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!
I have some tangential thoughts on the article: Pay TV as we know it will be dead by 2025, and this is how it will happen
First, I agree with Spacey’s statement: “So you have this incredible confluence of a medium coming into its own just as the technology for that medium is drastically shifting. Studios and networks who ignore either shift will be left behind.” Continue reading
So many replies and comments on here and elsewhere! I can’t read or respond to all of them yet but I will. Just want to say that building software and services that’s loved by so many is what an entrepreneur like me hope for above all else, so Thank You!
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Jason Michael Mills, Programmer (email@example.com, yarp.me)
- Brendan “Spike” Pike, Sys Admin (firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Robin “robbat2″ Johnson, Programmer (email@example.com)
- Patrick Aljord, Programmer (firstname.lastname@example.org, 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.
- 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.
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
First, thanks for all the condolences, friends of the Internet. It means a lot to me that users of my youthful creation (indiscretion?) continues to mean so much to so many after 10 years. isoHunt’s shutdown is a just a casualty in this game of whack-a-mole against the Internet mob. And power to you, Mob. Stay tuned, I may do a Kickstarter or a simple sales of some other creation of mine (photos) that you may want to chip in on. Or not, my photos may suck to the larger photos community. And I’ve never asked for your donation, but what do you think of me starting a Kickstarter sorts for my other future endeavours? Continue reading
I’ve been notified by lawyers that I’m not allowed to comment to the media. And I haven’t. This is my blog; I write about the world, my thoughts, my ideas. And I still believe I live in a world where free speech exists.
Since this particular blog post has apparently been linked from all over the Web, including from various media, here’s a disclaimer: This blog is my thoughts and writings, it is in no way a response to media queries. If you ask me for comments regarding the little judgment with large $$$ that’s been in the news, here’s my comment:
The original post.
For what I’m working on currently: helping launch a clothing line for both isoHunt fans and information freedoms.