Budget. Count the cost, probably somewhere between $200 for a low budget to $2,000 for a high budget. If several folks are putting on the party, you can split the cost. Remember, you will need to account for the rental hall, food, decorations, invitations, gifts and music. Included in the following are some great ideas to keep the costs down if you're on a limited budget. Location. To keep the party personal and intimate, hold it at your home (or someone else's). A home accommodates up to 100 guests, and remember, you'll have to clean the house first. For more than 100 guests, consider renting a hall. The cost usually includes a rental fee, a deposit, plus insurance. Check your Chamber of Commerce or visitor bureau to find event facilities. Guests. Do you want to invite family? Friends and neighbors? The work crowd or your clients? Or maybe all of the above? Do you want to offer a kid friendly environment or will it be adults only? Be sure to specify on the invitation. And remember that only about half or one third of invitees will show up. They have many other holiday events vying for their attention around this time of year! Day The best times for Christmas parties are weekday evenings after 6pm and weekends after 3pm. Don't cut it too close to Christmas Day and remember that many event facilities are booked months in advance. Invitations. Don't depend on email, phone calls, or word of mouth. Send invitations in the mail, and use a Christmas stamp. You can send simple invitations or you can print on fancy holiday themed paper, available from PaperDirect or your nearest office supply store. If you prefer personalized imprinted invitations, have them printed at your local stationery store or order online. Remember to order at least a month in advance, to allow for customized printing. Food. Everyone will be looking forward to the food! A low cost idea is to order appetizers from your local deli. 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A KITTEN ISN'T ALWAYS WHERE IT'S AT Many people don't think through the consequences of adopting a kitten, or of taking one or two kittens from the litter a friend is trying to get rid of, or bringing into your home one left on your doorstep. Here are a few questions you should ask yourself before you adopt a kitten: 1. Taking care of themselves. Kittens are pretty marginal in being able to take care of themselves, especially when it comes to using a litter box. Do you have time to house train your kitten? 2. Young children. Do you have young children in the house? A child of 2 or 3 may inadvertently kill a kitten. Older children need to be taught how to play with them and need to be closely supervised. 3. Other pets. Are you bringing a kitten home to a household with other, older pets? Make certain you have the time to spend introducing and acclimating your pets to the kitten (and vice versa) 4. House dangers. Is there anything dangerous in your house that could harm a kitten? 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Because the CueCats came only with Windows software, Linux users were soon writing their own drivers so they also could use the device. Decoding the algorithm used by the CueCat to scan bar codes turned out to be fairly simple, so soon there were a number of CueCat drivers posted on the Web. Not surprisingly, most users bypassed the step of sending the scan information through Digital Convergence transaction engine. As a result, most users quickly received a letter from Digital Convergence law firm. The letters were virtually identical and menacingly vague. Recipients were informed that services or information posted at a particular URL were deemed in violation of Digital Convergence intellectual property rights and they be held liable for any harm the company suffered as a result, including "any infringement which [the recipient] induces others to perform." Needless to say, the sentiments expressed by the lawyer letter rubbed the open sourcers the wrong way. "Someone hands me a free piece of hardware but doesn provide software I can use with it what am I supposed to do asks one outraged recipient of the letter. "If they can do this, they can ban reverse engineering of any type." Attempts to get more information from Digital Convergence law firm proved futile, although in a few cases it did produce a second letter that was just as threatening and just as vague as the first. Ultimately, a number of the Linux developers decided that discretion was the better part of valor and chose to remove the drivers from their Web sites. "As much as I like to fight it, this [driver] isn really part of our business and I can justify the risk." For its part, Digital Convergence officials say they had to take these steps to protect their investment. "We don care if they write their own software. It when they redistribute that software over the Internet that we have a problem," says Doug Davis, CTO of Digital Convergence. "If they looking at a database across the Internet and they aren going through our transaction engine, they are using our intellectual property to go into competition with us." Davis adds that Digital Convergence is selling a limited development license for $20 that will allow developers to write noninfringing drivers that employ the company transaction engine. This isn a simple situation. Digital Convergence has spent a lot of money giving users a product they might find useful. One can question Digital Convergence tactics, and maybe business model, but shouldn the company at least be able to keep others from taking advantage of the CueCats to compete with it You think those who like free software would want to encourage a company that giving away free hardware. It clear that the Linux users are right when they say Digital Convergence is stretching far beyond any established law with its intellectual property claims. And they are right to feel that a very fundamental principle for them is at stake if hardware vendors can sic lawyers on anyone writing the wrong type of software for their devices. The problem here is how this case is being resolved. Important public policies are at stake, but no one will get his or her day in court. Lawyers writing intimidating letters is nothing new. But new intellectual property laws are giving well financed companies a hammer they never had before. And as we see next week, it more than reverse engineering that is threatened by the new protocols of IP. By Janelle Brown Sept. 14, 2000 The Secure Digital Music Initiative (SDMI), two years in the making, is a system being created by a coalition of record and technology companies to prevent online piracy of digital music. Using a standardized watermarking and tracking system, SDMI will keep an eye on what you listening to and prevent you from transferring any naughty MP3s anywhere the music industry doesn think they should go. It is, in other words, a kind of system that is antithetical to that old tenet that "information wants to be free." So it should be of little surprise that SDMI invitation to hackers to chip in and help hasn piqued the interest of the geek community. The "Hack SDMI" challenge is an open invitation to the geek community to "attack the proposed technologies. Crack them." The challenge officially begins Friday, but news of it has been making the rounds since last week, when SDMI chairman Leonardo Chiariglione posted an open letter offering any hacker who can successfully break into a piece of content that is protected by an SDMI watermark a chance not only to win up to $10,000 but to "play a role in determining what technology SDMI will adopt." So far, the response to this open challenge has been, well, eerily quiet; there not even a link on the always opinionated Slashdot. I won do your dirty work for you . First of all, he says, the amount of money SDMI is offering for the hackers time and expertise is laughably inadequate. Corporations pay dearly for this kind of knowledge these days; as he puts it, "$10,000 is chump change for anyone who knows anything about encryption or reverse engineering." Therefore, the kinds of people who will be drawn to the contest will probably be less experienced hackers who won be able to meet the challenge. ploy: "They are going to run the hack SDMI challenge and at the end they put out a press release saying no one hacked SDMI, therefore it secure. All hail SDMI." Marti says he doesn plan to pirate music, but he also opposed to offering assistance to a system that wants to put new limits on where and how you can listen to music you already own. "It relies on an extraordinarily dangerous doctrine called client in trusted client, your own devices, your computer or stereo, spy on you. It not a good idea to own a device that a black box that you aren allowed to open but which is allowed to watch you." Marti says that the response to his editorial has been terrific, and that while he received lots of e mail agreeing with him about SDMI cluelessness, he has yet to hear from anyone who plans to participate in SDMI challenge. And what did SDMI think of his response Salon calls to SDMI press office went unreturned. 14, 2000 . 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Bill Baarsma, former mayor of Tacoma Michael Sullivan, UW Tacoma history instructor Lyle Quasim, co chair, Tacoma Pierce County Black Collective Lyz Kurnitz Thurlow, Tacoma Pierce County League of Women Voters 1st Vice President John Ladenburg, former Tacoma city council member and former Pierce County Executive The event is sponsored by the Urban Studies Program at UW Tacoma, the Center for the Study of Community and Society, and the Center for Leadership and Social Responsibility. Ali Modarres, Director of Urban Studies at UW Tacoma, makes the following comments on the value of universities like UW Tacoma holding public discussions of major civic activities: City Charters are akin to the constitution of a city. They allow the governing bodies and citizens to come to an agreement regarding governance and procedures for the structure of decision making and delivery of urban services. As such, they are important documents that allow all of us to define and refine how a city is run. Tacoma has the exciting opportunity to revisit and potentially revise its charter. Urban serving universities, such as UW Tacoma, see it as their responsibility to act as neutral spaces for community dialogues on important issues. Given that city charter revisions rarely attract a lot of attention from citizens, in March, we began a conversation regarding hosting a community event on our campus that would allow interested citizens to participate in a dialogue regarding the upcoming charter revision. We at UW Tacoma value the role that we can play in bringing a productive political discourse to campus and availing our students with an educational opportunity to learn about an important issue like charter reform. As such, we hope to have residents, students, and faculty members at this event, engaging in a fruitful conversation about what city charters are, why cities frequently revisit them, and what these revisions might mean to all of us.
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