It is a journey that has been in the works for more than two years and was spearheaded by an independent group of volunteers within Microsoft​ and a long list of external volunteers whom have forked our beloved Windows Live Writer to Open Live Writer (OLW).

Source: Microsoft’s popular blogging tool Windows Live Writer is now open source | Microsoft content from SuperSite for Windows

Outside of Emacs (and maybe VI) this was the best blogging tool. I’m happy it’s going OSS.

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The new reality, in a post “Safe Haven” world and more specifically a world where politicians & police clamor for back doors, consists of companies moving data and data centers into certain jurisdictions.

I find the data escrow concept an interesting development:

Microsoft officials previously said that they will be operating in the second half of 2016 two new German datacenters, located in Magdeburg and Frankfurt. These datacenters, which will offer users Azure, Office 365 and Dynamics CRM Online, will offer users the option to have their data-access controlled by a trusted third party, not Microsoft. Officials said that access to customer data stored in these new datacenters would be under the control of T-Systems, a Deutsche Telekom subsidiary, that would act as a data trustee.

Source: Microsoft details more on its German datacenter data-access lockdown plan | ZDNet

Let me know your thoughts in the comments!

I don’t often agree with Mark Cuban. When I do …

Billionaire entrepreneur Mark Cuban has criticized the Securities and Exchange Commission for holding up efforts to reform decades-old email privacy laws.
In a letter to members of Congress’ judiciary committees, the startup investor accused the SEC of “bad public policy” by “continuing to lead the charge in objecting to legislation” that would reform existing legislation.
The Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA), signed into law in 1986, currently allows federal agents in the majority of cases to read emails that are older than six months, without needing a warrant signed by a judge.

Source: Mark Cuban slams SEC for blocking email privacy reform effort | ZDNet

That the SEC can impact something with such broad roach outside of their jurisdiction is a topic for debate elsewhere. That Congress keeps trying to change what is arguably a bad law is encouraging.

I don’t know if Mark Cuban should be the flag bearer on this, but I’m happy for the press.

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Making a show in the Show, for sure:

While the Motor City might not be the most filmed location in the nation, it does make an appearance in a myriad of films, including Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, 61*, and Eminem’s 8 Mile. Below, Curbed mapped over 15 films and TV shows that feature Detroit in bright shining lights. You might notice that TV shows and movies like Freaks and Geeks, The Crow, and RoboCop were left off of this map, and that’s because none of them were filmed in the Motor City, despite being set there. Additionally, a few films were left off due to not having any specific addresses found online, such as Evil Dead, which had a few indoor scenes shot in director Sam Raimi’s garage in Royal Oak.

Source: The Ultimate Detroit Movie Map, From Batman to 8 Mile – Curbed Movie Maps – Curbed Detroit

I’m surprised by some of the entries. Sure, I knew about Out of Sight and many others. The Transformers movies are set here? Really?