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trivial shennanigans

Apple Hides Account Info in DRM-Free Music

Slashdot | Apple Hides Account Info in DRM-Free Music

I think this is a little sneaky of Apple here.  I’m not against them selling DRM-crippled music, afterall if you’re daft enough to buy some…..  But pretending to be all DRM-free and open, when they are encoding private information into those tracks is just plain sneaky…….

Screencasts of Installing MythTV Via MythDora 4.0

Slashdot | Screencasts of Installing MythTV Via MythDora 4.0

Seen on /. a new @boot and install from a single CD” MythTV distro. This time based on a more mainstream RedHat/FC one.

I’ve been using a MythTV box as my ONLY TV for about a year now. With 2 Freeview (UK DVB-T) tuners and a single tuner connected to a dish with multiple LNB’s pointing at Hotbird and Astra. I can wholeheartedly recommend it. A fine piece of software

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Travel

TSA detains director Mike Figgis for threatening to

Boing Boing: TSA detains director Mike Figgis for threatening to “shoot a pilot”

Seen on BoingBoing, Mike Figgis told jobsworth’s at LAXthat he was in LA to “shoot a pilot”, 5 hours of interrogation ensued before Mike could explain to the pretty stupid security guards, thet he was in LA to “film a pilot episode of a new TV series in order to gauge audience reaction with an aim to deciding whether it as worthwhile filming an entire series!.

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Mac

Apple security updates breaks Samba/NFS?

Apple security updates

This may be a real coincidence but since I updated my Macbook pro with this update from Apple I cannot connect to my Linux box’s SAMBA nor NFS shares? Hmmm. Further invesitigation needed.

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trivial shennanigans

A Sad Day for common sense, nevermind the truth.

New museum says dinosaurs were on Noah’s Ark – Yahoo! News

So the Creationists finally got a museum open, and not just that nutty one. I view this with very mixed feelings. On one hand the more publicity Creationists get, the less likely people are to give their beliefs credence. Despite my general cynical surface thoughts that people are generally stupid, deep down I believe that people are on the whole sensible and decent. Underneath that veneer of stupidity and shallowness, people are pretty good. However, the fact that the American public does treat this as a real museum, and not a Disney “Pirates of the Caribbean” type attraction does make me sad, and generally pessimistic about our future. Just how confusing is this to children who’s intelligence has not yet developed to the extent that they can differentiate between different views.

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trivial shennanigans

Facebook Launches Facebook Platform

As seen on /.
Facebook Launches Facebook Platform; They are the Anti-MySpace

I quite like Facebook, whereas I’m just not l88t nor tr8ndy for Myspace. Well I reckon I\m cool, byt Myspace is just …messy….. (like my desk is tidy). I reckon Facebook will stay fairly clean though, well I hope so.

I suppose we have to just trust in the fact that Facebook is run by Developers, and hopefully the quality will stay.

Two gripes I hope get fixed…..

(a) when will CAMBRIDGE, UK appear?

(b) I hate the CAPCHA (sp?)

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trivial shennanigans

19 Things NOT To Do When Building a Website

Josiah Cole » 19 Things NOT To Do When Building a Website

A very insightful AND amusing website design what not to do (thanks to Vowe for the pointer) when designing a website to actually sell a product.  Some of these are spot on as to what annoys you.  I think it’s quite incredible when a website that I’ve gone to in order to find out how to buy something, then goes out of its way to annoy me.

If I find something on a website that annoys me, I leave.  End of story. In fact the way some online Stores are designed, seems to me that they do not want to sell anything!

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trivial shennanigans

Climate change: A guide for the perplexed

Climate change: A guide for the perplexed – earth – 16 May 2007 – New Scientist Environment

Here’s a good guide (not great) to use for the next time the SUV driving, Daily Mail reading friend baits you with pseudo science that global warming is part of a warming/cooling cycle that’s been going on ever since the earth cooled from that molten ball, and has nothing to do with us humans.

Useful!

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trivial shennanigans

Sony Ericsson P1i preview « MobileGathering

Sony Ericsson P1i preview « MobileGathering

Jimmy writes about a new SE model coming out soon. I think the M600i is a crackign phone, but there’s a few things missing like Wifi. This has it plus many more in a similar form factor to the M600i. Excellent. Let’s hope it gets released a lot quicker than the p990i took to come out!

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Computergeekery Mac

Synergy

Synergy

Incidentally thanks to a cool new utility I discovered about 10 mins ago, I am now typing this on my Macbook with the keyboard attached to my Linux box. How cool is that?

Basically I’ve been looking for a decent DVI/USB LVm, but appalled at just how expensive they are. So I’ve been looking for a software solution. This is effortless to setup, and seems very robust.

The utility has a client server type connection. Running on OSX, Linux and/or Windows. You run the server on the machine with the physically connected mouse and keyboard, and a client on each machine that you want to share the mouse/keyboard to. It also shares the clipboard too. The URL above was copied from Firefox running on the Linux box, and pasted into the Macbook.Took me 5 mins to setup

The only downside I can see so far is that the Apple CMD and OPTION keys don’t work on the Mac. I guess since the linux box cannot recognise these to pass the key strokes across.
Am impressed. Of course now I need to buy myself a second 24″ widescreen monitor.