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Note to self (feel free to provide feedback.) [Mar. 25th, 2009|10:12 pm]
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Notes for a study guide I'm putting together. Work in progress.

DMCA ___________________________________________________________________

IP ___________________________________________________________________

MPAA ___________________________________________________________________

P2P ___________________________________________________________________

RIAA ___________________________________________________________________


WORD BANK: circumvention, copyright, creative commons, fair use, gratis, infringement, libre, open source, patent, piracy, public domain, takedown, trademark


_____________________ Protects an invention or method of doing something.

_____________________ A formal notice demanding a person remove unauthorized copyright material that they have posted online illegally.

_____________________ Protects the name or brand that a company does business as.

_____________________ The violation of a law or a person's rights.

_____________________ Free copyright licenses that let you specify what things you want restrict or allow to be done with your creative work.

_____________________ Exception cases where it is allowed to use copyright material.

_____________________ A type of networking where a user can share files with another directly without going through an intermediate service.

_____________________ Protects creative works such as music, movies, and paintings.

_____________________ Avoiding, bypassing, or going around something.

_____________________ To steal or illegally copy something that does not belong to you.

_____________________ Belongs to everyone and is free to use without copyright.

_____________________ Something, mostly software, that you are free to modify on your own and redistribute.


__________ is any method used to prevent unauthorized use of electronic media.

The _______________ is a collection of laws enforcing copyright that make it illegal to circumvent DRM or to create devices or software for the purpose of circumventing DRM.

Copyright duration is ____________________ plus ___________ years.

In English, there are two meanings of the world “free”.

One, (_____________________ in Spanish) means free as in _____________________.

The other, (____________________ in Spanish) means free as in _____________________.

There are 3 ways something can be in the public domain:

1. The original copyright has ________________________.

2. The work was created by a ____________________________.

3. The creator decides to ____________________________________________.

Three cases that would be considered fair use of copyright material are:

1. ____________________________________________

2. ____________________________________________

3. ____________________________________________
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Genericide [Mar. 25th, 2009|10:02 pm]
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In my computer class I'm going over copyrights, intellectual property, DMCA, etc. Part of that was a discussion on trademarks and how some brands can become so popular, they are used as the generic term for the category of product. Here's a list I came up with as examples.

Alkaseltzer		> effervescent antacid
Band-Aid		> adhesive bandages
Chapstick		> lip balm
Coke (in the south)	> carbonated beverage
Cool Whip		> whipped cream
Corn Flakes/etc		> cereal
Dockers/Dickies		> pants
Frisbee			> Flying saucer toy
Gatorade		> sports drink
Google			> search engine
Hi-lighter		> highlighting marker
Jeep			> off-road vehicle
iPod			> digital music player
Jell-O			> gelatin snacks
Kleenex			> facial tissue
Kool-aid		> powdered drink
Nerf gun		> foam dart launcher
Photoshop		> image editing software
Popcicle		> frozen fruit flavoured juice
Pop Tart		> toaster pastry
Post-It			> self adhesive notes
Powerpoint		> presentation software
Q-Tip			> cotton swab
Rollerblade		> in-line skates
Rolodex			> rotary card file
Scotch			> cellophane tape
Sharpie/Expo		> markers
Speedo			> tight male swimsuit
Super Soaker		> water gun
Vasaline		> petroleum jelly
Velcro			> hook and loop fastener
Wite-Out		> correction fluid
Word			> word processor
Xerox			> photocopy


Don't forget that aspirin and escalator used to be trademarks as well. One of the other teachers poo-pooed on iPod, Nerf, and Super Soaker, but I've heard those used quite a lot as generic terms by kids. She suggested Vasaline, which I added although I contend it's not really all that popular of a product these days anyway.

She also suggested Pamper as a common word for diaper. I think that's nonsense, but I put it to you. What do you think?
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Digital produce? [Mar. 15th, 2009|04:39 pm]
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On a quiz about digital vs. analog I asked for an example of things that are considered analog. I got answers like "clock with hands" "glass thermometer", "speedometer dial" etc. Then one student writes: "Bananas."

I gave him the point.

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QOTD [Mar. 11th, 2009|11:02 pm]
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[mood |amusedamused]

Me: Did you just belch at me??

Her: What? Of course not! *excuse me*
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QOTD [Mar. 10th, 2009|09:04 pm]
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This txt conversation left me shaking my head in amazement.


Her: LOL You can make anyone laugh

Me: Yeah, but looks aren't everything. ;)

Her: Wat are u talkin about?

Me: You know... Just because I look funny...etc

Her: Thats not wat i meant. I meant u have a great sense of humor ur beautiful in my eyes

Me: Hmm, do you wear contacts?

Her: Nope

Me: Maybe you should? :P

Her: Should wat?

Me: Wear contacts...

Her: Y?

Me: Wow. Nevermind. I give up.

Her: Explain it plz?

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Happy Customer [Mar. 8th, 2009|06:53 pm]
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This post brought to you courtesy the Apple Store, Houston Galleria.

My iPhone had a mishap recently (concrete + height = bad) and the screen was all funkified, white with stripes down the side. Everything else worked, but rather useless flying blind. I brought it in and showed the support people. They pulled up my info, took my phone, and handed me a brand new one. There's a reason I love Apple.

:D
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Science much? [Feb. 12th, 2009|11:09 am]
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Here's a gem from a student discussing balloons and bowling balls in zero gravity.

"There wouldn't be any mass differentiation. Because inertia doesn't work in space, duh."
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Crossing over [Feb. 12th, 2009|09:31 am]
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Synergy rocks my world! For anyone who routinely brings a laptop to the office or has multiple computers being used on one desk, sharing one keyboard and mouse amongst them without a KVM switch is awesome! Did I mention this works cross-platform??

Move the mouse off the left side of my main monitor (as though it had a secondary display) and the cursor moves onto my Powerbook screen and controls the cursor there. Whichever screen the mouse is on is also where the keyboard is active. Clipboard can copy and paste (text only, currently) between machines, and it even converts newline characters on the fly between OSs. You can configure keybindings as well, especially for dealing with the pesky way windows keyboards use the ctrl key instead of putting shortcuts under the thumb where they belong. ;)

Here's an example of Synergy in action:



Now to move the Vista and Ubuntu boxes over onto this desk... W00t.

Obviously, adding drag and drop across machines would be a huge undertaking to add as a feature. But how cool would that be?
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Test answer [Feb. 11th, 2009|03:08 pm]
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In computer class, I'm teaching about different display technologies and just gave the students a quiz. One student wrote this under the abbreviations section:

"LCD = Little Crystal Dudes"
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Pimped out [Jan. 31st, 2009|03:34 pm]
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Her: if i found you any random dates, would you go on them?

Me: Uhh.... why?

Her: because I WILL.
i'll find lots. you won't have to do anything but go.
it's just so that you can get practice going the next step.

Me: Color me skeptical.

Her: well, i have already set the ball rolling, so be ready.

Me: WHAT!?!

Her: this is your heads-up

Me: What did you do??



Her: found a couple of prospects! :D

Me: "Prospects"?

Her: I found you a couple of dates, but I'm not sure you'll be happy about where or how I found them.  I took a risk.

Me: What, did you found some girls online? Hahaha.

Her: ...or maybe THEY found YOU

Me: Now I'm REALLY confused.

Her: ok, so "you" put out a craigslist ad

Me:Wait... You pimped me out on Craigslist??

Her: come on, don't freak out.

Me: I swear I've seen the trailer for this movie somewhere before...
I'm just trying to remember if it was a romantic comedy or a horror thriller.



Ah, the joys of well-meaning friends. The post in question...
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