Simon Willison’s Weblog


Sunday, 18th January 2009

Eviction, or the Coming Datapocalypse. Jason Scott on AOL’s closure of Hometown, their hosting service. In related news, Lycos just announced they are closing Tripod, which has been providing free hosting for 13 years.

# 8:48 am / aol, archive, eviction, hometown, jason-scott, lycos, tripod

Rules of Database App Aging. Peter Harkins: All fields become optional, all relationships become many-to-many, chatter always expands. This is why document oriented databases such as CouchDB are looking more and more attractive.

# 9:09 am / couchdb, databases, peter-harkins

Apple shows us DRM’s true colors. The EFF reviews the various places that Apple still applies DRM (including locking iPhones to carriers, licensing authentication chips for iPod accessory vendors, preventing OS X from loading on generic PCs) and concludes that “the majority of these DRM efforts do not have even an arguable relation to ’piracy.’”

# 10:16 am / apple, drm, eff, iphone, ipod, osx, piracy