Aus Gov to introduce “personal use” legislation

Oh goody… Phil Ruddock “might” be giving us all a chrissy present.
See MILLIONS of Australians who tape TV shows and copy CDs will soon get the right to do it with a clear conscience.
A quick overview…

“The Federal Government will next year legalise the video recording of television shows for personal use, and the transfer of songs from CDs to MP3 players, in a bid to overturn a ban which has made criminals of much of the population. Attorney-General Philip Ruddock has flagged tidying up copyright laws by adding fair-use loopholes that will clear the way for private citizens to copy the content without breaking the law.

But yet to be decided is whether a levy will be slapped on the store price of blank CDs and MP3 players, such as iPods, to compensate artists for the revenue they stand to lose under the new laws.
Though the practice is widespread, it remains illegal to convert a CD to MP3 format for playing on an iPod. There are more than 100,000 Australian iPod owners, all of whom have broken the law by uploading music. It is also against the law to tape a television program.”

So there you have it folks, do we trust Phil or do we just sit back and see what the “present” will cost us.

Wait and see time.

A single place for all your notes!

Lists, aren’t they wonderful? Without lists Christmas would be a hell of a lot trickier for me. I use a program called ListPro by Illium on the PC and the handheld. It costs about US$30 and is a gem. You can create a tick list for repetitive boring maintenance jobs or the last few Christmas’ gift purchases. Utilitarian in appearance but a real gem.

But if you want pretty you have to look at EverNote – A single place for all your notes!
Quickly create, organize and find any type of notes on an endless, digital roll of paper. EverNote® is a slick FREE note-taking application, designed for users of all Desktops, Laptops and Tablets but NOT handhelds. Bummer. It really is a nice piece of work it just isn’t all that useful to me if it wont talk to the handheld.

So lets move on to the dead tree version. The first time I saw this site all I could think was “what a cool use of origami.

PocketMod: The Free Dead Tree Personal Organizer

Now as a lot of you know I use an electronic organiser. I have for a long time, 2 Psions ( a 3 and a 5… the 5 was and is my all time favourite), a Handspring and Currently an Ipaq 3870 (yeah it’s old but it still works… just). The PocketMod is a new way to keep yourself organized. Lets face it, PDA’s are expensive and cumbersome and have a learning curve (I should know I use to carry two of them), And even I still scribble stuff down in a notebook. From a keep it simple perspective nothing beats a piece of paper.

That is until now. With the PocketMod, you can carry around the days notes, keep them organized in any way you wish, then easily transfer the notes to your PDA, spreadsheet, or planner.

The PocketMod is a small book with guides on each page. These guides or templates, combined with a unique folding style (origami is fun), enable a normal piece of paper to become the ultimate note card. It is hard to describe just how incredibly useful the PocketMod is. It’s best that you just dive in and create one.

There a million others out there and the MAC users are even better looked after than the Windows users for this one.

Monday Morning “Impediment to Productivity” – 20060102


Happy New Year and welcome to the “Impediment To Productivity: New Year Games Special”

It has come to my attention that the holiday period is rapidly drawing
to a close for a lot of you and that you will all be back at work
tomorrow, so I thought that a small Impediment To Productivity was in
order. I hope that you are all well (cause I have the flu… 35+ degrees
and I have the flu… go figure)

Lets begin shall we.
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Impediment To Productivity: Find That Song.

This is silly, fascinating but silly.

Do you ever have the annoying situation where there is a song stuck in your head, and you don’t know the name of it? With luck, and with your help, The Song Tapper will try to solve this problem! You search for music, by tapping the rhythm of the song’s melody.

Load up our search screen, and try tapping the rhythm of the song on your space bar while humming the tune. That’s it! From that rhythm, The Song Tapper consults its ever growing database of songs and attempts to determine the correct one, showing you a list of the most likely songs. If you know the song, and The Song Tapper does not choose the correct one, you have the option of teaching The Song Tapper the song title and artist name.

So does it work. Well I sat there and tapped in “Happy Together” by The Turtles and the program listed it as the third option.

As I said silly but oh so weirdly fascinating.

Bye Bye 2005

Bye Bye 2005
(No we wont have a bad bad parody of American Pie here).

It has been interesting to say the least.

The blog was kicking around for a few months but really started up in August.
Since then it has served up 15,000 pages.

There are currently 212 posts and 23 comments

By a 30% margin Firefox is the most popular browser (woo hoo).

Most of the traffic is referred by Google and that’s how people find us.

The most popular post was the one about the National Geographic article that predicted the outcome of Katrina a year in advance.

Rapidly followed by the “Impediment To Productivity” posts.

And one that makes me very happy that it is being followed up on. “Suspicious behaviour on the tube” post is in the top 10. the post about the reporter who was arrested in London for playing with his computer and wearing a coat. Maybe this year we can stop some of these intrusive laws.

There haven’t been many comments ( what can you say? ) but the numbers reveal a lot of lurkers.

So there you have a mini review of what the blog is doing I hope you had a good New Year and that 2006 will be way more fun.

Hello 2006. (I wonder if it will be friends with me?)