Last Post for 2006
Sunday December 31st 2006, 12:15 pm
Filed under: events

I didn’t want the last blog post to be the last blog post of 2006.

So, on a less grumpy note…

Here’s wishing you the very best for an exceptional new year. May 2007 bring you lots of peace, happiness, good health and prosperity.

Fyi: don’t worry, I’ll have lots more grumpy posts next year. Sorry, I just can’t help myself!



OMG WTF France?!
Sunday December 31st 2006, 4:25 am
Filed under: games/software/tech,news,weird

Ok, the title is a bit over the top but seriously, this is insane. At the same time, it doesn’t surprise me. According to “Dr Jekyll & Mr Hyde,” Samuel Tardieu’s dual-sided blog, using a media player such as VLC or mPlayer to play a DVD is illegal in France:

“Starting December 31st 2006 (today!), reading a DVD protected with CSS (as most DVD are) is illegal in France when it is done with a software allowing to circumvent the protection, such as VLC or mplayer which can both use the libdvdcss library. Today’s Journal Officiel (where laws and executive orders are published) says that you may be fined 135€ (around $180) for doing so. This includes watching any DVDs that you have legally purchased.”

The “funny” thing about this executive order or directive, is that it was passed only a week ago, so in other words, it took a mere 7 days to enforce. Is that like a record for France? Did de Vile Pin sign a pact in blood with the devil some major film companies? Will people care or simply go on about their business using VLC and mplayer or other media player of their choice? How will they enforce this law?

Remember last year when I wrote VLC, My Favorite Free Open Source Media Player Might be Smushed Like a Bug by France, I guess this is part deux of the ugly story.



Friday France Photo: Piggies
Friday December 29th 2006, 4:14 am
Filed under: photos,travel and places
pigs window disiplay restaurant
Restaurant Window Display

This is a display for a restaurant in Colmar. I wonder what their speciality dish is? Definitely not vegetarian.
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Jeu chiant / Irritating Game
Wednesday December 27th 2006, 3:25 am
Filed under: games/software/tech
jeu chiant

Want to go insane before the new year? C’mon, just to get it over with and out of your system before starting off 2007 with a clean slate, all sane and everything. Ok? Then play this game. This sadistic French developer meant to work both sides of your brain but I think it’s more about concentrating on two separate things at the same time, then gets you to jump off a cliff or something. Click here to play: Jeu chiant

Click here for a bunch more Jeux chiants
(aka “how to waste time at work”)



Christmas in France: Snapshot 4
Sunday December 24th 2006, 12:53 am
Filed under: events,photos
christmas tree well