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     Wednesday, February 07 2007 @ 08:40 PM EST
    Newest word about DRM here. And of course the Apple Inc. vs. Apple Corp. decision has helped move a few things forward. At least with Jobs talking about it the music company's might start listening.

    Whatever platform you choose Smile
    Cheers,
    Mike M.

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     Thursday, February 08 2007 @ 05:23 AM EST
    Now this IS interesting. I'm a bit puzzled by Jobs saying this. I'm wondering if he's doing this to appeal to the very people that were bashing the Zune for being steeped in DRM technology or if he actually is sincere. Some people have argued recently that Apple doesn't want to get rid of DRM because it forces people into using their technology if they've purchased music through iTunes. I know some indie artists who've distributed music through iTunes have asked to have their music sold DRM free and been denied. I hope Jobs is right in what he says but I can't see Apple actually doing it. Why would they give up DRM when it's to their business model? It can't be hurting their sales - heck, they probably make more money selling MP3s than anybody else on the planet.

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     Monday, February 12 2007 @ 01:18 PM EST

    Even Forbes doesn't like Vista's DRM scheme: Forbes | Security Matters | Why Vista's DRM Is Bad For You

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     Monday, February 12 2007 @ 01:44 PM EST
    I don't think anybody like the DRM thing in Vista, least of all Vista people.

    [Quote It's all complete nonsense. Microsoft could have easily told the entertainment industry that it was not going to deliberately cripple its operating system, take it or leave it. With 95% of the operating system market, where else would Hollywood go?


    Well, to be fair, Microsoft COULD have told the entertainment industry that but it wouldn't have done anything. Just look at the reaction Jobs is getting from the RIAA after having said the same thing. As far as the entertainment industry is concerned, they're calling the shots, end of sentence. This will, of course, only cost them more money as people continue to circumvent DRM copy protection in the coming years.

    I love how he asks where Hollywood would go. Like Vista was the only option for watching movies? What happened to set top players? Isn't that what most people watch movies on?

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     Monday, February 12 2007 @ 01:56 PM EST
    [Quote  by:  merlin_mccarley] Newest word about DRM here. And of course the Apple Inc. vs. Apple Corp. decision has helped move a few things forward. At least with Jobs talking about it the music company's might start listening.

    Whatever platform you choose Smile
    Cheers,
    Mike M.


    On a connected note - DRM is one problem but I've just been helping my son choose a new monitor today.

    He has just got a new PC but got 200 UKPs (nearly 400 dollars off) because the store had sold out of the 19 inch Samsung monitor it was paired with.

    Anyway because he doesn't have TV but loves DVDs we looked for widescreen 20inch plus LCDs.

    He will keep this PC a good frew years and I suggested if he intends to upgrade the DVD player in the future to either HD-DVD or BluRay it would make sence to buy a monitor with a DVI input that supports HDCP - which is like DRM for Hi-Def video (not yet implemented on HD-DVD but could if film studios insist)

    He's gone for this one - Samsungs Vista certified Samsung SM-226BW 22inch :-

    here

    No doubt cheaper in the US.

    'That’s exactly what you get with the Samsung BW series of widescreen LCD monitors. Wide 16:10 aspect ratios let you multitask, with room for more than one application at a time. The extra room also makes working with graphics programs and multiple tool palletes easier. An ultra-fast 2 ms (G to G) response time is perfect for motion graphics editing. And exclusive MagicBright 3,™ MagicColor™ and MagicTune™ technologies give you complete control over outstanding color. All the color. All the room. With the Samsung BW series, it’s not hard to imagine.

    - Viewable Area: 22” Widescreen (1680x1050 Resolution)
    - Interface: Analog / Digital
    - Response Time: 2ms
    - 16.7M Colours
    - Contrast Ratio: 3000:1
    - Viewing Angle (H/V): 160°/ 160°
    - Brightness: 300cd/m2

    But the point of the post is that many people are buying big expensive widescreen monitors that may not work with High Def films - especially as some film distributors say that back catalogue stuff won't have copy protection but new output will.

    Cheers, daveac

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     Thursday, February 22 2007 @ 02:27 PM EST

    Mac 360 | Why Mac Users Are So Different From Windows Users.

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     Thursday, February 22 2007 @ 08:09 PM EST
    I have a great deal of respect for Macs, but today I had a power supply go bad on one of our Mac Pros. This wouldn't have been a big deal on a PC (which is what most of the computers on my network are), but on a Mac Pro you need a special tool, that only Mac service centers have, to get the blasted thing out.

    Furthermore, we discovered that the power supply for a Mac Pro costs $400. Hmmm. Most PC power supplies are $40 to $60 tops.

    So, not only can I not remove the power supply without some specially made wrench, the replacement part costs almost as much as one of the PC workstations we use at our facility.

    I suppose this is fine if you have deep pockets, but I see this as a problem for your average user.


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     Thursday, February 22 2007 @ 08:22 PM EST
    [Quote  by:  shoggoth] I have a great deal of respect for Macs, but today I had a power supply go bad on one of our Mac Pros. This wouldn't have been a big deal on a PC (which is what most of the computers on my network are), but on a Mac Pro you need a special tool, that only Mac service centers have, to get the blasted thing out.

    Furthermore, we discovered that the power supply for a Mac Pro costs $400. Hmmm. Most PC power supplies are $40 to $60 tops.

    So, not only can I not remove the power supply without some specially made wrench, the replacement part costs almost as much as one of the PC workstations we use at our facility.

    I suppose this is fine if you have deep pockets, but I see this as a problem for your average user.


    This is where AppleCare comes in handy... Now, wouldn't it still be under warranty?

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     Thursday, February 22 2007 @ 08:32 PM EST
    Right you are Taras! Unfortunately, the gentleman who was in charge of our Macs didn't see fit to buy an Apple Care agreement, or at least an extended one. Sadness.

    The computer is now a little more than one year old, so no longer covered under that part of the agreement.

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     Thursday, February 22 2007 @ 08:55 PM EST

    I thought that those came out less than a year ago, it must have been longer. That's why I asked the question.

    I've been lucky with my G5 Dual. But I took out AppleCare on my new MacBook Pro.

    Taras

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     Thursday, February 22 2007 @ 09:08 PM EST
    In spite of this experience, I have decided that I will be ordering a new personal computer in the near future and for the first time, it will be a Mac.

    All hail OSX, it isn't Windows Vista! Yay! I think that should be OSX's new slogan. Big Grin

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     Sunday, February 25 2007 @ 12:46 AM EST
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    Mac 360 | Why Mac Users Are So Different From Windows Users.


    This is exactly why Cult of Mac people are just as crazy as Windows fans. I wish they would stop dividing computer users into "us" and "them". It's incredibly counterproductive.

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     Monday, March 19 2007 @ 06:25 PM EDT

    An interesting take on the difference between Apple and Microsoft: Blackfriars' Marketing | Apple versus Microsoft marketing: it's the difference between Time Poor and Time Rich buyers.

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     Monday, March 19 2007 @ 06:39 PM EDT
    If i could afford it I'd buy a Mac, as simple as that. But I can't - and studies show that doing too much research before a purchase and having too many choices CAN lead to choice overload & eventual buyers remorse.

    Just buy whatever you secretly want and then afterwards don't ask anybody for their opinion about your purchase and whatever you do - don't go back and look and see what else you could have gotten for the same moneyWink

    That's my advice

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     Monday, March 19 2007 @ 07:00 PM EDT
    [Quote  by:  Magpie] and studies show that doing too much research before a purchase and having too many choices CAN lead to choice overload & eventual buyers remorse.

    Then if you got it you don't want it
    Seems to be the rule of thumb
    Don't be tricked by what you see
    You got two ways to go
    ...
    Freedom of choice
    Is what you got
    Freedom from choice
    Is what you want.

    -- Devo


    I guess it sucks to be both time and money poor... Frown

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