Alan Morris loses his Mojo

One of the most influential people in the history of Australian advertising and popular culture, Alan Morris, has died of cancer.


Morris, half of the Morris and Johnson partnership (MoJo Advertising), created ads like Hogan’s “Shrimp on the barbie”, Meadow Lee’s “You oughta be Congratulated”, Speedo’s “Everybody loves Speedo’s”, Winfield’s “*Anyhow, have a Winfield’s”, QANTAS’s “I still call Australia home” and their most famous, “C’Mon Aussie, C’Mon”.


I mourn his genius ability to grow businesses with distinctive and memorable advertising, and his genuine, profound contribution to Australian culture.

EMI and Apple

It’s fantastic to see EMI and Apple strike a revolutionary agreement which frees up EMI’s content, removing DRM on music for use on any machine, whether iPod or a third party music player.

This big news, as reported by Mac Rumours, is:

  • EMI’s Music will be sold without Digital Rights Management restrictions through iTunes
  • These new songs will be higher quality (256kbps) and sell for $1.29/song individually
  • DRM-Restricted songs at the lower quality settings (128kbps) will still be sold for $.99
  • Albums will be in the new higher quality/DRM-less format but remain at the same price.

Great stuff! If there’s one thing which has made me reluctant to buy from Apple’s iTunes Music Store, it’s the low bitrate in which they provide the tracks. The record companies deliberately restricted the bitrate because they felt it would drive people to “upgrade” to a CD, which naturally is at a much higher quality than a 128kbps file. Instead of driving people to buying CDs, it drove them to download the music illegally instead – as the physical products are poorly distributed, with music available in only a few shops with limited opening hours, whereas downloads can happen on any connected device at any time! However, now that music will be available at 256kbps and in AAC format, it is the equivalent sound quality to CD – my prediction is legal downloads will skyrocket.

The CD is dead, long live Apple! Must go, I’m off to buy Blur’s “Best Of” in high quality AAC format!

Blogging Code of Conduct?

…would be a silly idea. The internet has always been an open place, the product of its users. A code of conduct is a waste of time, a limitation. In the early days of the net (and before that, the days of suburban BBSs) there were certain protocols/etiquettes – “netiquettes” you had to adhere to. From memory (and please feel free to add more if you can remember them) they were – in no particular order:

  • Don’t waste bandwidth – if someone writes a big long important email, don’t respond with “cool” – it’s unecessary. Respond properly or don’t respond at all.
  • Remember the human – if you’re going to bag someone on a Usenet/Newsgroup ) or now a Blog, remember that there is a person behind the pseudonym/alias or their real name.
  • DON’T SHOUT! Capitals are loud and rude.
  • CAPITALS for shouting, *asterix* for italics or emphasis.
  • Remember that in normal conversation, facial expressions and vocal tones can change our preceptions – when writing emails or posting on a USENET group, use smileys to reflect the tone 😉
  • Be conservative in what you send and liberal in what you receive – self explanatory
  • If a message, email or post is over 100 lines (remember the thing abotu conserving bandwidth, it’s good to put (LONG) in the subject line

What has changed? These netiquettes are relevant, even if they were developed in those early, nascent days of the net.