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UCCS Programs Ranked Among Best for Public Universities

Looks like UCCS, where I got my MBA, ranked pretty high this year in U.S. News & World Report.

DENVER – The University of Colorado at Boulder remains among the nation’s top public universities for undergraduates—ranking 34th overall—and the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs is among the best public colleges in the West offering bachelor’s and master’s degrees, according to U.S. News & World Report’s 2009 edition of “America’s Best Colleges.”

You can read more here. I personally thought they did a good job of the business of getting me prepared for the real world. The economist professor in their MBA program is phenomenal — worth going to the school just for a one semester in his class.

Browser Wars II — Chrome vs. IE7

Sounds like Google is seeing the IE 7 as a possible threat, or perhaps they see a potential market that has been under-served.

Google Chrome is designed to make it easier and faster to browse the Web, by offering enhanced address-bar features and other elements that are very different from those on other browsers. The product will be open-sourced, meaning others can modify the code, according to the report.

I wonder how much of “search” preference is impacted and influenced by browser choice. With browsers having pre-set search tools, more and more people probably just type in their search queries into the browser search fields — which in turn drives the search ad results.

Google has been working on the product for about two years, but work became more serious when Microsoft launched Internet Explorer 7, the Journal said.

Google release a comic book as part of their launch of the new browser, which is scheduled to go out in over 100 countries tomorrow. There is more on the official Google Blog.

As you may have read in the blogosphere, we hit “send” a bit early on a comic book introducing our new open source browser, Google Chrome. As we believe in access to information for everyone, we’ve now made the comic publicly available — you can find it here. We will be launching the beta version of Google Chrome tomorrow in more than 100 countries.

Great time to be an Indie Recording Artist

Ouch! These RIAA lawsuits against music listeners is just plain abuse of the legal system, and certainly poor public relations. Don’t get me wrong — I don’t condone downloading free music through bit-torrent (file sharing sites are blocked on my computer), but suing some poor guy for backing up his music on his computer is going way to far.

In legal documents in its [RIAA] federal case against Jeffrey Howell, a Scottsdale, Ariz., man who kept a collection of about 2,000 music recordings on his personal computer, the industry maintains that it is illegal for someone who has legally purchased a CD to transfer that music into his computer.

If thats the case, I better get myself a lawyer, because the first thing I do when I get a new CD is to burn it to my computer. I don’t even own a CD player, and I mostly listen to music on my computer while I work.

The net result of all these feeble attempts to sustain an outdated business model is to encourage and strengthen the indie music industry.

Ray Beckerman, a New York lawyer who represents six clients who have been sued by the RIAA, sees it coming.

The RIAA’s legal crusade against its customers is a classic example of an old media company clinging to a business model that has collapsed. Four years of a failed strategy has only “created a whole market of people who specifically look to buy independent goods so as not to deal with the big record companies,” Beckerman says. “Every problem they’re trying to solve is worse now than when they started.”

If there ever was a time to be an independent artist, it is now! Recording gear AND distribution costs are going exponentially down — all it takes is the determination go at it and the talent to stand out from the rest (and sometimes not even that…).

Web 2.0 positive or negative for information available on the internet?

Via email:

In today’s Wall Street Journal “Reply All” section tech heavyweights David Weinberger, author of Everything Is Miscellaneous goes head to head with Andrew Keen, author of The Cult of the Amateur in an intellectual fight for the ages. This battle, which took place through many grueling rounds of emails, debates whether Web 2.0 and the ability for everyone to become a journalist, filmmaker or musician is a positive or negative for information available on the internet.

The full text can be found at WSJ.com or a condensed “highlights” version can be found here.

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