UK based article and comedy site ImAFish.com is celebrating its second birthday. Its been a tough couple of years stated the sites founder in his press release earlier.
?ImAFish has come along way in the past couple of year, we have moved hosting 4 times and have spent a reasonable amount of money on various areas of the site. We are pleased with the progress we have made in the last 2 years and hope to become even more popular in the coming months?
Founder Pete White was not letting on much about the upcoming ImAFish 7 however one journalist managed to get the following statement out of him:
?ImAFish 7 is in the development process and is moving into working out what the new designed ImAFish will be all about. There will be more information to come in following weeks?
Co-founder Benjie had the following comments:
?I cant wait to see the new and improved look and feel of ImAFish and i think that it has a great chance of becoming more and more successful in the near future?
ImAFish that was started by pwhite, Benjie and Yammez has moved on considerably in the past 2 years and is now home to over 250 articles on a wide range of subjects. The site has an extensive community and user base.
The music industry is taking hundreds of file traders to court for sharing music over the Internet. The industry is using special software to detect frequent file sharers then is contacting their ISPs for their details. The software targets file trading software such as Kazaa and Grokster for users who share thousands of songs a month.
Each user detected will get a $150,000 (?90,000) lawsuit against them suing for damages to the industry. The Record Industry Association of America (RIAA) says its sales have already been hit heavy by such software as Kazaa and that targeting users is the next way forward.
The RIAA recently lost a court case to have parts of the GNUtella network taken down as the companies involved were not able to keep control over what is shared, unlike Kazaa. Many of the file traders are 12-18 year olds, how many of these people are meant to afford such lawsuits is unknown.
File-swappers trade an estimated 2.6 billion songs, movies and other files a month, the industry says. The RIAA expects to file at least several hundred lawsuits seeking financial damages within eight to 10 weeks. Kazaa, the most popular software for file sharing, reported that the number of its users online fell roughly 16 percent by late Thursday morning shortly after the RIAA announced its new campaign.
RIAA spokespeople have pointed toward legitimate online music services available in the US and Europe. One being here, I searched for 5 popular artists:
Red Hot Chilli Peppers
Not one could be found on the site, it seems strange how online music services which are meant to offer alternatives to Kazaa do not provide the range of music that the majority of people want. I searched for another 20 or so artists from a range of genres, very few came up and the music available for the artists that did come up was still not up to date.
AOL the owners of Netscape have decided that there will be no more releases of the Netscape Browser. Netscape 7 ended the line of development of the Netscape Browser that has been recently based on the Mozilla project.
In 1998 the Netscape Browser became open source and the Mozilla foundation was born with funding from AOL. Since then the foundation has produced a browser known as Mozilla. Netscape was first founded in 1994 and released its first browser in October of that year.
The Browser was released freely and soon took off helping to make the Internet what it is today. Netscape soon faced hard competition from Microsoft when it started to release its own web browser (Internet Explorer) with its operating system.
This has caused various court cases with Microsoft which have only recently been settled. AOL has its own web browser however this is not based on Mozilla.
AOL said it will keep the Netscape brand alive and still support old editions of the software but it will not produce any new releases.
[Last edited on July 19, 2003 at 6:41:28pm by pwhite]
Well after a long time of thinking and more thinking, I have finally finished off ImAFish 8. Its been 20months since we have had a new ImAFish version (2 years since i started writing ImAFish 7). It seems such a long time and ImAFish is 4 years old this month too!
Hopefully ImAFish is a lot more personal to me now such as the integration of my mini site, the forum and the new gallery all onto the front page of ImAFish.
I will admit I have been slow writing articles in the past year so its nice to have some fresh content up. The new site is a lot more simple than past as there are no longer any user accounts.
This forum thread pretty much sums it all up. [url]http://imafish.co.uk/forum/viewtopic.php?t=1301[/url].
I'm home for easter now and started work on some updates to ImAFish today. Things are going slowly and I'm trying to motivate myself enough to do some work.
One of our last lectures last term was on DRM (Digital Rights Management) that is the stuff that gets bundled with music brought from stores like iTunes to stop you sharing the songs with everyone else.
I brought up the situation where we added digitial rights to a recorded piece of silence. I would then have the right to charge people for using (and listening?) to that "track" (of silence).
Puts an interssting twist on "You have the right to remain silent - but you'll have to pay royalities on it"
I looked into it and it seems I'm not the only one to have tried this.