Many surveys have been conducted on CD sales and decreasing revenues. Some of these surveys are from the RIAA to show their defense. However, a recent study by two professors at two different universities says otherwise. Their claim? Online file sharing hasn’t made much of a dent in slumping sales at all. Has there been any impact in the music industry? Absolutely! But the RIAA’s skewed results want you to believe otherwise.

What does the RIAA want? No online trading and more CD consumption. Is this possible? Absolutely not, nor should these two ideas go hand in hand. Here’s a better idea on what should happen.

So, in despite of many good ideas to implement, our government and other associations continue a tirade of idiocy against consumers.

When I began my pursuit of the domain name www.asuh.com, I didn’t realize that I was too late. Someone else registered the domain and was sitting on it, better defined as a cybersquatter.

I think I first began looking into the domain name back in the year 2000 or so. I was very new to the dot com game and had little idea what it all meant. I always knew that I wanted this domain ever since I graduated high school and became addicted to the Internet. Seriously, what other alias or name better suits me? pensive? shy? music? geek? Although they are all true to my nature, they’re too obvious. I knew the only name that I desired was asuh.

The cybersquatter who wouldn’t let go of the name probably held its title because it might have figured someone like the University of Hawaii might want to buy the domain from them for a nice penny. This was back in that day and time when dot coms were a rage. They were going for tens, hundreds and thousands of dollars. My chances of securing this domain name were nil.

I kept up with this domain, got learn-ed about the Internet, and found out that the domain name was to expire in April of 2002. You better believe that once I found that information out, I was in constant surveillance of the fate of this domain.

January, February passed. No one bought the domain.

March. Still no one. This domain was just sitting there waiting for me to grab it.

The month of April came and I was extremely excited because it looked good. Although, I wasn’t sure if anyone else besides me was also watering at the mouth for this same prize. However, I was assertively checking the expiration.

Two days, one day. Wow, no one had taken it yet. I was just amazed that my chances were increasing by the hour and minute.

Then came the day! I went to go to a place like register.com to swipe that bad boy . . . and it DENIED ME!!! I couldn’t believe it! So now what??

Well, I did the same thing the next day, and the next day, and the next day. Yeah, add this up to about another month and a half. It took me almost 2 months to FINALLY secure my domain name. I was sweating it too because I had to finish the semester out, move back to Houston for the summer, and go to college camp for U.M. A.R.M.Y.. I was super busy.

After an awesome camp, I came back home again noticing that it just wasn’t happening for me. However, a few days later after camp ended, I FINALLY was able to secure asuh.com as mine!!

And the rest is history.

TechTV is being purchased by Comcast!!

For those who haven’t heard of or seen TechTV it’s a station, carried mostly by DirecTV and by some cable companies, which is dedicated to today’s technology. However, in recent years there have been so many changes trying to attract a broad base of people. I don’t think the programming has been that great, although The Screen Savers and Call for Help are my favorities and they satisfy me.

Comcast purchasing TechTV means it’s merging with a station called G4 which airs programs about gaming. I know nothing about G4 but nonetheless, I really hope that this merger helps to rid programs such as Thunderbirds, Unscrewed and Robot Wars. I think these shows are a waste of money and time but that’s just my opinion.

However, the shocker for me was initially finding out Leo Leporte is quitting the show The Screen Savers!! Supposedly, he’s working 7 days a week with two different shows and a radio show so he’s cutting back. What I also read is he’s still going to host Call for Help. So, this is a big change for the station and I hope that they shuffle the program line-up!

UPDATE 4/7/04 Leo has completely left TechTV. Who woulda thunk?