Category Archives: copyleft

free brainfood (as in books)

It’s time to feed the brain once again with a selection of free literature, downloadable in PDF format off the infamous internet. Yes indeed, and I think there’s some for everyones taste for once, and not only the geeks amoung us.

Talking geeks, lets kick off with seeing to their needs. How about some security tips? We can sure use those in these OS exploiting trojan days can’t we?

Well these free security guides for Windows and the Internet might be just what you are looking for (thanks Lifehacker). Even if you think you know pretty much everything there is to know about the subject, it’s still interesting enough to take a peek at them. You’re bound to learn something new in this pretty extensive guides.
There’s a hardware security guide in there as well, but that link didn’t quite work for me unfortunately. I was quite curious as to what that would be all about. Hanging a bill ball’o chain on your laptop perhaps? I’d like to know!

But enough geeking out already. How about some good old literature? Like the good old classics such as Dante’s Inferno or Shakespeare’s Hamlet?
Well you can download these and other out-of-copyright books straight off Google’s Book service these days. All you need to know to get your ass some yummy oldskool text is published on the Google Blog.

DRM still sucks

DRM sucks.

I said it before, but the recent Sony malware episode really makes clear DRM is just plain evil in it’s current state.
I mean sure, I guess people are allowed to protect their content right.(I’m not going into the fact that I want to play the music I bought anywhere I feel like it, cause that’s what DRM usually disables). But does that mean “they” get the right to potentially screw up your system, and log whatever usage statistics they see fit without your knowledge?
I don’t think so!

If you have no idea what I’m ranting about here, you should check out Mark’s blog from System Internals (great system tools they have there btw, check em out as well).
Here’s the original post where he uncovers the insides of evil Sony DRM software installed without his knowledge. Check out the follow up posts as well on the subject on Mark’s blog for the best links to press coverage articles and replies from Sony or the firm that wrote the malware for Sony. Apparently they suck at writing the software as well. The damn thing can crash your machine and render your CD drive inoperable. Wheeee…
Another good reason besides paranoia to disable autoplay on your PC and make sure no software gets installed without your knowledge!

I’m definitely checking for a Sony label next time I buy a CD ffs, but I doubt that any of the stuff I listen to is going to be distributed by a major label like them anyway. I’m way to l33t for that… ;)

sony dubbing restriction message

amen brother

Remember that cool amen narrative sample in that Fucknose set I talked about here?
Of course you don’t, but that doesn’t matter, I just came across the whole thing, a history of the Winstons “Amen Brother” break.

Can I Get An Amen? is an audio installation that unfolds a critical perspective of perhaps the most sampled drums beat in the history of recorded music, the Amen Break. It begins with the pop track Amen Brother by 60’s soul band The Winstons, and traces the transformation of their drum solo from its original context as part of a ‘B’ side vinyl single into its use as a key aural ingredient in contemporary cultural expression. The work attempts to bring into scrutiny the techno-utopian notion that ‘information wants to be free’- it questions its effectiveness as a democratizing agent. This as well as other issues are foregrounded through a history of the Amen Break and its peculiar relationship to current copyright law.

a white label record playing

free book and remixing bizzbizz

Found a few things on BoingBoing again, which is not so uncommon really.
A neato article on remix culture at Wired by the one like William Gibson. I like his train of thought, probably because I feel the same way about it.

“Who owns the words?” asked a disembodied but very persistent voice throughout much of Burroughs’ work. Who does own them now? Who owns the music and the rest of our culture? We do. All of us.

Though not all of us know it – yet.

Wicked,
and to put the icing on the cake, you’re free to remix this a of literature for yourself if you feel like it.
Kelly Ink just released her debut collection “Stranger Things Happen” under a Creative Commons license.
Sweetness. Well, I haven’t read it yet myself, but with the holidays coming up, I’ll have the time to do so!

a creative commy

blind shrike, free novel by Richard Kadrey

314 pages of free sci-fi/cyperpunk novel can’t be bad right?
At boingboing I read that Richard Kadrey published his latest creative work Blind Shrike as a free downloadable PDF under a Creative Commons license. Sweet!

Good to know is that it’s been specially adapted for onscreen reading, which will make plenty of beavers and nature enthusiast happy… I suppose.

yahoo! for creative commons searches

Yahoo! has just launched a Creative Commons search engine
enabling you to search for freely (re)ussable photo’s, music, art, in whatever production you’re up to.

Excellent!

I can even find my own blog in there, which makes sense since it’s CC licensed, but it doesn’t show my archive.org content just yet, so some finetuning is still in order I guess.

Still, pretty sweet search idea though. This will be a nice way of finding some freely usable images to use in blog posts besides Flickr, although that one really rules because each image is automatically resampled into a range of commonly used sizes.

Talking Flickr, check out these amazing transparent screen pics.