March 2nd, 2004

Found on the ASUS website


We're all ears! ASUS wants to hear from you! To provide better quality of service in the future we would like your feedback in order to ensure optimal technical support. By participating in this survey, you will be automatiically entered into a drawing to win an ASUS My Pal A600 Pocket PC! All surveys must be received no later than February 2, 2004. The winner will by notify by February 30, 2004.

Item the first: it's March already.
Item the second: February 30?!
Item the third: OK, I won't whine about grammar.

321 Studios, the bastards

In case you aren't aware, 321 Studios is the company who made DVD X-copy, DVD ripping and copying software. I own a copy.

They got their asses sued under the DMCA, and were recently ordered to stop selling their software. As expected, they're mounting a defense, and enlisting their users to help.

This week I've gotten two pieces of email from them so far... both in HTML. Since my mailer doesn't do HTML, I can't even read it. (They do have permission to mail me; they aren't spamming.)

However, my phone just rang. It was them. Well, a recorded message... "Hi, this is Robert Moore, president of 321 Studios." They went on to encourage me to call Disney this week in support of fair use and the right to make backup copies.

Fuckers. They do NOT have the right to spam my cel phone.

If they'd sent me email I could actually read, I might well have jumped through the hoops of making my opinion known to the studios. The DMCA sucks, and I'm all for fighting against it. However, I'm against telemarketing even more than the DMCA, so sorry 321... you lose.