Vatican copyrights the Pope

Well at least his utterings.

According to the Times Online the Vatican ‘cashes in’ by putting price on the Pope’s copyright

It appears that the Vatican has been accused of trying to cash in on the Pope’s words after it decided to impose strict copyright on all papal pronouncements. For the first time all papal documents, including encyclicals, will be governed by copyright invested in the official Vatican publishing house, the Libreria Editrice Vaticana.

I wonder if they will do yet another rewrite of the Bible , tell everyone that this is now the “authorative” version and quietly start copyrighting it.

And then there’s the songs and the song books, the Vatican and the RIAA can exchange pointers.

Or is that me being cynical?

Grant over at CC:365 ( A song a day etc) posted this.

…this is the funniest thing I’ve read this year.

When you think of it, DRM isn’t so incompatible with the bible.
The whole tree of knowledge debacle was all about this.

God is all like “No distribution of my IP”.
Then the Snake is all like “I haves the 0-day”.
And then Eve is all like “Adam, dude, here’s a torrent”.
Adam to Eve “No way, God will totally rootkit our ass”.
Eve back to Adam “Chillax, guy”.
Then Adam is like “K”.
And God totally kickbans them from the server.

It must be Saturday

Portable Apps Suite

This logically follows on from What to DO with the USB Key you got for Christmas post froma while back. has put together Portable Apps Suiteâ„¢ is a collection of portable apps including a web browser, email client, web editor, office suite, word processor, calendar/scheduler, instant messaging client and FTP client, all preconfigured to work portably and be easy to back up.

Just drop it on your portable device and you’re ready to go.

Portable Apps Suite Contains:

  • Portable Firefox (web browser)
  • Portable Thunderbird (email client)
  • Portable OpenOffice (office suite)
  • Portable AbiWord (word processor)
  • Portable NVU (web editor)
  • Portable Sunbird (calendar & task list)
  • Portable FileZilla (FTP client)
  • Portable Gaim (instant messenger)

and all that open source goodness fits on a 256Mb USB memory key.

I will let you know how it goes after a few weeks.


So after loading all the nifty toys above on your USB thingy, you discover that it can be a tad tedious firing them up. The answer is you should have a quick look at PStart.

It’s a freeware tray tool to start user defined applications that you can run from your USB drive that remembers where to find your portable apps even if your portable storage device gets assigned a different drive letter (gotta love that trick) . When you’re not using it PStart hides behind a tray icon out of your way, it has a built-in notes function so you can take all those song lyrics, cheat codes, obscure URL ‘s with you as well.

Filezilla and WS-FTP

Todays Acronym is FTP.

We wont do the “back in the good old days I used a command line and typed in my ftp commands bit”. But I actually used the command line ftp last week to get a 38M mail attachment to a clients PC from the mail server. So there is a use for it but apart from the “lowest common denominator” every one has a command line available ( even if the MAC dudes goto great lengths to hide the fact), it really is a lot of fun.

So as soon as I discovered WS_FTP I used it. Ipswitch still makes WS_FTP Ipswitch WS-FTP and I have to say it is a seriously better looking product that when I started using it all those years ago.

It lets you update your Web site, share pictures with friends and family, easily download large MP3 files or other files with a single click. You can affordably, easily and securely(there is a great deal of debate over this point) transfer files between your home computer and the Internet.

The big hassle is WS-FTP’s license, it’s a very generous one (if you are student it’s free. If not, cough up) but I still have this Open Source zealotry thing working for me.

Which brings us to Filezilla at Source Forge

The main features of FileZilla are just like WS-FTP it works as a client for Windows 9x, ME, NT4, 2000 and XP. It has been designed for ease of use and with support for as many features as possible, while still being fast and reliable. AND ITS OPEN SOURCE.

So amongst it’s bag of tricks here are some of the highlights.

  • Ability to resume Uploads/Downloads (if the server supports it)
  • Custom Commands (very cool)
  • Site Manager with folders
  • Keep Alive system
  • Timeout detection
  • Firewall support
  • SSL secured connections
  • SFTP support
  • Upload/Download Queue
  • Drag&Drop

All in all a very useful little tool and you can transfer a website, without Dreamweaver.

URL Bandit.

Mind bogglingly useful is about the only way you can describe Xteq Systems URL Bandit.

It’s a little program that monitors your clipboard and catches all URLs it finds. These URL are saved so you can later easily access them and don’t lose them when you turn your computer off.

I dont know about you but I am forever copying URL’s from email etc and pasting them in to Firefox. I rather like the automatic saving idea.

Also, URL Bandit will analyze the entire text you copy to the clipboard and extract all URLs. For example, if you copy a 1 MB text file with 200 URLs to the clipboard, URL Bandit will extract all 200 URLs.

Really simple and useful.