Saturday, November 15, 2003
Friday, November 14, 2003
FILE SHARER'S BEWARE
Word is going around that the MPAA is doing some electronica data gathering on file sharers using such P2P applications as Kaaza. Could it be that the film organization is preparing it's own terror campaign after seeing the success the RIAA are having with their jihad?
Inquiring minds want to know.
FRIDAY MORNING LITE
THIS DAY IN APOLLO HISTORY - APOLLO 12 SLIPPED THE SURLEY BONDS OF EARTH TO TOUCH THE FACE OF THE OCEAN OF STORMS. PETE CONRAD, ALAN BEAN, AND RICHARD GORDON BECAME THE SECOND MANNED LUNAR MISSION TO LAND A MAN TO THE MOON AND RETURN HIM SAFELY TO THE EARTH.
FIVE REASONS ...
... NOT to buy the iPod? Do tell.
Meanwhile, SLASHDOT reports that iTunes for Windows is breaking first generation iPods (5GB hard drives). The stink of it is, according to discussions on Apple's own boards, Apple refuses to support older iPods used on a PC, EVEN THOUGH IT WAS THEIR SOFTWARE THAT BROKE THEM.
No soup for you, Steve.
MUSIC CITY USA
CNet buys MP3.com
Meanwhile, an idependent software maker has created a new utility which uses iTunes to download and share MP3s. Called "MYTUNES," it enables users to bypass the stream-sharing capability of iTunes playlists and actually file-share. But LeoVille is of the opine that this is another hack of iTunes copy protection, and, is thus, PIRACY.
SPAM, WONDERFUL SPAM
Spammers are moving into other areas in their quest to annoy the population on every conceivable media. Now they are sending their crap to you via text messaging on your cellphone, instant messagers, even posting in comment areas on blogs.
COMING SOON TO A GAMEBOY NEAR YOU
Gary Kasparov is in a "virtual" deadlock against yet another digital opponent. Man, how lonely is it when the only challenger to your mad chess skillz is a P4?
Thursday, November 13, 2003
AFTER A MUCH NEEDED DAY OFF, WE'RE BACK.
HERE ARE THURSDAY'S COOL TECH STORIES:
SO LONG, FAREWELL, AFEDERZEIN, GOODNIGHT
Will CDs go the way of the 8-Track in 5 years? Ananova thinks so.
Nokia's N-Gage has been hacked, and the games are being shared over the internet.
The $11 Ritz Disposable DIGITAL Camera has also been hacked as some genius teen with a computer figured out how to get the images off the camera without thrashing it or sending it in.
THERE IS NO BLACK IPOD
According to THE GIZ, Apple issued a photo of a backlit iPod in order to show off the features of it's display. Now a magazine has created a buzz about it and you can be that everyone thinks a new BLACK iPod is on the way and WANTS ONE! That's a happy problem for Mr. Jobs.
WI-FI: THE NEXT GENERATION
WiFi revolutionized computing. Now 802.15.3a UWB will take it to new heights. UWB: ultrawideband, low-power wireless data networks will allow for speeds of up to 400 megs a second. YIKES! The only thing holding it back appears to be a brewing "standards" war. When, oh when will the tech companies learn?!
As if college wasn't hard enough without "playtism." Students who share their iTunes playlists are being "shunned" because of their music tastes!
SHARE A MOVIE, GO TO JAIL
There's a bill making it's way through Congress which will make it a crime, punishable by up to 3 years in prison, for sharing a movie online before it's released in theaters. And if you actually record it on a camcorder in the theater? You're lookin' at losing 5 years of your life. The bill is sponsored by Senator Dianne Feinstein who got more than a cool QUARTER MILLION from Hollywood this year.
Meanwhile, Kazaa is selling a movie via P2P.
The New Scientist reports that SURROUND SOUND can now be accomplished with just ONE speaker! Sweet.
YOUR TAX DOLLARS AT WORK
The Department of Energy has to spend nearly 2 MILLION of America's tax dollars to replace locks at one of it's high security Nuke labs because an employee lost their keys!
ONLY IN THE MOVIES
Here's a list of 20 things which only happen in the movies.
Tuesday, November 11, 2003
IF IT'S TUESDAY, THIS MUST BE CYBERSPACE
HONEY, SHE MEANT NOTHING TO ME
There's a big debate going on about whether having an "internet affair" is really cheating. Some think that since there's no sex or touching, it isn't.
Well, it doesn't really matter what you think. It matters what your spouse thinks. And I know my wife well enough to know that if I would rather spend time in a relationship with someone else whether online or not - whether it's sex, cybersex or no sex - it's CHEATING.
MEMO TO INCREDIFIND: HIJACK THIS
If you're web browser has been hijacked, download and use this application.
IT'S THE MOST WONDERFUL SPAM OF THE YEAR
Just in time for the Christmas - holiday-themed spam.
BLOW OUT THE CANDLES AND CRASH THE HARD DRIVE
The first computer virus turned 20 yesterday.
YOU'VE GOT MAIL - FROM THE GRAVE?
The latest "fad" is a service which will send emails to your friends and family after you die. Yeah, like that's a good idea.
IT'S A MAN'S ECOM WORLD
According to a recent e-commerce study, men are more likely to buy online - and buy BIG.
LIGHTS, CELLPHONE, ACTION!
Samsung introduces the SPH-V4300 Cellphone/videocam/mp3player. A cellphone which can "record and edit" up to 2 hours of video and store over 30 mp3 files.
Meanwhile, The Giz reports on the world's first cellphone/camera with AUTOFOCUS!
Your calls still drop, though.
Apple has released an update to Panther. It fixes the external firewire drive erasing issue and some "security updates."
COOL SITE OF THE WEEK:
Monday, November 10, 2003
SPAM, WONDERFUL SPAM
A slieu of SPAM stories today:
Steve Linford of The Spamhaus Anti Spam Project is doing the lord's work ... even if it seems to be a losing battle.
Coming soon to a cellphone near you ... SPAM ... AND TELEMARKETERS! (which, if you think about it is really evil considering a call is on YOUR dime, not theirs!
Blacklisting SPAM sites can catch legit websites in the crossfire. Are they just collateral damage in the war on SPAM?
You router could start spamming you.
NEWTON II - THIS TIME, IT'S PERSONAL?
Now that they've worked the bugs out of the software, Apple may be on the verge of reintroducing the Apple Newton PDA (the world's first).
JUST IN TIME FOR CHRISTMAS
With online services like iTunes and eBay now offering gift certificates for online purchases, there's now no excuse!
Meanwhile, Time Magazine calls iTunes Music Store the "Coolest Invention of 2003."
SAY HELLO TO VPOD? or WOULD THAT BE VIDEOMAN?
Sony has beaten Apple to the punch and come up with a slick, new Handheld Personal Video Recorder which downloads flicks via USB 2.0.
LEGIT DOWNLOAD PRIMER
ehomeupgrade has a great download primer and roundup of all the legit music download services.
ROCKIN' THE VOTE, EH
Ontario, Canada is touting the world's first internet election. And you thought Florida was a mess.