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Okay so my last post was meant to be a combination of showcasing the importance of XSLT in the here and now and in the future, and to do so with some fun involved… It was also meant to lead into this post (now maybe the little side show regarding elevator music makes more sense?), one right after the other, but believe or not I got distracted by a thing or twelve and am only now sitting down to write the follow-up. :D
Today , copyright infringement has never been more widespread, because it’s not about republishing, it’s about communication.
So the above quote comes from one of the best summaries I’ve seen of why the current copyright law in place, and even more so how this so called copyright infringement isn’t that at all, and instead simple communication of which doesn’t require the need for EXTENSIVE and DESTRUCTIVE laws and legal actions taken because of these laws to ensure that peoples “property” is protected from “thieves”.
It doesn’t. And it seems to me that Alex has every intention of following in the footsteps of his Father in regards to his leadership ability and overall understanding of how stuff REALLY works in this world, to then act upon this knowledge, creating good things with this ability/skill and knowledge instead of destroying the potential for these good things to ever even exist in the first place.
So three things:
- If you haven’t already, please see my post from a last week regarding the available stream and file downloads of Lawrence Lessig’s “Free Culture”. You can also visit Professor Lessigs follow-up announcement to this post.
- While you’re there (or if you’re still here ;) read this report from Professor Lessig’s recent trip to Japan. AMAZING stuff!
- Read Alex Bosworth’s above linked post from start to finish. Twice.
Actually six things (eight if you read Alex’s post twice :)
- Read all of this again after that and MAKE SURE you visit my previous post and access Free Culture stream, or download the files (there are several links, so please visit the mentioned post to choose the one that fits your needs best) to listen to them on your media device of your own choosing.
It really and truly is one of the most important things you can do today, this week, month, and year.
In fact, it even goes beyond that. This is about our freedom as a culture to continue to be a free culture. This is about each and every one of our lifetimes. This is REALLY important stuff!
BTW… If AFTER you have visited the above links you have found yourself wondering what the last two titles are all about,
See “The Adam Bosworth Effect” tag on my personal blog which, in essence, starts off with a post regarding Adam Bosworths effect on the various applications that were being developed (like GMail) since his arrival at Google, something that a few months later would be termed Ajax.
Personally I prefer “The Adam Bosworth Effect” but from a marketing perspective TABE  is obviously a lot less attractive than Ajax, regardless of the fact that it was Adam Bosworth, Scott Isaacs, Derek Denny-Brown and an extended set of MS developers who originally put all of these technologies together, startfing first with DHTML, to then add the XMLHTTP ActiveX object, and MSXML which provided, among other things, a BLAZINGLY fast XML parser and XSLTransformations engine (with full support for XML Namespaces in their XPath implementation I might add ;) to the mix, and all of which took place in the 1997-2000 time frame.
Of course, all of this work extends from the work of Tim Bray, Jean Paoli, C. M. Sperberg-McQueen, Eve Maler, François Yergeau, and of course James Clarke coupled with an entire force of XML and XSLT activists of which instead of listing them all here, I will instead suggest taking a look at the “Legends of the XSLT Community” list on the left hand side of my personal blog. (which, yes, I know is in DESPERATE need of attention to fix a whole slough of issues… someday Real Soon Now I will get to that ;)
 : re: TABE, no, I’m not suggesting that I ACTUALLY attempted to coin any sort of term in regards to what would later be termed Ajax. In fact, as pointed out in both the content and follow-up comments to this post (which is a follow-up a few days later to the original Ajax article by Jesse James Garret), while the article content was something I always thought was a good thing, the subject matter was something that had been in existence for YEARS, and was what Google, and Amazon, and Flickr, etc… have been building various apps in for a while — I don’t think any of us hacker folk ever really thought putting a name to the subject matter beyond what the technologies themselves were called was something that was even necessary. Obviously Jesse James Garret proved that, in fact, it WAS the name that was necessary to spark the revolution.
Who would of thunk(sic)… ;)