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5/22/2011


Bob Edwards and Harry Shearer talk OTR

Filed under: Old-Time Radio, Radio Today — Charlie Summers @ 12:31 pm

A while back, Harry Shearer, he of Spinal Tap and The Simpsons, was mentioning on Twitter (@theharryshearer) he was looking for national exposure for his documentary about the disaster following hurricane Katrina, The Big Uneasy. I suggested him as a return guest to The Bob Edwards Show and Bob Edwards Weekend, but I was naturally too late and Senior Producer Chad Campbell, a native of New Orleans, already booked him. That’s when I started to beg, plead, and cajole the poor guy to include some questions for Mr. Shearer about his early days in radio, the radio we celebrate on the Internet OTR Digest. Chad was kind enough to include some in the preparation, and Bob Edwards was generous enough to include a short discussion about those times.

Unfortunately, things being what they are in the world of “real” radio, there wasn’t time to fit them in around the discussion of the documentary (which is available on the Bob Edwards Weekend podcast, and I urge you to give that interview a listen). So Chad Campbell went an extra step, and sent the tape to me for inclusion here on the Nostalgic Rumblings podcast. I cannot thank him, Bob, and the whole staff at The Bob Edwards Show enough for the many kindnesses they’ve shown me over the years, and I think you too will be grateful to them for providing this conversation between Bob Edwards and Harry Shearer.

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5/8/2011


What you should know about iTunes’ 56-page legal terms

Filed under: News — Charlie Summers @ 9:00 pm

From CNN: What you should know about iTunes’ 56-page legal terms

From the article: “…two digital-media attorneys contacted by CNN say that customers of iTunes, Apple’s online marketplace, should still be aware of what they’re agreeing to — and what legal rights they may be giving up.”

Me, I solved the problem easily; I do not agree with the terms of service for the Apple iTunes store, Google’s Android Marketplace, or any other digital rights management company, and refuse to run the software. I can do exactly the same things with freely-available software without needing to allow Apple or Google to watch everything I do, read everything I read, track my IP address, GPS locations, and song playlists.

People too easily decide, because it seems simple, to allow companies to dictate terms to them. Real-world example: I haven’t installed one Android app into my tablet via any marketplace, yet haven’t had any problem locating, and even paying for the commercial versions of, the apps I need or want. Without Google having a clue what I’m running, or buying.

If more customers said, “Screw you!” to the companies who write one-sided shrink-wrap contracts, the companies would get their act together and stop treating their customers like cattle.

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