The Consumer Electronics Association recently moved its Digital Dialogue blog over to a new content management system. That wouldn’t be a news item to me, except that when CEA switched its blog to the same CMS that runs the rest of the site, they elected not to bring over entries older than November.
That means that along with CEA posts going back to the blog’s debut in March 2008, all of my own work there has gone down the bit bucket. (That’s not the first time this kind of link rot has happened; when Discovery News changed CMSes and redid its design in January, my car2go review somehow vanished; they were able to repost it, but not at the same address.) That’s not what I would have done; it’s also not my server.
You can still find most of my CEA contributions through the Internet Archive, but only if you know the original address of each. So I asked the folks at CEA if they’d mind me reposting some of that stuff here–I had to ask because my contract, like too many freelance arrangements, had a “work for hire” clause assigning copyright to them–and they said that would be fine as long as I noted where and when the work first appeared.
I said “some” and not all because I don’t have the time or motivation to rescue 50-plus contributions, not all of that material retains its relevance, and some of it is, you know, not that good. Four I have in mind: a December 2011 post unpacking the odd ritual of granting exemptions to the Digital Millennium Copyright Act’s anti-circumvention clause, an April 2012 rant about how “digital rights management” restrictions in e-books preserve Amazon’s dominance, a June 2012 confession of how I overestimated the appeal of the DVD recorder, and a July 2012 protest against sacrificing compatibility or connectivity to make phones and laptops fractionally smaller or thinner.
But if there are others you’d like to see restored here, please let me know. To help with that, I’ve gathered a more-or-less complete list after the jump of the posts, podcasts and chats I did for CEA, with Internet Archive links when available.
9/12/2011: 3-D TV and 3D Technology
9/19/2011: How Dead is the Disc?
9/26/2011: The Flattening Price of Flash
10/3/2011: Decoding the demo: five sales pitches to doubt
10/11/2011: What’s Next for the Digital Camera?
10/17/2011: PROTECT IP, Latest Reason To Beware of Product Design By Congress
10/18/2011: Podcast featuring gdgt’s Peter Rojas (not the original headline, but I can’t find any record of what that was)
10/25/2011: Happy Tenth Birthday, iPod! Now Please Go Away
10/31/2011: SOPA: Copyright Overreach, Version 2.0
11/8/2011: A Cord-Cutting Toolkit
11/15/2011: Fading Flash And Other Media Missteps
11/21/2011: Gadget-guide Guidance
11/28/2011:TV Screen Sizes: 30 Is The New 20
12/2/2011: Podcast featuring the NPD Group’s Stephen Baker (not the original headline either)
12/27/2011: New Computer? Same Old Setup Issues
1/4/2012: 7 Tech Stories for 2011 and 2012
1/26/2012: Eyeing Your Electronics Recycling Options
1/31/2012: What belongs on your next TV’s app menu?
2/14/2012: Qualms Over QAM
2/22/2012: A Change of Channels on Spectrum Policy
2/29/2012: Big Screens Are For TVs, Not Phones
3/20/2012: Retina displays, 4K TVs push pixel limits
3/28/2012: Sourcing Should Be Part of a Gadget’s Story
4/10/2012: Passpoint: A Recipe for Wider Wi-Fi
4/26/2012: CISPA: What’s the worst that could happen?
5/2/2012: Cordless Charging Awaits A Jump Start
5/11/2012: The Shape Of Wireless To Come
5/17/2012: Talking TVs
5/18/2012: Why You Can Spell LCD “LED”
5/22/2012: Ad Hoc Reactions to ‘Auto Hop’ Ad Skipping
6/6/2012: How DVD Recording Got Paused
6/22/2012: No Soundbar To Mass Adoption
6/28/2012: The Future of Media: Buyers Or Renters?
7/3/2012: Staying Online After a Storm
7/13/2012: What Your Phone Owes Your Next Computer
7/20/2012: Live Chat Today: Travel Talk
7/25/2012: Rethinking the State of Competition
7/27/2012: Your Device Can Be Too Small And Too Thin
8/3/2012: Questions to Clarify Cloud Computing
8/14/2012: Avoid Tech Travel Travails