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Archive for the 'Computing' Category

iTunes ‘Spyware’ No More

Not that it ever was, but not it certainly isn't.

iTunes is Spying On Me!

No, it's not, and those that want to complain that Apple has suddenly become Non-Public* Enemy #1. Hogwash, people: However, this isn't about the MiniStore itself. It’s about Apple's attitude in rolling this change out to the millions of iTunes users, without as much as a peep about what's going on behind the scenes Frankly, […]

Read about it here. While I am of the opinion that the Lugz/Eminem ads are surprisingly similar, to this latest charge I must ask one simple question: how many different shots could one possibly get inside Intel? In other words, so what if the motions of the machines are similar? They do the same things […]

Grokster Seized

From the "government threatening its citizens" department comes this nugget (visit grokster.com): The United States Supreme Court unanimously confirmed that using this service to trade copyrighted material is illegal. Copying copyrighted motion picture and music files using unauthorized peer-to-peer services is illegal and is prosecuted by copyright owners. There are legal services for downloading music […]

Tunatic

If this thing (Tunatic) worked, it'd be pretty neat. As of now, it doesn't identify very many songs at all.

Photoshop’s Pattern Maker Sucks

I scanned in a few pieces of felt (on a sample card - you get to choose the color) and wanted to make the felt a background image on a website. It may have been too tacky to use in the end, but I was looking mostly to get an image that resembled just a […]

Still Cannot Purchase iTunes

I still cannot purchase anything from the iTunes Music Store. I continue to get the same error message. I have to go to Tam O'Shanter today to meet with the pro down there for some work I'm doing for a golf company and was interested in buying an audio book. I submitted a support request […]

XBox 360 Doomed?

Someone pointed me to a thread on IGN's forums about how the XBox 360 will be a failure because… of who knows. I forget - the points they made were just weak. I posted a quick response that will probably be met with flames. Essentially, as a Mac user, I feel I have a unique […]

iTunes Problems Today?

Anyone else having problems today? I can't buy a movie I put in my shopping cart yesterday.

Terminal in JavaScript

It's a terminal written in JavaScript. For some reason, hitting backspace deletes two characters for me…

IE/Win and Forum Problems

I upgraded the Sand Trap golf forum yesterday to vBulletin 3.5.1. The upgrade went fairly smoothly (I still have a few templates to fix to include some of the new AJAX-y stuff), except that people using Internet Explorer for Windows seem to get the standard "this page cannot be loaded" crap. Supposedly, after clearing cookies, […]

Sheer Computing Bliss

I take about 1% of the credit for switching Jeff to the Mac, and I'm happy he's found sheer computing bliss. Plus, it's funny hearing a youth pastor talk about demons and being posessed.

And lots of people are complaining. In related news, the icon for The Sand Trap's Podcast now appears properly.

iTunes Labels

You know what would be nice in iTunes? Labels. That's right, I may want to color some of my songs blue and others red. Mostly for sorting things I have processed against those I haven't, but there could be other reasons. Yes, I could use one of the "extra" fields in the ID3 tags to […]

WWW Required

I've written about this before… a Web site configured such that "www" (or its absence) causes the site to fail to work. Today I found another: http://edinboro.edu/ times out while http://www.edinboro.edu/ works quickly. Silly! FWIW, I hate "www." I think it's redundant and useless. "url.com" should go to the same place as "www.url.com" and, particularly […]

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