The Null Device


Speak of the devil: The European Commission are holding a hearing into the marketing activities of a mob of third-world-baby-killing-bastards recently referred to in this hallowed blog. Let's hope they don't weasel out of it this time.


I just ordered Björk's Selmasongs over the Internet from WHSmith in the UK. Yes, I could have bought it here and it would have been cheaper, but there it's on an indie label/distributor, whereas here it's on Universal, and I'd feel dirty giving that particular mob of racketeers my money. Them and Sony Music at least.

Why this peculiar boycott? What differentiates Sony and Universal from the rest of the major labels? Well, a company like Warner or EMI, whilst still complicit in the share-cropping racket that is the recording industry, is merely reactively evil; it is a large, dumb dinosaur fending off immediate threats. Sony and Universal, however, are proactively evil. They have a history of being aggressive in ripping off artists and consumers, and in pushing for the abolition of freedoms and rights that conflict with their ability to make a profit. Witness, for example, Sony's Orwellian revenue-protection régime, which, if they succeed, will block file sharing at your PC, your phone company and everywhere else, or Universal's declaration of war on Internet anonymity; not to mention the well-documented history of artist rip-offs.

In short, Universal are the Nestlé of the recording industry. Don't buy their stuff. </RANT>


Another new logo... the grey blobs were looking rather ugly, so I decided to replace them. Still not too sure about the layout, but it'll evolve.

Open-source VMWare-alike Plex86 has passed another milestone: It now runs Windows 95 (in a window, under Linux). Which is theoretically impressive, though VMWare still has a sizeable lead (in terms of efficiency, I/O devices, &c.; I doubt whether Plex86 has a virtual SoundBlaster card yet). Still, to know that there's an open-source program of the sort in the offing is encouraging news.