New iPods locked to iTunes in hardware

10/23/07 | by Adam | Categories: Copyright


Oh, for pity's sake. I was leaning in favour of picking up the new larger capacity iPod and then I read that Apple's locked down the hardware such that iTunes is required to put music on it. Why?

(Via BoingBoing)


It's true

10/22/07 | by Adam | Categories: Technology, Silly


It really doesn't matter what the programmer is actually doing; as soon as the words "code's compiling" are spoken, a free period appears to be granted.

I suppose I could counter that with "document the change while you're waiting" and watch heads explode.


Marketing surveys: eternal damnation for television pilots

10/21/07 | by Adam | Categories: Whining

Every year, a crop of shows are made for the TV networks. Of these, only a few actually make it to air. But what happens to the ones that aren't selected?

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Yeah, looks comfortable alright

10/20/07 | by Adam | Categories: Macintosh


Another use for dead(ish) computers: make a really hard couch out of their corpses.

(Via PopGadget)


Amiga WB 1.3 Website

10/19/07 | by Adam | Categories: Technology, Music


This is a neat concept: a website built in Ajax that looks just like a Workbench 1.3 vintage Amiga.


Adam 99.7 FM bites the dust

10/17/07 | by Adam | Categories: Technology, Calgary


When my clock radio clicked on this morning, I didn't immediately notice anything different. In fact, it took about four songs and one announcement before I realised that what I was listening to wasn't my MP3 collection.

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Calgary Election Summary

10/16/07 | by Adam | Categories: Politics, Calgary


I wish I'd found the enlightenedsavage site before the civic election. Having read through it, I can't say it would have changed how I voted, but there's an awful lot of good stuff on there.

The official City Of Calgary results are here.

(Via CalgaryGrit)


Trademark dispute over "iPhone" in Canada

10/15/07 | by Adam | Categories: Copyright, iPhone


Wired's Gadget Lab suggests that the non-release of the iPhone in Canada has more to do with someone else owning -- and not selling -- the "iPhone" trademark rather than the excessive price gouging by our very own Rogers Communications Inc.

Could be.


Matchbox nostalgia

10/14/07 | by Adam | Categories: Potpourri


I used to be a serious toy, er, miniature car collector; only the lack of money in my then-six year old pocket kept me from buying them all. As an adult, that urge is still there -- although the quality of the cars is significantly down -- but then so is the need to live in my own home rather than my parents' basement. Looking at scanned-in catalogues of the models from that period is remarkably gratifying and pretty much covers it.

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Best answering machine message ever

10/13/07 | by Adam | Categories: Silly

I arrived home one evening to find the answering machine light blinking. The message?

Oh, I'm sorry. I think I have the wrong number. Talk to you later!


Byebye, Bioware

10/12/07 | by Adam | Categories: Games


The behemoth that is EA has swallowed another fine developer. Expect "Baldurs' Gate III" to come with cool graphics and an utterly unusable interface.

And it'll be as buggy as hell.

Assuming there is one. We'll probably get more sports and racing games instead. What a waste.

(Via Dale)


David Pogue on iTunes ringtones

10/11/07 | by Adam | Categories: Music, Copyright


I don't get it either:

Pop song ringtones from T-Mobile and Sprint cost $2.50 apiece; from Verizon, $3. You don’t get to customize them, choose the start and end points, adjust the looping and so on. Incredibly, after 90 days, every Sprint ringtone dies, and you have to pay another $2.50 if you want to keep it. Verizon’s last only a year.

Three bucks for a 30-second snippet that lasts a year—when you can buy the entire song online for $1 and own it forever?

What am I missing here? How is a 30-second, time-limited excerpt worth three times as much as the full work forever?

(Via Daring Fireball)


Pointless lyric sheets

10/10/07 | by Adam | Categories: Music


Sometimes one wonders about the things people add to the internet. This lyric sheet for Daft Punk's "All Around The World" is a pretty good example.

(Via Kottke)


One Hit Wonders

10/09/07 | by Adam | Categories: Music


Convention has it that any band for which you can name one major single but absolutely nothing else is a "One Hit Wonder". Of course, when one tries to actually define specific examples of that it results in failure.

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