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Grokster Seized

From the "government threatening its citizens" department comes this nugget (visit 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 […]


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: times out while works quickly. Silly! FWIW, I hate "www." I think it's redundant and useless. "" should go to the same place as "" and, particularly […]

iTunes 6 Loses ‘Sheen’

Scott points out that iTunes 6 has lost the "sheen" or reflection added in iTunes 5, and he's correct.

Movie Trailers in iTMS

Well, it's officially an iTunes Music Store, Video Edition lunch for me today. Another question: why can't I download trailers via the store for play on my iPod? It seems like a logical extension. I can download movies from and convert them for use on the iPod. Why can't Apple provide "iPod Trailers" within […]

Music Videos on iTMS

I can see people buying TV shows for their iPod. Heck, if I had a commute, I'd buy some TV shows to watch going and coming to work. But I think music videos may be the bigger catch, the bigger draw. They're dual-purpose, in fact: if the music video comes up in a random playlist […]

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