Nov 27

Sorry for the hiatus guys — I’ve been quite busy with some other things.

I’ve created my first Page in my blog — it’s just a gallery of pictures of my car (since I had accidentally deleted some of my car pics off my ISP webspace), and some stats about it.

Link: My Car Page

I’ll post something up soon — I promise. I’m working on an article about elegant and readable coding. Stay tuned.

Nov 05

Some pictures I found of a Ferrari totalled somewhere in Italy.

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Nov 01

132-70530.jpg Just a quick note that Apple has released Mac OSX 10.4.3 as an update from Software Update. More information about this update can be found here: About the Mac OS X 10.4.3 Update (Delta).

The size of the download varies from computer to computer, on my end it weighs in at 97MB. The link above itemises all the improvements that are offered with 10.4.3. One that stands out to me is ‘Safari can now pass the “Acid2″ test’, can’t wait to see this!

Nov 01

CD Player Just found a link from digg.com of an interesting entry in Barry’s blog about how he was about to buy a CD legitimately from Amazon.com, when he read that the album implemented Sony’s/Sunncomm’s DRM technology. After some digging around, Barry found out that the reason why Sony had implemented this DRM was not to combat piracy or unauthorised distribution/mixing/etc, but in fact to disable the transfer and/or playing through Apple’s products, including iTunes and the iPod.

Basically, Sony was chucking a hissy fit because Apple had created “the 2000′s version of their Walkman”, and Sony in their mature, infinite wisdom, decides that if it can’t have its way, it will chuck a tantrum and take its things and go home.

What makes Barry’s story even more bizarre, is that the the record label (‘ATO Records’) and artists (‘My Morning Jacket’) of the CD (‘Z’) that he wanted to buy had stated on their website that they did not agree and were not notified of Sony’s putting DRM on their album, that they do not discourage copying or listening their music on other devices, and that they even encourage fans to record their music on tapes at their live performances.

What’s even more weird is that when he wrote to Sunncomm, they actually gave him instructions on how to circumvent the protection! (On a side note: Sunncomm claims that this protection will only come into effect when the CD is popped into a PC — apparently with Macs, you can just insert the CD and use it as you wish as if it were a non-DRM CD). This is the most important point, as it firmly demonstrates that Sony and Sunncomm are purposely making it difficult to listen to their music on any device that is not directly supported/controlled/dominated by themselves and their associated companies and firms. Reading the instructions that Sunncomm described to Barry on his blog, it is clear that they went to a fair effort to put as many hurdles in the way of simply, innocently and legally transferring your music to a device such as the iPod.

The sweetest morsel of irony in all of this is that Sony is trying to prevent people who use an Apple product from listening to their music on their devices. Those who are using a Mac, however, are not affected. Comments from digg.com users also show that Linux users are not affected either.

The comments from the Amazon.com entry of this album clearly shows the public’s take on all of this: buy it on iTunes — the DRM applied by Apple is a lot more relaxed than Sony’s will ever be. Isn’t it ironic that Sony’s efforts to try and keep people from using Apple products when it comes to music is just driving them further into the arms of Steve Jobs et al.


UPDATE: For some extra bedtime reading, check out another dugg story relating to Sony and the way they force their flavour of DRM onto the consumer — through the use of rootkits. (Kudos to Mark Russinovich)