Google wants to protect your privacy? That’s full of schit.

Google is Watching.

In Google and encryption: why true user privacy is Google’s biggest enemy, a gem of a quote from Vint Cerf at Google:

we couldn’t run our system if everything in it were encrypted because then we wouldn’t know which ads to show you. So this is a system that was designed around a particular business model.

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Viva 10.23′s Kickstarter is failing

isoHurt: 10 Years in Remembrance, black t-shirt

I won’t lie about it. Our Kickstarter is failing, funding from backers have plateaued. Kickstarter is as much a fundraiser tool as it is a market validation tool, so I ask, is there simply no interest in our idea of using fashion as a form of silent protest for political issues? Or is issue with me, that I’ve lost people’s trust, as people said in comments on TorrentFreak? If it’s the latter, I want to reiterate that I haven’t done anything in my time on isoHunt that justifies this perceived betrayal of trust, and this apathy, fragmentation and distrust within the file sharing community is most frustrating. This isn’t even about “piracy” or copyright, but speaking on any issue we can care about. Namely with our initial round of designs, media democracy and Internet freedoms.

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Logo designs for VIVA 10.23

UPDATE: Designs are up on Prefundia

Here’s an unofficial Kickstart to a clothing line my friend Clifford has been working on. First, a name, a brand that’s a message in itself. I don’t want to start “just another clothing brand”, after my close to 11 years with isoHunt. I want to do something that resonates to people’s loss of Freedom. The Freedom to share, the Freedom to create, the Freedom to not be spied on. The loss of isoHunt, a tool to search and to share culture, is timely with the governments’ erosion of freedoms and privacy. So, our name must convey this theme.

The name we are settling on is Viva 10.23. The logo design carries a theme of progress, of freedom. Bonus points if you can decipher the meaning of the name going with the design. Thoughts are very much welcomed if you are into graphic design!

Viva 10.23 logo under bar
Viva 10.23 logo under bar

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Bowing out from isoHunt

For the first year or 2 since its inception in Jan. 2003, isoHunt.com was my hobby. But it certainly couldn’t be the world-class search engine it is today without these awesome staff at isoHunt Inc. that made it possible. Some of us will be unemployed soon, and would appreciate a new job worthy of our talents.

Here are the closing credits. Queue scrolling text and sad music:

  • Allen “Chip” Parker, Sys Admin (infowolfe@gmail.com)
  • Jason Michael Mills, Programmer (jason@yarp.me, yarp.me)
  • Brendan “Spike” Pike, Sys Admin (spike@spykes.net)
  • Robin “robbat2″ Johnson, Programmer (robbat2@gentoo.org)
  • Patrick Aljord, Programmer (patcito@gmail.com, shapado.com)
  • Chris “Tan” Tan, Programmer (nohuck.com)
  • Andy Koch
  • Daniel Kuehn, Sys Admin (dataaturservice.se)
  • Gary Fung, Janitor (this blog, Reddit AMAA)

These are not all the staff, there are those who chose not to be included. And maybe the most unsung heroes who’s been volunteering their time, is isoHunt’s community moderators. The forums and spam on isoHunt would be a mess without you guys.

And here’s a sneak peak of what I’m working on next. As the Terminator says,

I’ll be backkk.

Stay Hungry, Stay Foolish friends.

Some interesting articles

  • Techdirt: IsoHunt Agrees To Shut Down And ‘Pay’ $110 Million, and thoughts
  • Maclean’s: B.C. file-sharing website IsoHunt to pay Hollywood $110 million
  • BBC: Piracy site IsoHunt to shut down and pay $110m
  • The Register: Torrent site isoHunt to close
  • PolicyMic: Why IsoHunt’s Shut Down Won’t Affect the Movie Industry
  • Victoria News: You Win, Hollywood: Vancouver’s Gary Fung forced to shut down Isohunt
  • Reddit: BitTorrent site IsoHunt will shut down, pay MPAA $110 million (3687+ comments)

Disclaimer: These are links to news out there, not my comments. Thank you Hollywood for making me second guess my free speech.

Hello, Brave New World (original)

It’s sad to see my baby go. But I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, and I have remained faithful. 10.5 years of isoHunt has been a long journey by any business definition, and forever in Internet startup time. It started as a programming hobby in my university days that has become so, so much more. It’s been a learning experience beyond what I imagined. I’ve done the best I could pushing the social benefits of BitTorrent and file sharing, the searching and sharing of culture itself, but it’s time for me to move on to new software ideas and projects. Continue reading