Wednesday, September 27, 2006

Σεπτέμβρης 2006

Στο δρόμο του γυρισμού, ανάμεσα στους μεθυσμένους του βρώμικου λεωφορείου, άκουγα την ανυπέρβλητη μελοποίηση του Σωκράτη Μάλαμα του ποιήματος του Κωνσταντίνου Καβάφη, Δεκέμβρης 1903:

"Κι αν για τον έρωτα μου δε μπορώ να πω
αν δε μιλώ για τα μαλλιά σου, για τα χείλη, για τα μάτια
όμως το πρόσωπό σου που κρατάω μες την ψυχή μου
ο ήχος της φωνής σου που κρατάω μες στο μυαλό μου
ημέρες του Σεπτέμβρη που ανατέλλουν στα όνειρά μου

Τις σκέψεις και τις πράξεις μου πλάθουν και ζωγραφίζουν
σ' όποιο θέμα κι αν περνώ, όποια ιδέα κι αν λέγω..."

Κρίμα που ο συγχρονισμός είναι τόσο κακός κάποιες φορές... Ή μήπως όχι;

Tuesday, September 12, 2006

Playing with technology

My friend Christos got one of those and we were experimenting

and of course, my all-time favourite

Ain't life great...

Monday, September 11, 2006

The greek enterpreuners at their best

It's reaaaaaly difficult not to like these cigars

For pure pleasure...


From Potamia*.

Just in case you wanted to know, this guy is probably the company's owner.

(*) In Larissa.

Not that people in the UK have better taste, even when they have a lot of money :P

The Digital Rights Management (DRM) plague

Many people have asked me why I sold my Mp3 player. And it is difficult to explain why, since it was definitely a great piece of engineering. It was small, light with a high capacity and really good looking. So, since it had all of the above, why did I change it?

Because I was sick and tired of large corporations dictating me on how I use and listen to my music. The plague called DRM is a menace and has to be stopped. Sony, Apple and Microsoft have no right to tell me how I can use something that I've paid for. When I buy a CD, I pay at least £10, or 15E or $20. And I pay ALOT of money for the service provided. Still, I want to buy the CD instead of stealing it since it's only fair and people live through my and others' purchase of this product.

BUT, when a multi-billion industry comes and treats me automatically as a thief then I get pissed off. Imposing restrictions on me will only move me to the other side of the spectrum where I won't care if a steal a CD or not. I mean, who hasn't written a cassette to a friend? Isn't this helping the spreading of the music's popularity? Why should Sony make my life difficult when I just want to listen to the things I bought? I don't see the point any more, especially from one of the most ruthless cartel in the world.

All of you, please; stop buying the iPod, stop buying Sonys, stop buying music from iTunes. Buy something that is not infested. And think about it. What will happen when the iPod is not the trendiest player out there as the signs already show? What will you do with all the music that you've bought from iTunes? Well, you'll just be another victim of customer lock-in.

Buy something like this that sounds great and gives you the freedom you need. No iTunes, no SonicStage. Just drag'n drop.

By the way, the Sony sold for a good 160 quid :P