Value America finally crawled into a hole and died. Thank God.

So, Value America has finally gone under. It’s about damned time. I’ve been a vocal opponent of Value America since shortly after they started, I don’t mind saying. They came into our town waving an “IPO” banner and I watched sucker after sucker line up and empty out their wallets. I had quite a few …

Get Antivore and be secure from FBI snooping.

My friend Sean and his company, ChainMail, are in Wired today. They’ve launched their secure e-mail app, Mithril, and re-branded it as Antivore. (Get it? The antidote to the FBI’s Carnivore?) These guys been working for ages on Antivore, and I gather it’s pretty damned incredible. They’ve released it as an open-source program, which is …

Went to the COPA Commission hearing. Here’s what I saw.

I spent yesterday in Richmond (motto: “Armpit of Virginia”) at the morning’s sessions for the COPA Commission. The hearings are actually still going on today, for a total of a day and a half of testimony and eight panels. Because I have to work, I could only go for the first two panels, "Client Side …

I don’t speak Estonian, but

I don’t speak Estonian, but it’s clear that I’m somebody’s hero. The acceptance standards don’t look too tough, and I know that I’ve certainly done nothing heroic, but it’s still nice. I don’t think that I’ve ever been considered a hero by anybody.

There’s an essay up at

There’s an essay up at Freshmeat by David Burley from Marblehorse that’s a result of a comment that I made in response to a previous essay, Jacob Moorman’s "The Importance of Non-Developer Supporters in Free Software." Burley’s essay, "Inroads to Free Software Development," is about the challenges of non-developers getting involved with free software. Although …