Archive for the 'ipod' Category



20
Jun
08

Telstra to offer iPhone – Australian plan prices revealed?

iphone plans in australiaI am thinking that for sure Telstra is going to have the iPhone now. I have read news reports that Telstra were struggling with Apple about wanting their own applications on the iPhone and not the standard ones that all iPhones have.

And costs for the Australian iPhone , no one is saying but…. I have a little information by way of a survey emailed to me. I have screenshots of the survey, not all questions but the most revealing ones. At first I didn’t know it was Telstra in the survey but guessed by the questions (asking about Yellow pages on the iPhone…) – and the last screen said the survey was for Telstra.

Notice the price mentioned – $220 plus $80 per month, no mention of data included and no questions about data at all so who knows what you get for $80 per month. It did also ask what the maximum I would expect to pay.

Anyway this looks like the first hint at plan prices from an Australian carrier for the iPhone.

 

 

iphone australia plans

13
Jun
08

Charge your iPod with an Onion

I was just surfing around trying to find some little science project for my young son to do at school and came across this youtube vid on how to charge your Apple  iPod with just an onion and some gatorade, of all things.

Amazing! I’ll have to try this myself now.

28
Jan
08

FairUse4WM replacement FreeMe2

anti-drmI have posted plenty of times about FairUse4WM, the tool to take protection off Windows Media files – both video and audio files. Well, I have been slacking off and there seems to be a newer version of this tool – I guess not a new version but a completely different tool .. and it is open source so updates should flow through more often.

The tools name is FreeMe2 and it seems to do the same job as FairUse4WM plus it has the ability to unprotect streaming media as well (I didn’t know there was protected streaming media!).

From the author – After many hours of fighting with WM-DRM protection I decided to create new tool that would allow people to remove it from from files and streams. Of course FairUse4WM is great tool and it works nice but there are few reasons why have decided to create a new one:
1) FairUse4WM is closed source. Everytime MS releases new version of IBX people have to make binary patches or start from scratch.
2) FairUse4WM doesn’t work with video streams since it wasn’t intended to. Of course it is possible to record video stream and then undrm it but this is pointless when we are talking about tv channels.
3) There is no platform independent tool for ms wm-drm. There is no point of running windows every time you want to undrm some file or stream.

Freeme2 is a program based on famous freeme app created by Beale Screamer and based on viodentias (FairUse4WM) findings. It strips wm-drm protection from wmv/asf/wma files as well as video/audio streams. 

Download and info at SourceForge 
More Instructions and information at Stream-Recorder.com

22
Dec
07

Merry Christmas, here is your present

santa on the beach

Merry Christmas to whoever is kind enough to read my little blog. And I hope you and your family and friends have a fantastic New Year.

And as a treat I have tracked down some lovely (and free) music for you to download at Hi Fi Holiday.

This person is kind enough to do this and it takes a fair bit of effort to make an old LP sound good.

He says…each of these LPs have been lovingly recorded, declicked, decrackled and dehissed using the following equipment:   Apple Powerbook G4,  Roxio CD Spin Doctor 2 (to record & clean),  ClickRepair (to clean),  and Bias Peak 5.2 (to cut).  Amplifier:  Pioneer SX 303. Turntable:  Pioneer PL-2.

Visit their site and say thanks,  it’s a great blog.

23
Nov
07

Foola the best iTunes replacement – updated

I have many posts about Foola (actually it is called Floola but I keep spelling it wrong :) ) it’s the best FREE iTunes replacement out there.

There is a new update that covers the new model iPods now. The new models had a change in the firmware that stopped people using anything except itunes – this has been overcome. Version 2.1.1 of Floola is available and it now supports youtube and myspace videos!

Floola is a freeware application to efficiently manage your iPod (or your Motorola mobile phone that supports iTunes). It’s a standalone application that can be run directly from your iPod and needs no installation under Linux, Mac OS X and Windows (Windows Vista is supported).

Get Foola HERE

31
Oct
07

Apple: being smug just makes you look a fool

I admit it, I don’t really like using OSx, not that I have used it for at least a year – I still have a Mac but just haven’t turned it on for ages. Anway, what peaves more than and awkward to use (for me) system is Apple itself.

I don’t like Apples full on idea that looks/design is everything over being functional – the silly one button mouse that they perservered with for years or even the silly two button one now – a cheap Logitech or Microsoft mouse works a million times easier (but of course doesn’t look as pretty). I don’t like Apples adverts, most are exaggerations and half truths but , I guess, it sells products. I don’t like the fact the Apple took ages (6 months after Vista was released) to make iTunes work on Vista and wrote on their site it was Microsofts fault.

I know I haven’t explained properly but here is a prime example of over the top Apple showing how smug (or stupid) they are. The new updated OSX that has just been released a few days ago – the icon they use for Windows computers (and for that matter, I have read, lots of Linux and other Unix machines show up as Samba file shares, meaning they’ll be presented as unstable blue-screening machines, despite the fact that they’re likely more stable than OS X) is an old CRT monitor showing a Blue Screen fault. It is like little kids fighting and teasing in a playground – really. (read Smug Ugly and and the icon fix here )

osx blue screen

I must say, I do like my iPod Nano but some things about that erk me – the battery lost it’s ability to charge a week before the warranty ran out, a year later the replacement is the same – one year for the life of my Nano is a bit short and not being able to easily change the battery is a no-no.

Maybe what I really hate is the blind fans that think Apple is almost a religion and Steve Jobs is god. I remember talking to a blind Apple fan about that I need Windows because I need certain applications – he insisted that I could get all the application I ever need for the Mac – the apps I need are specially written for us at work they are not off the shelf things – why would we get these re-written for OSx or bother with running Windows on Apple hardware when a cheap PC does it anyway? He didn’t believe me!

And of course me saying all this now makes me a Microsoft lover, crazy, stupid and whatever else.

28
Aug
07

New 3rd gen iPod Nano

3g-nano-mock.jpgThere has been a few pictures / photos flying around saying they are the new 3G iPod Nano – I have the real photos below – God I hope not ‘cos it looks awful. Short and dumpy looking makes not only poor looks but poor usability.

The colours look like muted shades that are anodised aluminium, nicer than the garish colours available now. A bigger screen, why? Maybe for video but I doubt that, I think it will be more for a new interface like the iPhone – you will scroll albums using coverflow.

Looking at them I think it could even be a full size iPod model but Apple has sent notices out to the original sites so I am guessing it is true.

Here are the pics below, you tell me if they are going to be the next model or not. Pics below (the real ones) are from 9to5mac.com and the great mockup is from Miguel

3g-nano.jpgnanospyshot2.png




Subscribe to this Blog Subscribe to this Blog.

Add to Technorati Favorites

Recent Readers


View My Profile View My Profile View My Profile View My Profile View My Profile
View Entire Community Provided by MyBlogLog

Blog Stats

  • 419,364 people have visited here this month.

Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.