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Permalink to this day Wednesday, April 10, 2002

Our student president speaks out on UWS:
When I asked whether the administration believed that poor students could afford this tuition increase, our Provost said that because deregulated programs have such high entrance averages, most of the students in them have scholarships and so will be able to afford the tuition hikes.

I invite you to tell him what you think of this. Feel free to embellish or change the text of the email as you see fit. Asking for a response would be particularly appropriate.

And please tell all your friends.

(Emphasis mine) Thanks to Nat for the heads up because I usually just read the headlines there.

And yes I sent in my email saying that I didn't receive a scholarhsip.
11:38:23 PM  Permalink to this item []


Finally! Here's a picture of the most recent addition to my real estate portfolio.

See it has a garage, a big tree, some little hedges and a big rose bush.
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Emergent Music Discussion Board now open! Take that Yahoo.

Tell me if you find any bugs..

This is the nice thing about being a small company.. You get things done quickly. We made the decision just before noon to drop the Yahoo thing and later this afternoon we have an alternative solution in place.
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commit gets me everytime.
3:18:39 PM  Permalink to this item []

Seeing as how Yahoo Groups sucks so much (it took 7 hours for my post to get posted yesterday) I'm rolling our own discussion board. Should be up by the end of the day.
2:41:15 PM  Permalink to this item []

Music from TV Commercials.

I've seen this before but always forget about it.. Not that I actually watch TV though.
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Supposedly there is a Gateway radio ad that ends in "..tax, shipping and handling not included. OBEY MUSIC COPYRIGHT LAWS"

And us iPod owners know they come with a Don't Steal Music sticker. (Unfortunately it's small and not as cool as I thought it'd be).

But instead of these doom and gloom messages of 'Donít Steal', 'Don't Pirate', 'Obey the LAW', that chastise the user wouldn't it be better to promote the message of 'Support the artist'? We should steer the user towards doing the right thing instead of threatening them.

But hey, what do I know? I'm just a consumer after all, and the record industry could give a damn about what I think or want.

Update: I posted some of the above to Pho in response to the message orginally sent and the National Director of Promotion/Online Digital Technology from Sony Music has responded saying he does care about what I (we) have to say.. So here's what I said:

Those ads/statements may not have been produced by the record labels but they were certainly influenced by the record companies litigious nature. When record labels and media companies have a history of going after the producers of potentially infringing devices (i.e. the RIAA vs. The Rio, RIAA vs. Napster/Morpheous/..) and they've spoken out against hardware companies (Eisner's comments to Jobs) computer manufactures are naturally going to start covering their asses and you and both know that when the labels come after them they'll have a better chance if they explicitly till the consumers not to steal instead of saying support the artist.

In general, I believe that the record labels are approaching this situation from the completely wrong marketing angle. Donít shame, scare, or force me into buying your CDs because I won't. Instead show me what I'll gain by paying and by this I mean don't show me that I'll gain not going to jail or a $1mil fine. Show me that my $0.50 of a CD purchase really is going to go to my favorite artist and help them produce more good music for me to enjoy.

Make love, not war.

Update: CNET now has as story on Gateway's advertising campaign: Gateway croons for copying tunes
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