”

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Who Owns Creations

One of my most popular videos is one of Richard Stallman answering my questions about the proprietary nature and danger of iPads and cell phones. YouTube linked me to this other interesting video where an early Radio Shack laptop is visible.

It ran on AA batteries, and I used it a few times . . . → Read More: Saskboy’s Abandoned Stuff: Who Owns Creations

Thus Prate the Pundit » Social Critique: Conservatives to Ignore the Canadian Copyright Consultation in Favour of DMCA?

The Conservatives still appear to be steering Canada toward a DMCA-like future: one that enslaves our culture to a few controlling (mostly foreign) companies, stifles science and freedom of expression, and anchors Canada’s economy to the digital dark age rather than propelling it toward what could be an incredibly innovative and lucrative future on the . . . → Read More: Thus Prate the Pundit » Social Critique: Conservatives to Ignore the Canadian Copyright Consultation in Favour of DMCA?