When your comments don’t make it to ICANN…

… then make sure that you don’t have a confirmation request from ICANN sitting in your spam folder. That’s what happened to ALAC’s comments to WHOIS Task Force 3 which now have finally made it to the public comment archives. (To be a little more…

… then make sure that you don’t have a confirmation request from ICANN sitting in your spam folder. That’s what happened to ALAC’s comments to WHOIS Task Force 3 which now have finally made it to the public comment archives.(To be a little more precise: The confirmation request was caught by a rule intended to catch delivery notifications generated in response to fake e-mails. My main address normally doesn’t get e-mail from mailer daemons, so these are discarded automatically.)

You want to send an MMS across borders?

Then you must be joking — or so, T-Mobile seems to believe. Playing around with my new mobile phone a little more, I attempted to send an MMS (a multimedia message sent from a mobile phone) to a mobile phone in Luxembourg. First surprise, the pho…

Then you must be joking — or so, T-Mobile seems to believe.

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Playing around with my new mobile phone a little more, I attempted to send an MMS (a multimedia message sent from a mobile phone) to a mobile phone in Luxembourg. First surprise, the phone launches GPRS in order to send the message — it seems this is actually an Internet-based service. Second surprise, the recipient didn’t get the image she was supposed to get, but instead an SMS telling her at what URL she could view the MMS that had been sent to her.I’m amazed ever again by the unflexibility often found in so-called “intelligent” network designs, and amused by the fact that smart services deployed there have to resort to the well-functioning “stupid” Internet under the hood. (But at least they have DRM (specifications here), so the controlled, intelligent mobile phone networks must be a much better environment for commerce than that stupid, uncontrolled Internet thing is, don’t you think?)Related reading elsewhere: Decentralization and Commodification, Cell phone user rights considered harmful.

Welcome to the wonderful world of DRM

I finally had to get myself a tri-band mobile phone — goodbye to my trusty and robust ME45 which will enter history as the perfect mobile phone with just one frequency band too few. While browsing the manual of the successor, I noticed a full pag…

I finally had to get myself a tri-band mobile phone — goodbye to my trusty and robust ME45 which will enter history as the perfect mobile phone with just one frequency band too few. While browsing the manual of the successor, I noticed a full page of legal caveats related to using WAP. Most importantly, I’m told, any repair or exchange of the new device is likely to erase everything I’ve downloaded, so I should better keep backup copies on a PC. Siemens takes no liability for this.However, I’m told, the new mobile comes with DRM technology included, so I may just be unable to make any copies at all of DRM protected content that I’ve downloaded through WAP, not even for backup purposes. And they don’t make any representations (and don’t take any liability) that I’ll be able to get the same for-pay content again.So I’m supposed to pay for stupid ringtones and wallpapers that I’m going to lose when I switch to the next mobile phone, and that I’m going to lose if I have to turn in this one for repair? I’m supposed to pay for crippled content when there’s a wealth of MIDI files available online freely, and when creating a wallpaper is as easy as firing up Gimp and creating a small JPG that’s then transferred to the phone with obexftp?Building a business model on customers’ stupidity looks like a bad idea to me.

Gmail invite, anyone?

I’m told that current Gmail users occasionally have an opportunity to send out invites to others. Lacking an invite so far, I haven’t tried Gmail, yet, and would be interested in having a look at it. (Although, of course, I won’t quit using mutt. …

I’m told that current Gmail users occasionally have an opportunity to send out invites to others. Lacking an invite so far, I haven’t tried Gmail, yet, and would be interested in having a look at it.(Although, of course, I won’t quit using mutt. 😉Later: Whow, that was fast. Thanks! (You know who you are.)