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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.


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 and the great mockup is from Miguel



CDs have their 25th birthday


25 years ago, on August 17, 1982, Royal Philips Electronics manufactured the world’s first Compact Disc at a Philips factory in Langenhagen, just outside of Hanover, Germany.

I remember when CDs first came out in Australia that a few of my friends were really against it – poor quality music – too harsh – not tonal like records, they said. Well I thought they sounded great and miles better than records (vinyls for some).

Time ticked on and they quickly abandoned their records in favour of CDs, just like the rest of us. For many, the CD is at the end of it’s life as downloading is the way to go but not for me. I would rather owning the physical item of a CD in better quality, I can always rip it to mp3 later for my iPod. And I am sure that without the CD there would be no DVD (or BluRay or HDdvd)

Anyway, it seems that the CD has recently turned the big 25 years old. Philips has a press release with some old photos and the history of it all – interesting reading.

philips cd presentation

Philips and Sony set up a joint taskforce for CD 1979


Thanks to Benedict , Homemom , Swollen Pickles , DesignOg , Mary , Donalyza for all the comments on previous posts.


iPod boombox for dogs

The poor dog! This designer (OnTheWei) has made a boombox style housing for your iPod Nano that has the speakers attached to your dog. Well the pic is a toy dog but I am guessing it is for real yapping dogs.

My dog would be running around freaking out over this and my guess, so would any other dog. Cruel.

ipod dog


Bitlet – download a torrent without a program

Bitlet looks to be a very interesting site that lets you download bit-torrent file with the need of a program like uTorrent or Azureus. All you need to do is copy and paste the torrent link into the Bitlet input box and click the Download Torrent button.

What is really good, though, is publishers can provide a direct link to download a torrent file using BitLet. Just put your link to the torrent metafile and press the generate code button and Bitlet will give you a direct download link for your readers. I haven’t tried it but it looks to be good stuff if it works as said.

Addition (31-10-2007) – What to use instead of Oink? Oink was a music site/tracker although I never tried it , it was meant to be the best for illegal downloads –


Windows Media DRM cracked again

I have posted many times about fairuse4wm and how it enables you to copy protected windows media files.

Well over at Doom forums , where they discussed the previous versions, there is talk about a new tool for uncovering the individual keys from Microsoft’s DRM blackbox components (“IBX”), up to version 11.0.6000.6324 , that will work with Vista and newer versions of the media player (v11?) and Zune software. It has also been convirmed to work with Vista 64 as well.

The person writing about this has the name Divine Tao and says they have nothing to do with the original hacker Viodentia (which recently Microsoft dropped charges as they could not find the person), strangely if you mix the letters in Divine Tao, you get Viodentia!

fairuse4wm is at v1.3fix2 and all details are at Doom.


mp3Sparks up, mp3Sparks down

Well, that didn’t last long. After telling you about shutting it’s doors and it’s replacement taking it’s place, it seems the Sparks is closed as well.

Now I don’t know if it is shut down by force or because it simply has too much traffic – it is running at around the top 1000 sites in the world – not bad for a site no-one heard of a couple of days ago! mp3NewsWire has some info about the traffic with an Alexa graph showing the huge traffic.

A look at Alexa shows that interest in is very high, so high that the site’s traffic has exceeded’s normally high traffic. So high that yesterday just missed the Internet top 1000 in traffic, ranking at 1,007 globally. It is quite possible that MP3Sparks’ servers were simply overwhelmed.

Edit – is up again so maybe just the huge surge in hits has died down a little to be able to keep the site up.


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AllOfMP3 down, MP3sparks up

allofmp3.jpgThe Russian music site looks like it has closed it’s doors – from pressure by the US govt, RIAA and the Russian govt as well.

Well that hasn’t slowed too many people down as it looks like has taken it’s place. The site even looks the same, just a different colour scheme. I do have a login for allofmp3 but never downloaded anything, reading about this it seems that even my login will work withMP3sparks (ifI could remember the user/pass I could try)

A little story is posted on crichardsons blog , it tells the story. He talked about this more than a week ago, strangely TechCrunch has only just picked this up now.


Inventor copied The Simpsons?

Remember a while back on The Simpsons, there was an episode with Homers brother Herb (Danny Devito did the voice) and he invented a piece of equipment that was able to tell you what a baby’s cry meant? Well it looks like the WhyCry company has invented it, who knows if it really works…even if it does would any parents really want one, I know I wouldn’t.

Anyway, a Spanish inventor, intrigued by his son’s incessant crying, designed the detector and he says it will tell harassed parents within 20 seconds if their baby is hungry, bored, tired, stressed or uncomfortable. He reakons he identified five distinct crying types, which the noise-sensitive gadget is able to recognise. The device, the size of a calculator and powered by batteries, has five faces on a screen on the back, representing the possible reasons why a baby is crying.

When the baby cries, it sets off the Why Cry and in 20 seconds one the little faces light up. Really, any parent would know in 20 seconds what their baby wants…another junk gadget for collectors. 🙂

Edit – sorry this is the first I have heard of it but it seems it was around a couple of years ago.

Thanks to Andy ,  TripleHelix   , Chris  for recent comments in previous posts.


New update for Floola – The iTunes replacement

Floola itunes replacement FoolaFloola has a new update, June 2007: beta 49 version with Podcast and Smart playlist support added!

It supports v7.2 of iTunes, and runs on OSx, Windows 98 and above including Vista plus Linux.

This program is coming along nicely. If you are after an iTunes replacement or want to use your iPod on Linux try it out. And of course it’s free (click an advert on their site to help them out or donate)

Funny, I still get searches for Foola, not Floola!

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