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The Drama Of 09-f9-11-02-9d… blah blah blah!

Well GOT DARN IT!!! This must be the story of the year for Digg! Maybe even the biggest story its entire life being online.

Digg This: 09-f9-11-02-9d-74-e3-5b-d8-41-56-c5-63-56-88-c0

The story has so many diggs… I can’t even load the page to see what the people commenting on the link have to say. As I wrote previously on my social interaction reporting blog (self promotion plug), there were many article links and many more comments spreading the word on this code and what it does to HD DVD.

On a side note… I wonder if this event will make HD DVD more popular and because of it, ironically, push it past Blu-Ray permanently. (In case your wondering, HD-DVD and Blu Ray are 2 different media types that store way more data on what looks like a DVD or CD rom disk. Its enough to store high definition data and sound.)

This story got so big that Digg was shut down, which ironically is what happens to some sites that are featured on Digg, AND got so wide spread that even celebrity blogs posted the story.

I still don’t officially know the whole story. Does he master key unlock the HD-DVD to play everywhere and be copied? Apparently so. What happened to the person who posted the article? Apparently banned. (Although I can’t see anything that says he is banned… at least his account wasn’t deleted… he has some good diggs on there. Might feature him as a Featured User)

… there is a MySpace page for this?????

CNN Money did an interview with the CEO of Digg. Basically the question was why backtrack from originally deleting the links to now letting them be shown? Its a short article, but its interesting. (What is also interesting is the previous article Law professor: Forwarding emails can be illegal of which has nothing to do with this DVD thing… but it still interesting)

The people commenting on ICannaCheeseBurger got an eyefull of this too(86 comments so far). Some saying that they don’t understand what the heck is all the fuss while otherrs basically “came here to escape that!”.

Its practically a movement… and ecard? Ha ha ha… There is a Facebook group, and a Deviant Art signature. There is a Digg submitted article about  how the person who submitted this code got banned: How I got banned from Digg.

And it just keeps going. I suspect -t-shirts will be made of the code soon. If you go to Reddit right now, you will see the Reddit mascot burying parts of the number… freakin’ hilarious! Top story on Reddit right now?

Slashdot explains how America ended up with the DMCA.

With 228 points and 46 comments so far.

Digg seems quite right now. Almost 3 days later… then again, Digg doesn’t have a user message board so its a little hard to tell just how upset people are. Either way, i am sure this will come up again somehow in the next few months.


May 3, 2007 Posted by | Reddit, Slashdot, Social Bookmarking, Software | Leave a comment

Demo Day: Y Combinator’s Spring Chicks

Demo Day: Y Combinator’s Spring Chicks

Wow, I didn’t know Reddit came out of this! Later on I’m going to check out the other sites that popped out of Y. I already checked out Thinkature (very interesting name… wish I thought of it) and its focus on online collaberation.

The blog has 42 comments so far and on track back – JDsBlog (I guess it will have 2 now ha!).

  1. Alaska Miller

    A lot of these things are lame.

  2. JoshLowry

    Y combinator looks like they are making some wise investments.

    I wouldn’t give away 6% of my company for $5k. That would go pretty quick in my opinion. I guess with the money they made from reddit they are spending it on some new horses. Best of luck to those guys!

  3. Peter Cooper

    I love some of these names. They’re clear demonstrations that domain names are too cheap and anything even vaguely readable has already been poached. I love seeing the creativity people are throwing into names nowadays.

  4. Drama 2.0

    I don’t necessarily dislike the Y Combinator model, although from a founder’s standpoint the amount of equity you give up right off the bat is extremely expensive in the long run. Most founders don’t recognize that equity financing is the most expensive form of financing and while sometimes you have to give it up, doing so right at the outset like this has probably locked these startups into total reliance upon angels and/or VCs. Finding a way to bootstrap is always ideal in my opinion, especially when you’re talking about amounts this small.

    Reading the descriptions of this crop of Y Combinator startups I got the impression that quite a few of them are better described as features than they are as services. That’s not to say that features can’t be interesting or can’t evolve into more comprehensive services, but I only saw a few startups here that looked like they might be really compelling.

4 Comments that I thought were interesting. If your intoerested in the new generation of websites and what people think about it, you should take a read at the link above.

March 9, 2007 Posted by | Blog Post Review, Business, Reddit, Tech | 1 Comment

The Sneak Tax They Switched From Billionaires To You (

The Sneak Tax They Switched From Billionaires To You (

Well, if you ever wondered if the invisible hand is working for you, wonder no more! Well, actually I think I took that out of context. Totally out of context.

Anyway, the story link is abouthow an alternative tax that originally started out as a way for about 155 families (super rich I guess) to pay some sort of taxes now only effects people in the middle class range.

36 quite informative comments made on Reddit. Also, for those who are interested, in a book I read called “Rich Dad, Poor Dad“, its stated that taxes started out as a way for the rich to pay out of their wealth and yet somehow turned into everybody else paying taxes.

Looks like it happened again as recently as 1969. LOL

March 9, 2007 Posted by | Government, Politics, Reddit, Social Bookmarking, Taxes | Leave a comment

[Video] How soldiers drive humvees in Iraq (

[Video] How soldiers drive humvees in Iraq (

What’s your opinion? Apparently there are many to be had for this post on Reddit. Well over 100 comments to breaze through. Some commenters noted that the Police and Fire department would do the same thing is push came to shove (I’ve never seen it though).

January 28, 2007 Posted by | Opinion, Politics, Reddit, Social Bookmarking, Video, War | Leave a comment

Why I Quit My 6-Figure Job (

Why I Quit My 6-Figure Job (

With over 100+ comments, this post made people think about their situation (and his). Anyone over 20 would proabably understand the issue at hand, but more likly people coming close to their 30’s or over really get it.

Money, position, safety… is it worth it if you hate what your doing?

January 27, 2007 Posted by | Career, Family, Reddit, Social Bookmarking | Leave a comment