Tuesday, September 7, 2010

I'm No Lawyer

I spend a lot of time looking at copyright law and a few other areas related to digital media but sadly, I am not an attorney. However, there is a William Frantz, Esquire located in Murrieta, not too far from where I live. Apparently he prefers to use his middle name, "Mike" but don't hold that against him if you are looking for an attorney named William Frantz.

Murieta, CA

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Robert Coles

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William Frantz Elementary School gathered a little more fame recently. It turns out that Pulitzer Prize winning author, Robert Coles attended William Frantz in 1960 when Ruby Bridges ended segregation. Coles writes about that day in a new book called Handing One Another Along published today, August 31.

Monday, July 26, 2010

EFF Win Legalizes Some DVD Ripping

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This is a narrow but huge victory for consumer rights. Average consumers can now bypass CSS (rip a DVD) to create mashups of short clips without violating the DMCA. It's unclear if this enables a new opportunity to provide circumvention tools (ripping software) to consumers.


Thursday, July 15, 2010

One Trillion Dollars

I found this great depiction of what a Trillion dollars would look like.

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

The Social Web

In a TechCruch interview lately, angel investor Ron Conway said
The Web is more social. We share a lot more about ourselves, and our lives, online than we did yesterday. We will likely share more about ourselves tomorrow. I am communicating with my sister in Japan, my cousin in China, and my Mom’s first cousin in El Paso about my lunatic brother who lives in Chicago. All in one Facebook post. I didn’t have that reach in 2007. I’m consoling a childhood friend whom I have not seen in 25 years as he suffers through cancer treatments. I could not have done all this in 2007.

I disagree. Facebook opened to the general public in 2006. Friendster and MySpace both launched in 2003. GeoCities offered free soapboxes in 1995 and was a huge success. By 1997 over 1 million look-at-me users made GeoCities the 5th most popular site on the net.

Even in 1981 on Usenet your lunatic brother could publicly pontificate about The Muppet Show, a decade before the WWW existed! What's so novel about "MyTwitFaceCitySter" other than the web itself is now just more pervasive? In the next decade some other service will connect 10x more people than Facebook does today and noobs will marvel yet again.

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Amazing Hockey Goals

Game 7 last night between the Detroit Red Wings and the Pheonix Coyotes was a boring blowout except for this one amazing goal by Vernon Fiddler. In a faceoff against Pavel Daytsuk, just to the right of Howard, Fiddler manages to smack the puck right into the net before even a second ticks off the clock.

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Frantz Genealogy

In the United States, the Frantz family name began with emigrants from Germany who settled near Leechburg, Pennsylvania.  For more information see William Frantz at the Westmoreland County Pennsylvania Genealogy Project.

Pictures from Business Week

While stumbling around the 'net, I found this picture of myself on Business Week's website. It is labeled William Frantz and associated with my comments about the iPhone 3G. Obviously its an old story and the picture is even older. This was taken in 2003 on St. Martin. I was standing in front of a flag autographed by Dennis Conner, owner of the Stars and Strips racing yacht.

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

iMac Display Freeze

I have a 2006 iMac 20" Core Duo with the ATI Radeon X1600 GPU.  Like so many others, my GPU has started crashing when it gets warm and the problem is becoming progressively worse.  The machine is now basically unusable which is a real shame because other than the display freezing, it's still a perfectly good iMac.

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Russian Gear

While attending the 2010 Olympics in Vancouver, I found out what all the fashionable fans will be wearing to Sochi, Krasnodar Krai, Russia for the 2014 games.