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anti DRM update 2
I have been research the issues DRM, copyright, and content in the digital age. Essentially I am writing a term paper after a 25 year hiatus. YUCK! Other than grammar, the rules we were taught for the structure and form sure make the paper seem so stiff. Thus, I opted to focus ti more as a researched blog than a true "paper". Currently I am just slopping down my thought in a somewhat organized form. I hesitate to call it a first draft, as it is a little too disorganized. Maybe an alpha, definitely not a beta yet.
In trying to be organized, I checked out three organizational products. Circus Ponies' Notebook, Evernote, and Yojimbo. I opted for Notebook. The metaphor of a spiral notebook seemed a little more comfortable. I didn't really need the online everywhereness of the other two. It does make it easy to grab clip from the web, but that goes for the other two as well. As an aside, while cleaning the garage and found the package from a medical school paper with snips on paper glued on a page as an outline.
I am using Pages for the writing. The iWork.com works well to share. The recipients can mark it up with notes. Updates get pushed to them live. They can choose the download format they want. iWork 09 makes exporting to another format much easier than my last version (i think I skipped a revision).
The arguments why we physicians want DRM removed for journal is the easy part. Convincing the board of the Society of Interventional Radiology maybe a little more difficult. The tough part is that a representative from the publisher will be there. And it happens to be Elsevier, you know the ones that caught making up shame peer review journals to shill for big pharma, twice. Should be fun
Overall, it has been interesting. T-minus 5 weeks till the meeting.