Month: September 2000
From today’s PRNewswire press release from Macromedia: “Macromedia, Inc. today announced it has filed counterclaims in the U.S. District Court for the District of Delaware against Adobe Systems, Inc. for infringement of several Macromedia patents. This action was taken in direct response to Adobe’s initiation of a lawsuit against Macromedia for allegedly infringing two Adobe patents.”
What’s stupid about this is that a pair of patents, Nos. 5,151,998 and 5,204,969, “relate to visually displaying and editing sound waveforms and are infringed by its Adobe Premiere product.”
I seem to recall that there’s some significant prior art here, and that in fact the Sound-Droid, developed at Lucas Arts subsidiary, Droid Works, was the first ever digital audio editing workstation (DAW) which had the capability of displaying audio waveforms.
Sonic Solutions co-founders Andy Moorer and Bob Doris, Matthew Wood (still at Lucas), Craig Birkmaier, and others developed the Sound-Droid at least as early as 1990. Sonic Solutions was later the first company to make a business of selling high-end Macintosh-based DAWs which allowed people to edit audio graphically in a waveform view.
Poor Jake — see how quickly the Alienized Lemonade has emptied his brainpan and taken control!!! mwuahahahaha!!! >:]
Jake’s Brainpan is out of control!
Jake’s Brainpan has been set up like this for some time, but I hadn’t told anyone until now. Anybody can post a news item to my homepage. Now there’s a link on the right-hand side of every page on Jake’s Brainpan: Post to Homepage. Of course, I reserve the right to final approval.
You have to be a member, so if you aren’t already, go ahead and sign up!
“ATHENS, Greece — Twenty-five people died and more than 60 went missing after a Greek ferry with 511 aboard ran aground and sank off the Aegean island of Paros late on Tuesday.
“The merchant marine ministry said more than 350 people were quickly rescued and taken to ashore by coast guard, trawlers, pleasure craft and fishing boats after the Express Samina ferry foundered in strong winds.”