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The Pirate Bay up and running again

Well, this is an interesting story to watch. If you haven’t lived under a rock the last couple of years, you’ve heard about the pirate bay, a search engine for .torrent files which (mostly) link to pirated material. May 31st the Swedish Police raided the hosting company where TPB was hosted, and shut down all the routers (not just TPB ones). Anyway, today – The Pirate Bay is back up – branded as “The Police Bay”, and with a fresh logo as well:

the police bay

Those guys are priceless. I mean, they’re hardcore pirates. Or – are they pirates? It will be interesting following this case in Sweden, because TPB is nothing but a search engine for .torrent files – not much different than Google. You can find the same files searching Google – so if the pirate bay is illegal, then Google is as well. The only difference between the two search engines is that on the pirate bay you can only find .torrent files, most of which link to pirated material. On Google you can find that – and more.

I guess the MPAA don’t feel as smug this morning as they did then they released the press release entitled “Swedish Authorities Sink Pirate Bay“. Besides the fact that a bay can’t be sunk – they didn’t sink it, they just made it inoperable for three days ;).

Vitamin launched today!

I’ve been waiting for this; Vitamin by Carson Systems. It’s branded as “Vitamin is a resource for web designers, developers and entrepreneurs”, and I first heard about it in a podcast a while ago. I was so impressed by their lineup of ‘advisors’, that I actually spammed my own forum telling people to signup, before I really knew what it was all about. ;) That doesn’t happen often.

Anyhow, looks promising and their design is just .. well, pleasing. Makes me want to take some vitamins.

Spot the dinosaur

Microsoft, the dinosaur
Don’t you just love that illustration? I think it says so much. It’s from an article in The Economist about Microsoft and the new threat from emerging Web 2.0 products.I mean, who wants to use the calendar in Outlook, when Google Calendar was just released. In fact, who wants to use Outlook at all, with an online alternative such as GMail? And as for writing documents I, for one, prefer Writely over Word.
Microsoft must feel this wave of free online software competing with their main products – and I think they are trying to keep up. They are doing something with Live, although I’m not quite sure what they’re aiming at. And they recently released Hotmail’s brand new outlookish, webtwoish style. But can the dinosaur compete? With teams such as Flickr, doing incremental development and releasing a new version of their product every week? Microsoft’s product cycles are measured in .. hmm, years? It takes a long time to turn around a dinosaur. So, which marketing genious decided to make commercials that “show office workers as dinosaurs, stuck in a bygone era.”, as Economist so aptly put it? Anyway, just wanted to show you the illustration, that was all :). Happy easter!