Thursday Feb 18, 2010

Music for the Laptop Generation?

I freely admit to being something of a hi-fi nut (although it's about time I upgraded my old CD player, to something which will handle DVD-A with MLP).

Still, I ripped my first CD to iTunes, this evening. I won't reveal what it is, as that's something of a guilty pleasure (just that it was released in the last 12 months), but I was staggered to discover that it sounds just as good, out of the tiny little speakers of my MacBook Pro, as it does out of my mighty Dali Skyline 2000s, which are driven by monobloced Meridian 557s.

Are artistes now mixing their songs with laptop speakers in mind, or as I approach 40, is my hearing heading into terminal decline?

I'm an Inventor! :-)

Check out the attribution on US Patent 7650501, here :-).

Sun owns the patent (as part of my terms of employment, Sun owns the bits of my brain which think about computing), but mine's one of the three names, on the front page.

Glenn's around and continuing to do good stuff, however, Bart was RIFfed last summer. The patent probably wouldn't have happened, without his significant contribution, and I miss him "being around the place, to talk to".

Still, we continue to shoot the breeze.

There's another patent application which appears to have fallen down an administrative crack, which Glenn is chasing up. Here's hoping it lands; given that 7650501 did, I think the other one also deserves to.

FWIW, there was considerable brinksmanship, around the submission of what became 7650501; I went to California a few days in advance of our expected presentation of this stuff at RSA 2005, and with the assistance of Glenn and Bart on the 'phone, literally spent the two days prior to RSA's opening, with our patent lawyers; we submitted, literally the day before we presented our invention to the world :-).

Naturally, huge kudos to Bart and Glenn. We wouldn't have landed the patent grant, without one huge team effort.

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