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Rumor: iPad Air 3? Try 9.7-Inch iPad Pro
Citing unnamed sources, 9to5Mac on Thursday reported that Apple is planning to "differentiate the next-generation 9.7-inch iPad from its predecessor by making it part of the new iPad Pro line," joining the current 12.9-inch iPad Pro model. Previous ...
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Apple News & Rumors, Feb. 26: iPhone SE, iPad Pro, Samsung Trial
The Apple news and rumors for February 26 include a big win for Samsung in the Apple patent case, a new 4-inch iPhone SE, and a new iPad Pro instead of an iPad Air 3 . In addition, it looks like special March unveiling event for Apple might be pushed ...

Apple Loop: New iPad Pro Is A Surface Killer, iOS 9.3 And Critical Bugs, Apple ...
Taking a look back at another week of news from Cupertino, this week's Apple Loop includes the new name for the iPad, the updates in iOS 9.3, Siri's upcoming release on OSX, Apple's continued legal tussles over encryption, steps to take to make your ...
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Apple 'iPad Air 3' coming soon, report says
At an event in March, Apple will introduce a new iPad that will “most likely” be the iPad Air 3, according to Apple enthusiast site 9to5Mac, citing sources. A new 9.7-inch iPad – the screen size of the original iPad – hasn't been seen since October of ...
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iPod touch (2nd)

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iPod touch (2nd)
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iPhoneじゃありません。iPod touch(32GB/第2世代)です。
第2世代iPod touchに第1世代用のケースを使うと、
第2世代iPod touchに対応しないため、在庫限りの終息品なようで残念。



更にその後は純粋にPDAとしてB-tron内蔵なBrain Pad Tipoを使ってた↓
・・・Brain Pad Tipoなんて誰も知らないだろうけどぉ(苦笑)。


・・・で、ようやく辿り着いたのがこのiPod touchですよ。
なので、ってコトでiPod touchにしてみましたが、
ちょっと悩ましい端末です>iPod touch。

That Was the Year That Was - 1969
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1969 saw the Manson murders, the Stonewall riots, the Woodstock festival and man landing on the moon.

The Stonewall riots were a series of spontaneous, violent demonstrations by members of the gay community against a police raid that took place in the early morning hours of June 28, 1969, at the Stonewall Inn, located in the Greenwich Village neighborhood of Manhattan, New York City. They are widely considered to constitute the single most important event leading to the gay liberation movement and the modern fight for LGBT rights in the United States.

Charles Manson, who is serving a life sentence for nine murders committed in July and August of 1969 near Hollywood, California. Manson did not actually commit any of the murders, but orchestrated the killings. He was initially sentenced to death, but his sentence was commuted when California's death penalty was overturned in 1972.

1969 On July 20th one of mans crowning achievements occurred when American Astronaut Neil Armstrong became the first human to set foot on the Moon and uttered the immortal words "That's one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind."

The British Army was sent into Northern Ireland on August 14, 1969 by the Wilson government as law and order had broken down and the population (mainly Catholics) and property were at grave risk. Between then and 1998 some 300,000 British troops served in Northern Ireland.

1969 - Up to three million people in Britain urgently need re-housing because they are living in damp, overcrowded slum conditions, according to housing charity Shelter.

The opposition to the war continued to increase with more and more attending anti war demonstrations and demanding that the US withdrew from Vietnam. The music came from groups including the Doors, Led Zeppelin, Janis Joplin and the Beatles and the most famous music festival of modern times "WOODSTOCK" took place on a New York Farm on August 15th to August 17th with more than 400,000 avid music fans attending to see the Who, Jimi Hendrix, Crosby Stills Nash and Young and others perform live. fashions reflected the anti war sentiment with military jackets adorned with peace signs, and other trends including long unkempt wild hair and headbands showed the feelings of anti establishment felt by the youth.

1969: Woodstock music festival

The Woodstock Festival was a three-day concert (which rolled into a fourth day) that involved lots of sex, drugs, and rock 'n roll - plus a lot of mud. The Woodstock Music Festival of 1969 has become an icon of the 1960s hippie counterculture.

Thousands of young people are heading home after three days and nights of sex, drugs and rock and roll at the Woodstock music festival.

An estimated 400,000 youngsters turned up to hear big-name bands play in a field near the village of Bethel, New York state in what has become the largest rock concert of the decade.

About 186,000 tickets were sold so promoters anticipated that around 200,000 would turn up. But on Friday night, the flimsy fences and ticket barriers had come down and organisers announced the concert was free prompting thousands more to head for the concert.

Traffic jams eight miles long blocked off the area near White Lake, near Bethel, some 50 miles from the town of Woodstock.

Local police estimated a million people were on the road yesterday trying to get to Woodstock. They were overwhelmed by the numbers but were impressed by a good level of behaviour.

The festival's chief medical officer, Dr William Abruzzi told Rolling Stone magazine: "These people are really beautiful. There has been no violence whatsoever which is really remarkable for a crowd of this size."

Those who made it to the makeshift venue were treated to performances by Janis Joplin, The Who, Grateful Dead, Canned Heat, Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, Jimi Hendrix, Joan Baez and Ravi Shankar.

Rainstorms failed to dampen the spirits of the revellers, many high on marijuana, some dancing naked in the now muddy fields.

The main organiser, 49-year-old dairy farmer Max Yasgur, who provided ,000 and 600 acres of his land, addressed the crowds on the last day of the event.

"You have proven something to the world... that half a million kids can get together for fun and music and have nothing but fun and music."

There were however two deaths - a teenager was killed by a tractor as he lay in his sleeping bag and another died from a drugs overdose.

Woodstock, a holiday centre and artists' colony, had held an arts and music fair since 1906 but the 1969 Woodstock festival made the town world famous. The final cost to the four sponsors - John Roberts, Joel Rosenman, Artie Kornfeld and Michael Lang - was .4m.

A film of the concert was release the following year and Woodstock became synonymous with flower power, the hippie culture and anti-Vietnam war protests that dominated the 1970s.

The "Woodstock generation" look back on the event with nostalgia and an anniversary Woodstock festival was held in 1994.

But the second - highly commercialised - anniversary concert in July 1999 ended in riots, fires and at least eight allegations of rape.

Isle of Wight Festival 1969

The 1969 Isle of Wight Festival was held on 29–31 August 1969 at the English town of Wootton, on the Isle of Wight. The festival attracted an audience of approximately 150,000 to see acts including Bob Dylan, The Band, The Who, Free, Joe Cocker, the Bonzo Dog Band and The Moody Blues. It was the second of three music festivals held on the island between 1968 and 1970. Organised by Ronnie and Ray Foulk's Fiery Creations, it became a legendary event, largely owing to the participation of Dylan, who had spent the previous three years in semi-retirement. The event was well managed, in comparison to the recent Woodstock Festival, and trouble-free.

The 1969 festival was considerably larger and more popular than the previous year's. Dylan had been little heard of since his allegedly near-fatal motorcycle accident in July 1966. Shunning the Woodstock Festival, held near his home in upstate New York, Dylan was initially reluctant to perform his comeback show on the little-known Isle of Wight. After weeks of negotiations, the Foulk brothers showed him a short film of the island's cultural and literary heritage; this appealed to Dylan's artistic sensibilities, as he was enthusiastic about combining a family holiday with a live performance in Tennyson country.

Before the festival, Dylan and his fellow Woodstock residents The Band rehearsed at Forelands Farm in Bembridge, and were joined there by George Harrison, the only "outsider" to have visited him in his enclave in the Catskill Mountains. On Saturday, 30 August, the day before Dylan was to take the stage, Harrison's fellow Beatles John Lennon and Ringo Starr arrived on the island, along with Keith Richards and Charlie Watts of the Rolling Stones, and Eric Clapton. Also seated in the sealed-off VIP area in front of the stage would be Beatle wives Pattie Harrison, Yoko Ono and Maureen Starkey, together with celebrities such as Liz Taylor, Richard Burton, Jane Fonda, Françoise Hardy, Roger Vadim, Syd Barrett, Donald Cammell, Elton John and others.

Lennon opined that Dylan's performance was reasonable, though slightly flat; and that expectations were such that the audience was "waiting for Godot or Jesus". Clapton was mesmerised, however, having already been inspired back to blues and country, post-Cream, by Dylan's change of musical direction and by The Band's album Music From Big Pink. "Dylan was fantastic," Clapton later said. "He changed everything ... The audience couldn't understand it.
You had to be a musician to understand it." Another champion of both The Band and Dylan, Harrison wrote a country song inspired by the event and dedicated to Dylan, "Behind That Locked Door", released on his 1970 triple album All Things Must Pass. Folk singer Tom Paxton has referred to the "negative reaction in the British press" as "downright fabrications: like saying he had run off stage half-way through". Paxton also recalled: "I went with him and The Beatles to the farmhouse where he was clearly in a merry mood because he had felt it had gone so well … The Beatles had brought a test pressing of Abbey Road and we listened to it and had quite a party."

Death of a Rolling Stone

Once a Stone always a Stone? Or was guitarist Brian Jones an ex-Stone when he died on July 3 1969? It was Jones who set the Stones rolling with an ad inviting like-minded musicians to audition at the Bricklayers’ Arms, and he is credited with coming up with the band’s name when asked for one by a promoter. But a month before his death he had been edged out of the group because of his erratic behaviour and heavy drug use, his convictions for that use meaning he would be unable to participate in an upcoming tour of the USA.

Mystery still surrounds exactly how he came to die. Jones was found at the bottom of the pool at his house – Cotchford Farm – near Hartfield in East Sussex (bizarrely previously owned by A.A. Milne , and the setting for his Winnie the Pooh stories). His liver was found to be enlarged by substance and alcohol abuse, though tests showed he had a fairly small amount of alcohol in his bloodstream and no traces of drugs. The verdict of the subsequent inquest was death by misadventure. Brian Jones was just 27 when he died, though pictures of him taken near that time showed the bloated face of a man who looked much older.

For years rumours and allegations have put the case for his sudden death being murder at the hands of a man described as a builder doing work on the house. That man died in 1994. The files have recently been reopened.

The Beatles played their final gig atop 3 Savile Row, London

Throughout January 1969, director Michael Lindsay-Hogg (the man who shot the Paperback Writer/Rain and Hey Jude/Revolution promotional shorts) had been filming the dissolution of the biggest band in the world as they rehearsed and recorded the songs that would eventually appear on Let It Be.

The decision to move the production from the cavernous confines of Twickenham Studios to the intimate rooms of the new Apple offices at 3 Savile Row in central London was a wise one, immediately thawing the frosty atmosphere that had so far blighted the project. Beatles Press Officer, Derek Taylor: “I was glad when they came back to Apple and were inside the building again. There was a two or three-week period at the end of January when it was nice”.

A live concert had been suggested as a way to end the film and so it was that on January 30 The Beatles ascended the stairs at Apple HQ to play live together for the very last time. What followed remains one of the all-time greatest moments in pop culture.

1969 Timeline

January - Secretary of State for Employment and Productivity Barbara Castle published a White Paper In Place of Strife proposing powers of intervention in advance of industrial action. This proved unacceptable to the Trades Union Congress.

The Space hopper toy was introduced to Britain.

2 January – Australian media baron Rupert Murdoch purchased the largest selling British Sunday newspaper The News of the World.

4 January – Guitarist Jimi Hendrix caused complaints of arrogance from television producers after playing an impromptu version of "Sunshine of your Love" past his allotted timeslot on the BBC1 show Happening for Lulu.

5 January – Derry Riots left over 100 people injured.

10 January – Protestors in Northern Ireland defied police orders to abandon a planned march.

12 January – Led Zeppelin's eponymous début album is released.

14 January – Sir Matt Busby, hugely successful manager of Manchester United F.C. for the last 24 years, announced his retirement as manager. He would become a director at the end of the season, and hand over first-team duties to current first team trainer and former player Wilf McGuinness.

18 January – Pete Best won his defamation lawsuit against the Beatles. He had originally sought million, but is awarded much less.

24 January – Violent protests by students closed the London School of Economics, which did not re-open for three weeks.

Ford launched the Capri, a four-seater sporting coupe designed to compete with the likes of the MGB.

27 January - London School of Economics students occupied the University of London Union building in Malet Street in protest at the closure of the LSE.

Reverend Ian Paisley, the hard line Protestant leader in Northern Ireland, was jailed for 3 months for illegal assembly.

30 January – The Beatles gave their last public performance, on the roof of Apple Records. The impromptu concert is broken up by the police.

3 February – John Lennon, George Harrison and Ringo Starr hire Allen Klein as The Beatles' new business manager, against the wishes of Paul McCartney.

4 February – Paul McCartney hires the law firm of Eastman & Eastman, Linda Eastman's father's law firm, as general legal counsel for Apple.

18 February – Pop star Lulu, 20, married Maurice Gibb of the Bee Gees.

March – The first B&Q DIY superstore was set up in Southampton by Richard Block and David Quayle.

2 March – The maiden flight of Concorde took place.

4 March – The Kray twins were both found guilty of murder: Ronnie of murdering George Cornell; Reggie of murdering Jack "the Hat" McVitie.

5 March – The Kray twins are sentenced to life imprisonment with a recommended minimum of 30 years by Mr Justice Melford Stevenson.

7 March – The London Underground Victoria line was opened by The Queen.

12 March – Paul McCartney married Linda Eastman.

17 March – The Longhope lifeboat in Scotland was lost; the entire crew of 8 died.

19 March - British paratroopers and Marines landed on the island of Anguilla.

The 385 metre tall Emley Moor transmitting station television mast in West Yorkshire collapsed because of icing.

25 March – John Lennon and Yoko Ono married in Gibraltar.

27 March – First ordination of a woman in the Church of Scotland, Catherine McConnachie by the Presbytery of Aberdeen.

29 March – The UK shared first place in the Eurovision Song Contest, with a four-way tie with France, Spain, and the Netherlands. Lulu represents the UK, singing Boom bang-a-bang.

1 April – The Hawker Siddeley Harrier GR.1 V/STOL "Jump Jet" fighter entered service with the RAF.

9 April – Sikh busmen in Wolverhampton won the right to wear turbans on duty.

17 April - Representation of the People Act lowered the voting age from 21 to 18 with effect from February 1970. It also permitted candidates to have a party label included on the ballot paper, and removed the right (theoretically restored in 1967) of convicted prisoners to vote in Parliamentary elections.

Bernadette Devlin won the Mid Ulster by-election and became the youngest ever female MP at 21 years old.

20 April – British troops arrived in Northern Ireland to reinforce the Royal Ulster Constabulary.

22 April – Robin Knox-Johnston became the first person to sail around the world solo without stopping.

The first complete performance of The Who's rock opera Tommy during a performance in Dolton, Devon, UK

Peter Maxwell Davies conducts the premiere performance of his monodrama Eight Songs for a Mad King at the Queen Elizabeth Hall.

John Lennon officially changes his name from John Winston Lennon to John Winston Ono Lennon.

24 April - British Leyland Motor Corporation launched Britain's first production hatchback car, the Austin Maxi, designed to compete with family saloons like the Ford Cortina and following a new European design concept started in 1965 by French car maker Renault's R16 range.

The final episode of the long-running BBC Radio serial drama Mrs Dale's Diary was broadcast.

The Beatles make a .1 million counter offer to the Northern Songs stockholders in an attempt to keep Associated TV from controlling the band's music.

26 April – Manchester City F.C. won the FA Cup with a 1-0 win over Leicester City in the Wembley final.

28 April – Leeds United won the Football League First Division title for the first time in their history.

2 May – The ocean liner Queen Elizabeth 2 departed from Southampton on her maiden voyage to New York.

23 May – The Who released the concept album Tommy.

2 June – John Lennon and Yoko Ono host a "Bed-In" at the Queen Elizabeth Hotel in Montreal, Canada. The couple records the song "Give Peace a Chance" live in their suite with Tommy Smothers, Timothy Leary, and several others.

13 June – Mick Taylor joins the Rolling Stones.

21 June – The showing of television documentary The Royal Family, attracted more than 30.6 million viewers, an all-time British record for a non-current event programme.

Patrick Troughton made his final appearance as the second Doctor in Doctor Who in the final episode of The War Games which was also the last episode to be recorded only in black and white.

24 June – After a referendum in Rhodesia decided in favour of becoming a Republic, the Governor of Southern Rhodesia Sir Humphrey Gibbs left Government House, severing the last diplomatic links with the United Kingdom.

29 June – Bass player Noel Redding announces to the media that he has quit the Jimi Hendrix Experience, having effectively done so during the recording of Electric Ladyland.

30 June – Two members of the Mudiad Amddiffyn Cymru (Movement for the Defence of Wales) were killed whilst placing a bomb outside government offices in Abergele in an attempt to disrupt the following day's events.

1 July – Charles, Prince of Wales, was invested with his title at Caernarfon.

John Lennon, Yoko Ono and their children were hospitalised at Golspie in Scotland following a car accident while on holiday.

3 July – Swansea was granted city status.

3 July – Brian Jones is found dead in the swimming pool at his home in Sussex, England, almost a month after leaving The Rolling Stones.

3 July – Lulu the elephant runs amok on Blue Peter. The clip is subsequently repeated many times, becoming the archetypal British TV "blooper".

10 July – The trimaran Teignmouth Electron of Donald Crowhurst was found drifting and unoccupied in Mid-Atlantic. It is discovered that Crowhurst had been falsifying his position in a Round the World yacht race and presumed that he committed suicide.

5 July – The Rolling Stones proceed with a free concert in Hyde Park, London, as a tribute to Brian Jones; it is also the band's first concert with guitarist Mick Taylor. Estimates of the audience range from 250,000 to 400,000.

12 July – Golfer Tony Jacklin won The Open Championship.

19 July - British Grand Prix held at the Silverstone Circuit, Jackie Stewart was victorious, as he lapped the entire field and took his fifth win in six races.

20–21 July – A live transmission from the Moon is viewed by 720 million people around the world, with the landing of Apollo 11: at 10:56 p.m. EDT on 20 July 1969, Neil Armstrong stepped onto the surface of the Moon, broadcast live.

23 July – BBC Two television first aired the Pot Black snooker tournament.

24 July – British lecturer Gerald Brooke was freed from a Soviet prison in exchange for the spies Morris and Lona Cohen.

1 August – The pre-decimal halfpenny ceased to be legal tender.

12 August – Rioting broke out in Derry, Northern Ireland in the Battle of the Bogside, the first major confrontation of The Troubles.

13 – 17 August - Sectarian rioting in Northern Ireland.

13 August – The Taoiseach of the Republic of Ireland, Jack Lynch, made a speech on Teilifís Éireann saying that his government "can no longer stand by" and requesting a United Nations peacekeeping force for Northern Ireland.

14 August – British troops were deployed in Northern Ireland to restore law and order.

30 – 31 August - The second Isle of Wight Festival attracted 150,000 pop music fans, with the appearance of Bob Dylan a major draw.

2 September - Release of The Stones in the Park, footage of a Rolling Stones concert given in London's Hyde Park in July and filmed by Granada Television.

11 September – The housing charity Shelter released a report claiming that there are up to 3 million people in need of rehousing due to poor living conditions.

13 September – John Lennon and Plastic Ono Band perform at the Toronto Rock and Roll Revival 12-hour music festival, backed by Eric Clapton, Klaus Voormann and Alan White. It is Lennon's first-ever public rock performance without one or more of The Beatles since meeting Paul McCartney in 1957. He decides before returning to Britain to leave The Beatles permanently.

16 September – Iconic 1960s fashion store Biba reopened on Kensington High Street.

21 September – Police evicted squatters from the London Street Commune.

21 September – Randall and Hopkirk (Deceased) premieres on ITV.

26 September – The Beatles released what would be their final album (Abbey Road) recorded together.

28 September – The National Trust acquired ownership of the island of Lundy.

1 October – The Post Office became a Statutory corporation.

4 October – The ITV Seven, a programme which shows live coverage of horse racing from racecourses around the UK, is first aired. The programme was an essential part of ITV's Saturday afternoon World of Sport show and continued until a few weeks before World of Sport ended in 1985.

5 October – Monty Python's Flying Circus aired its first episode on the BBC.

6 October – Chigley becomes the third and final programme of The Trumptonshire Trilogy on BBC1 to be shot in colour before the introduction of regular colour broadcasting on 15 November.

10 October – The government accepted the recommendations of Lord Hunt's report on policing in Northern Ireland including the abolition of the Ulster Special Constabulary.

14 October - The new seven-sided 50p coin was introduced as replacement for the 10-shilling note, to a mixed reception from the British public, with many people complaining that it is easily confused with the 10p coin.

With a general election due within the next 18 months, opinion polls showed that the Tories were comfortably ahead of Labour, by up to 24 points.

16 October – Peter Nichols' black comedy The National Health was premiered by the National Theatre at the Old Vic in London.

November – Ken Loach's film Kes was released at the London Film Festival.

3 November – ITV airs the first edition of Coronation Street to be videotaped in colour, though it includes black-and-white inserts and titles. The 29 October episode – featuring a coach trip to the Lake District – had been scheduled for colour shooting, but suitable colour film stock could not be found so it was filmed in black-and-white.

7 November – The Rolling Stones open their US tour in Fort Collins, Colorado.

15 November – Regular colour television broadcasts began on BBC1 and ITV.

16 November – BBC1 first aired the children's television series Clangers, made by Oliver Postgate and Peter Firmin's Smallfilms in stop motion animation.

17 November – The Sun newspaper was relaunched as a tabloid under the ownership of Rupert Murdoch.

19 November – The Benny Hill Show premieres on Thames Television.

21 November – The controversial London Weekend Television comedy Curry and Chips begins airing. The programme is the first LWT comedy to have been recorded in colour. It is pulled off air after six episodes following a ruling by the IBA that it is racist.

24 November – Date claimed by official Coronation Street archivist Daran Little as the first on which the soap was transmitted in colour.

25 November – John Lennon returned his MBE to protest against the British government's involvement in Biafra and support of the U.S. war in Vietnam.

10 December – Derek Harold Richard Barton won the Nobel Prize in Chemistry jointly with Odd Hassel "for their contributions to the development of the concept of conformation and its application in chemistry".

18 December - The abolition of the death penalty for murder was made permanent by Parliament.

Release of Fairport Convention's pioneering folk rock album Liege & Lief.

The sixth James Bond film - On Her Majesty's Secret Service - was released in British cinemas. Bond is now played by George Lazenby after Sean Connery starred in the first five films. Starring alongside him is Yorkshire-born actress Diana Rigg.

26 December – A fire at the Rose and Crown Hotel, Saffron Walden, killed eleven.

The Chancellor of the Exchequer Roy Jenkins introduced Mortgage Interest Relief at Source (MIRAS) to encourage home ownership; it allowed borrowers tax relief for interest payments on their mortgage.

Golden eagles were found to be nesting in England for the first time in modern history, at Haweswater in the Lake District.

Completion of the Castle Vale estate in Birmingham, one of the largest housing estates in Europe, consisting mostly of council houses and low-rise flats as well as 34 tower blocks, the first of which were occupied in 1964.

1969 Television


2 January – The Holiday Programme (1969–2007)
14 April – The Liver Birds (1969; 1971–1979, 1996)
9 September – Nationwide (1969–1983)
17 September – Up Pompeii! (1969–1975, 1991)
5 October – Monty Python's Flying Circus (1969–1974)
6 October – The Trumptonshire Trilogy: Chigley (1969)
16 November – Clangers (1969–1972)


14 March – Q (1969–1982)


28 February – On the Buses (1969–1973)
21 September
The Flaxton Boys (1969–1973)
Randall and Hopkirk (Deceased) (1969–1970)
The Secret Service (1969)
19 November – The Benny Hill Show (1969–1989)

1969 Football

First Division - Leeds United
Second Division - Derby County
Third Division - Watford
Fourth Division - Doncaster Rovers
FA Cup - Manchester City
League Cup - Swindon Town
Charity Shield - Manchester City
Home Championship - England

Top 10 Tech Trends for 2010
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With real time voting by all audience members, just to add to the stress. =)

Each of us had to come up with two tech trends to watch for the next year. Here is what we debated:

Steve Jurvetson:
1) It’s a wonderful time to start a company. In retrospect, 2010 will be a great entrepreneurial vintage with exceptional fruit from low-yielding vineyards.

Good omens include: global markets of record scale, an influx of human talent, a recurring long-wave-cycle of venture economics, and compounding disruptive innovation. Scientists do not slow down for recessions. The pace of innovation, as epitomized by Moore’s Law, is accelerating and is exogenous to the economy. Healthier company cultures are formed during down markets, with a frugal focus on customer feedback, rather than investors, or competitors. Most of the DJIA are companies founded during a recession. (edit: this video is now online here)

2) Code comes alive. History will highlight 2010 as the year of the first synthetic life — a watershed accomplishment in “Biotech 2.0” and the next epoch of evolution.

With 100% of the DNA assembled from beakers of chemicals, synthetic microbes will boot up as living, self-replicating cells. Heralding an era of intelligent design in biology, one composes the digital genome on a computer, writing software that creates its own hardware. Instead of slowly splicing physical genes, scientists will create billions of genetically novel microbes per day. Early applications will recycle waste into fuels, chemicals and clean water. (edit: a video clip of this one went online)

David Weiden:
1. Wearable computers and the next hundred billion connected devices
Breakthroughs in power management and manufacturing, combined with a steady shift to cloud services and increasingly pervasive wireless Internet connections form the catalysts for new classes of devices and Internet services. Many expect connected devices to be more than an order of magnitude greater than the number of phones with the next decade or two. Will there be an Apple of wearable computers? Of connected medical devices? Inside or outside your body? Opportunities for new category defining companies abound. But beware of silicon cockroaches.

2. The Internet finds a new patient: healthcare
A .7 trillion dollar industry in the US alone. The 2010 healthcare reform bill will introduce 30 million new patients, no new doctors, less money available per patient. The government has signed up to pay over ,000 per doctor who moves to electronic medical records. Oracle recently turned their acquisition sites in this direction with the 0M acquisition of Phase Forward. Huge market, under stress, financial incentives, increasing M&A activity … is it time for Internet innovation to increase focus here?

Kevin Efrusy:
1. Social Web as Substrate for New Category Killers
Every major media shift (Radio to TV, TV to Web Portals, Web Portals to Search, Search to Social) gives rise to a set of brand new fast-growing companies who are the first to recognize and fully exploit the transition. Yahoo! enabled DR advertising, Google enabled long-tail ecommerce and media, and Facebook/Twitter enabling social gaming (Playfish/Zynga), social commerce (Groupon, Gilt), and soon will enable other categories to be reinvented as well (Travel, Finance, etc).

2. The Rise of the New Software Stack
While threatened before, the traditional stack for managing apps and data has come under its final assault. The old infrastructure was designed for reservations and financial transactions (precision at all costs), while the data from new applications is 3 orders of magnitude larger and often generated by machine or other non-financial activity (logs, clicks, metadata, links, streams, etc.). The new companies (Google, Facebook, Zynga) have solved this with a new infrastructure "stack," (Hadoop, MemcacheD) for the masses as even small companies have big data problems.

Esther Dyson:
1. HomeBrew Health: We don't need no stinkin' care! We'll manage our bodies the way we manage our budgets, and reduce our health care costs by not needing care.

80 words: That's aspirational, but it’s happening and will spread. Quantified Selfers will monitor their own vital signs and behaviors, using tools such as Nike+, FitBit, MyZeo (sleep monitor). Game dynamics will let them compete/collaborate with others. There's a huge market for health care, and a huge market for bad health (cigarettes, too much alcohol, fatty/sweet foods). Now there will also be a market for good health. Over time, aggregated data will persuade employers and even insurers to pay, broadening the market further.

2. Long-term accountability is the new transparency:

Transparency was great, but the market demands results, not just visibility. Nonprofits and for-profits alike will be measured on the results of their spending - on ROI rather than donations, on the creation of sustainable businesses rather than short-term gains. Wal-Mart and others lead the way with focused programs for employees and supply-chain visibility, while the World Bank will publish its spending so that putative beneficiaries get what was promised.

Ron Conway:
1) the web is now truly social since consumers are more Open and Willing to Share data resulting in explosive growth and monetization as proven by the widespread adoption of Facebook, Twitter and other social media sites.

Proof: Twitter will grow to 1B searches a day across its ecosystem (up from 600m today) and Facebook will grow to over 500m users in the coming months.

2) the real-time web, the corpus of time-relevant data created by users collective wisdom will be a billion dollar oppty in 2010.

Twitter led the charge, and now companies are integrating time-relevancy/LBS into products like FourSquare who will grow to 3-5m users over the next 12 months

Here's the ABC news coverage of this Churchill Club event last night.

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British TV Listings Christmas 1959
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Christmas Eve Thursday 24th December 1959


1.00pm Beunydd

1.15pm Closedown

2.30pm Watch with Mother: Rag, Tag and Bobtail

(British show for young children first shown as part of the ‘Watch with Mother’ strand. First transmitted on the BBC on the 25th November 1954. Written by Louise Cochrane)

2.45pm Film: Man from 1997: a comic fantasy with Charles Ruggles and James Garner.

3.30pm Faraway Look: Kangaroos and Koalas Peter Scott looks back, with his wife, on his first Faraway Look tour which took him to Australia, New Zealand, New Guinea, and Fiji

4.30pm The Apple Tree with the Golden Apples Hungarian film. The story told by Johnny Morris. The animals in the wood are puzzled when the apple tree they plant produces nasty sour apples. They call the children of the village in to help. Will it now yield a golden harvest?

4.55pm Children's Newsreel

5.10pm Christmas Crackerjack with Eamonn Andrews featuring Lenny the Lion with Terry Hall
Pearl Carr and Teddy Johnson
Ronnie Corbett
Raymond Rollett
Jerry Bergmann and Mimi
Ronnie Boyer and Jeanne Ravel

6.05pm News, The Weather

6.25pm Christmas Fare A look ahead at Christmas programmes with Alex Macintosh , Michael Aspel , and a few friends

6.30pm Carols from Canterbury Sung in the Crypt and the Choir of the Cathedral Introduced by The Dean of Canterbury
The Very Rev. Hewlett Johnson. D.D.

7.05pm Film : The Trail to Christmas (1957)
starring James Stewart

7.30pm Julie Andrews and John Fraser in "The Gentle Flame" by Francis Essex

8.15pm Amahl and the Night Visitors
Christmas story with music by Gian Carlo Menotti

9.00pm News Summary

9.05pm Film : Sister Kenny (1946)
starring Rosalind Russell

10.55pm Mass of the Nativity from the Roman Catholic Bergkirche, Eisenstadt, Austria

12.00 Closedown

Christmas Day Friday 25th December 1959


8.30am Christmas Greeting A programme of carols by The George Mitchell Glee Club and Dennis Wilson Quartet

9.00am The Queen Her Majesty's recorded Christmas Message to the Commonwealth (sound only)

9.03am Dartington Christmas Festival introduced by Huw Wheldon

9.30am Gwyl Y Geni (Festival of the Nativity)

10.00am Closedown

11.00am Morning Service for Christmas Day from St George's Parish Church, Stockport

11.45am Peace on Earth Christmas programme from the International Pestalozzi Children's Villages. In Switzerland and in Sussex children from all over Europe gather round the Christmas tree as one family.

12.15pm Meet Mr Kringle film comedy starring Thomas Mitchell, Teresa Wright , Macdonald Carey

1.00pm News Summary

1.15pm Music with Max - Max Jaffa's with The Trio, Alicia Markova and the Linden Singers

1.35pm Days Before Christmas National Film Board of Canada film about the festive season in Montreal

2.00pm Boots and Saddles film series "Dispatch Rider"

2.25pm While Angels Watch In a hospital in Singapore a young nurse finds that the message of Christmas has for her a special and personal meaning. A documentary film about Queen Alexandra's Nursing Service

3.00pm Chipperfield's Christmas Circus Festival from Bingley Hall , Birmingham

4.00pm Billy Cotton's Christmas Party An invitation to children of all ages to join Billy Cotton and his Band plus guests

4.45pm Barrie's A Kiss for Cinderella starring Jeannie Carson

6.15pm News Summary

6.20pm Christmas Night with the Stars featuring the Jimmy Logan Show, Charlie Drake, Whack-O! and many more

7.35pm Songs of Many Lands with Harry Belafonte

8.20pm Film : High Noon (1952) starring Gary Cooper

9.45pm News Summary

9.50pm Bleak House by Charles Dickens adapted for television

10.20pm Make Way for Music Thirty minutes of music in an informal manner

10.50pm Epilogue for Christmas Day The Rev. Frederic Greeves Principal of Didsbury College, Bristol followed by

Weather Closedown

Boxing Day Saturday 26th December 1959


11.40am Beunydd

12.00 Grandstand
introduced by David Coleman
(12.05pm Boxing in America: Garnett 'Sugar' Hart v Luis Rodriguez
12.35 Motor Racing from Brands Hatch: Production Sports Car Race
1.00 Racing at Kempton Park: Mistletoe Novices Steeplechase
1.10 Motor Racing: Christmas Trophy Race,
1.30 Racing: Hunter Simmonds Handicap Hurdle
2.00 Racing: The King George VI Steeplechase
2.10 Motor Racing: John Davy Trophy Race
2.30 Racing: Holly Handicap Steeplechase
3.00 Motor Racing: Silver City Trophy Race
3.30 Amateur Boxing: Welsh ABA Annual Competition
4.30 Football and Racing Summaries)

5.00pm Whirlybirds
"Seven Were Trapped"
The back entrance to the mine is on a part of the mountain which is inaccessible by car or on foot. P.T. and Chuck arrive and with their helicopter's help, try to save the lives of seven trapped men

5.25pm The Three Princes
A tale of the Thousand Nights and One Night by Rex Tucker

6.15pm News Summary, The Weather

6.22pm Laramie
Western series

7.10pm Dixon of Dock Green
A Piece of Pink Ribbon
starring Jack Warner

7.40pm Mother Goose
Pantomime with Frankie Howerd

9.10pm News Summary

9.15pm Never Die
A new detective thriller by John Elliott and Geoffrey Bush starring
Dorothy Alison, Gordon Jackson, Bill Owen, William Russell
Katherine Kath, Jack Watling

10.45pm The Good Old Days
A Christmas Edition of Old-Time Music-Hall
Morecambe and Wise
Betty Jumel
Cardew Robinson
Smoothey and Layton
The Manton Brothers
Patricia Bredin
Chairman : Leonard Sachs

11.45pm Weather

Sunday 27th December 1959


12.40pm Weather and Farming

1.15pm O Sul I Sul
(From Sunday to Sunday) in Welsh

1.30pm Croeso
(Visit) in Welsh

2.00pm Ask Me Another
special challenge match between the Webster family from Lancashire and the Carr family from North Wales

2.30pm Film: Never a Dull Moment (1950)
starring Irene Dunne and Fred MacMurray

3.55pm The Phil Silvers Show starring Phil Silvers as Sergeant Bilko in "Mess Hall Mess"

4.20pm Out of the Blue
Roger Bond is a farmer's son but his life is closely linked with the sea, and his dreams are of tides and boats and fishing, and, above all, the spoils of the sea

4.50pm Lenny's Den with Lenny the Lion and Terry Hall

5.00pm The Young Lady from London
A comedy in six parts
Written and produced by Rex Tucker Part 6

5.30pm Snapshot
film series about animals and people from all over the world

5.45pm Sunday Special
"The Candlemaker" An animated cartoon film

6.00pm News Summary and The Weather Man

6.05pm Sea Parish
The work of the Missions to Seamen told through the story of a seaman whose voyages take him to Australia and back home in time for Christmas

6.35pm With Heart and Voice
from Wales, Hywel Davies introduces seven hymns and carols sung by Helen Watts , Rowland Jonet and the Treorchy Male Choir

7.00pm Meeting Point at Christmas
When Jesus was born at Bethlehem

7.25pm News Summary

7.30pm The Eddie Fisher Show
with guests including Bob Monkhouse

8.15pm What's My Line ?
Television's most popular panel game with Isobcl Barnett, Gilbert Harding, Polly Elwes, Cyril Fletcher, In the chair, Eamonn Andrews

8.45pm Sunday Night Theatre : Waters of the Moon
a play by N C Hunter

10.15pm News Summary

10.20pm The Edge of the Sixties

11.15pm The Epilogue
The Christmas Story
As seen by great artists of the past

Bank Holiday Monday 28th December 1959


12.55pm Beunydd

1.15pm Racing at Kempton Park
(1.30 Christmas Handicap Hurdle,
2.00 Kenton Handicap Chase, 2.30 Oatlands Handicap Chase)

2.40pm Watch with Mother
Picture Book

2.55pm Mainly for Women
"Passage into Sunshine"
The story of an emigrant journey to Australia

3.25pm Keep Fit
with Eileen Fowler

3.40pm Science International

4.45pm Today's Sport
introduced by Kenneth Wolstenholme
Today's sporting headlines and all the results Football, Rugby, Racing

5.00pm The Snow Princess
Russian cartoon film based on the story by Hans Christian Andersen

6.00pm News and The Weather

6.20pm Wells Fargo
"Fort Massacre"
starring Dale Robertson
The exciting adventures of the famous Western Stagecoach Service

6.45pm Tonight
Look around with Cliff Michelmore, Derek Hart, Alan Whicker , Fyfe Robertson and including John Morgan, Polly Elwes and Cy Grant

7.25pm News Summary

7.30pm This Is Your Life
with Eamonn Andrews

8.05pm The Men from Room Thirteen
"The Man Who Lost His Trousers" Part 1
starring John Welsh and William Fox
A series of crime stories in two weekly parts

8.35pm The Edge of the Sixties
2- The Jazz Age

9.30pm Professional Boxing
Cruiserweight- Alan Peacock (Hull) v Gordon Corbett (B'ham),
Welterweight- Brian Husband (Hull) v Ron Warnes (Erith)

10.30pm News

10.45pm Come Dancing
for the BBC Inter-Regional Dancing Contest Peter West introduces the fifth heat in the nation-wide amateur ballroom dancing contest between twelve regions for the BBC Television Award and Formation Team Cup

11.30pm Weather

Apple TV News
Image by Dave Malkoff
Funny Story: I walked out of the bedroom, into the TV room the other day... turned on the TV, and saw my wife brushing her teeth on the local news. I said; "Honey? Why are you brushing your teeth on the six oclock news???"
She glggled out of control and eventually told me it was for a medical story.
These are shots from Final Cut Pro HD. The software she used to edit the story, with the toothbrush video.

CNN truck already set up the night before the Apple event
Apple TV News
Image by Steve Rhodes

There were two other tv trucks set up

Some of these photos are also at

Live coverage on many sites starting around 10 am PT

and many more just search for Apple online and look at trending topics on twitter

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A Bitcoin You Can Flip
Apple TV News
Image by jurvetson
My son has become fascinated with bitcoins, and so I had to get him a tangible one for Xmas (thanks Sim1!). The public key is imprinted visibly on the tamper-evident holographic film, and the private key lies underneath.

I too was fascinated by digital cash back in college, and more specifically by the asymmetric mathematical transforms underlying public-key crypto and digital blind signatures.

I remembered a technical paper I wrote, but could not find it. A desktop search revealed an essay that I completely forgot, something that I had recovered from my archives of floppy discs (while I still could).

It is an article I wrote for the school newspaper in 1994. Ironically, Microsoft Word could not open this ancient Microsoft Word file format, but the free text editors could.

What a fun time capsule, below, with some choice naivetés…

I am trying to reconstruct what I was thinking, and wondering if it makes any sense. I think I was arguing that a bulletproof framework for digital cash (and what better testing ground) could be used to secure a digital container for executable code on a rental basis. So the expression of an idea — the specific code, or runtime service — is locked in a secure container. The idea would be to prevent copying instead of punishing after the fact. Micro-currency and micro-code seem like similar exercises in regulating the single use of an issued number.

Now that the Bitcoin experiment is underway, do you know of anyone writing about it as an alternative framework for intellectual property?

IP and Digital Cash
Digital Cash and the “Intellectual Property” Oxymoron
By Steve Jurvetson

Many of us will soon be working in the information services or technology industries which are currently tangled in a bramble patch of intellectual property law. As the law struggles to find coherency and an internally-consistent logic for intellectual property (IP) protection, digital encryption technologies may provide a better solution — from the perspective of reducing litigation, exploiting the inherent benefits of an information-based business model, and preserving a free economy of ideas.
Bullet-proof digital cash technology, which is now emerging, can provide a protected “cryptographic container” for intellectual expressions, thereby preserving traditional notions of intellectual property that protect specific instantiations of an idea rather than the idea itself. For example, it seems reasonable that Intuit should be able to protect against the widespread duplication of their Quicken software (the expression of an idea), but they should not be able to patent the underlying idea of single-entry bookkeeping. There are strong economic incentives for digital cash to develop and for those techniques to be adapted for IP protection — to create a protected container or expression of an idea. The rapid march of information technology has strained the evolution of IP law, but rather than patching the law, information technology itself may provide a more coherent solution.

Information Wants To Be Free
Currently, IP law is enigmatic because it is expanding to a domain for which it was not initially intended. In developing the U.S. Constitution, Thomas Jefferson argued that ideas should freely transverse the globe, and that ideas were fundamentally different from material goods. He concluded that “Inventions then cannot, in nature, be a subject of property.” The issues surrounding IP come into sharp focus as we shift to being more of an information-based economy.
The use of e-mail and local TV footage helps disseminate information around the globe and can be a force for democracy — as seen in the TV footage from Chechen, the use of modems in Prague during the Velvet Revolution, and the e-mail and TV from Tianammen Square. Even Gorbachev used a video camera to show what was happening after he was kidnapped. What appears to be an inherent force for democracy runs into problems when it becomes the subject of property.
As higher-level programming languages become more like natural languages, it will become increasingly difficult to distinguish the idea from the code. Language precedes thought, as Jean-Louis Gassée is fond of saying, and our language is the framework for the formulation and expression of our ideas. Restricting software will increasingly be indistinguishable from restricting freedom of speech.
An economy of ideas and human attention depends on the continuous and free exchange of ideas. Because of the associative nature of memory processes, no idea is detached from others. This begs the question, is intellectual property an oxymoron?

Intellectual Property Law is a Patch
John Perry Barlow, former Grateful Dead lyricist and co-founder (with Mitch Kapor) of the Electronic Frontier Foundation, argues that “Intellectual property law cannot be patched, retrofitted or expanded to contain digitized expression... Faith in law will not be an effective strategy for high-tech companies. Law adapts by continuous increments and at a pace second only to geology. Technology advances in lunging jerks. Real-world conditions will continue to change at a blinding pace, and the law will lag further behind, more profoundly confused. This mismatch may prove impossible to overcome.”
From its origins in the Industrial Revolution where the invention of tools took on a new importance, patent and copyright law has protected the physical conveyance of an idea, and not the idea itself. The physical expression is like a container for an idea. But with the emerging information superhighway, the “container” is becoming more ethereal, and it is disappearing altogether. Whether it’s e-mail today, or the future goods of the Information Age, the “expressions” of ideas will be voltage conditions darting around the net, very much like thoughts. The fleeting copy of an image in RAM is not very different that the fleeting image on the retina.
The digitization of all forms of information — from books to songs to images to multimedia — detaches information from the physical plane where IP law has always found definition and precedent. Patents cannot be granted for abstract ideas or algorithms, yet courts have recently upheld the patentability of software as long as it is operating a physical machine or causing a physical result. Copyright law is even more of a patch. The U.S. Copyright Act of 1976 requires that works be fixed in a durable medium, and where an idea and its expression are inseparable, the merger doctrine dictates that the expression cannot be copyrighted. E-mail is not currently copyrightable because it is not a reduction to tangible form. So of course, there is a proposal to amend these copyright provisions. In recent rulings, Lotus won its case that Borland’s Quattro Pro spreadsheet copied elements of Lotus 123’s look and feel, yet Apple lost a similar case versus Microsoft and HP. As Professor Bagley points out in her new text, “It is difficult to reconcile under the total concept and feel test the results in the Apple and Lotus cases.” Given the inconsistencies and economic significance of these issues, it is no surprise that swarms of lawyers are studying to practice in the IP arena.
Back in the early days of Microsoft, Bill Gates wrote an inflammatory “Open Letter to Hobbyists” in which he alleged that “most of you steal your software ... and should be kicked out of any club meeting you show up at.” He presented the economic argument that piracy prevents proper profit streams and “prevents good software from being written.” Now we have Windows.
But seriously, if we continue to believe that the value of information is based on scarcity, as it is with physical objects, we will continue to patch laws that are contrary to the nature of information, which in many cases increases in value with distribution. Small, fast moving companies (like Netscape and Id) protect their ideas by getting to the marketplace quicker than their larger competitors who base their protection on fear and litigation.
The patent office is woefully understaffed and unable to judge the nuances of software. Comptons was initially granted a patent that covered virtually all multimedia technology. When they tried to collect royalties, Microsoft pushed the Patent Office to overturn the patent. In 1992, Software Advertising Corp received a patent for “displaying and integrating commercial advertisements with computer software.” That’s like patenting the concept of a radio commercial. In 1993, a DEC engineer received a patent on just two lines of machine code commonly used in object-oriented programming. CompuServe announced this month that they plan to collect royalties on the widely used GIF file format for images.
The Patent Office has issued well over 12,000 software patents, and a programmer can unknowingly be in violation of any them. Microsoft had to pay 0MM to STAC in February 1994 for violating their patent on data compression. The penalties can be costly, but so can a patent search. Many of the software patents don’t have the words “computer,” “software,” “program,” or “algorithm” in their abstracts. “Software patents turn every decision you make while writing a program into a legal risk,” says Richard Stallman, founder of the League for Programming Freedom. “They make writing a large program like crossing a minefield. Each step has a small chance of stepping on a patent and blowing you up.” The very notion of seventeen years of patent protection in the fast moving software industry seems absurd. MS-DOS did not exist seventeen years ago.
IP law faces the additional wrinkle of jurisdictional issues. Where has an Internet crime taken place? In the country or state in which the computer server resides? Many nations do not have the same intellectual property laws as the U.S. Even within the U.S., the law can be tough to enforce; for example, a group of music publishers sued CompuServe for the digital distribution of copyrighted music. A complication is that CompuServe has no knowledge of the activity since it occurs in the flood of bits transferring between its subscribers
The tension seen in making digital copies revolves around the issue of property. But unlike the theft of material goods, copying does not deprive the owner of their possessions. With digital piracy, it is less a clear ethical issue of theft, and more an abstract notion that you are undermining the business model of an artist or software developer. The distinction between ethics and laws often revolves around their enforceability. Before copy machines, it was hard to make a book, and so it was obvious and visible if someone was copying your work. In the digital age, copying is lightning fast and difficult to detect. Given ethical ambiguity, convenience, and anonymity, it is no wonder we see a cultural shift with regard to digital ethics.

Piracy, Plagiarism and Pilfering
We copy music. We are seldom diligent with our footnotes. We wonder where we’ve seen Strat-man’s PIE and the four slices before. We forward e-mail that may contain text from a copyrighted news publication. The SCBA estimates that 51% of satellite dishes have illegal descramblers. John Perry Barlow estimates that 90% of personal hard drives have some pirated software on them.
Or as last month’s Red Herring editorial points out, “this atmosphere of electronic piracy seems to have in turn spawned a freer attitude than ever toward good old-fashioned plagiarism.” Articles from major publications and WSJ columns appear and circulate widely on the Internet. Computer Pictures magazine replicated a complete article on multimedia databases from New Media magazine, and then publicly apologized.
Music and voice samples are an increasingly common art form, from 2 Live Crew to Negativland to local bands like Voice Farm and Consolidated. Peter Gabriel embraces the shift to repositioned content; “Traditionally, the artist has been the final arbiter of his work. He delivered it and it stood on its own. In the interactive world, artists will also be the suppliers of information and collage material, which people can either accept as is, or manipulate to create their own art. It’s part of the shift from skill-based work to decision-making and editing work.”
But many traditionalists resist the change. Museums are hesitant to embrace digital art because it is impossible to distinguish the original from a copy; according to a curator at the New Museum of Contemporary Art, “The art world is scared to death of this stuff.” The Digital Audio Tape debate also illustrated the paranoia; the music industry first insisted that these DAT recorders had to purposely introduce static into the digital copies they made, and then they settled for an embedded code that limited the number of successive copies that could be made from the a master source.
For a healthier reaction, look at the phenomenally successful business models of Mosaic/Netscape and Id Software, the twisted creator of Doom. Just as McAfee built a business on shareware, Netscape and Id encourage widespread free distribution of their product. But once you want support from Netscape, or the higher levels of the Doom game, then you have to pay. For industries with strong demand-side economies of scale, such as Netscape web browsers or Safe-TCL intelligent agents, the creators have exploited the economies of information distribution. Software products are especially susceptible to increasing returns with scale, as are networking products and most of the information technology industries.
Yet, the Software Publishers Association reports that 1993 worldwide losses to piracy of business application software totaled .45 billion. They also estimated that 89% of software units in Korea were counterfeit. And China has 29 factories, some state-owned, that press 75 million pirated CDs per year, largely for export. GATT will impose the U.S. notions of intellectual property on a world that sees the issue very differently.
Clearly there are strong economic incentives to protect intellectual property, and reasonable arguments can be made for software patents and digital copyright, but the complexities of legal enforcement will be outrun and potentially obviated by the relatively rapid developments of another technology, digital cash and cryptography.

Digital Cash and the IP Lock
Digital cash is in some ways an extreme example of digital “property” -- since it cannot be copied, it is possessed by one entity at a time, and it is static and non-perishable. If the techniques for protecting against pilferage and piracy work in the domain of cash, then they can be used to “protect” other properties by being embedded in them. If I wanted to copy-protect an “original” work of digital art, digital cash techniques be used as the “container” to protect intellectual property in the old style. A bullet-proof digital cash scheme would inevitably be adapted by those who stand to gain from the current system. Such as Bill Gates.
Several companies are developing technologies for electronic commerce. On January 12, several High-Tech Club members attended the Cybermania conference on electronic commerce with the CEOs of Intuit, CyberCash, Enter TV and The Lightspan Partnership. According to Scott Cook, CEO of Intuit, the motivations for digital cash are anonymity and efficient small-transaction Internet commerce. Anonymity preserves our privacy in the age of increasingly intrusive “database marketing” based on credit card purchase patterns and other personal information. Of course, it also has tax-evasion implications. For Internet commerce, cash is more efficient and easier to use than a credit card for small transactions.
“A lot of people will spend nickels on the Internet,” says Dan Lynch of CyberCash. Banks will soon exchange your current cash for cyber-tokens, or a “bag of bits” which you can spend freely on the Internet. A competitor based in the Netherlands called DigiCash has a Web page with numerous articles on electronic money and fully functional demo of their technology. You can get some free cash from them and spend it at some of their allied vendors.
Digital cash is a compelling technology. Wired magazine calls it the “killer application for electronic networks which will change the global economy.” Handling and fraud costs for the paper money system are growing as digital color copiers and ATMs proliferate. Donald Gleason, President of the Smart Card Enterprise unit of Electronic Payment Services argues that “Cash is a nightmare. It costs money handlers in the U.S. alone approximately billion a year to move the stuff... Bills and coinage will increasingly be replaced by some sort of electronic equivalent.” Even a Citibank VP, Sholom Rosen, agrees that “There are going to be winners and losers, but everybody is going to play.”
The digital cash schemes use a blind digital signature and a central repository to protect against piracy and privacy violations. On the privacy issue, the techniques used have been mathematically proven to be protected against privacy violations. The bank cannot trace how the cash is being used or who is using it. Embedded in these schemes are powerful digital cryptography techniques which have recently been spread in the commercial domain (RSA Data Security is a leader in this field and will be speaking to the High Tech Club on January 19).
To protect against piracy requires some extra work. As soon as I have a digital bill on my Mac hard drive, I will want to make a copy, and I can. (Many companies have busted their picks trying to copy protect files from hackers. It will never work.). The difference is that I can only spend the bill once. The copy is worthless. This is possible because every bill has a unique encrypted identifier. In spending the bill, my computer checks with the centralized repository which verifies that my particular bill is still unspent. Once I spend it, it cannot be spent again. As with many electronic transactions today, the safety of the system depends on the integrity of a centralized computer, or what Dan Lynch calls “the big database in the sky.”
One of the most important limitations of the digital cash techniques is that they are tethered to a transaction between at least three parties — a buyer, seller and central repository. So, to use such a scheme to protect intellectual property, would require networked computers and “live” files that have to dial up and check in with the repository to be operational. There are many compelling applications for this, including voter registration, voting tabulation, and the registration of digital artwork originals.
When I asked Dan Lynch about the use of his technology for intellectual property protection, he agreed that the bits that now represent a bill could be used for any number of things, from medical records to photographs. A digital photograph could hide a digital signature in its low-order bits, and it would be imperceptible to the user. But those bits could be used with a registry of proper image owners, and could be used to prove misappropriation or sampling of the image by others.
Technology author Steven Levy has been researching cryptography for Wired magazine, and he responded to my e-mail questions with the reply “You are on the right track in thinking that crypto can preserve IP. I know of several attempts to forward plans to do so.” Digital cash may provide a “crypto-container” to preserve traditional notions of intellectual property.
The transaction tether limits the short-term applicability of these schemes for software copy protection. They won’t work on an isolated computer. This certainly would slow its adoption for mobile computers since the wireless networking infrastructure is so nascent. But with Windows ’95 bundling network connectivity, soon most computers will be network-ready — at least for the Microsoft network. And now that Bill Gates is acquiring Intuit, instead of dollar bills, we will have Bill dollars.
The transaction tether is also a logistical headache with current slow networks, which may hinder its adoption for mass-market applications. For example, if someone forwards a copyrighted e-mail, the recipient may have to have their computer do the repository check before they could see the text of the e-mail. E-mail is slow enough today, but in the near future, these techniques of verifying IP permissions and paying appropriate royalties in digital cash could be background processes on a preemptive multitasking computer (Windows ’95 or Mac OS System 8). The digital cash schemes are consistent with other trends in software distribution and development — specifically software rental and object-oriented “applets” with nested royalty payments. They are also consistent with the document-centric vision of Open Doc and OLE.
The user of the future would start working on their stationary. When it’s clear they are doing some text entry, the word processor would be downloaded and rented for its current usage. Digital pennies would trickle back to the people who wrote or inspired the various portions of the core program. As you use other software applets, such as a spell-checker, it would be downloaded as needed. By renting applets, or potentially finer-grained software objects, the licensing royalties would be automatically tabulated and exchanged, and software piracy would require heroic efforts. Intellectual property would become precisely that — property in a market economy, under lock by its “creator,” and Bill Gates’ 1975 lament over software piracy may now be addressed 20 years later.

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On further reflection, I must have been thinking of executable code (where the runtime requires a cloud connect to authenticate) and not passive media. Verification has been a pain, but perhaps it's seamless in a web-services future. Cloud apps and digital cash depend on it, so why not the code itself.

I don't see it as particularly useful for still images (but it could verify the official owner of any unique bundle of pixels, in the sense that you can "own" a sufficiently large number, but not the essence of a work of art or derivative works). Frankly, I'm not sure about non-interactive content in general, like pure video playback. "Fixing" software IP alone would be a big enough accomplishment.

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What's In My Bag
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Earlier today when reviewing the EF 50mm f/1.2 lens, a commenter asked what I kept in my bag. I've written a lot about the different gear that I use day in and day out, but not a comprehensive "what's in my bag" post.

I'm pretty anal about my gear. It goes with me pretty much everywhere. I think as a photographer so many of the best shots happen spontaneously. I've kicked myself too many times early on for not having my camera gear with me. So now it goes with me everywhere. To work, on the weekends, in my car, I always keep my gear with me. I try to do this 100% of the time.

The actual bag that I use is a Lowepro bag. It's a really nice laptop camera combo bag called the CompuDayPack.

So, here's what's in my bag.

1 Canon EOS 5D digital SLR
1 EF 50mm f/1.2 lens
1 EF 24mm f/1.4 lens
1 EF 135mm f/2 lens
1 EF 100mm f/2.8 macro lens
1 Canon EF 1.4x II extender
1 8 GB SanDisk Ultra II compact flash memory card
1 4 GB Transcend compact flash memory card
1 CameraMate CF Card Reader
1 Canon RS-80N3 Remote Switch (cable release)
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My favorite lens to shoot is the EF 135 f/2.

I shoot every single day and each day dump the contents of my shoot onto my MacBook Pro's hard drive. I process some of these images and then about once a week dump the folders of each day onto an external 750GB Seagate hard drive. I've got about 5.5 terabytes of storage at present. I highly recommend the 750GB external USB Seagates.

Gear at home that sometimes comes out with me, but is not included in my bag are

1 SLIK 611-800 Tripod
1 Bogen-Manfrotto 725B Digi Tripod
1 Canon EOS 10D camera
1 Canon 50mm f/1.4 lens
1 Canon EF 70-200 f/4 zoom
1 Canon EF 28-135mm f/3.5-5.6 zoom
1 Canon Speedlite 550EX flash
2 MacBook Pro power adapters
All the hoods for my respective lenses

All of my lenses have UV filters on them. Most recently I've been buying Hoya Ultras which are a little nicer than standard.

In terms of where to buy gear, my number one recommendation is B&H Photo. I also think Costco is a pretty good place to buy a camera body because of their very flexible return policy.

I hate buying at most camera stores here in the Bay Area. The selection is generally not very good. Maybe it's just me but I also haven't found the service terribly good at most of them. I'm not going to name names but given the store markups over what you can buy online typically it's just not worth the hassle for me.

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Strange Bedfellows

A few nice Apple TV News images I found:

Strange Bedfellows
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The events that night in the parking lot changed me forever.

I used to look at things as so much more 'black and white.'

'The police were good' I thought.

And 'our government existed to serve and protect the people.'

There was a certain bliss in living with that ignorance.

One night shattered that and life itself would never be so simple again.

I knew that anyone could go bad.

I'd seen that before.

But the systematic coverup I was witness to...

that whacked my reality big time.

Since then I've made quite a few friends who happen to be cops.

I'd say that in my experience about half of them are an honor to the badge.

The other half...

you'd be shocked that they're nothing but another street gang bunch of thugs...

only they hide behind those badges and blue uniforms.

And they're authorized by the state to carry guns and use deadly force.

I don't think anything's ever offended me so much as seeing that bullshit up close.

It was like some fog was lifted and I saw what went on 'behind the curtain.'

That shit really shook me up.

I'm talking about people who've not only got no problem murdering someone...

but they've got the understanding and the means to get away with it.

There's more than a few people in prison who've been sent there wrongly convicted of crimes these guys have done.

They know how to pull it off.

The only thing that they really fear are the half of the cops who wouldn't tolerate that stuff.

The problem is that in some departments the ratio's pretty skewed.

Like Deadwood.

The whole place is filled with bad apples.

The stories I started to hear were unbelievable.

Witness intimidation.

Planting drugs.

Lying on police reports.

Giving false testimony.

And of course...

firebombing the garbage dumpster in front of my office.

I saw that one with my own eyes.

Or that phone call I got about the Police Commisioner's federal conviction for selling a couple of kilos of the white stuff.

The same guy that owned the bar that installed the illegal poker machines.

The ones that were all gone when the county went to raid his place because Iron Fist supposedly got tipped off and told him he'd better get rid of those things fast.

And I heard Iron Fist was pissed.

Not because his Police Commissioner had an illegal gambling operation going on in his town...

but because he'd kept it a secret from him.

Iron Fist kept secrets.

You didn't keep secrets from him.

There's some dark shadows on the other side of that 'thin blue line' and I'm telling you that I hope you never see them.

They get away with way too much.

They get away with murder.

The corruption is so endemic to the system that I have no faith at all that it can ever be eliminated.

There's a secret code.

If you've ever gotten a ticket and the cop thought you were an asshole all he had to do was to make sure that when he stapled your drivers lisense to the paperwork was that he put the staple through your picture.

The next cop that pulled you over knew right away that some other cop had a problem with you.

Because you had staple holes there on your license.

On your face.

That's the kind of shit that they do.

That's the 'code.'

One thing that they do better than anything though is to stick together.

'Professional courtesy' they call it.

In Chicago givin' another cop a ticket for DUI is an instant career dead end.

The older cops with more experience know how it works.

The young guys get sucked into it in order to prove themselves.

And to survive.

You gotta tow the line if you want backup to help you out in a timely manner when you call for it.

It's almost a rite of passage.

You don't pass the test...

you're gonna get your ass kicked on the streets or worse...

and no one's gonna drive really fast to help you out.

You'll be on your own.

Over the years the cops have developed an 'us or them' mentality.

They become jaded about the way it all works...

they socialize amongst themselves and the women who they call 'holster sniffers.'

They start to hate the legal system...

the judges and the prosecutors...

and then all of the sudden they're one of the 'bad apples.'

You hear about them every once in a while...

either they're busted by the feds or they're turned on by the guys around them because they pissed someone off.

You got no idea how bad it is really.

Not until you start hearin' what's going on 'off the record.'

You'll never sleep as well as you did before you heard the stories.

What makes it all worse is when corrupt politicians start to use the police as a 'personal army.'

That only makes everything dirtier.

The cops know that they're gonna get away with so much more when the guys above them are corrupt too.

That's the way it went in Deadwood.

Iron Fist used the police like they were his own little militia.

If he had a problem with you then you had yourself a problem with the cops.

And keepin' Iron Fist happy took precedence over 'law and order' any day of the week in Deadwood.

You got old Iron Fist pissed off at you that'd be a real quick end to your career in 'law enforcement.'

While Iron Fist ran the place the town was known as a really desirable place to live.

You didn't put a 'for sale' sign in front of your house if you wanted to sell it when he was in charge.

The old man would never tolerate that.

He had a list of people who wanted to live there and him and his cronies would figure out who they were gonna let buy your house.

They didn't want any 'undesirables' moving in.

And by 'undesirables' I mean black people.

Iron Fist thought that 'for sale' signs on people's homes made him look bad.

Dude should have been a cult leader the way he operated.

If you went around 'the system'...

and some people did because they felt that Iron Fist's little policy was cutting their profits on the sale of their homes...

Iron Fist would send the cops out late at night and snatch that 'for sale' sign right out of your front yard.

The guys I talked to said 'Secret Squirrel' was always up for the job.

He was the guy that drove around with the trunk full of machine guns.

The Village was sued in federal court for the practice by real estate agents and the Village lost on First Ammendment grounds...

but they still kept doing it.

Iron Fist reduced the police to commonon thievery.

For a lot of them I think that was the line that they'd first crossed into the corruption that soiled the place.

Kind of like a little 'initiation' into the way things were done in Deadwood.

They wanted to make damn sure no 'undesirables' were ever hired on to the police department too.

They asked applicants to provide a picture of themselves with their applications.

You better not have a dark complection if you wanted to get a job there.

The thing that really made everything so corrupt was that the Chief would always end up with a big old bag of dirt on Iron Fist...

just as much as Iron Fist'd end up with a big old bag of dirt on the Chief.

The relationships never seemed to last too long because Iron Fist knew the game better than any of the clowns he'd make Chief.

He'd take 'em down before they really became a threat.

When Skeevy left there to run another department it wasn't too long before the feds were all over his ass.

It was Skeevy who'd installed the guy that'd become the next Chief...

'Chief Hotdog.'

The one I sent the 'nutcracker' letter to.

Where I told him 'I was gonna squeeze his balls until they popped.'

The letter I had to read in front of the jury with all the good stuff blacked out.

Man I really thought I was gonna be charged with some serious felonies for that action.

Even my lawyer said he was worried about it.

'You don't go around writing that kind of stuff down' he said 'say whatever you want but you don't write letters like that and send them to the Chief of Police signed with your name.'

Fortunately the statute of limitations has run out on that one and I ain't got no problems that way.

I really tortured poor Chief Hotdog...

got inside his head and fucked with him big time.

The way I saw it he deserved it.

I mean... he was the boss... and he coudda done something to make things right for me and my family.

He was given the chance to do the right thing.

They all were.

But when he came out lying to the media about what happened that night and defended the actions of his street thug cops I knew I was goin' after his ass any way I could.

Right after the case against my wife was thrown out Chief Hotdog resigned.

Of course The Kid said it had nothin' to do with the bungling of that case...

and insiders said it was because he didn't do really well at fundraising for The Kid politically...

but I didn't care.

He was just one more corrupt motherfucker that I had in my crosshairs that went down in flames.

Whatever it was it ended his career.

The department went without a Chief for a few months and everyone speculated on who was gonna be named Chief Hotdog's successor.

I was shakin' the place up with allegations about the use of the contaminated well but that was all kinda behind the scenes...

the media or the feds hadn't picked up on it just yet.

When The Kid appointed the new Chief, me and The Mole both let out a collective gasp at the same time.

He appointed a woman who used to run the water department.

Terry Stewbauer.

I couldn't believe it.

It was such an obvious payoff and anyone in the know could see that right away.

It was blatant.

The Kid wasn't just 'ball-less' he seemed to be brainless too.

That was the first time I knew I really had those assholes and I knew I had them good.

They knew the feds were comin' sooner or later because I wasn't letting up and appointing Stewbauer as the new Chief of Police was a sort of premptory strike.

They wanted to keep her quiet and they wanted to keep her loyal...

put her on the 'short leash.'

I think she was scared shitless about what was comin' down the line and thinkin' about makin' a deal herself with the federales.

The Kid appointing her as the new Chief was probably a confidence builder for the woman.

She was working part time as a detective for the department before she was appointed Chief and I'd heard she wasn't a bad cop.

But she knew the truth about the use of the contaminated well and I knew that in appointing her that The Kid was hoping she'd never tell that truth to anyone.

Especially the feds.

I heard that her husband was a convicted drug dealer who was sitting in prison at the time she was appointed as the new Chief too.

She couldn't have been a very good detective if she didn't know that the old man was dealin' drugs out of her house.

Or she was a very corrupt detective.

Take your pick.

She was working as the Chief of Police in Deadwood when she was indicted on something like twenty three felony counts by the US Attorney.

She had to surrender her gun and her firearm owners identification card to the feds right after that.

Deadwood gave her a paid 'leave of absence' so now she gets paid for doing nothing.

Except takin' a fall for Iron Fist and his crew and keeping some serious secrets.

Of course they're paying her legal bills too.

I can't believe they get away with that shit but they do.

If I was a reporter I'd tear 'em a new one over that story.

I guess that made her the second Chief of Police that I'd end up takin' down in a row over this whole thing.

The Mole once pointed out that 'fucking with you doesn't seem to be a really good career move.'

We shared a good laugh over that one.

I was makin' enemies there almost as fast as I'm known to make friends.

And I was using the enemies of my enemy pretty effectively too.

That's why I'd reached out to Congressman Bobby Rush.

Krista'd made the introduction.

I'd read that when Rush was first elected to Congress that Iron Fist was pretty pissed off that now a black man would be representing Deadwood in Congress.

He was quoted in the newspapers saying that he wanted to secceed from the congressional district because 'there was no way that that man could represent the white ethnics of Deadwood.'

That comment really pissed off Congressman Rush and I don't think he ever forgot it.

Or forgave it.

I remember thinking 'this guy will really be a help in nailing Iron Fist to the cross' and I was right.

Congressman Rush and I are not the kind of guys who you'd ever accuse of seeing 'eye to eye' politically but we had a common enemy in Iron Fist and that's all it takes in Illinois politics... or politics in general to gain a strong ally.

I remember the Congressman pulling me out of a big meeting saying that he wanted me to get in front of the cameras with him and talk to the press.

Right after he'd given the best political speech I've ever had the great pleasure to witness.

I'm telling you I swear he channeled the spirit of a baptist preacher from the deep south of the seventies on that one.

I think the Congressman wanted Iron Fist to see him with his arm around me there smiling.

Kinda like twisting the knife if you know what I mean.

I also remember the Fox News reporter with that tight sweater and the most amazing pair of tits I'd ever seen...

I thought it was pretty funny that I'm standing next to a Congressman with about a half a dozen tv cameras in my face blowin' the lid on Iron Fist and his dirty and despicable deeds and I can't take my eyes off of this woman's rack.

I'm usually not like that...

but damn... the combination of that sweater and her upper body were a work of freakin' art...

a thing of incredible beauty.

That moment was the closest I'd ever come to feeling a woman up on live tv.

I'm glad the Congressman did most of the talking.

When I watched myself on tv that night I looked like a really honest guy lookin' right into the camera like that.

Only me and God knew where I was really looking though.

And I blame the whole thing on God anyway.

That was not the work of some plastic surgeon...

and if it was, then it was God that gave him that talent...

so I still blame God and I think he'd be honored that I do.

I felt like dirt for thinkin' that way there though.

Iron Fist and his shenanigans killed people.

Innocent people that had no idea that they were drinking that cancer water.

There were so many people with cancer there at that meeting.

I shook their hands and I hugged them.

I looked into their eyes and I listened to their stories.

And it all got me even more pissed off at what those assholes did.

Yeah... there was a certain selfish satisfaction in the imminent crucifiction of the people who'd hurt my family...

but more and more I was beginning to find myself taking up the crusade to bring these guys to justice not just for what they'd done to me and my family...

but for what they'd done to the people that trusted them.

They had to pay for what they'd done and it seemed like I was the only one with the balls and the motivation and the understanding of the situation to keep driving them towards justice.

And now I had some powerful people on my side.

Rush had called Eric Holder, the US Attorney General from the meeting and told him what was going on.

Shit was getting stirred up alright.

I was excited.

I'd seen enough in that parking lot and in the days after to know that they were soul-less and corrupt and I wanted to show everyone that.

I wanted revenge ever since that night.

There was a battle going on inside of my soul by this time.

And I found myself slowly letting the whole concept of revenge go.

More than anything...

I really wanted justice.

And I wanted it for the frail thirty eight year old woman I'd just hugged who had cancer all over her body and was sick right there from all of the chemo...

I wanted justice for her.

They had no right to do that to another human being.

Iron Fist and his whole crew hadda go down for this.

From the series 'There's Something in the Water' here on Flickr...

BBC & Pathe News Archives
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BBC Points West Archive & Pathe News Archives

BBC Points West Archive on Demand gives you access to clips from the BBC's regional news archive in Bristol. During November and December 2005, selected video and film clips about Somerset, Gloucestershire, Wiltshire were added to these pages.

Archive Film Clips & Sound Files - photographs include -

1953 - Bristol's Coronation Queen

Natalie Gonella was entered for Miss Bristol 1953 by her boss who had seen an advert for the contest in the Western Daily Press.

Clarks: 60s/70s/80s

The boom-and-bust days of the 1980s were tough for Clarks Shoes as customers opted for cheap foreign imports over Somerset-made footwear. Points West has followed the company's 'uppers' and 'downers' over the years, as this selection of films reveal.

Bath Rugby: 1986

For the third year in a row, Bath won the John Player Cup at Twickenham. They faced the mighty Wasps in a lively match, that included some ugly moments when the teams came to blows. Captain John Palmer told Points West they knew victory was certain.

Bishop Carey: 1990

In a surprise announcement, Dr George Carey, the Bishop of Bath and Wells, was named the next Anglican Primate following the retirement of Dr Robert Runcie - news which was greeted with mixed reaction in the summer of July 1990.

Bath traffic: 1965

Yes, sexism was alive and well in the 1960s but it probably wasn't intentional. In this film from the Points West archives, a reporter attempts to discover why the city's parking planners were targeting businessmen in Bath.

Acker Bilk: 1977

The Somerset man who brought Stranger on the Shore to millions of music lovers around the world talks to Points West's reporter Graham Purches ahead of a live show recorded for TV outside The Duke in Bristol back in 1977.

Wassailing: 1982

Points West travels to the orchards of Somerset to witness the Taunton Cider Company's annual apple tree wassail. Held aloft by three burly blokes, the cider queen performs a ritual that will guarantee a good crop the following year.

Hinkley A: 1965

The nuclear power industry has come a long way since the 50s and 60s when our understanding of the issues was less developed than today. Tom Salmon reports from Hinkley A as the station generates electricity for the first time.

West's Wintry Weather

Whatever the conditions, Points West has always been ready to capture the region’s more extreme spells of weather. Remember the winter of 1981/2 or the snows of the 1960s? Perhaps this selection of films will bring back some chilling memories.

Bath Gliding Club: 1965

Points West cameras reached for the skies in 1965 with a visit to an RAF airfield in Wiltshire to meet up with members of the Bath Gliding Club - where, for women members at least, it seemed that whatever the men could do they could do better!

Bridgwater's bigger, brighter spectacle

At this time of year, it would be criminal to take a look through the Points West film archive without digging out some footage showing Bridgwater's famous carnival - particularly since it is one of the best illuminated processions in the UK!

Hartcliffe Factory: 1970s

In 1974, WD and HO Wills opened Europe’s largest cigarette manufacturing plant on land at Hartcliffe near Bristol. The factory lasted all of 16 years and closed in 1990 as the tobacco industry felt the squeeze. Points West saw the factory open.

Forest of Dean: 1965

The Forest of Dean was shaped, in part, by mining. Many of the pits closed in the 1960s, such as the Northern United Colliery and BBC Points West spent time with the miners to gauge their reaction.

Railway Works: 1960s

This offering – although not strictly a BBC Points West film – is irresistible for all those who have a passion for steam engines. Filmed at the Swindon loco works in 1963, it shows the launch of the last BR steam locomotive to be made in the UK.

Downend crash remembered 50 years on: BBC Points West

Fifty years ago - at just before midday on Wednesday, 6 November 1957 - a patch of woodland alongside Overndale Road, Downend, was torn apart in a terrible air disaster.

Life inside the Fry's factory: 1930s

A fascinating film showing life inside the Fry's chocolate factory at Keynsham in its 1930s hey day is being shown publicly in full here on for the first time.

Behind The Front Line: 1980s

In 1981, St Paul's in Bristol hit the headlines when a police raid triggered the first riots, which subsequently spread across the country.

At the heart of the action was Grosvenor Road, otherwise known as "The Front Line".

Southmead Hospital photographic archives

Southmead Hospital photographic archive is opened. A fascinating collection of pictures charting the history of Southmead Hospital in Bristol.

Let Me Tell You: Swindon 1967

Watch a BBC West programme from 1967, whose presenters went out onto the streets to ask locals what they thought of life in Swindon, and look at the pressing issues of the town.

Do you think the Brissle accent is gert lush? Or does it make you sound like a Wurzel?

The dialect words 'casn't' and 'bist', as in, how bist?, (how are you?), appear to be on their way out while 'ideal' and 'where's that to?' are resilient.

How does Bristol look to somebody without sight?

Malcolm Chappell tells A Sense of Place how he views the city.

People and places between two piers

A Sense of Place" takes a journey along the coast of North Somerset from Clevedon Pier to the promenade at Weston.

Red or blue? City or Rovers?

Nothing divides a city like it. Nothing divides families like it. And there's nothing better for turning friends against each other.

In pictures: Rocking The Granary

The Granary rock club ran from 1968 until 1988 in a former grain warehouse in Bristol.

Floods of 1968

Archive photographs on file in what was the old News Stills Library

The Links Below British Pathe Archive News Clips -

1949 130-Ton Colossus Takes The Air

Bristol Brabazon on airfield at Filton.

1926 - 9000 Bristol School Children

Demonstration of modern methods of physical education


Various shots of the Aer Lingus Viscount plane which crash landed in fog at Lulsgate Airport, Bristol.


1965 Bristol Zoo

1968 baby gorilla called Caroline, a new arrival at Bristol Zoo

1949 - Britain's first aluminium prefabricated school is on show in Bristol

1956 - Petition against closure of Kennet-Avon canal

1956 - B.O.A.C. takes delivery of the first of their new fleet of 15 Bristol turboprop airliners

1947 - ABC Minors in Bristol Cup Final

1967 - Very brief slice of life in Bristol

1914 - Bristol Cadets reviewed by Lord Mayor of Bristol

1964 - The Bristol Channel and Docks, views of Bristol

1965 - Bristol harbour in colour

1962 - Jet inventor Sir Frank Whittle lays foundation stone for new Bristol-Siddeley building

1952 - Minister of Health Iain McLeod opens new Bristol Health Centre


1948 - Students run Carnival rag through City streets in Bristol

1951 - Bristol civil defence and military jointly stage and fight A-bomb attack

1921 - Students from Bristol University parade through the streets

1949 - experiments being carried out on different types of cigarettes in Bristol

1966 - A.B.C. Cinema in Frogmore Street Bristol Opens

A demonstration against the nationalisation of transport industry is held in Bristol

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Apple has added a bunch of new apps to the AppleTV today such as ABC News, PBS Kids, Willow TV, AOL On, and a redesigned Flickr app. However, if you are located outside of America you will get only the Flickr update.

The new redesigned Flickr app now includes an Explore view, a section called “Your Flickr”, an improved search, and a curated iPhoneography section.

There is no need to update the AppleTV software. After clicking on the Flickr app on Apple TV you'll be given a 6 digit code that you'll have to enter at on your computer or iOS device.

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