So you like Android so much you would like to Androidfy yourself? You can now, with the Androidfy App. Android, of course, is the Open Source/Linux mobile OS created and maintained by Google. You will start to see it on a variety of tablets. With students always creating their online presence, an Android avatar would be a fun way to illustrate themselves online. Their avatar could represent themselves on message boards, online courses, social networking, and so many ways. Enjoy!
Did you see the big Volkswagon commercial during the Super Bowl? You know the one–you saw the junior Darth Vader trying to use the ‘Force,’ and finally succeeding on the car, thanks to a timely assist from his father.
Well, I searched for that video to watch it again. Just makes me laugh. When I searched super bowl force, I click on the first returned video and found the message to the left. Sooo…obviously that one was not the original. I did find the original, watched it, and laughed my tail off. Then I started to think about YouTube.
Too Late To Apologize…For Infringement? Does YouTube facilitate infringement? Of course our friends at the RIAA and MPAA (‘The Industry’) will give a resounding yes, and maybe they are right. People post music videos and film clips. Teachers and parents post remixes based on popular songs. One of my favorites is the ‘Too Late to Apologize’ remake of One Republic’s Video. You see a popular song mashed to teach about the factors in the US Revolutionary War. Does this make the original Copyright owners lose money? Should we total outlaw mashups? We know folks like Lawrence Lessig and others would say no, if anything, it would drive new folks to this music.
So back to the original question, does YouTube facilitate this, or are they bringing new attention to bands, music, and movies? I would agree with the latter, and the RIAA and MPAA better get ahead of this if they do not want to go the way of the Dodo. People will do this, regardless on videos being taken down. Put in a commercial or an ad and get some revenue from it. Change your business model. The model of the 70s, 80s, and early 90s is dead for recording industries. Teachers, students, and people want to use the content in their own creative ways. They will pay for that privilege too. Not to encourage anyone to stealing, but we have seen they WILL do it free too, so find a way to receive revenue, while giving them some freedom. Or we will see more artists release under Creative Commons licenses, which may be a better thing anyway!
Seems like this week a bunch of Copyright issues showed their ugly heads. In this case, this is a hypothetical…no one, and I repeat NO ONE actually used this site in my household! The site is http://atdhe.net/ and what the did was show video streams of tv shows and sports from across the world. I ‘heard’ that if a game did not appear on tv in your market, you could watch it hear. Never tried that out myself…(Go Canes!).
Well, I say you ‘could’ do that, as the DOJ and Homeland Security seized the website. All you see is the picture on the side of this post. Not the first time I posted a picture from a seized website, if you remember, the counterfit jersey site from http://www.k12opensourceclassroom.org/?p=860. So again, my first argument, how does Copyright Infrigement (I am not arguing the infringement part yet) threaten our national security? We have this created agency that works to keep the country safe. Seriously, how does that impact our safety? So already, that agency is out of their league here. I do not discount the DOJ’s role, but Homeland Security. Would you not rather see them looking for terrorists?
Second, as it stands, the site did probably commit Copyright Infringement in pretty much just rebroadcasting a local market event to the web. However, I am really frustrated with this being infringement. Our tv and sports industries make way too much money. If you rebroadcast the game, and still show the advertisements, then you still get the return of revenue. Why make people purchase things like NFL Access and NHL plans to watch all these, when you could easily rebroadcast, and probably do it cheaper. The fans still receive the commercials, so excuse me for my denseness, but I would think this would work. With the state of the economy, the issues with jobs, everything happening to state employees and teachers in Wisconsin, sports will soon start experiencing the issues the recording companies started in the 90s. People will continue to find ways around this. So one site was shut down, for that one site, surely another 20 opened. So let’s devote more people to Homeland Security to root out these tv terrorists. The tv execs cannot hope to win this war, so why not change the model before the existing model becomes extinct?
No, I am not looking for a free handout, as some will suggest. I know that in order to show the events, revenue must be generated. No problem. Slap on the commercials. No problem with that at all. Why, though, when the technology allows it, do you want to eliminate the revenue? Think of what we would gain for our students, and really, society in general.
Many of your school systems, and maybe even you, use some type of remote desktop viewer. School systems use it to solve technical issues remotely. Families use it to help them less than savvy parents and other family members. The main product out there is RealVNC. We use it at my 9-5, and it works beautifully. At $30 each for the personal edition, though, it can get quite expensive.
Enter TightVNC. TightVNC, licensed under the GPU GPL License, is free. Yes, free as in beer. You can *buy* the source code, but if you just need a VNC client, you are good to go with the free version available here: http://www.tightvnc.com/download.php That will allow you to put the client on your Windows XP, Vista, and 7 hosts.
A word of caution though…Tight VNC (or any VNC client) on your home or school network is pretty secure. When you introduce using it over the internet, you risk security risks. They currently are working on a more secure way to tunnel to external networks, but use it at your own risk now. If you really must use it, look into OpenSSH, something we will review here soon.