Thursday, May 26, 2005

Who wants to steal movies on the Internet? I don't...

I saw a story today over on wired http://www.wired.com/news/technology/0,1282,67645,00.html?tw=rss.TEK about the U.S. shutting down a torrent search site in the Netherlands. This comes after the MPAA slammed bittorrent creator for the stealing of last installment of the Star Wars series.

I don't know if any of you have ever looked at a movie stolen from the Internet. I have (it was a friend, I swear). They suck. The quality sucks, viewing it on a computer monitor sucks and trying to figure out what crazy ass codec someone used is a pain in the ass (that's what my friend told me, I swear).

Here is the irony of the whole Star Wars return othe the Bittorrent thing. This movie is going to break an all time record for money earned. Also, everyone needs to realize that bittorrent is a protocol and not an application. It's not like Napster, eMule, etc. This would be like trying to outlaw smtp (email).

Monday, May 23, 2005

CNN: Bank security breach may be biggest yet -- Packetman: Time sharing scam avoided

CNN is reporting "Account info at Bank of America, Wachovia sold by employees; more arrests expected, N.J. police say." Here is the catch, it had nothing to do with computers. Oh, someone will say something like "there was a computer error...blah...blah....blah". But it wasn't. The one thing you start realizing the more you look at things like this, it has nothing to do with technology. People are the weakest link. It's just the way we are wired.

While I was on vacation in Mexico a couple of weeks ago I was almost sucked into a time share scam. We had just finished a day of shopping in Cozumel and we had our child with us. I was lugging all the child associated survival gear with me back to the dock so we could take the ferry back to Playa Del Carmen and catch a taxi back to the resort. When I looked up my wife was talking to some guy in a semi-official looking shirt. He asked to see our tickets for the ferry so I produced them. He then procedded to social engineer his way into finding where we stayed and then hit us with the sales pitch for his employeer. As all of this was happening before my eyes and ears I became very pissed about the whole thing. Not at him, but at myself.

The moment I showed the tickets to him, my mind screamed "What in the hell are you doing!!!!" You just gave a total stranger (who has very good english) in a foreign country a foot hold into your personal business.

The lesson, I'm always very careful about how I conduct my business online (for the most part, this blog excluded). I made a mistake with something much bigger, our lives.

Wednesday, May 18, 2005

New Goal for myself

I think I will try and see every movie on the AFI 100 Years 100 Movies list.

So here is the list with the ones marked that I have already seen:

1. CITIZEN KANE (1941)
2. CASABLANCA (1942)
3. THE GODFATHER (1972)
4. GONE WITH THE WIND (1939) - SEEN
5. LAWRENCE OF ARABIA (1962)
6. THE WIZARD OF OZ (1939) - SEEN
7. THE GRADUATE (1967)
8. ON THE WATERFRONT (1954)
9. SCHINDLER'S LIST (1993)
10. SINGIN' IN THE RAIN (1952)
11. IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE (1946) - SEEN
12. SUNSET BOULEVARD (1950)
13. THE BRIDGE ON THE RIVER KWAI (1957) - SEEN
14. SOME LIKE IT HOT (1959)
15. STAR WARS (1977) - SEEN
16. ALL ABOUT EVE (1950)
17. THE AFRICAN QUEEN (1951) - SEEN
18. PSYCHO (1960)
19. CHINATOWN (1974)
20. ONE FLEW OVER THE CUCKOO'S NEST (1975)
21. THE GRAPES OF WRATH (1940)
22. 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY (1968) - SEEN
23. THE MALTESE FALCON (1941)
24. RAGING BULL (1980)
25. E.T. THE EXTRA-TERRESTRIAL (1982) - SEEN
26. DR. STRANGELOVE (1964)
27. BONNIE AND CLYDE (1967)
28. APOCALYPSE NOW (1979)
29. MR. SMITH GOES TO WASHINGTON (1939)
30. THE TREASURE OF THE SIERRA MADRE (1948)
31. ANNIE HALL (1977)
32. THE GODFATHER PART II (1974)
33. HIGH NOON (1952)
34. TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD (1962)
35. IT HAPPENED ONE NIGHT (1934)
36. MIDNIGHT COWBOY (1969)
37. THE BEST YEARS OF OUR LIVES (1946)
38. DOUBLE INDEMNITY (1944)
39. DOCTOR ZHIVAGO (1965)
40. NORTH BY NORTHWEST (1959)
41. WEST SIDE STORY (1961) - SEEN
42. REAR WINDOW (1954) - SEEN
43. KING KONG (1933) - SEEN
44. THE BIRTH OF A NATION (1915)
45. A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE (1951)
46. A CLOCKWORK ORANGE (1971)
47. TAXI DRIVER (1976)
48. JAWS (1975) - SEEN
49. SNOW WHITE AND THE SEVEN DWARFS (1937) - SEEN
50. BUTCH CASSIDY AND THE SUNDANCE KID (1969)
51. THE PHILADELPHIA STORY (1940)
52. FROM HERE TO ETERNITY (1953)
53. AMADEUS (1984)
54. ALL QUIET ON THE WESTERN FRONT (1930)
55. THE SOUND OF MUSIC (1965)
56. M*A*S*H (1970) - SEEN
57. THE THIRD MAN (1949)
58. FANTASIA (1940)
59. REBEL WITHOUT A CAUSE (1955)
60. RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK (1981) - SEEN
61. VERTIGO (1958)
62. TOOTSIE (1982) - SEEN
63. STAGECOACH (1939)
64. CLOSE ENCOUNTERS OF THE THIRD KIND (1977) - SEEN
65. THE SILENCE OF THE LAMBS (1991) - SEEN
66. NETWORK (1976)
67. THE MANCHURIAN CANDIDATE (1962)
68. AN AMERICAN IN PARIS (1951)
69. SHANE (1953)
70. THE FRENCH CONNECTION (1971)
71. FORREST GUMP (1994) - SEEN
72. BEN-HUR (1959)
73. WUTHERING HEIGHTS (1939)
74. THE GOLD RUSH (1925)
75. DANCES WITH WOLVES (1990) - SEEN
76. CITY LIGHTS (1931)
77. AMERICAN GRAFFITI (1973)
78. ROCKY (1976) - SEEN
79. THE DEER HUNTER (1978)
80. THE WILD BUNCH (1969)
81. MODERN TIMES (1936)
82. GIANT (1956)
83. PLATOON (1986) - SEEN
84. FARGO (1996)
85. DUCK SOUP (1933)
86. MUTINY ON THE BOUNTY (1935) - SEEN
87. FRANKENSTEIN (1931)
88. EASY RIDER (1969)
89. PATTON (1970) - SEEN
90. THE JAZZ SINGER (1927)
91. MY FAIR LADY (1964)
92. A PLACE IN THE SUN (1951)
93. THE APARTMENT (1960)
94. GOODFELLAS (1990) - SEEN
95. PULP FICTION (1994)
96. THE SEARCHERS (1956)
97. BRINGING UP BABY (1938)
98. UNFORGIVEN (1992) - SEEN
99. GUESS WHO'S COMING TO DINNER (1967)
100. YANKEE DOODLE DANDY (1942)

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100 Movies of which I have already viewed 26. So I will start with 100 and work my way up. Don't know when I will start this but I will let you know.

Tuesday, May 03, 2005

You know what this blog needs....

a little something, something. I don't know. I need to break out of this template. It feels confining.

PS. this is how to post something when you can't think of anything to say.

PSS. Mother's day is Sunday (May8th). You've been warned.