Definitely deserves a "Funny" or two.
Or, it is as far as I know.
Check out www.squeak.org
It's an Apple and Disney Smalltalk environment that's a lot of fun, and just won't die.
So I've decided to try to record all of my memories into electronic format to help me remember and reference as I age. This is probably going to get very large, and contain a lot of information that I'd like to keep organized. This isn't going to be like a daily journal, but a place to hold all of the things worth remembering.
It has to have at least the following:
- Open access and portability. I plan on keeping this for a while. I can't be locked into a specific format that will be obsolete in a few years.
- Availability. If I'm walking down the street, I want to be able to jot down something that popped into my head quickly.
- Security. This is probably going to contain a lot of personal information. Names of people, embarrassments, etc. I don't want the whole world to know about every aspect of my life.
So there I am. My fist though was a simple document, but that will get messy very quickly. Besides, this isn't going to be entered like a story, but a collection of facts. I'm leaning toward a wiki. It should be easy to organize and should be pretty portable. I want it to be online, but not available to everyone. I don't know if Mediawiki has that ability. I'd also have to find a host I trust, and keep it paid up and make sure I do backups. I want redundancy so I don't loose all of this if my HD crashes.
What is the best way to achieve what I'm trying to do?"
One of her clients, for whom I recently designed a site, just received a $25,000 invoice from a law firm in London representing Corbis, who claimed their content was on the client's site. The client of course was frantic when they received the bill and called my marketing friend, who called me. I investigated and sure enough, there were images on the site that were rightfully the property of Corbis, which I put there. In this instance I neglected to swap out the comps with legal images I purchased for the client from another online source before I made the site live. As a designer I respect content rights and did not, would not, maliciuosly steal images. The client and my friend had no idea.
I moved quickly to correct the situation — scrubbed the site and looked through other clients' sites to make sure nothing else had gotten through. I called Corbis and told their legal department what happened and they told me I would have to deal with the law firm, who handles "all our overseas affairs." I then sent a certified letter to the law firm telling them what happened in an attempt to exonerate the client, and by default, my friend. That was today.
I quoted the images in question on the Corbis site and the total would have been about $800. I did my due-googling and in the spectrum of copyright infringement, I want to believe I'm closer to the speeder than I am the serial-killer. Other photo houses (Getty) send out cease and desist letter and it's done. There is mention of similar situations on some forums, especially in the UK, but I can't seem to find any precedent as to what my fate might be. Does anyone have any idea? I made about $1,000 for the site about a year ago, and as much as it would pain me, would be willing to give that up to make this go away. But something tells me this is going to get ugly.
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