The RIAA finally appears to have figured out what pretty much everyone else has known for years – suing your customers is not good business practice, nor is it likely to convince the rest of your customer base to change their behavior. They’ve announced they’re going to stop suing individual file sharers and turn instead to partnerships with ISP‘s. Of course I’m happy to see this happening, but my message to the RIAA remains unchanged: FUCK YOU. I continue to hope you’ll be obsoleted out of business. No one loves a middleman, especially not a litigious heads up their ass middleman.
Another ‘back where we started’ kind of issue to mention today. Over the years I’ve mentioned a number of web shared drive tools that came out during the first dot.com boom. Most of them went bust or got acquired by some bigger company, and none of them ended up lasting in terms of their usefulness to me. Today I got an account over on getdropbox.com and so far it looks pretty promising. 2 gigs of free storage, 10GB/month bandwidth, a mount on the OS of your local computers, and a web interface to manage the thing along with tools local to the host OS’s you get it running on, plus the ability to create private shares with your friends. So far it seems pretty great. I’m addicted to grabbing live music off of archive.org (this is free, legal music), and instead of dumping things onto a thumb drive to get it home, I’m just synching it to my dropbox and grabbing it when I’m home. Definitely worth checking out if you need a way to move files from place to place. I’ve got some invites if anyone is interested, though I think they’re now in public beta and anyone can get an account. I’m using my daveman1967 yahoo email account if anyone wants to share with me. Now I’m off to hassle my camping buddies to get accounts so I don’t have to pay $10 per CD to get the photos they take of our camping trips.