I am very pleased to report that DRWHOremixer’s YouTube account was
taken down by YouTube; his channel and all his videos were removed.
My sincere thanks to everyone who got the word out about this, and
to YouTube for doing the right thing here and not allowing the
brazen theft of the work of others. It seems things like this do
work out sometimes after all.
Just as I thought the “theft of Whomix remixes” situation was
drawing to a close, it seems that things are not so simple. An
anonymous commenter left me the following message on my original
Youtube hasn’t taken the channel down. DRWHOremixer has just hidden
Without even digging any deeper, this rang true. After making no
progress for over a week, I was not expecting a resolution to this.
The way it finally came about seemed odd to me. The timing, the
silence. I’m not sure it would have played out differently even if
it were legitimate, but it all just felt off. Like it was too
Another comment followed a few hours later:
My name is Matthew Haines, of YouTube Legal Support. I was
notified of this theft of music from the Whomix website, and I
thought that I would personally announce that DRWHOremixer’s videos
have been removed and their account has been terminated and
permanently blocked from using YouTube.
After receiving this comment, the situation got even stranger in my
mind. Someone from YouTube reaching out to me via a public comment
on my website? That seemed like a highly unusual development.
Surely the people at YouTube have better things to do than take
part in public discussion like this. They probably aren’t even
allowed to do so, let alone having the time or inclination.
the poster had a seemingly legitimate @youtube.com email address.
So I decided to do a test. I sent an email to the address thanking
him for his help in the matter. The email immediately bounced back:
Recipient address rejected: User unknown in local recipient table
So much for that. I then dug a little deeper and found that both of
the comments came from the same IP address, which I am going to
share here to disclose as much information as possible.
The IP address is 126.96.36.199.
This IP address is from New South Wales, Australia. (DRWHOremixer’s profile listed Australia as his location.)
The first comment came from email address email@example.com (obviously fake).
The second came from email address firstname.lastname@example.org (also confirmed fake).
So this situation has not been resolved as cleanly as I’d hoped. I
haven’t had time to go any further with this yet, but I would be
willing to bet that the above commenter is either DRWHOremixer
themselves or an associate of theirs, trying to clear their
name.I’m not sure the situation warrants any further digging, as
long as the account and videos stay down. But if this is
DRWHOremixer, surely there is a better way of going about doing
this than all the deception and lies. I’m not sure what the goal of
this deception is. Playing for sympathy? I doubt that will work
considering the theft in the first place.
My advice to DRWHOremixer
is simple. Just own up and take responsibility. Same outcome, but
with a clearer conscience and having been a better person for it. I
and others will respect you more for admitting that you made a
mistake and owning up to it than just lurking quietly and
pretending YouTube took you down.
A friend at work has generously allowed me to play with his new 11”
MacBook Air for a bit. I’ve played with one at the Apple Store
before, but this is my first time really sitting down with one for
To be honest, I don’t think I like it as much as I thought
I would. I love the weight, but I actually have a problem that I
never thought I would have: I don’t like the size. It’s too small.
I think I might actually opt for the 13” instead.
It’s not the
keyboard; it’s the overall machine. There isn’t enough space around
the keyboard to make typing feel comfortable. The keyboard isn’t
cramped, but the machine is. And I think the screen resolution is
The speakers are also really tinny (but it’s
silly of me to expect anything more). Startup is blazing fast,
So. Thoughts? It’ll be “my new laptop.” It’ll be tasked with
doing everything I expect a Mac OS X machine to do. Is that a job
for an 11” MacBook Air? Or should I move up to the 13” model?
I think full screen apps will be one of the unsung heroes of Lion.
I’ve used them more and more, even on my 27” iMac, and while there
are some apps that might be useful on smaller screens but less so
on a 27” display (Safari, Mail, etc.), there are other things that
just seem born to make full use of the display regardless of what
size it is (iPhoto, iTunes, etc.).
Another big one is Logic. I’ve
run Lion since it was available, and the one app I’ve hoped would
integrate full screen support has been Logic. Somehow, without me
noticing, that little full screen button appeared in the upper
right of my Logic window (it must have been Logic 9.1.4). I’ve used
it in full screen mode and it’s exactly what I’ve always dreamt of.
On a 27” display, it’s just perfect. Flipping back and forth
between my normal desktop and Logic is really what I’ve always
wanted, and I had a jury-rigged solution on Leopard and Snow
Leopard to do this (a dedicated Space for Logic). Now the time has
come where I can truly give Logic its own fully dedicated
workspace, and it’s better for focusing and remaining “in the
just opened Dreamweaver CS5.5, and I literally got chills. Do
people actually pay money for this, let alone use it to design
modern websites? When was the last time it changed?
UPDATE: I visited Adobe’s Dreamweaver page, but I couldn’t
figure out what they were trying to say because half of it was in
Flash. I think Adobe needs to pull their heads out of their asses
and bring their software into this decade (or in some cases, this
millennium). They have some great software (Audition and Premiere,
for example), but some of it looks like it came from Mac OS 9. By a
12-year-old. Even their flagship, Photoshop, still looks like ass.
(Can’t speak for Windows, but certainly on Mac OS X.)
Color me impressed. Following my lash-out at Adobe over the UI in some of its CS apps (Dreamweaver and Photoshop in particular), I was contacted on
Twitter by Adobe’s Dreamweaver account and asked for my input.
@dannystewart What about DW and PS do you think looks outdated? Any
specific suggestions to improve? (cc @jtranber)
Let me just state for the record that I didn’t mean to be so harsh
in my initial comment. It’s so much easier to treat Adobe as a big
faceless corporation than to recognize that people actually make
these products, but that’s no excuse to actually do so.I would like
to lay out my response here, for readability, and to justify myself
a bit further.
Hi. First, thanks for reaching out, and apologies if I was
unnecessarily harsh with my comment.Hard for me to cover in tweets.
DW: Aqua in the UI, imitation buttons/controls (non-native), text
alignment. Gives it a feel of a very ancient (OS 9 era) Carbon port
instead of a slick modern app. Example in PS: In tool palette, look
at selected tool. That outline & the gradient behind it. Looks
outdated. It’s so hard for me to cite specific things when the
entire UI feels old. Not trying to be harsh. CS needs facelift. You
guys are supposed to be the kings of the industry. In power, you
are. But in UI, everything feels so contrived. It feels like
everything is being built on top of 15-year-old code. I know it is,
but it shouldn’t look/feel that way. Things are still aliased in the
UI. I know fonts and icons are small, but everything should be
smooth/antialiased. RGB sliders, for example, feel like old UI.
Certain buttons, folder icons, pulldown triangles misaligned. UI
needs to be complex, but don’t reinvent the wheel. Look at modern
Mac apps. Acorn, Pixelmator, Espresso, CSSEdit. They’re not as
powerful as CS apps, but they feel ten times simpler. Fewer things
on screen, subtle UI animations. I don’t expect all of this, just
kind of flowing from one idea to another. Sorry for flooding. In
closing, your apps are supremely powerful, but are islands in a sea
of UI guidelines. I would be super excited to see CS6 focus more on
a UI refinement (and not just change for the sake of change). You
guys already have virtually every feature imaginable under the sun.
Don’t just pile on; refine. My two cents. Hope a bit of that was of
assistance to you. I’m an Apple fan, but I want Adobe to ship great
pro software! Thanks!!!