DRM in external drives?

Western Digital thinks that bundling the external hard drive with a crappy software that won’t allow you to share your own videos, music and photos is security.

A friend of mine have this disk, he uses for everything, including legal music bought over the internet and other mp3 (like my band’s songs) without DRM. It works a charm on his Mac and on my Linux, I didn’t even know that drive had restrictions.

It’s quite easy for the newbie geek to avoid DRM (especially if he/she uses Linux or Mac which is common) but the non-geek consumer will probably give up the whole thing and by a new one. If only the hardware industry would just stop and think for a second…

I wonder if the same security consultant WD used is the one behind biometric passwords… or probably they just did the same security course at Microsoft…

UPDATE: a very good article by BBC.

Say NO to crapy OOXML!

Another request (not DRM this time) from the freedom front: Please help FFII and DIGISTAN to keep us free of the crapy non-standards Microsoft is trying to impose to put down Open Office by visiting this page and contributing with any information (or more) you can.

Bottom line is, Open Office (which uses the standard format, ODF) is competing with MS Office more and more. Nothing serious yet, of course but they do remember quite well that a decade ago, Linux was nothing but a nerd thing and today it’s real competition. So MS came with OOXML as a standard to force other companies to follow their line.

Nothing wrong on having standards, but OOXML won’t bring anything new and it’s broken from birth (check their page for more information). So, why pollute the market with broken standards that don’t have anything worth besides giving a bit more of market share to the company that already owns most of it (and we all know they didn’t get it fair, don’t we)?

The Geneva meeting is in February and they have only 70k out of 100k signatures for their petition, please sign if you haven’t yet and help with whatever else you can.

Thank you!