Do You Use MP3?

If you use MP3, as good as MP3 is, wouldn’t you like files half the size of existing MP3s with even better quality? Well, you can have it right now.

MP3 Pro technology does just that. Any MP3 Pro player or software plays Regular MP3 as well, and MP3 Pro files play in regular MP3 players and software. But if you have an MP3 Pro file and player you get that better quality too. Download the encoder/player FREE from this site. It’s on the Music Page.

TIVO

Interesting Fact: 88% of the people with a TIVO digital video recorder skip every commercial.

Adobe Atmosphere

I don’t know if you’ve loooked at “CyberShops”, the experimental Adobe Atmosphere 3D World on this site, but it’s getting quite interesting now. We now have contributions from six different Adobe Atmosphere beta testers all in the one online environment. It’s proved to be quite a challenge to put then together and integrate them, but I’ve learned a lot and it’s been fun. Have a look. Follow the links on the Home Page, firstly to download the browser plugin you’ll need, then visit to CyberShops itself. As the world has “chat” integrated, you may meet one of the world builders or other visitors there.

And yet More . . .

Two of my interests are uppermost today. There are lots of new videos online featuring Sony’s new Humaniod robot the SDR-4X. The more I see the more I come to realise what an amazing piece of technology it is. However, the more I see of it and the more “humanly” it moves and behaves, the spookier it becomes. Not sure if I’d actually want one. In the meantime, June’s Aibo, “Maxwell”, continues to amaze us.

Secondly, something I mentioned in the Adobe Atmosphere User’s Forum seems to have taken off. “CyberShops” is an experiment in collaborative 3D World building. You can see the results of (currently) five different Beta Tester’s ideas in one 3D location. Download the Browser plugin and see for yourself. Follow the links on the left.

About Spam

This is by Jack Schofield. I thought it was well worth adding a shortened version to the Blog. Right on target! “Once an email address hits the commercial spammers’ lists, you can forget about using it for real mail. My original Hotmail inbox receives 200 messages a week. Real mail constitutes less than 1% of the total. I just delete the whole lot, sigh, and get on with my life. I know what ought to be done though. First, invest in spam-blocking software, second, make publishing “raw” e-mail addresses a punishable offence. Third, pressurise the firms that allow spammers to operate, and the people who work for those companies. Fourth, put pressure on politicians, few of whom have a clue about the nature and scale of the problem. It is not going to stop until spamming and spam tools – such as address-cloaking software – are made illegal. If you know any hackers, crackers or Perl script writers, I have a little job for them. All they have to do is write me a Trojan that will reliably bounce junk mail back to its original source and cc: it to all the senior staff at the guilty ISPs plus every member of the relevant parliaments. It is time to make the bastards suffer.” Jack Schofield, Computer Editor, The Guardian.